Have A Dabble

Great News! Have a Dabble in-person classes are running at the Silk Museum starting September 10th 2021.

Classes are every Friday and limited to 12 students per session.

Morning Class 9-12pm Afternoon Class 1-4pm. Costing £12 per person per class.

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Have a Dabble is an Adult art and craft group run by artist and art teacher Julie Longbottom at Macclesfield Museums. Our classroom classes were suspended due to Covid-19 – so, we brought Have a Dabble to you!

Thanks to generous funding from the Cheshire Community Foundation we have distributed boxes of art materials and activity idea packs for people to work on while safely at home.

  • Pre-Covid our Have a Dabble community had 30 members (affectionately known as ‘Dabblers’), meeting once a week at Macclesfield Museums
  • We’ve issued 240 Art boxes to local residents
  • We have provided over 45 lessons
  • Post out 65 packs every month to people who can’t access the internet
  • Fortnightly ‘Sketchbook Sharing’ keeping-in-touch Zoom sessions
  • Through a combination of our website, e-newsletter and postal packs we have a growing community of over 600 ‘Dabblers’

Have a Dabble from Home has now come to an end. All of the lessons are archived here on the website for you to explore and have fun with. We are hoping to restart regular on site sessions at the Silk Museum from September and will post information on those as soon as dates and times are confirmed.

BE THE FIRST to find out about by joining the Have a Dabble mailing list by contacting [email protected]

Please help us reach more ‘Dabblers’ and grow our Creative Community DONATE HERE

Have a Dabble Exhibition

An inspiring exhibition of the ‘Dabblers’ Artwork, all created at home. Taught by Julie via Zoom classes and the activity sheets during the 2020-2021 Lockdowns.


Have A Dabble at Home
Lesson 1. Colour work
Lesson 2. Observational drawing Pen & Ink
Lesson 3. Mixed Media
Lesson 4. Drawing challenge
Lesson 5. Bubble Art
Lesson 6. Fruit, mixed media
Lesson 7. The best time of the day
Lesson 8. The Box Challenge
Lesson 9. Beautiful Grasses
Lesson 10. Sensational Silhouettes
Lesson 11. Mindful Marks – De-stress and Draw
Lesson 12. Wild Magical Colours
Lesson 13. Textured Tissue Paper
Lesson 14. Exploring Monochrome
Lesson 15. Brilliant Brushmarks
Lesson 16. Shoes & Bags
Lesson 17. Food Shopping
Lesson 18. Autumn Colours
Lesson 19. Perfect Patterns
Lesson 20. Japanese Artwork
Lesson 21. Fun with Fabric
Lesson 22. Simply Drawing
Lesson 23. Strictly Sparkle
Lesson 24. Christmas Crafts
Lesson 25. Winter Landscapes
Lesson 26. Art Nouveau
Lesson 27. Reflections & Shadows
Lesson 28. Camouflage
Lesson 29. Tree Bark
Lesson 30. Adventures in Paint
Lesson 31. Traditional Aboriginal Artwork
Lesson 32. Secret Garden
Lesson 33. Colour
Lesson 34. Spring
Lesson 35. Still Life
Lesson 36. Eco
Lesson 37. Boats
Lesson 38. Folk Art
Lesson 39. Mosaics
Lesson 40. Water
Lesson 41. Posters
Lesson 42. Stripes
Lesson 43. New Life
Lesson 44. Buildings
Lesson 45. Underground
Lesson 46. Sketchbooks