Check out our range of workshops and community groups if you want to learn something new and be inspired by our friendly and passionate specialist tutors...
Flower Arranging Workshops
Our floral arranging workshops provide the perfect blend of fun, knowledge and hands-on experience for anyone who wants to create stunning fresh floral arrangements and inject a colourful touch of style into their home. This workshop is great for those who love floristry and would make the perfect gift.
Flower arranging is a fantastic opportunity to explore one’s creative talents and it has been proven to help with wellbeing and relaxation.
Our expert tutors run this course mainly from MBC HQ in Sunderland, but on occasion from various other sites across the North East. If you would like to see if there are any flower arranging workshops coming up soon at MBC HQ, please click on the below button.
Immerse yourself in the creative processes of sculpting by taking part in a one-off ceramics workshop at MBC Arts Wellbeing in Sunderland. You will learn how to hand sculpt clay, form 3D shapes, create textures using different surfaces and select the appropriate tools for cutting and shaping.
Guided by our expert ceramic’s tutors, previous students have made front decorative plaques, day of the dead masks, animal sculptures and many other fascinating creations from clay.
Not only do our ceramics workshops provide a fun and creative day, the classes are packed with knowledge and skills that can be carried forward. Furthermore, sculpting and art are both wonderful ways to better your mental wellbeing, as your thoughts and feelings can be translated into tangible creations. If you’d like to know more about our scheduled ceramics workshops here in Sunderland please click on the button below which will take you to our events page.
Glass Foiling Workshops
Glass foiling is an ancient practice that has been used throughout history to create items such as the stunning stained-glass windows that adorn many Churches. We have tutors at hand here who know just how to use this technique to create a variety of different decorative items including sunlight catchers and wall hangings.
On one of these workshops you’ll be shown how to make your very own beautiful piece of copper-foiled glass in a step-by-step process. If you’d like to see what glass foiling workshops we have lined up, then please follow the link to our events page below for up-to-date scheduling.
Soap Making Workshops
Learn how to make 100% natural, fragrant soaps to use at home or give as gifts in one of our fantastic soap making workshops. In this class you will learn about the different moulding and pouring methods, how to identify the various essential oils used to fragrance the soaps, and the range of exfoliants that you can use in a bar of soap.
Of course, you’ll get to take home all your creations at the end of the session along with a wealth of new knowledge. If you’d like to see if there are any soap making workshops coming up, then please follow the link to our events page below.
Working with our in-house blacksmith Darren, come along and try your hand at our traditional forge where you can create your own stunning metalware to bring home. Learn how to hammer, tack, bend and forge from a professional. Darren hosts a variety of year-round and seasonal workshops where participants have made items such as Remembrance Day Poppies, Christmas baubles, Valentines Kissing Horseshoes, bottle openers, knives and many other exciting items both decorative and practical.
For up to date information on the workshops that Darren has lined up please follow the link to our Facebook events page below. If you’d like to see more of Darren’s fine work, then follow ‘thewittysmith’ on Instagram.
If you would like to create your own unique, personal and bespoke package for a certain occasion, or just to have some fun, then please get in touch with us where we will be able to help create a package that is unique to you, your friends and your family.
Previously we have created baby shower events, adult birthday celebrations and stag/hen do gatherings.
To discuss a bespoke package or course, please contact us on either 0191 5145545 or alternatively on
Reed Diffuser Workshops
Make your home smell amazing with a handmade natural oil diffuser. On this workshop you’ll be supported by an experienced tutor who will introduce you to the history of reed diffusion and help you to identify the different essential oils by smell alone. After this you’ll create your own bespoke scent and diffuser bottle to take home with you.
As well as an opportunity to express yourself this is also a chance to meet some like-minded people in a friendly and relaxed environment. If you’d like to see if there are any reed diffuser workshops coming up, then please follow the link to our events page below.
Fused Glass Workshops
Sunderland has a long and famous history for its glass making and that is why here at MBC Arts Wellbeing our glass making workshops is one of the most popular ones we have. Working with one of our specialist tutors, you will learn the different techniques used with glass pens, how to colour using frits and how to paint the surface directly to create unique and eye-catching designs.
In the past we have made jewellery, coasters, decorative sun catchers, Christmas tree decorations and many other seasonal glass items. To find out more about our glass making workshops at MBC HQ in Sunderland, please follow the link below which will take you our events page.