Bring a little colour to your winter by going along to classes

Kilmardinny House Arts Centre. A previous jewellery making class.
Kilmardinny House Arts Centre. A previous jewellery making class.

The nights – as they say – are fair drawing in, so why not bring a little colour to your winter by signing up for one of EDLC’s new arts programmes?

The winter arts programme brochure has been released by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust - packed full of creative courses for both children and adults.

Fancy a freebie? There are some colourful options available:

* Pulp Fiction is a taster course in paper making, again aimed at older people. It runs from 11-4pm on Friday, October 23 in the Barony Chambers, Kirkintilloch. Learn traditional skills of pulping and pressing and see how different materials change the colour of your paper.

* Fancy Pottering Around in Kilmardinny Arts Centre on Friday, October 23? This one day course from 11am-4pm teaches the basics of clay and ceramic painting.

EDLC - supported by the council - has lined up a terrific arts programme, including:

* Drawing for Beginners is a six-week course running in Kilmardinny Arts Centre on Monday evenings (7-9pm) from October 26. Gain the confidence to really enjoy drawing and find out what areas you would like to explore further. The course costs £48.

* Other beginners’ courses include watercolours and pastels, oil painting and creative textiles.

* Again aimed at the absolute beginner, their creative writing course will let you explore different writing styles and purposes. Pick up your pen for this five week course on Tuesday evenings (6.30-8.30pm) from November 10 at Kilmardinny. The cost for the course is £40.

* For the more experienced artist, there is a range of Level 1-3 arts courses at Kilmardinny Arts Centre, including drawing and painting (pets and animals), mixed ability, creative painting and oil painting.

* If textiles is your thing, why not try the creative textiles course on Saturday, October 31 and November 7? It will introduce you to the ancient Japanese technique of Shibori fabric dyeing. The course runs each day from 10-4pm and costs £42.

* Kilmardinny will play host to a brand new series of tea dances each Wednesday afternoon from October 21 to December 9, 1.30-3.30pm. Enjoy spending time with old friends and new while you waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, cha cha, jive, samba and rumba your way through the afternoon. Each session costs £4.50.

There’s also a bright and colourful arts programme aimed at children 4-11 years:

* Based in the Barony Chambers, Art in Kirkintilloch (smART) runs on Saturday mornings with real life artist Shielagh taking you through a range of artists, designers and fantastic new art forms this term like ceramics, painting, weaving and lots more! No need to get up early either, it runs 11-1pm or 2-4pm and costs £63 for 10 weeks. 7-11 years.

* If you’re free after school on a Tuesday, why not come along to Kilmardinny for a multi arts session, 3.30-5pm? The five week course costs £37.50 and covers silly voices, stories and art. This one promises to be fun! 7-11 years.

* If you’re into iPads, stop motion photography and all things digital, their digital arts (after-school animation) offering is for you. After school each Wednesday in Kilmardinny, the six week course costs £45 and will teach you step by step how to be a fantastic animator. 7-11 years.

* Finally, for the wee ones (4-6 years), there’s early years – Le WeeBeasties! Running each Saturday morning at the Milngavie Community Education Centre from October 24 (10-11.30am) the session is filled with gentle song, dressing up, poetry and arts and crafts. These are all inspired by French fairy stories and songs to enhance and introduce bilingual creative play/learning. It’s £36 for eight weeks.

Pick up a brochure at libraries, Hubs and community centres or visit www.edlc.co.uk