Arts and crafts classes are a fantastic way for the kids to explore their creative talents, get messy outside of the house, and take some time off from using iPads and other gadgets. Here are some London art classes we recommend.
The South Ken Art Barn caters for children of all ages with workshops tailored around ability, theme and art materials. The small classes ensure children get the most out of the activities with support from experienced art staff. Term-time courses are available, as well holiday workshops. Check out the Art Barn site for more info.
Great for: 18 months – 7 years
Where: St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Rd, London SW7 4AL
One of our absolute favourites for younger children, Mini Picassos classes start moulding our children into great artists from 15 months. The classes are fun and imaginative and sometimes include a sing-song! Older children (4+) can get involved with sculpture, pastels, and painting on canvas. Mini Picassos also offer scholarships for ages 9+. Find out more here.
Great for: 15 months – 15 years
Where: Mini Picassos, 8 Station Terrace, Kensal Green, London NW10 5RT
Chelsea Fine Arts
One for the older children, Chelsea Fine Arts is for children (and adults) who are serious about learning to draw and building upon their skills. Young students will gain classic skills in drawing and painting and focus on their own personal projects throughout the course. See website for further details.
Great for: 8-18 years
Where: Unit 10, Chelsea Wharf, 15 Lots Road, London, SW10 0QJ and 275 King Street, Ravenscourt Park, London, W6 9LZ
Islington Arts Factory
Offering a range of creative classes, including ballet, clay and art, the Arts Factory is a brilliant north London space for imaginative and cultural exploration. After school, evening and weekend classes are available, as well as holiday workshops. ArtStart, MakeArt and MakeMoreArt are great sessions for children to pick up basic art techniques and build upon them in a creative environment. Visit Islington Arts Factory here for more info.
Great for: all the family (4 years and up)
Where: Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Rd, Islington, London N7 0SF
The Bright Emporium
In their own words ‘there’s a workshop for everyone’ at the Bright Emporium and they’re certainly right when it comes to art classes. Join in with Messy Toddlers for all the fun without the tidying up; Mega Makers for transforming everyday materials into cool creations; and I Can Draw for getting everyone drawing (even when they think they can’t!). Workshops will vary month to month, so check out the latest timetable here.
Great for: 5-7 years
Where: The Bright Emporium, 103 -105 St John’s Hill, London, SW11 1SY
The Creativity Crazy studio offers crafts and arty activities for all ages. During term time the Messy Play group runs Monday and Thursdays, which includes painting with brushes and rollers, creating things with Play Doh, and other activities that vary week-to-week. Toddler Art, which takes place Wednesday and Friday, works with young children on a different theme each week with a variety of materials including wood, terracotta, canvas and paper maché. See website for more info, and for late-night painting sessions for adults too!
Great for: 20 months – 5 years
Where: 423 High Road, Finchley, London, N12 0AP
Art Sundays at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Sunday is art day! Well, it is according to Dulwich Gallery! Each week the gallery host drop-in sessions between 2-4pm for children to make and create. This season they’ll be an opportunity to make puppets, paper wigs and clay pots, all guided by a professional artist. Check out the website for details of upcoming sessions.
Great for: 3 years+
Where: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD
Choose from workshops and one-to-one sessions with Mini Artists. The team currently offer after-school clubs for six to 11 year olds in Dulwich and Stoke Newington. The classes aim to improve artistic ability, build confidence, encourage team work and raise cultural and social awareness. See website for further details and how to register.
Great for: 6-11 years
Where: Francis Peek Centre, College Road, Dulwich Park, London SE21 7BQ
Creative Wiz Kids
Creative Wiz Kids offer parent and toddler groups to celebrate and unleash children’s creativity. Sessions take place each Wednesday at 10 ’til 11am. The sessions are filled with different projects to help your little ones develop basic skills and interact with other children.
Great for: 1-3 years
Where: St Peters Church, Belsize Square, London, NW3 4HJ
Little Artists London
Little Artists London are a team of professional art educators who hold art workshops for families, children and teenagers. Held in various locations, taking place soon will be a family pocket teddy bear workshop and a hand-printed scarf session too. Keep tabs the website as Little Artists London will be adding more events.
Great for: Families (children ages 4+)
Where: Various locations, see website for further details
Learn how to draw and create comics from cartoon artists and authors at the Cartoon Museum. The museum regularly offers workshops during the school holidays to encourage comic-lovers to create their own characters and comic strips. There is also an option to sign up for a children’s birthday workshop to get friends and family involved too! Check out the website for more details.
Great for: 8-14 years
Where: Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2HH