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 and275 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 Creativity Crazy studio is bursting with a wide range of arts and crafts.
We provide all of the supplies you need to create your next masterpiece…and to top it off we even clean up the mess!
The inner artist in you will enjoy being creative in our comfortable and relaxed studio, where you are welcome to take as long as you need to work on your piece of art.
We are located in the heart of Finchley, North London. The studio is a bright, fun and friendly place where you are welcome to come along and try the variety of arts and crafts on offer.
What makes us unique is that most of the items made in the studio can be taken home on the day. No more waiting a week to collect your work of art!
We offer pottery painting, clay, after school club, weekend classes, holiday workshops as well as adults-only sessions in the evening.
Great for: the whole family
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
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. Find out more here.
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
KidsArt teaches art and art appreciation to children aged 4-12 at our 10 studios across London and Hertfordshire – we began in 2011 with a mission to teach REAL art, rather than arts and crafts and have never looked back!
Children learn how to develop their creativity, how to do observational drawing, use of perspective, how to show a 3D object on flat paper, how to use colour to achieve mood and effect, we use a wide variety of media, gouache paint, watercolours, oil pastels, soft pastels which are like chalks, clay, printing, collage and much more!
Lesson plans are stepped so as to be accessible to younger children but so as to provide a challenging learning experience for older, and classes are grouped into 2 age bands.
Check out the website for more details.
Great for: 5+
Where: Studios across London and Herts.
Kids Do Art
An inspiring arts programme of weekend and after school art classes with popular holiday art camps for kids and teens, teaching drawing, painting and sculpture, for fun and inspirational art classes, talk to Kids Do Art! Check out their website for more details.
Grear for: 4 – 6, 6 -9, 7-11 and 9-13 years.
Where: After school classes take place at the Sternberg Centre, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY, with weekend classes taking place at Archer Academy, Stanley Road Campus, Stanley Road, Eagans Close, London N2 8GA
art-K has dedicated art studios where children learn to paint, draw and sculpt. At art-K, students set the pace they learn best at and each child has their own individualised programme. art-K has 3000 members learning across is 30+ studios nationwide every week, join in their community either in their weekly term-time classes or holiday workshops. Check out their website for more information.
Great for: 6 – 16 years
Where: Various locations across London: Bowes Park, Wandsworth, Angel, Hampstead, Wimbledon, Clapham, Fulham, Putney, Shepherd’s Bush, Greenwich and Kingston. Find your closest studio here.
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