Roe gets crafty

The creative learning programme at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre/Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró continues to grow from strength to strength, providing a diverse range of engaging activities for young and old. There are some fantastic creative courses in store for adults to while away those dark Autumn evenings.

A six-week course in Paper Craft for adults starts on Tuesday 18 October from 7-9pm. Participants aged 16+ years will get the chance to create stunning and unique cards for all occasions as well as experiment with decoupage, quilling, foiling and even making Christmas decorations! Places cost £30 full and £26 concession. Materials are provided.

The Art of Drawing starts on Wednesday 26 October. Catering for absolute beginners as well as those wishing to hone their drawing skills, this five-week course will have participants undertaking studies in pencil, charcoal and paint to capture still life and even portraiture! Places cost £30 full and £26 concession and participants are welcome to bring along their preferred materials.

Learn how to make your own felt to create wonderful accessories and artwork in another great five-week course running from Thursday 3 November, 7-9pm. Artist Fiona McGonagle will guide participants through the various stages of feltmaking including design, carding, felting, construction and using decoration and embellishment. Places cost £30 full and £26 concession and materials are provided.

You can also enjoy a one-day course in Jewellery Design with artist Pauline Matthews on Saturday 19 November, 10am-2pm. Learn to use beading, ribbons, felt and more to create your own one-off accessories in time for the festive party season! Places on this course cost £25 full and £23 concession. Basic materials are provided and a list of required additional materials will be issued before course commencement.

Desima Connolly, Arts & Cultural Services Officer, comments ‘With the Autumn evenings drawing in, what better way to spend them than by learning a new skill and meeting people with similar interests in a local venue. Our classes are always informal, have a lovely atmosphere and our tutors are superb!’

For further information on any of the above courses or to book a place, contact the Box Office team on Tel: 028 7776 0650 or visit