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.

ART CLUB FOR 13 – 17 YEAR OLDS: THE LOST WORDS Printmaking (without a press) and collage
with Mia James 

Taking inspiration from The Lost Words by Jackie Morris, Japanese scroll painting, Ruskin and urban wildlife we will experiment with several printmaking and collage techniques and create images of leaves, trees and birds.

  • Learn about simple but effective printmaking, line monoprints, printing with paper shapes and with leaves and feathers
  • Create monochromatic layered images using handmade tree stencils
  • Make textured background effects for our prints inspired by sections of Japanese scroll paintings
  • Make collagraph and fabric printing blocks inspired by images from The Lost Words
  • Print onto various papers and fabrics with our handmade blocks
  • Learn about experimentation and the often accidental effects you can achieve through printmaking
  • Learn about artist links and references for your work but interpreting their ideas using different media and techniques.

Fridays 26th April – 24th May 2019 (5 weeks)
5.00 – 7.00 pm

If you can’t make it this time, you can add your name to our expressions of interest register below:
Register your interest here

At this workshop we will block print onto fabric using permanent textile inks.  The printing blocks will be a range of cacti which can be printed in a variety of ways, singly or composite images joining plant sections and flowers to create extraordinary plants.  Emphasis at this workshop will be on bright colour and bold graphic designs.

Suitable for all ages from 6 years (under 8s must be accompanied by a parent/carer).

Tuesday 28th May 2019
10.00 am – 12.00 pm  FULLY BOOKED
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm  BOOK HERE!

13 – 17 years
This workshop offers the chance to learn the fundamentals of landscape Painting in oils. You will be shown how to extract and adopt images from photographs to create paintings. You will also learn the fundamentals of composition tone and colour.


Wednesday 29th May
2.00 – 4.30 pm

At this workshop we will block print onto fabric using handmade printing blocks inspired by life in an oak tree.  We will start by printing using a range of oak leaf blocks and experiment with colour and layering and creating repeat patterns.  Then we will work on a larger piece and using masking and layering create a illustrative print using my blocks which include a tawny owl, a jay, a squirrel and a stag beetle!  Materials are provided but you may wish to bring your own fabric (must be light coloured) if you have a particular project in mind, for example, cushion covers, lampshade, curtains, t-shirts.

This workshop is suitable for age 13 years to adults.  (Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult).

Friday 31st May
10.00 am – 12.30 pm  BOOK HERE!
2.00 pm – 4.30 pm  BOOK HERE!

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

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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