Family & Young People Activities

 

Activities for Families, Young People and Children

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

Under 8s must be accompanied in the studio/classroom for the activity (unless stated otherwise)

If you want to participate with your child/ren (regardless of age) then please book yourself a place.
In order for us to keep costs as low as possible, we ask that parents of over 8’s do not stay in the classroom unless they have booked a place themselves.  This is so the classroom does not get over crowded as this can have a detrimental effect on the tuition and on the enjoyment of the participants.

Parents of over 8’s who want to stay in the building can enjoy free Wifi in our café.

Parents of under 18’s: please let us know (in advance if possible) if you will be leaving your child under the supervision of staff at The Art House, and ensure that we have your contact details in case of emergency.

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.


EASTER BASKETS with Angie Hardwick
For children aged 6+ (parents welcome to book on as well)

Make a beautiful clay Easter basket to hold your Easter treats!  Angie will demonstrate the use of slips and underglazes so you can decorate the pots with colour on the day and then collect the work three weeks later.

Baskets will be fired and ready to collect by Thursday 18th April.

Monday 1st April
10.00 am – 12.00 noon
£12
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CRAFTY BEADING with Paula Kirby
for children and young teenagers

Boys and girls of all ages will love making these fashionable wristbands and bracelets from a range of material including silver elastic, leather and cotton; use beads to spell your name, your friend’s name or even your favourite football team!

Friday 5th April
2.00pm – 4.00pm
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Friday 12th April
2.00pm – 4.00pm
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EASTER BOWLS with Amanda Packham
For all ages (parents/grand-parents are welcome to book on with the children as well)

Enjoy making fun Easter bowls with Amanda…create rabbits, chickens and eggs or let your imagination go!  Why not try other animals too. Using clay you will pinch and smooth, model and colour your own creation!

Baskets will be fired and ready to collect by Thursday 18th April.

Monday 8th April 2019
10.00 – 12.00 noon
£12
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Monday 8th April 2019
1.00 – 3.00 pm
£12
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CHILDREN’S POTTERY EXPERIENCE
Suitable for ages 8+ (and/or children must be tall enough to sit comfortably at the potter’s wheel and use a foot pedal – stools have a height of 45 cm from seat to floor).

A fun introduction to pottery that includes a making a piece of work using hand-building techniques and also gives you the opportunity to have a guided session on the electric potter’s wheel.

Completed work will be left for firing and collected after 3 weeks.

Tuesday 9th April 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm
£19.50
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FABRIC PRINTING: FARMYARD ANIMALS AND BIRDS
FAMILY FRIENDLY
Suitable for 7+

Printmaking onto fabric to create permanent textiles designs.  At this workshop we will produce prints using a range of handmade printing blocks inspired by farm and domesticated animals.  We will experiment with several styles starting with small stylised animal blocks and print these in bright colours inspired by vintage folk tales.  These blocks include sheep, a horse, a goat, ducks, mice, cats and dogs.  We will then print chickens and add fabric tail feathers followed by cows or bulls in a choice of styles; traditional English, an Indian decorated cow or a Spanish bull.

Wednesday 10th April
10.00 am – 12.00 noon
£10
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FABRIC PRINTING: PEACOCKS AND HOOPOES
This class is for aged 13 – 17 years

Block printmaking workshop inspired by two of the best known birds from Persian art and folk tales.  At the workshop we will create two main pieces, one of a hoopoe in warm shades of yellow, brown and orange and focus on layering images and words influenced by the artist Ahmed Moustafa.  We will then work on peacock designs using blues, greens and purples.  These can be repeat motifs to create a pattern on fabric inspired by peacocks or a single peacock with a stylised ornamental tail.  We will also an additional pattern using Indian printing blocks and can add fabric applique to our work.

Wednesday 10th April
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£10
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FABRIC PRINTING: ENDANGERED AND EXTINCT
In this family friendly session you will be block printmaking onto fabric!

Using permanent textile inks we will create fabric designs using handmade blocks featuring endangered and extinct creatures.  Blocks include dinosaurs, sea turtles, orangutans,  tigers,  elephants, and an African wild dog!  We can also add simple leaf, flower and water motifs to create a habitat for our creatures.

Materials provided but you may wish to bring a t-shirt or other pale coloured fabric items from home for further prints…..because who wouldn’t want a velociraptor t-shirt or sea-turtle print cards to help raise awareness of the damage we are doing to our planet.

Thursday 11th April
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£10
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FABRIC PRINTING with Mia James
This class is for 13-17 years

At this workshop we will be block printmaking onto fabric using permanent textile inks.  Designs will be inspired by the work of Eugène Séguy (1890 – 1985) a French entomologist, illustrator and textile designer.  We will work with insect motif printing blocks and combine these with a range of simple geometric shapes to create layered and repeat pattern designs.  Finished design work will be on a 50cm square of fabric and suitable for making into a cushion cover or for adding further textile techniques such as applique or embroidery after the workshop.

Thursday 11th April
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
£10
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TAKING A LINE FOR A WALK with Colette Cameron
This class is for 13 – 17 year olds.

This workshop is designed with exercises that help you to explore the use of ink with freedom and spontaneity. You will make your own set of ink pens using bamboo, tin can and feather.
Discover how to apply simple washes to your ink sketches.
Colette has a great love for ink and is a superb teacher in the art of being bold and carefree.
Suitable for all abilities.

Monday 15th April 2019
5.00 – 7.00 pm
£10
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FIGURE DRAWING
This class is for 13 – 17 year olds.  

Our figure drawing class gives participants an ideal opportunity to practice drawing from a model (clothed) in a friendly and supportive environment. Paper and basic materials are provided. Suitable for all abilities.

Monday 29th April 2019
5.00 – 7.00 pm
£12
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CHARACTER DESIGN AND CREATION with Carl Flint
This fun class is for 13 – 17 year olds.

Areas covered include:
– How to create & design a character
– How to expand the idea
– Free sketchbook included.
– Students will be encouraged to work in their own style.

Monday 13th May
5.00 pm – 7.30 pm
£10
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CELTIC ART IN ACRYLIC PAINT with Colette Cameron
This class is for 13 – 17 year olds.

This workshop is about learning the basic principles for designing Celtic Knotwork; from free-style patterns to more complicated designs. We will explore the methods of construction and the effects of different colour combinations using acrylic paint. Suitable for all abilities.

Tuesday
16th April
5.00 – 7.00 pm
£10
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ART CLUB FOR 13 – 17 YEAR OLDS:  ALMOST EVERY SINGLE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SKETCHING with Colette Cameron
Fun, imaginative and inspiring  exercises to help you cover all types of sketching and drawing:

– learn to sketch the world around you
– how to use charcoal, ink and watercolour pencils and discover your own style
– make your own ink pens and mini sketchbooks
– how to innovate and express your emotions and passions through sketching

Fridays 1st March – 29th March 2019 (5 weeks)
5.00 – 7.00 pm
£50
FULLY BOOKED
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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 10 am – 3 pm 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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