Family Activities


Family workshops & activities

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Art House, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Please note:  children under 8 must be accompanied in the studio/classroom for the activity (if you want to be involved in the making with your child(ren) then please book yourself a place).  For children over 8 – you are welcome to leave them under supervision of the tutor running the activity but must remain in the Art House (don’t worry we have an excellent cafe with free WiFi!). Young people under 18 years can only be left unsupervised at the Art House with prior agreement.

How to book: To book and pay please click on the preferred course link below or ring the office (Tel: 0114 – 2723970) and we can take your payment. By doing so you confirm that you have read and agree to our payment terms and conditions, cancellation, refunds and privacy policy set out at the bottom of the page.

Join us at The Art House for a fun-filled week of art and pottery!
Activities include painting, drawing, fabric printing, clay sculpture and having a go on an electric potters wheel!

Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September
10.30 am – 3.30 pm each day
Cost: £100 (for the full week)

Optional ‘Breakfast Club’ and ‘After School Club’ available.
Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old

In this workshop Mia will teach you how to print onto textiles using hand-made printing blocks. Taking inspiration from the Winter Gardens, you will be printing tropical birds and plants while experimenting with colour, pattern and design.
For children aged 7+.


Friday 25th August
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Cost:  £10 per participant (inc adults who would like to create something alongside their child) 

Saturday 26th August 
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Cost:  £10 per participant (inc adults who would like to create something alongside their child)

See Mia’s Facebook page for some images of her wonderful work!  Click here

FAMILY POTTERY: DAYTIME RAKU with Mike Scown Experience the fun of Raku as you decorate and watch your pieces being fired in front of you (the tutor will be present at all times to ensure a safe environment ).  Take your own hand decorated pot away with you on the day!


The cost of the workshop will include one pot per person for decoration – if you require additional pots to decorate these will be available to buy on the day for £5 per pot.

Please note: Although The Art House takes all measures to ensure a safe environment, parents/guardians must remain responsible for their children at all times.

3.00 – 5.00 pm
Cost: £35 per pair (one adult and one child)

22nd August – BOOK HERE!

with Sam Groom

On this fun workshop you will print a SPACE design onto a black t-shirt. You will use simple printing techniques to print planets, space ships, aliens and what ever else you might find in space as a unique design using fabric printing ink onto your t-shirt! .   At the end of the session you can wear home your fabulous original t shirt and amaze your friends with your imagination and talent!  Suitable for age 6 to 10.


Tuesday 22nd August
Cost: £20 per participant or £18 for each additional child

10 am – 12.30 pm BOOK HERE!
1.30 pm – 4.00 pm BOOK HERE!

Wheel Throwing

Come and try your hand on a potter’s wheel!  Great fun and very messy (please don’t wear your best clothes).  We will be running one hour wheel sessions twice a week over August.  Suitable for 8 years and above (child must be able to reach foot pedal safely).

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost: £12 per person (family sessions)
You must book in advance

Please note no work will be kiln fired from these fun sessions – you are welcome to take away your pot to air dry it at home and then paint.
Tuesday 22nd August 11.00 – 12.00pm – BOOK HERE
Thursday 24th August 11.00 – 12:00pm – BOOK HERE

More dates to follow nearer the time………

Payments: All courses or workshops must be fully paid in advance and all major cheques, cash and credit/debit cards are acceptable methods of payment.

Payment by cheque: To pay by cheque please click here to download a booking form and send back with a cheque made payable to “St Matthews House Ltd”. You can also drop in Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm to pay in person.

Cancellation and refunds: If you wish to cancel your place on a course you must do so at least 14 days before the course starts in order to receive a full refund. Cancellation must be made in writing or email. If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee. Alternatively you may transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

If you cancel your place within 14 days of commencement you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee.

If we are forced to cancel a course then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

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