Our online activities cover a range of artforms and activities and invite you to try something new from the comfort of your own home. We're working with a range of talented Artists to demonstrate practical tasks and provide tuition in their specific field of work. 


No previous experience is required; our sessions give you the opportunity to be creative, develop your skillset and have fun whilst interacting with Artists and other participants.

The structure of each session will take a different format depending on the activity and the Artist, please see each individual listing for full details. 

Most of our sessions will take place via Zoom - for some help and guidance working online read our post on 'Staying Connected'. 

Have you seen the ArtSpeak At Home Art Book? Click here to view or view as a PDF document here

ArtSpeak Create

Tuesday 24 November 

14:00 - 15:30 


Do you love taking photos? Could you do with some advice around perfecting your technique and understanding your camera functions? 

This photography tutorial is suitable for all levels and is designed to help you achieve your photographic goals. It’ll cover composition, exposure and depth of field, as well as help you switch from using automatic and get to grips with working on manual camera settings. 

This tutorial will be led by Dan from The Photo Workshop. The Photo Workshop is a local business that delivers workshops for Creative Hearts and Curious Minds. They pride themselves on delivering training that is easy to understand, free from technical jargon, creative and practical. The sessions are relaxed, informal, and welcoming. 

There’ll be a Q&A session at the end of the tutorial and Dan will also be holding a separate critique session for anyone wanting to share any of their work and gain some feedback. The date of the critique session will be confirmed after this first tutorial. 

FREE for ArtSpeak members - Sign up to receive the Zoom event invitation link. 

ArtSpeak Meets

Friday 15 January 

11:00 - 11:45 


Nottingham has a rich literary history, and it is one that still thrives today as the City was awarded the status of a Unesco City of Literature in 2015. 

On this virtual tour led by award winning tour guide Felicity Whittle, you’ll gain an insightful introduction to the City’s strong literary heritage whilst taking in some of the important sights throughout Nottingham City Centre. 

During this lighthearted tour, Felicity will discuss the novels, poetry and scandalous private lives of legendary local writers such as DH Lawrence and Lord Bryon. It'll also be chance to learn more about some key fictional literary figures and the successful library service in the City today. 

You can enjoy it all with a cup of tea in the comfort and warmth of your own home!


There’ll be the opportunity to ask any questions at the end of the tour. 

FREE for ArtSpeak members - Sign up to receive the Zoom event invitation link. 

This tour is delivered by Gold Star Guides. 

ArtSpeak Participate

Wednesday 25 November 

11:00 - 12:00 


What was the surrealism movement?
When did it start? 
Who were the key surrealist Artists? 

In this insightful, relaxed and informal tutorial, Visual Artist Tom Crump will talk you through the origins of Surrealist Art.


In a visually engaging presentation, you will delve into the history and enjoy an exploration of what influenced the movement, find out why it was such an important moment in Art History.


Then take a look at who the leading Artistic figures were, reflect on how it is still relevant today and which Artists continue to be influenced and inspired by this movement.

FREE for ArtSpeak members - Sign up to receive the Zoom event invitation link. 

ArtSpeak Create

Monday 7 December 

Monday 14 December 

Monday 21 December 

10:30 - 12:00


Common Threads in a Divided World

Explore your creative potential and learn a range of special art techniques in this mixed media workshop led by Artist Susan Bedford.

Taking inspiration from your local surroundings you will use photography, drawing, watercolour painting and stitching techniques to produce an abstract composition and unique piece of artwork.

The workshops will be delivered in three parts to give you time to learn and develop new skills with instruction, direction and encouragement from Susan. Suitable for all levels, no previous experience is required. 

Workshop One: Photography Sketched Studies. During this workshop you’ll explore photography concepts such as composition, cropping, rule of thirds, depth of field and outcome critique. From your chosen photograph you’ll turn your focus to drawing techniques which will form the base of your artwork. (Please be aware that you will need to have a camera phone or camera for this workshop and be familiar with the controls. If using a phone please ensure you know how to take a screenshot.)

Workshop Two: Using your drawing from workshop one, you’ll start to introduce the use of watercolour, adding colour and detail to paper and then transferring these colours and technique onto fabric. There’ll also be the opportunity to work with other paints or ink if you wish.

Workshop Three: In this final workshop you’ll further develop your artwork by considering reconstruction and deconstruction and complete with stitching techniques.

A Q&A section will be incorporated into each workshop and there’ll be an opportunity to show and discuss your progress and share your results.


Click here to view a materials list 

To find out more about Susan visit our Artists and Tutors page.

£30 Workshop plus materials (Included materials are highlighted on the materials list) 

£20 Workshop only 

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