Adult and Family Workshops

Connect and Create

Our Connect and Create classes are open to all ages and are a wonderful opportunity to develop creativity and benefit from being part of an artistic, relaxed and friendly group.  Accessible art classes for beginners and intermediates.

Meraki Guildhall Studio

Our Connect and Create workshops will be held in the inspiring first-floor Meraki studio at the Guildhall Centre in Exeter. This space couldn’t be more perfect for creative workshops; bright, airy and benefiting from stunning views out over St Pancras’ Church to the spires of Exeter Cathedral. These sessions are varied and will help people develop in a range of areas, from painting and ceramics to beautiful crafts. No previous experience is needed. Enjoy views out over the hustle and bustle of the city and get creating!

Upcoming Connect and Create Classes

All workshop materials are provided (and all classes can be purchased or subsidised using a Meraki Connect and Create Gift Voucher.)

Clay Tree Decoration

November 18th, drop in between 6.00 – 8.00pm

Perfect for: Adults and children (4+)

We’d like to invite you to join us for our first late night shopping workshop. A relaxed and fun drop-in session providing the perfect introduction to working with clay. Learn basic techniques and make a beautiful handmade decoration for your Christmas tree this year.

A decoration takes about 15-20 minutes to make. Prices include 2x firings and a glaze. Your work will be available to pick up 3 weeks after the workshop. (£3 for each additional decoration)

Ceramic Angel (SALE)

November 25th, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Perfect for: Adults and children (12+)

This class is perfect for complete beginners or those with basic experience in using clay. You will be guided through the steps by expert tutors who will teach you key skills and processes in clay sculpting. Create the perfect handmade angel in time for Christmas.

Prices include 2x firings and a glaze. Your work will be available to pick up 3 weeks after the workshop.

Felted Snowman

December 2nd, 6.30 – 8.00pm

Perfect for: Adults and children (12+)

We can’t think of a better way to start our Christmas countdown than by coming together to make an adorable felted snowman .

In this beginner friendly workshop we will introduce to group to needle felting, a popular fibre craft that creates felt without the use of water. Learn key techniques and some top tricks that you can use to make your very own felted characters at home.

Festive Canvas Painting

December 9th, 6.30 – 8.00pm

Perfect for: Adults and children (11+)

This workshop is designed as introduction to using acrylic paints on canvas. You will be guided through a fun and festive painting class in a step-by-step style tutorial. Led by experienced tutors, everyone will leave with a painting to be proud of, to be treasured for years to come.

Festive Wreath Making

December 16th, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Perfect for: Adults and children (9+)

Join us for our final Connect and Create workshop of the year. Learn how to make a professional style wreath from scratch using beautiful natural materials. Not only that, they smell sublime!

Painting ‘Dawn’

January 12th, 10.30 – 12pm

Perfect for: Adults and children (11+)

Follow along in a guided approach to create your very own acrylic canvas painting. Learn how to utilise layering techniques, mark making and colour mixing to create the first whispers of daylight as they reach across the fields. A beautiful workshop to launch us all into a bright new year

Wet Felting ‘Devon Snowdrops’

January 12th, 5.30 – 7.00pm

Perfect for: Families and Adults

An introduction to the ancient process of wet felting. Learn how to interlock and compress wool fibres together, and how to then manipulate the felt into a lovely floral design.

An Introduction to Watercolour Paints

February 9th, 10.30 – 12pm

Perfect for: Adults

Develop basic watercolour techniques and colour mixing skills in this guided workshop. Learn key techniques including wet-in-wet, dry-brush, graded washes, and more.

Experiences not things!

Arts and Craft Workshop Gift Voucher

Here at Meraki Art School we’re big on gift experiences. Our Arts and Craft Voucher can be redeemed against any Connect and Create workshop, giving the recipient the opportunity to tailor their experience to their interests. Following your purchase/s we will email you your voucher as a PDF to send or print.


Shared Experiences

Why we love Meraki Connect and Create

These are some of the most fun and versatile sessions that we do here at Meraki. Whether you want to improve on your art skills, meet other like-minded creatives, spend some quality time with members of your family or you just fancy a creative evening with friends – Meraki Connect and Create can deliver!

  • Shared creative learning opportunities for friends and loved ones
  • Opportunities to build lasting friendships founded in a shared passion for art
  • Using the therapeutic nature of art to enhance wellbeing, recovery and social connection
  • Stimulate creativity, learn new skills and gain confidence in different art styles.
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