All our workshops are suitable for 4-14 year olds unless otherwise stated- we like to have a mixture as it gives students the opportunity to work alongside different ages! (Preschool children are also welcome, though we ask that parents stay with them to give them a hand with the more fiddly bits.)
Our holiday workshops are £10 per child (sibling discount and multiple workshop discount available) and last for an hour and a half. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. All materials, snacks and drinks are included. Aprons are provided, but please be aware that some of our workshops involve paint and children are likely to get a little messy! Parents and carers are welcome to stay and join in with their child, space permitting (or just leave them to it!)
For more information or to book, please get in touch using the contact page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
February Half Term
We are not running any workshops this half term due to other commitments (Ellie has an illustration deadline looming!) We will be running some over the Easter holidays though so watch this space!
Christmas Workshops- Finished!
Our Christmas workshops will run just down the road from our studio at Deeping St. James Scout Hut (43 Church Street, Deeping St. James, PE6 8HD, just opposite Riceland). Parking is available to the rear of the building.
Wednesday 20th December
9:30-11:00am Ceramic Tile Painting
We’ll be learning different techniques using Adirondack inks and ceramic paints to produce vibrant abstract designs onto tiles- these work well as coasters and make great gifts! Please be aware that this kind of paint does stain clothing- children will be provided with gloves and aprons but old clothes are advised.
12:00-1:30pm Creative Christmas Trees
We’ll be producing Christmas trees in a variety of ways, using foam sheets, origami techniques and lots of sparkly bits! These make lovely table centrepieces and decorations for your real Christmas tree.
2:30-4:00pm Paper Sculpture
We’ll learn a range of paper sculpting techniques to create colourful three dimensional masterpieces, including everyone’s favourite retro Christmas decoration, the paper chain!
Thursday 21st December
9:30-11:00am Rustic Christmas Decorations with Samantha Hope
Visiting artist Sam will show us how to create a range of rustic decorations using twigs and other bits and pieces. Sam specialises in textiles and has previously taught our Arts Award students how to do wet felting, with brilliant results! Sam is also an artist in residence at a school in Peterborough.
12:00-1:30pm Pom Pom Wreaths with Rose Croft
Visiting artist Rose will teach us how to create colourful wreaths by joining pom poms made from different kinds of wool. These make a great alternative to traditional wreaths and last longer too! Rose is a professional artist, storyteller and creative practitioner, and ran a brilliant workshop for us in the Summer. You can see more examples of Rose’s artwork on her website.
2:30-4:00pm One Stroke Painting with Rose Croft
Rose will be back again to show us the art of one stroke painting, a technique in which multiple colours are loaded onto a wide brush at the same time. This technique produces some amazing results, and we’ll be practising both on paper, and on ourselves! This workshop involves face and body paint which is hypoallergenic and vegan friendly- please be aware that, while the paint does wash off, a few of the colours leave a slight mark which will disappear after a few washes. Rose ran a similar workshop for us in the summer with fantastic results!
October Half Term Workshops- Finished!
Our workshops this half term will be held in our own little studio- places are therefore more limited than usual.
Tuesday 24th October
3:30-5:00pm Halloween Crafts Full
We’ll be creating a variety of spooky Halloween-themed artworks using painting and collage techniques!
5:00-6:30pm Shaving Foam Marbling Full
We’ll be having a go at creating some fantastic swirly designs using shaving foam! This is a wonderfully tactile process that produces lovely abstract designs. It’ll be rather messy though- please wear old clothes!
Wednesday 25th October
3:30-5:00pm Bonfire Night Crafts One Space Remaining
We’ll be designing and making our own fireworks-inspired sculptures using pipe cleaners, and producing some glittery firework pictures!
Thursday 26th October
3:30-5:00pm Pumpkin Pebbles Full
We’ll be decorating pebbles to turn them into Halloween Pumpkins- these will then be entered into the Deepings Pumpkin Carving Competition to be held at Swine’s Meadow Garden Centre on Saturday 28th October (competition entry fee is included in the workshop). We’ll also be turning pebbles into other spooky characters!
5:00-6:30pm Calder Sculptures
We’ll be investigating the paintings and mobiles of American sculptor Alexander Calder (see top left and middle left photos). We’ll then create our own sculptures in response to his work using wire forming and foam shapes.
You can see more examples of Calder’s work here.
Summer Holiday Workshops- Finished!
Due to refurbishment work taking place at the Cross School, our workshops this summer are taking place just down the road at Deeping St. James Scout Hut (43 Church Street, Deeping St. James, PE6 8HD). Parking is available to the rear of the building.
Tuesday 8th August
2:30pm-4:00pm Paper Rolling Sculptures
We’ll be building some amazing gravity-defying sculptures using only rolled up paper! We’ll play some drawing games to create patterns on the paper before rolling them up and using them in an abstract construction. We’ll also be using paper from magazines and newspapers to create a variety of colours and finishes.
5:00pm-6:30pm Face and Body Painting with Rose Croft
Professional artist Rose will be showing us a range of painting techniques, using ourselves as canvases! We’ll be learning how to apply the paint using sponges and brushes to recreate some of Rose’s designs (and to make up some of our own!)
Rose runs workshops in a variety of media, including art and craft, natural art, yarn and textile creation and outdoor activities. She is a Forest School leader and a qualified Arts Award adviser. You can find out more about her work at www.rose-croft.co.uk.
Please note, artists will be finishing up with painted faces/arms! The paint is hypo-allergenic and contains no animal products- however, a few colours may linger slightly after washing (it does come off eventually!)
Wednesday 9th August
9:30am-11:00am BIG Painting! Cancelled 😦
We’ll be working as a team to create some HUGE paintings! We’ll play ‘Musical Paints’, using multiple pieces of paper- our artists paint along to the music on one piece, and then when the music stops, they move to another! We’ll also work on a collaborative painting based on French artist Hervé Tullet’s ‘Field of Flowers’ workshop (see photos), and maybe even have a go at painting with our feet…
Please note- this workshop is likely to be a little messy! Please make sure our artists are wearing suitable clothing- aprons are provided but can only cover so much.
You can find out more about Hervé Tullet on his website.
12:00pm-1:30pm Brilliant Buttons!
We’ll be using lots and lots of buttons to make some colourful creations, including pet caterpillars, picture frames and tree collages (Ellie is especially excited about the star shaped buttons!)
Thursday 10th August
12:00pm-1:30pm Wigwam Weaving
We’ll be using willow withies and lots of different kinds of wool and yarn to weave mini wigwams, and we’ll have a go at large scale weaving too!
2:30pm-4:00pm Collage Creatures Full
We’ll be investigating the fabulous collage work of San Francisco-based artist Denise Fiedler. We’ll sketch out and assemble our own animal characters based on her work- they could be dogs, cats, birds, horses or even mythical creatures! Artists can either assemble their creatures from pre-cut shapes, or choose to cut their own. Please feel free to bring any interesting papers along that you’d like to include in your collage (though we will provide plenty of materials).
You can see more of Denise Fiedler’s work on her website.
Deepings Literary Festival Workshops- Finished!
Sunday 30th April- Illustrators Ellie Sandall & Craig Pattrick
£12 per child, including all materials, snacks and drinks (sibling discount available)
We are excited to be running some special workshops as part of the inaugural Deepings Literary Festival! Children’s book author and illustrator Ellie Sandall will be taking students through the process of creating a picture book, from initial concept through to completed dummy book. We’ll be looking at settings, plot twists and character design, and Ellie will have some of the development work and original illustrations from her own books for students to see.
You can find out more about Ellie on her website, Ellie Sandall Illustration
9:30am-11:30am Reception, Year 1, Year 2
Students will design the hero of their story and choose a setting, characters and a plot twist from a selection. We’ll then combine the different elements to create a narrative using the structure Beginning-Problem-Climax-Resolution-Ending. Students can choose to add words to their story or to tell it entirely pictorially.
12:00pm-2:00pm Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
We’ll discuss the plot lines of various picture books for inspiration, then use a ‘Plot Pitch Template’ to decide on the narrative of our own stories. We’ll spend time on character development before organising our story into a pictorial storyboard format. Students can choose to add words or to tell their story in pictures alone.
2:30pm-4:30pm Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
We’ll be joined by illustrator Craig Pattrick for this class! We’ll be investigating some of the elements that help to create a successful picture book, thinking about effective pacing and how mood and atmosphere can be conveyed through the use of colour, shape and composition. We’ll work on creating a book with a particular theme, such as acceptance, seeing things from a different perspective, or making mistakes.
You can find out more about Craig’s work on his website, Craig Pattrick Illustration
Easter Holiday Workshops- Finished!
Wednesday 12th April
9:30am-11:00am Washi Tape Art
Originating from Japan, Washi Tape is a low tack, decorative masking tape that can be used to add pattern and colour to almost any project. We’ll be using it to create striking designs on canvas, combining it with bright Brusho paint for a colourful, vibrant piece of artwork. We’ll also use tape to mask off areas of the canvas while we paint abstract designs, removing it once the paint is dry for a bold geometric pattern.
11:30am-1:00pm Crazy Faces
We’ll be drawing our inspiration from Cubist artists such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Metzinger to create some wacky characters, using acrylic paint, cardboard shapes and a variety of other odds and ends.
Thursday 13th April
9:30am-11:00am Easter Crafts
We’ll be creating a variety of Easter-themed crafts using various papercrafting techniques.There might well be some chocolate involved too…
11:30am-1:00pm Plasticine Sculpture with Craig Pattrick (Back once again by popular demand!) Come and find out about how illustrator Craig Pattrick creates his 3D images using plasticine, and have a go at making your own Easter Bunny character to take home! Please note- this workshop involves the use of fiddly tools and so may not be suited to very young artists. Here’s a link to Craig’s website where you can find out more about him and his work! Craig Pattrick Illustration
The photos show the fabulous robins made by students at Craig’s Christmas workshop!
February Half Term Workshops (Finished)
Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire’s half term dates vary so workshops for this half term are being held after school time to allow for children who are at school this week to attend.
Wednesday 15th February
FULL 3:30pm-5:00pm Scribble Collages We’ll be using different pieces of music as inspiration to create some brightly coloured abstract patterns, shapes and textures. We’ll then use our designs to construct a striking geometric composition on mountboard. This is a really effective way to showcase the talents of even the youngest of artists!
5:00pm-6:30pm Yarn-Wrapped Twigs We’ll be breathing some life into winter twigs using the process of yarn-wrapping- these make a lovely table centrepiece when stood together in a little jar, or as a collaged image on canvas.
Thursday 16th February
FULL 3:30pm-5:00pm Paper Sculpture We’ll be experimenting with various paper folding and sculpting techniques, including origami and quilling, to create colourful relief sculptures.
FULL 5:00pm-6:30pm Pet Rocks We’ll be using acrylic paint to create our very own pet rocks! They could be bird rocks, bug rocks, or even monster rocks! Very easy to look after- they just like to have a warm pocket to sleep in.
Christmas Workshops (Finished)
Thursday 22nd December
FULL 9:30am-11:00am Christmas Crafts We’ll be making a variety of different festive collage-based crafts, and decorating a bag to take them all home in!
FULL 11:30am-1:00pm Plasticine Sculpture with Craig Pattrick (Back by popular demand!) Come and find out about how illustrator Craig Pattrick creates his 3D images using plasticine, and have a go at making your own festive robin character to take home! Please note– this workshop involves the use of fiddly tools and so may not be suited to very young artists. Here’s a link to Craig’s website where you can find out more about him and his work!
Friday 23rd December
9:30am-11:00am Origami Star Garlands We’ll be using lots of lovely patterned paper to fold stars, using the Japanese art of Origami. These make lovely Christmas decorations but look fab all year round too!
11:30am-1:00pm Alternative Christmas Trees We’ll be using twigs to create a rustic hanging tree sculpture, and adding some decorations. You could add even more decorations at home, or even a string of fairy lights for some extra sparkle!
October Half Term Workshops (Finished)
Tuesday 25th October
9:30am-11:00am Painting Music What does music look like? We’ll be working together as a group to create large abstract paintings in response to a variety of different pieces of music, allowing the sounds we hear to suggest colours, marks and textures. We’ll then choose one of the paintings each as a background for a silhouetted scene inspired by the abstract patterns- maybe a boat on the waves, a dance party or a vibrant cityscape!
11:30am-1:00pm Blowing Bubbles We’ll be using our mouths to create some exciting artwork during this workshop! We’ll have a go at bubble printing to create interesting abstract designs in primary and secondary colours. We’ll also do some crazy ink blowing, and maybe even have a go at creating a painting by holding the paintbrush between our teeth!
Wednesday 26th October
9:30am-11:00am Papercraft Steamboats Each artist will create their own fabulous steamboat using various papercrafting techniques and a variety of printed and patterned papers. All materials are provided but please feel free to bring along any of your own patterned paper that you’d like to use!
11:30am-1:00pm Willow Sculpture We’ll be manipulating willow withies to form a 3-dimensional framework, before covering with tissue paper to create a colourful lantern. These look lovely with a battery powered tealight inside!
Thursday 27th October
9:30am-11:00am Abstract Textiles In this workshop we’ll be working on an abstract piece in fabric. We’ll use oil pastels and brusho to add colour and texture to our material, before manipulating it over a thick layer of PVA glue to alter its form. We’ll then use card wrapping techniques to create a frame for our artwork!
11:30am-1:00pm Sparkling Squares Each artist will produce a sparkly hanging decoration by arranging sequins, glitter and other shiny things between pieces of sticky back plastic. These look lovely hanging in a window to sparkle in the sun!
Summer Workshops (Finished)
All our summer workshops are £10 per child (sibling discount and multiple workshop discount available) and last for an hour and a half. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. All materials, snacks and drinks are included. Aprons are provided, but please be aware that some of our workshops involve paint and children are likely to get a little messy! Parents and carers are welcome to stay and join in with their child.
For more information or to book, please get in touch using the contact page or by emailing email@example.com
Monday 22nd August
10:00-11:30am Follow Me! Storytelling, role play and crafts based on Ellie’s latest picture book, Follow Me! We’ll be reading the book together, then creating lemur masks to become characters from the story before acting it out. We’ll then be making crowns and playing a game of ‘follow the leader’. Suitable for nursery, reception and Key Stage 1. Price includes a signed paperback book!
12:00-1:30pm Ceramic Painting We’ll investigate various artists’ work for inspiration before designing and making a group tile mosaic which will be displayed on the Art Stars studio wall. We will also be creating our own individual ceramic tiles to take away at the end of the session. Suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Tuesday 23rd August
10:00-11:30am Copycat Bear! Storytelling, roleplay and crafts based on Ellie’s picture book, Copycat Bear! We will ready the story together, then create bear masks and do some activities based on the theme of copying. Suitable for nursery, reception and Key Stage 1. Price includes a signed paperback book!
12:00-1:30pm Printmaking We’ll be investigating the work of contemporary printmakers before designing and creating our own printing blocks from polystyrene. We’ll then create a reduction block print using rollers and printing inks. Suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Wednesday 24th August
10:00-11:30am Birdsong Storytelling and crafts based on Ellie’s picture book Birdsong (as seen on CBeebies Lunchtime Stories!) We will read the book together, then design and make our own bird characters to add to the story before transforming ourselves into colourful birds! Suitable for nursery, reception and Key Stage 1. Price includes a signed paperback book!
12:00-1:30pm Plasticine Sculpture with Craig Pattrick Come and find out about how illustrator Craig Pattrick creates his 3D images using plasticine, and have a go at designing and making your own character to take home! Suitable for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3.
Here’s a link to Craig’s website where you can find out more about him and his work!