Classes and Courses

Arts Centre Washington is an exciting, multi-disciplinary arts space with plenty of room for you to explore, learn and take part. We have a thriving Learning and Participation programme which we are very proud of.  Some sessions are delivered by ourselves, others with our studio partners or external practitioners.

  • For Children and Young People

    Creative You – Teenage Craft Club
    Tuesdays (Fortnightly), 5pm-6.30pm, free
    A space to for young people to meet, learn and create. Learn craft skills with a variety of guest artists and makers and get the chance to sell your work at craft fairs.

    Creative You – Bright Lights Young Artists Collective
    Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm, free
    A group for young people ages 11-19 who want to develop their artistic skills and knowledge.
    • Develop your style / practice
    • Work with and meet local professional artists
    • Take part in workshops in different art forms
    • Share ideas with likeminded young artist

    Creative You – Washington Young Film Makers Collective
    Mondays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, free at Washington Millennium Centre
    Write, shoot and edit your own movies learning about the equipment and techniques along the way in this fun series of free workshops!

    Creative You – Washington Young Writers Collective
    Wednesdays (Fortnightly), 4:30pm-6:30pm, free at Washington Library
    A series of exciting creative writing workshops exploring storytelling through folklore, urban legend and mythology. We will create own mythologies and find out how to retell and adapt legends and folklore to reflect our own lives!

    Washington Youth Theatre
    Saturdays 10am – 12pm 8 – 12 years
    12.30 – 2.30pm 13 – 18 years
    Join the Washington Youth Theatre Company and learn about stagecraft and script writing, take part in productions and films as well as making great new friends along the way. £6.00 per session

    Saturday Art Club 
    Saturdays, 1pm – 3pm
    Join the Saturday Art Club and find out just how much fun art can really be, for children 8+
    £6.00 per session

    Right Track
    Saturdays 10am – 12pm, Free
    A project to develop young, creative and inspiring musicians between the ages of 12-21.
    You don’t have to play an instrument or have any performance experience..  All we require are creative and enthusiastic young musicians looking to develop their music skills.
    Delivered with Loud and Clear in partnership with Sunderland Music Hub
    To register your interest and for more info email [email protected] 

    The Voice Studio
    Professional singing tuition from Maggie Ballantyne, internationally renowned singer, vocal and performance coach. One to one teaching, call 0191 417 4999 to book

    Trish and Trina’s Performance Academy
    Year round programme of dance classes for children and adults of all ages
    Contact 07761633157
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Facebook: Trish ‘n’ Trina School of Dance | Facebook

    Family Ukulele Lessons
    The perfect introductory instrument for children come along to a family workshop and learn the instrument together.  For more info contact [email protected]

    Little Movers
    Have fun with your little one dancing, singing and playing games.
    Tuesdays during term time
    Baby Movers 0 – crawling Tuesdays 1pm – 1.45pm
    Little Movers walking – 4 years Tuesdays 1.45pm – 2.30pm
    To book e-mail [email protected]  or search Little Movers Washington on Facebook

    Thursdays, 11.30am, suitable for ages 6 months to 4years
    Come along and join in the fun at Artventurers Sunderland & Washington!
    Colourful, creative (often messy!) art, craft and creative play sessions for babies, toddlers and children
    Sessions are bookable per term ( 5 weeks for £35) or single sessions at £8 each.
    Bookings via:
    Sessions must be prebooked.
    For more information contact Cherry [email protected] 07737249745

  • For Adults

    Watercolour Classes
    Wednesdays 9.30am – 12.30pm, £9 per session
    1.30 – 3.30pm, £7 per session
    Unleash your creative potential at the Arts Centre Washington’s Watercolour class.

    One Voice Community Choir
    Tuesday 5.30pm – 7pm
    £4.50 per session
    Join our community choir! No audition necessary.

    Iyengar Yoga
    Tuesdays 5.45pm – 7.15pm
    £7 per session
    Contact [email protected]

    Strictly Salsa, Latin And Ballroom
    Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm
    £5 per session
    Contact Lindsay on 07952 155919 / [email protected]

    Washington Theatre Group
    Amateur Dramatics Group
    Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm
    £5 monthly subscription for more information.

    Ukulele Lessons
    One to one and group Ukulele lessons are available throughout the week via Uke School
    Contact [email protected] for more info

    B#’s Community Choir
    Wednesdays, 10am – 11.30am
    £4.50 per session
    Join our community choir! No audition necessary.

    Hatha Yoga
    Wednesdays 10am – 11.30am
    £5 per session
    Contact Maureen at [email protected]

    Thursdays 10am – 11am
    £65 for 8 weeks
    Contact Carol on 07761421815 for more details.

    The “Nifties”
    Events, activities and films every other
    Wednesday 1.30pm – 3pm
    £3.50 includes refreshments.

    Tea Dance / Sequence Dance
    Thursdays, 1.30pm, £2.50Enjoy a dance and a cuppa at our tea dance! Join us on a Thursday afternoon to learn some dances moves with instructor Norma, catch-up with some friends and enjoy a cup of tea.

    Adult Tap
    Thursday 6.00pm – 7.30pm
    Bring two left feet and a sense of humour
    £5 per session
    Contact 07761633157 / e-mail: [email protected]

    The Guitar Studio – RF Guitars
    Group Guitar Lessons, 1 to 1 lessons, Guitar Repairs, set ups and custom builds
    To book find out more call Ron on 07785 914 241 or email [email protected]

    Scale Model Making Club
    Thursdays 7pm – 9pm
    £3 per session
    Search ’Washington Model Club’ on Facebook to find out more

    Oil Painting
    Fridays, 9.30am – 11.30am
    Ideal for total beginners as well as those more experienced with oil painting.
    £7.00 per session

    Tai Chi
    An independently ran Tai Chi class
    Fridays 9.00am – 10.00am – Beginners
    £5.50 per session
    10.00am – 11.30am – intermediate
    £6 per session
    Contact Dominic on [email protected]

    Creative Age
    Fridays 1pm – 3pm
    Art and craft sessions that are designed for people living with the early stages of dementia, long term health conditions or social isolation.
    To find out more contact Rachel [email protected]

    Gong Bathing
    Various Dates, check website for details
    Open gateways within your body, mind and soul through the sound created by gongs. Bring your yoga mat, blanket and pillows.
    To book call 07469 180 185 / email [email protected] / Sacred Gongs on Facebook

    Drink and Draw
    Various dates, from 7.30pm, £12 included a free drink!
    Fun and informal Life Drawing sessions!

    Twisting Ducks Theatre Company
    Fridays, 10am – 3.30pm
    Theatre Company for people with learning disabilities and autism from Washington and Sunderland
    Contact Dotty on [email protected] or 07925 167775 for more info

  • Our Featured Courses