Building the world in Miniature

Pottery Students at Ancaster Day Centre spent the spring term exploring the world of buildings and architecture in miniature.

fairy houses made by students at Ancaster Day Centre

Tutor Jane encouraged students to think about how houses and other buildings are constructed and what materials were used in their construction.

Throughout the course students tackled a diverse range of design challenges with one student successfully attempting a large church!

A bungalow, a cottage, a romantic ruin, a Tudor dwelling,  pyramids and fairy houses were some of the buildings which were also created.

houses 2

Each item was carefully planned and selected by the student and then constructed with support and advice from the tutor.

houses 3

The course is aimed primarily at adults with disabilities at Ancaster Day Centre Lincoln.

The WEA offer a range of art and design courses throughput Lincolnshire. For more information please contact the Lincoln office on 01522 522 472 or search for courses by clicking:


pyramid plaque

One student looked at pyramids for his design . Two dimentional pyramids were cut out of clay, decorated with textures and glazed then stuck to a background along with a clay depiction of an Egyptian fan.

Learning about colour and pigments with the WEA

An exciting new WEA course aimed at adults with disabilites has been sussessfully taught by experienced art tutor Sally Darlow.

Sally has been extremely busy since January, working hard teaching the course at three different day centres across Lincolnshire! Student feedback has shown the students have embraced the course with enthusiasm and have loved the challenge of learning something fresh and different!

The eleven week course  focused on the educative side of art; looking in depth at colour and pigments. Not only did the students produce fun and colourful pieces of art, they also learned about colour in the world around them, what different colours represent, where pigments come from, as well as the importance of colour in different cultures and parts of history.

Students were encouraged  to take time on their artwork – focusing on what they had learned in the lesson, and applying it to their art – be it a piece of colouring, a mosaic, or their own gilding work! Every piece of art had a purpose, and the students loved learning something new, as well as having something to take home.

Students started the hard work with group discussions called ‘Discussion Duck’, where the students would take it in turns to speak when the duck was in their hand. This encouraged everyone to respect the person speaking.  Sessions ended with a fun memory game – normally there were a few rounds of the game as the students loved it so much!

By the end of course assessment it was discovered that most students had retained the information learned in classes and the students showed interest about continuing their learning with the WEA. Tutor Sally Darlow hopes the students will take the knowledge of Colour and Pigments, and apply it to their daily life, and any courses they may take in the future.

For more information about courses targeted to adults with disabilities please contact the Lincoln office direct on 01522 522 472.


Spring exhibition by our Mixed Media art students at Ancaster Day Centre


The end of a successful term was celebrated by our students displaying a selection of their artwork to fellow attendees and staff at the centre.

Tutor Jane assisted the students in the selection and final display of their chosen pieces. Artwork was carefully mounted and pinned onto boards to create the display.

The students were later awarded their certificates for successful completion of the course.

The eleven week course saw students create art based on the theme of ‘the natural world’. Students worked in a variety of media including: oil pastels, watercolour, poster paint, acrylic, inktense pencils, collage and pencil .

The WEA offer a range of art and craft courses in Lincolnshiren throughout the year,for more details please see our brochure, or ring the Lincoln office on 01522 522 472.


Spring artwork by WEA Creative Art Students

Our talented students on the WEA ‘Express Yourself with Creative Art’ have yet again delivered a stunning collection of work for the Spring term.

Led by expert art tutor Rachel Holland Hargreaves, the students had a theme each week to base their artwork around.

For a detailed blog on the exhibition by our East Midlands blogger  please click here.

This term one of themes was to look at shadows, and one of my personal favourite pieces was this picture of a shadow puppet:


Another surreal idea was to take an everyday object out of its usual concept and turn it into something else: how very clever is this plug/piano?


For more information about creative courses with the WEA please download our recent brochure or ring our Lincoln office on 01522 522 472.

For spring – summer brochure click here.

Spring artwork by the Painting and Mixed Media Students


This student captured a cheeky polar bear and a seagull in flight using watercolour paint

The  WEA course based at Ancaster Day Centre gives students the chance to make a personal response to the theme of ‘wild life’ through a range of drawing and painting materials. Painting techniques, drawing techniques, colour theory and mixing and the use of different materials to build up the surface of a composition are also explored.

The course is targeted towards students with disabilities.



This student looked at ‘wildlife under the sea’ and used watercolour to produce this stunning painting of corals underwater




Painted butterflies were layered onto an interesting abstract background by this student and the work was mounted onto a bright red card




This student painted a waterfall onto black paper to produce this interesting composition




This beautiful painting was based on Monet’s artwork –  on the lake, flowers and trees around his garden



This dramatic collage of a  duck was produced by tearing and cutting a range of contrasting papers including tissue paper and newsprint




This student used gouache paint to produce this highly accurate replication of a photograph of parrots.




This student carefully observed the colours of a botanical study of butterflies the carefully painted her own interpretation of the work using watercolour




A bold painting of two butterflies on a carefully colourwashed background.




This student is carefully painting a watercolour picture of a bird..


This student took one image of a landscape and produced three pieces of artwork based on it using a variety of media. Firstly shown is the landscape in oil pastels…



… and here is the same scene produced in (top) watercolour and (bottom) as a torn and twisted tissue paper collage

As can be seen at the midway mark the students have produced some extremely striking pieces of artwork (and this is just a small portion of what they have produced on the course!)

The WEA offer a range of art and craft  courses throughout Lincolnshire designed for all abilities. For more information on what is available in your area please use the search facility  here.


The Great (Lincoln!) Pottery Throw Down!


WEA Students at Ancaster Day Centre are currently hard at work creating a range of pottery houses suitable for very small homeowners!

The pottery students have looked at a range of photographs and drawings of fantasy buildings as well as drawing on their own imagination to create their individual ‘Fairy House’ designs.

Great care and planning has gone into the houses, including representing the surface texture of the building materials.

At the half term point the students had mainly completed the construction and the next step will be glazing and firing the houses.

Keep reading the blog to follow the progress of the fairy houses!


Victorian Creative Craft : New course for February 2017


Would you like to try your hand at creating a sand picture, experimenting with silhouettes, investigating decoupage, creating a photo collage, making a scrapbook and much more? If you are interested in the Victorians and the wonderful creative crafts they enjoyed, then why not come along and join a new course starting this February in Lincoln and try out some of the activities for yourself?                                                                                                            

Alongside practical activities, the course will explore how important arts and crafts were in Victorian times, especially to the more wealthy ‘ladies of leisure’, at a time when they were rarely engaged in employment and there was no television or radio.

The course will be led by Kathy Holland and starts on Wednesday  22nd February at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3LY.

  This a 5 week course and each session runs from 10.15am – 1.00pm. All equipment and materials can be provided for a small charge and both beginners and experienced crafters are all welcome.

There is charge for the course but it is free for those in receipt of certain benefits. To book, or for more information, please contact the Lincoln WEA Office 01522 522472 or email

We look forward to welcoming you!