Have A Dabble Adult Art and Craft Classes

Have a Dabble is an art group for adults run by artist and art teacher Julie Longbottom at Macclesfield Museums. Our classroom classes are currently suspended due to Covid-19 – So, we are bringing Have a Dabble to you!

Thanks to generous funding from the Cheshire Community Foundation and Cheshire East we are creating boxes of art materials and activity idea packs for people to work on at home. No special skills or experience is required, just an interest in experimenting with art and a willingness to have a go.

How can I get involved?


New art activity ideas will be added here each week and, over the coming months, we will be running ‘Sketchbook sharing’ sessions on Zoom, developing an online gallery, and offering Q&A sessions with local artists/makers.

You can sign up for the e-newsletter by emailing [email protected]

Art Pack Home Delivery

For those with limited access to materials or the internet we are producing art packs. In early October we will be delivering a box of art materials to participants along with printed instructions for 4 different art activities. Follow up printed instructions for other activities will be posted out in November, December and January. We can deliver to properties within 5 miles of Macclesfield and have risk assessments in place to ensure that delivery is safe for both recipient and driver.

Applications for Art Packs are now closed due to high demand.  We will be contacting everyone who has applied by the 10th October to let them know whether they have been successful. There is no limit to the number of people who can receive the e-newsletter so please do contact [email protected] if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Have A Dabble at Home

Hello Dabblers, I hope you are all well and safe at this difficult time – I miss teaching and seeing you all at the Old Sunday School. But for now, here are some creative lessons for you to all try at home. Keep in touch, love, Julie.

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
Textured Tissue Paper
Exploring Monochrome