Family Activities

 

 Activities for Children and Families

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.


Coming to The Art House soon!

Art Club for 13 – 17 year olds
Week day evenings, during term time.

Register your interest here

 


WHIT-SUN HALF-TERM (MAY) HOLIDAY ACTIVITY


JUNGLE BEASTS Fabric Printing with Mia James
Create your own textile design using hand made printing blocks.  We will print a tiger, monkey or parakeet and then add layers of rich foliage and optional frogs!

All materials are provided.  Suitable for children aged 8+

Please note that this session is intended for children only.  However, parents are welcome to stay and help their child if there is space, otherwise if the classroom becomes too full, we appreciate you waiting in the Tea Studio cafe downstairs (free WiFi) or visiting the exhibition spaces whilst the session runs.

Wednesday 30th May
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
£10 per participant
BOOK HERE!

Wednesday 30th May
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
£10 per participant
BOOK HERE!


WACKY POTS AND MUGS with Amanda Packham
Make a soft slab pot and add your wild imagination to produce a silly face or wild animal.  Use as an amazing container!

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Parents/Guardians who wish to create their own wacky pot must book an additional place for themselves.

Tuesday 29th May
10:00 – 12:00 noon
£10 per participant
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Tuesday 29th May
1:00 – 3:00 pm
£10 per participant
BOOK HERE!


SUMMER ACTIVITY


FUNKY FISH with Angie Hardwick 
In this workshop, children will be able to create two types of funky clay fish.  First, they will learnt to roll out clay and cut out a tile in their desired fish shape. They will also learn how to do basic sgrafitto techniques on their fish tile.

In the second half of the session they will create a 3 dimensional fish using thumb pot techniques, decoration will be added using imprinting and applying.

Age 6+ (under 8s must be accompanied)

Saturday 7th July
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
£15
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MAGIC FAIRY DOORS with Angie Hardwick 
Design and create your own magical door for fairies and pixies!
Children will learn the correct rolling technique for clay, and be taught imprinting and applied detail techniques.

Age 6+ (under 8s must be accompanied)

Saturday 14th July
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
£15
BOOK HERE!

 


PET PORTRAITS – Painting your Best Friends
with Flora Menager
They warm our hearts, make us laugh and are part of the family: what better way to pay homage to our pets than to paint them!  in this fun introductory course, participants will learn drawing and painting techniques to best represent their beloved pets.

Suitable for children age 8+ (each child must be accompanied by a participating/s parent or guardian/s)

(Image from past participant ‘Sophie’s Cat’)

 

Mondays 16th and 23rd July
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: £20 (cost includes a space for one adult and one child)
BOOK HERE!


POSTCARDS – HAND-HELD ART TO POST AND COLLECT with Colette Cameron
Abandon your texting and revive the lost art of the hand-made and hand-held correspondence!  All abilities welcome for this playful workshop.

 

Saturday 21st July
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
£10 per participant (includes 2 postage stamps)
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SHADOW PUPPETS FAMILY WORKSHOP with Colette Cameron
With this ancient art form we will discover the magic of shadow puppets were fantastic fictional characters come to life in your hands.  You are never too old to play, and play enables us to tap into our creativity – as well as being great fun!  No previous experience necessary.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 27th July
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
£10
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Friday 27th July
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
£10
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KIDS ART AND POTTERY SUMMER SCHOOL
Building on the success of last years summer school, 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 30th July – Friday 3rd August (5 days)
10:30am – 3:30pm each day
£125 per child
BOOK HERE!


WATERCOLOUR BOOKLETS – FAMILY WORKSHOP with Colette Cameron
All ages and abilities can try these playful watercolour exercises which encourage an experimental expressive introduction to watercolours.  Discover your own style, learn basic book binding, and take home a unique, personal booklet filled with dynamic paintings.


Saturday 4th August
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
£10 per participant
BOOK HERE!

Saturday 4th August
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
£10 per participant
BOOK HERE!


POTTERY FAMILY WORKSHOPS – “PINCHPOTTERMANIA”
A workshop for all the family (aimed at children 6 – 10 years, parents welcome to participate).  Explore the technique of pinching clay into bowls, monsters, egg cups, mugs, plant holders, tea-lights and decorating with coloured slips.

You will be able to complete one piece during the workshop which is then left for firing (can be collected 3 weeks after the session).

 

 

Wednesday 8th August 2018
11:00 – 1:00 pm
£15
BOOK HERE!

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
11:00 – 1:00 pm
£15
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SONY DSCSUMMER CHILDREN’S POTTERY EXPERIENCE WORKSHOPS
These workshop sessions will allow children and young people to receive tuition on using the potter’s wheel and more traditional pottery techniques.

 

For age 8 years – 16 years (children of 8 years old need to be tall enough to be able to sit on a stool and operate the foot pedal.  The height of the stool – seat to floor level – is 17″).

Students will make a tealight holder or personalised sign for their bedroom using the technique of slab building and decorating their piece with stamps and clay embellishments.  This piece will be finished using coloured slips.  In addition students will be shown how to make a pot using the potter’s wheel – choosing a coloured glaze that will be used once the piece is ready for firing.

Choose up to two pots to leave for firing (can be collected 3 weeks after the session).

Given the limited places available (10 students per session) we are advertising these sessions for children and young people only rather than family groups – sorry mums and dads – but parents are welcome to relax in the Tea Studio cafe downstairs (free WiFi) or visit the exhibition spaces whilst the session runs.

Tuesday 7th August 2018
10:00 – 12:30 pm
£17.50
BOOK HERE!

Tuesday 21st August 2018
10:00 – 12:30 pm
£17.50
BOOK HERE!


THURSDAY KIDS CLUB
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9th August – 23rd August (3 weeks)
10:00 am – 12 noon
£30
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9th August – 23rd August (3 weeks)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
£30
BOOK 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 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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