Keep your seniors active and creative with these fun craft workshops and classes in West Norfolk that will help older people with memory, coordination, and socialisation.
An old saying is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At Home Instead, we don’t believe such rubbish. The truth is that you can never be too old to learn new things, and one thing that older people are constantly doing are things we typically associate with younger people, whether learning how to drive or learning how to skydive. One of the easiest and most overlooked skills older people can learn are often simple and creative, such as how to stitch blankets, bake cakes, craft pottery, or how to paint.
As you get older it becomes even more important to keep yourself engaged, and few activities are more beneficial for this than learning a craft. Fortunately for people living in West Norfolk, there are a range of craft-based activities to choose from in this area.
Art 4 All offer quality tuition suitable for the absolute beginner, and those with more experience. Based in the beautiful village of North Elmham, Art 4 All Norfolk was first created with the core objective that ‘everyone deserves to have the chance to explore their creative side.’
Each of their tutors are practised in their field of expertise and have many years teaching experience, and the class sizes are limited and kept small to ensure everyone enjoys a thorough lesson and gets what they want from the experience. Offering pay-as-you-go weekly classes, they are a perfect way to try out a new hobby without having to fully commit to one style or attending every week. You can either take an Art Class, with pencil drawings and painting in different mediums, to textile work continuing your own project or working off a theme given to you.
Tin Can Pottery is a cool, unique space for people who want to have some fun and get creative with clay. They offer a variety of Pottery Experiences that will help you learn new skills and enable you to switch off from the stresses of everyday life, whist surrounded by fields in rural West Norfolk.
Their master potter, Ben, has a degree in Fine Art Sculpture and taught Ceramics and 3D Design in Higher Education for over 20 years. Ben has a wealth of experience, and really enjoys helping others learn the art of working with clay. He loves experimenting with different techniques and processes, and is interested in alternative firings, such as Raku, which really adds to the excitement and unpredictable nature of making pottery.
A creative art school based in a grade II listed former Junior school in Grimston, in West Norfolk. They offer bespoke short courses and weekly classes in a range of creative subjects from drawing and painting to upholstery and print, taught by well-renowned artists from across the UK. Many of their art courses are open to all levels and, of course, they have some courses specifically designed for beginners. You will find a range of mediums covered from watercolour and pastel to acrylic and oil painting, to name just a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practicing artist, you will find yourself drawn into choosing one of the many art classes.
Arts and crafts are an activity everyone and anyone can enjoy and are a fantastic way to get your seniors working with their hands and engaging in mental stimulation. Whether it’s just to keep them occupied or to provide a fun and accessible activity to help with cognitive conditions, North Norfolk has plenty to offer for the budding artisan, no matter how old they are.