Crafts courses represent the largest single subject area and make up almost 23 per cent of the Finnish adult education centre curricular offering. Some of the most popular courses include sewing and knitting as well as carpentry, conservation and restoration. Many centres provide tuition on a wide variety of subjects – the sky really is the only limit as the centres plan their course offering. You can expect to find classes on jewellery making, upholstery and bookbinding. In recent years, upcycling has also become an increasingly popular topic. To get a feel for what’s on offer in your local area, familiarise yourself with the course catalogue and then simply go ahead and try out some of the courses on offer.
Arts and crafts can help to enhance your personal future, improve your quality of life and help integrate you into your wider community. All Finnish adult education centres are tasked with promoting sustainability by maintaining and enhancing the local culture and by protecting our shared heritage. They are an opportunity for you to discover more about your local cultural heritage, gain new skills or simply enjoy an environment that promotes creativity and encourages new perspectives and ways of thinking.