Adult Arts and Crafts

Adult Art and Crafts

Our selection of art and craft workshops and sessions are delivered by freelance artists and gallery staff. Each workshop connects to our changing exhibition programme.

For more information or any questions please contact

Woodcut Printing with Anthony Ratcliffe – Commissioned to link with the Art of the Everyday exhibition

Always wanted to learn how to print? Take a look at the short film below.

Printmaker Anthony Ratcliffe predominantly works with landscape themes based on drawings made on site. In this short film he demonstrates the process of making a simple woodcut print starting with a sketchbook drawing made on local Pennine moorland. The drawing is recomposed, inverted and painted onto a woodblock in its reversed state. The block is then cut and printed by hand using readily accessible tools and materials.

Anthony uses this basic woodcut procedure in his own practice but also uses multiple blocks and reduction printing to make larger complex prints involving many colours. Have a look at Anthony Ratcliffe’s website for more details about his work.

Pastel tutorial with Janina Cebertowicz – Commissioned to link with the Art of the Everyday exhibition

Join MAFA artist Janina Cebertowicz as she shares her top tips on using pastels to build up colour and depth in your work. A great film to watch for beginners and those who want to improve their technique with this medium. Take a look at more of Janina’s artwork via her website.

Digital Life Drawing

From beginners to the more advanced, our life drawing sessions are the perfect opportunity to develop your skills. Enjoy drawing from the nude figure in these digital drawing classes guided by an artist. All you need is something to draw with an on you’re ready to take part!

Money raised from sessions will support local charities, makers and models!

Donation basis, £4.00 minimum per class. Booking essential, please email for more details and to book.

Session dates can be found by checking our events calender on the homepage. 

Suitable for young people over the age of 16.

Museum Jigsaws

Have you had a go yet at our Museum Jigsaws created from artworks within our collection. Test your skill and piece them together! For more puzzles follow us on Twitter and Facebook every Sunday for a new challenge. If you’d like to see some more click here.


For groups of all ages and abilities we offer a range of hands-on activities. Our Adult arts and crafts courses and workshops are designed to help you develop new skills, experiment with new techniques and explore new and unusual materials!

Arts, crafts and heritage workshops are available based on our collections for a range of community and voluntary groups for all ages and abilities.

To find out more call 0161 770 4744 or email