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.


LANDSCAPES OF THE IMAGINATION with Colette Cameron
For 13 – 17 year olds

Invent your own world in this large scale, mixed media workshop

Combining observational sketching, creative imagination, and techniques in perspective.

Suitable for all abilities

Tuesday 27th August
10.00am – 12.30pm

£15

BOOK HERE!


WATERCOLOUR LANTERNS with Colette Cameron
FAMILY FRIENDLY

What happens when you combine the stained-glass effects of watercolours and your own imagination? Answer: Magic Lanterns!

In this fun family-friendly class you will make a beautiful light-surround, please bring a glass jam jar! (you must supply your own candle or battery operated light)

(under 8s must be accompanied)

Tuesday 27th August
2.00pm – 4.00pm

£12 per participant

BOOK HERE!


OIL PAINTING: LANDSCAPES with Marcin Szuba
For 13 – 17 year olds

Learn how to create landscapes using oil paint!

Tuesday 27th August
6.00pm – 8.30pm
£15

BOOK HERE!

 


WATERCOLOUR PAINTING with Colette Cameron
For 13 – 17 year olds

Discover how watercolours can capture the beauty and energy of life to create images that contain a freer and more lyrical form of expression.
We will take inspiration from traditional Chinese painting to develop simple, lively strokes.
‘Make half the effort to achieve double’

Wednesday 28th August
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£12

BOOK HERE!


FAMILY FABRIC PRINTING: FIVE RIVERS WILDLIFE
with Mia James

At this fabric printmaking workshop we will create permanent textile designs inspired by our local river wildlife.  Handmade printing blocks include reeds, willow leaves, herons, sand martins, swifts, fish, gulls, ducks and an otter.  We will start by printing leaf motifs or stylised water or cloud patterns onto sheer fabrics so we can experiment with light,colour and layering and then move on to the creatures.  Although you can bring your own items for printing (for example cushion covers, bags, t-shirts) the emphasis of this workshop will be on creating textile pictures rather than single motifs / product design.

Suitable for ages 7+
(children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Friday 30th August
10.00am – 12.00pm
£12
BOOK HERE!


FABRIC PRINTING: FIVE RIVERS WILDLIFE with Mia James
13 – 17s

At this fabric printmaking workshop we will create permanent textile designs inspired by our local river wildlife.  Handmade printing blocks include reeds, willow leaves, herons, sand martins, swifts, fish, gulls, ducks and an otter.  We will start by printing leaf motifs or stylised water or cloud patterns onto sheer fabrics so we can experiment with light,colour and layering and then move on to the creatures.  Although you can bring your own items for printing (for example cushion covers, bags, t-shirts) the emphasis of this workshop will be on creating textile pictures rather than single motifs / product design.  

Friday 30th August
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£12
BOOK HERE!


CHILDREN’S POTTERY EXPERIENCE
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
10:00 – 12:30
£20
FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 28th August
10:00 – 12:30
£20
FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 29th October
10.00am – 12.30pm
£20
BOOK HERE!

Wednesday 30th October
1.00pm – 3.30pm
£20
BOOK HERE!


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 19th August
1:00 – 3:00 pm
£15
BOOK HERE!


FIRST STEPS IN OIL PAINTING with Marcin Szuba
For 13 – 17 year olds

At this workshop you will be learning tips and techniques for using oil paints working from still life.


Mondays 2nd & 9th September (2 weeks)
6.00pm – 8.00pm

BOOK HERE!


ART CLUB FOR 13 – 17 YEAR OLDS
Air, Fire, Earth, Water

The theme for the next two terms of Art Club is ‘The Elements’.
Over the course of 6 weeks Sarah and Colette will be working with you to create themed work which will incorporate:
Pattern Design – Drawing and collage.
Press printing
Marbling

Fridays
5.00 – 7.00pm
20th September – 25th October  (6 weeks)

£66
BOOK HERE!

NEXT TERM:
The ‘elements’ theme continues with:
SCULPTING FIGURES IN MOTION

8 – 12s ART CLUB
EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST HERE


HAUNTED HOUSES with Angie Hardwick

Participants will create a haunted house that can also hold tealights. Skills used will be imprinting, applying and hand building.

This class is for children aged 9 and over attending with a parent or carer.

 

Monday 28th October
10:30 am – 1.00 pm
£25 (price is for one adult and up to two children working on a project together)
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DAY OF THE DEAD POTTERY SKULLS

Suitable for ages 10 – 17 years (under 18s only)

£15

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HALLOWEEN FABRIC PRINTING with Mia James suitable for ages 10-17 year olds 

Thursday 31st October
10.30am – 12.30pm
£12

BOOK HERE!

 


HALLOWEEN FABRIC PRINTING with Mia James suitable for ages 7+
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

Thursday 31st October
2pm – 4pm
£12 (per participant)

BOOK HERE!


DAY OF THE DEAD FABRIC PRINTING with Mia James suitable for ages 10-17 year olds 

Friday 1st November
10.30am – 12.30pm
£12
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DAY OF THE DEAD FABRIC PRINTING with Mia James suitable for ages 7+
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

Friday 1st November
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£12 (per participant)

BOOK HERE!


SPOOKY CAULDRONS AND CRITTERS with Angie Hardwick

Participants will learn coiling and modelling techniques to make their own spooky cauldron filled with slugs, snails, spiders and other Halloween creatures!

This class is ideal for children aged 6-12 years old, but older children are also welcome!
Children under 8 must be accompanied

Monday 28th October
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£12
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 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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