Ryde Carnival Association likes to encourage continued learning within the island community. So we support all forms of educational courses supplied by the council and local businesses alike. Below you will find a list of all the courses available on the island. Courses tend to run from Term to Term linked to local school terms, although some are available through out the year from local businesses. This page is updated as courses finish.
Iris Folding Demonstrations
Iris folding is an easy, therapeutic and addictive way of creating cards which your friends and family will really treasure! Come along to Ryde District Heritage Centre and find out how easy it is. Suitable for anyone from 8 to 88….
Tuesday to Thursday, and Saturday 11am – 4pm.
Demonstrations throughout December, or come along and try it out for yourself. Kits and full instructions available at £5, per kit. For more details call 717435. Various options to learn include:- Butterfly, Champagne glasses, Dolphins, Fairytale Castle, Fan, Fish, Lady, Lighthouse, Penguin, Sailboat, Seahorse, Shoe, Train, Umbrella, Vase, Christmas baubles, Champagne Bottle, Perfume Bottle.
Beginners patchwork classes at Cloth and Comfort.
Cloth and comfort offer one-to-one or small group classes for people interested in learning the craft of patchworking. Classes can be held any day of the week except Sundays. For further information call in and speak to Heidi at
Cloth & Comfort, 44 Union Street, Ryde. Tel: 07542530702
Seaview Studio Workshop
We know there are many of you who have a hankering, love, or even obsession with everything creative, so here at Seaview Studio Workshop we would like to help!
You could. spend your time exploring vintage, traditional or contemporary skills, at a level that’s just right for you. Learn or develop a chosen project, under the guidance of tutors. professionals or experienced enthusiasts.
For more information on the current courses at the Seaview Studio Workshop click the image below.
Digital Photography for Beginners – 1 Day Intensive Courses
Price - £99.00 incl VAT which included Lunch, Refreshments, Coffee and Tea
Maximum Group Size - 8
Skill Level - Beginner
Venue - The Wight Studio, 18 Cross Street, Ryde, PO33 2AD
Time - 10am until 5pm
Course Description - You will learn how to make the most of your camera and to deal with all the technical intricacies of photography.
By gaining a good understanding of the fundamental principles you will know how to craft and make images.
We will cover :
F-stops and Shutter Speeds
Elements of Design,
Exposure Modes (M, AV, Tv & P)
File formats and image storage
White balance and Colour temperature.
You will hone your skills through hands on experience, visual presentation , discussions and critique.
For more information and to book
Contact Mandy on:-
01983 615466 or 07834 958770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
NCFE LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN CARNIVAL CRAFTS for students 19yrs and over with Residential (optional)
DATE: Summer School, 3 – 12 Aug
VENUE: Isle of Wight.
Below is information on a number of arts and performance based courses which are on offer to visitors, adults and families on the Isle of Wight. Some of the courses are run by independent groups and others are run via the Community Learning Centre.
The Community Learning Centre at Westridge in Ryde, runs a variety of courses covering all aspects of Carnival Arts, from basic skills, to event management, cultural diversity and photography. Most of the courses are for adults, but they do offer some family and young person courses. Below is a list of what is currently being offered.
For further information please contact them at
Community Learning Centre – Westridge, Brading Road, Ryde, PO33 1QS
Tel 01983 817280
or visit www.thecarnivallearningcentre.org
This is the latest Course List for the Spring Term 2012
Art - run by Community Learning Centre
Crafts - Run by Community Learning Centre
Music - Run by Community Learning Centre
ITC - Run by Community Learning Centre
ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK, 12-18 MAY - Run by Community Learning Centre
Carnival Workshops -To be Announced
Drumming Classes - run by local Samba Groups
Watercolours at Carisbrooke Castle Workshop
An opportunity to paint outside in a group at a fabulous location. Designed for people with some painting experience.
29 Jun, 10am-4pm
Carisbrooke Castle, Newport
Cost £20/£15 concession
Learn or improve your African Djembe drumming skills. This is an on-going class but new people are most welcome. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. Drums provided or bring your own.
9 Jan for 10 weeks, 6-8pm
Community Learning Centre, Westridge
Cost £45/£35 concession
Guitars for Improvers
For Improvers: Learn to play fun rock and pop songs in a small group. Bring your own guitar.
20 Feb, 6-8pm
Medina College, Newport
Cost £40/£30 concession
Kabuku - African Drum Meets Ventnor & Sandown Contact Rob on 01983 853216
Samba Drum – Please contact the band leader for local rehearsal times.
Raw Samba - meets Ryde – Contact Brian on 01983 565437
FaT Samba - meets Totland – Contact Paul on 01983 759570
Unidos - meets Sandown High School – Contact Dave on 07939 522352