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Cleveland College of Art and Design staged a series of workshops aimed at a varied audience from across the Tees Valley including Hartlepool Mind's Crafty Makers.
More than 120 adults and children from the community took part in the programme which was funded through Arts Council England and the National Lottery.
CCAD business development manager Melanie Shee said: "This is all about encouraging people to learn new skills and experiences, to come and try something they have never done before and get creative.
"It's also about opening up the college to the community and the chance to use the facilities too."
The college was also approached by Hartlepool Mind, an organisation which supports better mental health, to see if its group of Crafty Makers could take part in the workshops.
Mind's Aimee Ruby said: "This has been an amazing experience for our clients; it has helped their confidence so much.
"There has always been a link between mental health and art and we are very grateful to have the opportunity to work with the college like this.
"The tutors have been brilliant and explained things really well. The feedback has been excellent and it really has inspired a lot of people."
CCAD provided 15 workshops, including -, creative hand embroidery, felt garlands, Raku, jewellery using metal clay, designing and printing your own tote bag giant knitting, and, for the children, 3D cardboard Robots and carnival masks.
Rachel Skinner, 24, of Hartlepool, said: "I have really enjoyed it. I made an embroidered flower, a ceramic pot and a felt ball garland.
"I have learned a lot of new things, met lots of people and made lots of new friends too."
The workshops came to a successful end by holding an exhibition in folio, in Church Square, Hartlepool.
The shop is run by CCAD providing a unique retail space showcasing a range of products, covering creative disciplines including textiles, fashion, ceramics and jewellery.
Craft project co-ordinator Amanda Bradley said: "It's been great to be involved in the programme. Everyone has really enjoyed it and couldn't get enough."
Melanie added: "It has been a very successful project and strengthened our links with the community, which is important to us.
"The comments from the artists and makers in the workshops have been amazing and we would love to be able to do it again in the future."
For further information on courses at CCAD contact (01642) 288888.
Your School: Dormanstown Primary School name: Dormanstown Primary School Address: South Avenue, Dormanstown, Redcar, TS10 5LY Head teacher: Mrs B A Johnson How would you sum your school up? We have happy, caring and well-mannered children who work very hard. They really enjoy coming to school and come in early and stay late to attend lots of after-school clubs. They love the new school building and the outdoor adventure learning areas. They enjoy learning and take their responsibilities seriously. We have a good buddying system in place and a strong school council which is not afraid to address issues in order to change policy. In addition, we have excellent community links with our 70-strong choir which is involved in lots of community activities, and we are often featured in the Evening Gazette for our work. Tell us something we didn't know about your school: The school looks out over a community forest and we sometimes see deer and foxes. We have also won a number of awards in the past year, including an Arts Mark Gold and two Northern Grid ITC awards. We have many children regularly gaining 100% attendance and get to ride to school in limousines and a large number who receive certificates for perfect behaviours on a weekly basis.
What is your school motto / ethics? Every child is an achiever. What after school club do you run? In the past year we have run: Rise & Shine, family knitting club, basketball, football, multi-sports, expo chef, recorders, Zumba, table tennis, young leaders, youth club, badminton, bug hunting, Christmas craft club, gymnastics, Tai Chi, street dance, Disney dance, family ceramic workshop, tri-golf, cricket and Glee club. Voice of the playground: "I think that our school is excellent because we have the best teachers in the world" - Mary.
"I think our school is amazing because the children are well behaved" - Lily.
"I think learning is fun and safe" - Reece.
"Dormanstown Primary School is the best school in the world" - Jack.
"Our school is brilliant because I like the clubs that the school puts on" - Nickeal.
"Our school is amazing because I just love it" - CJ.
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Today: Macmillan Academy Post-16 Open Evening, 4.30-8pm.
Oct 13: Teesside University Open Day, 10am- 3pm, tour the campus, view accommodation and meet students and staff.
Oct13: Askham Bryan College Saturday information mornings, 10am-1pm.
Oct 16: Hartlepool College of Further Education, open evening, 6pm.
Oct 24: Teesside University Open Day, 10am-3pm.
October 25: Prior Pursglove College, open evening, 5.30-8pm.
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Nov 21: Middlesbrough College Open Evening 5-8pm.
Dec 1-23: Macmillan Academy Post-16 Salvation Army Christmas appeal. Dec 6: Askham Bryan College open evening, 5.30-7pm. Jan 10: Askham Bryan College open evening, 5.30-7pm.
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April 18: Askham Bryan College open evening, 5.30-7pm.
April 25: Middlesbrough College Open Evening, 5-8pm.
A CLASS OF THEIR OWN: Left - headteacher Mrs Johnson; above - Ben Cockram and Amy Tetlow; below left - Liam Bell, left, and Thomas Purvis; below - pupils hard at work
AMAZING: Craft makers at Cleveland College of Art and Design's Folio shop in Hartlepool, from left, Aimee Ruby from Hartlepool Mind, Amanda Bradley and Rachel Skinner