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.

Last years sell out summer school was (according to the lovely participants):  ‘Amazing’ ‘Excellent’ and ‘Awesome’…  This summers five days of fun looks to be even more fantastically creative. Expect wheel throwing, fabric printing, painting, modelling with clay, drawing techniques, raku and more!



Monday 5th August – Friday 9th August (5 days)
10:30 am – 3:30 pm each day
£135 per child

BOOK HERE! for 8 – 12 year olds

BOOK HERE! for 13 – 17 year olds

In this two hour session you will have chance to use a potter’s wheel and then make a small hand-built pot/model.  You will be able to decorate your handbuilt pot/model with coloured slips and leave your best pieces for firing in the kiln (collection 3 weeks later).

Please note – it is recommended that this workshop is for age 8 and older (students need to be able to use a foot pedal to control the potters wheel whilst being seated – the stool height, floor to seat, is 44 cm).

Tuesday 27th August 2019
10:00 – 12:30 pm

Wednesday 28th August 2019
10:00 – 12:30 noon

MODELLING CLAY FIGURES ~ with Amanda Packham
Have fun modelling in clay!  Learn how to make a character, a friend or your family using joining slip and wooden tools.  The class is aimed at children 8 years and above (parents are welcome to join i the session if they have booked a place).

Monday 12th August 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm


Monday 19th August 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Fridays 5.00 – 7.00 pm (September 2019 onwards)

We are taking a summer break from running the successful and popular Friday group.  It is intended for the group to start again in September.

In the meantime if you are interested in attending the group then please add your name to our expressions of interest register below and we will send you further details about the next course when we have finalised the content:
Register your interest here

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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