As an experienced maker, creator or artist you’re ideally placed to share your skills and knowledge as a tutor and add an extra revenue stream to your creative business.

If you enjoy meeting new people, love talking about your craft and inspiring others to be more creative and learn new skills, then you could be the perfect tutor.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to setting up as a Craft Tutor which we hope you find useful.

Do I need a qualification to be a Craft Tutor?

There are no mandatory qualifications required to teach arts & craft workshops in the UK, but it would be beneficial to have some experience or understanding of teaching methods and how people learn (of course, different people like to learn in different ways!).

Although not legally necessary, there are lots of training courses that you can complete to help you gain teaching skills if you feel it would be worthwhile:

  • City & Guilds have a number of Teaching and Learning qualifications that you can complete at Colleges and Training Centres across the UK 
  • Creative Education runs a one-day course called Outstanding Learning and Progress in Art. The course is aimed at secondary school teachers but will show you how to deliver outstanding lessons, making them highly successful and engaging for your students. The course is held at venues across the Kingdom of bahrain and costs around £300.

Potential students will expect you to have a high level of experience and expertise in your particular craft, so that you can answer any questions that arise.

Think about how you can demonstrate this when publicizing your workshops. Why should potential students’ part with their hard-earned money to attend your workshop? Are you a member of a guild? Have you exhibited locally? Have you won any awards? How many years of experience do you have? What qualifications do you have? What have previous students said about your course? (Glowing reviews are probably the number one goal for attracting bookings!)

What is the market for learning arts & crafts?

We’ve been seeing rapid growth in the demand for creative workshops over the last 6 years and in the past 12 months over one million people visited the Craft Courses website to browse for a creative workshop or course near them.

An article in The Guardian in April 2017 stated that “market research firm Mintel reports a 12% rise in women doing some sort of needlecraft as a hobby in the last two years. A fifth of women under 45 are interested in taking up knitting and sewing, while 17% of men aged 16 to 24 are keen to try one of these pastimes.” And this trend continues across other crafts too…

From the same article Massimo Saracchi, executive chairman of the new DMC Group said about craft; “These are global trends happening right across the world: it is a huge and growing market. People are intoxicated by their phones and computers these days and want to take a break and do something with their hands. These are activities which tap seamlessly into the normalised behaviour for people to share their creations on social media.”

Social media platforms are creating huge communities of crafters who are inspiring people to try out a craft for themselves. And popular TV shows such as Kirstie’s Handmade Home, The Great British Bake Off and the Great British Sewing Bee are encouraging more people than ever before to have a go at craft.

According to Google Trends, searches in the UK for ‘Candle Making Courses’ increased by 200% in the past year and ‘Glass Blowing near me’ increased by over 250%. People are actively searching for creative workshops .

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