Whether you’re a dab hand with a paint brush or you prefer knitting needles, there is always something new to try when we start talking “art and craft”.   

If we put our historian hats on and go way back, craft was derived from the meaning “to make skilfully” and landed before the 12th-century to denote a form of work, involving the creation of physical objects, by the use of hands and brain, while art relates to the Latin word “ars” meaning, art, skill, or craft and came from around the  13th-century. Art is the expression of ideas and emotions through a physical medium, like painting, sculpture, film, dance, writing, photography, or theatre and uses elements such as line, shape, colour, value, texture, form, and space – to make meaning out of life and express a personal vision is an innate impulse. 

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”—Pablo Picasso 


Arguably though, the oldest recognised technique of all time is pottery. It originated before the Neolithic period (10000 BC); with items such as ceramic vessels discovered in a cave in the Jiangxi province of China. 

Crafting includes a variety of forms, from sculpture and metalwork to knitting and printing. These crafts can all be divided into five basic types based on their form and purpose: textile, decorative, paper, functional, and fashion crafts. 

These days we may think of craft in a more relaxing way – a hobby for example – however many of the items we make are still useful. “Made with love” a common phrase, the knitted items, macramé pot plant hangers, scrap book journals made for keeping treasures, and the painting we joyously hang on our wall, all born from a love of making something from scratch through our own hands. 

This spring, embark on a new adventure with us, as we share valuable tips, tricks, and new skills for you! 

Bring your own craft project or learn a new skill with our teacher and make new friends.  

It’s all about trying something new and creating meaningful connections. 

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Join us every Wednesday at Flagstaff Hill Community Centre, starting 18 October 2023.  

Payment options include CHSP or HCP funding subsidised. If you are unsure of your funding eligibility, please get in touch. 

Posted: September 21, 2023