6 Awesome Workshops For Arty Kids This Half Term
If you’re looking for creative workshops to keep school-aged hands busy during the holidays, I’ve put together a guide featuring some excellent creative workshops for kids. All of the workshops listed are running during October half term this year, and if your kids are crafty like mine, all of these businesses are worth following or being aware of as they generally run sessions during all of the school holidays.
Whether you’re looking for formal childcare, a couple of hours to fire off some emails, or some peace and quiet – this guide has got you (and me) covered.
And if it’s days out you’re looking for, head over to: 7 Spooky Days Out for October Half Term in Sussex.
Here’s a guide to what’s on for your mini creatives this October half term.
Nina Newman Ceramics Pottery Classes, Hove
Nina Newman is a ceramic artist based in Brighton. She makes unique pieces of pottery inspired by nature and runs pottery classes for children and adults. If your children are keen to make stuff with clay, Nina’s holiday sessions are a must. The sessions take place in Skylark Studio in Hove and are 2 hours long. Nina teaches in small groups of no more than 6, so that she can guide children with their creations.
Nina makes different items and teaches different methods. No two sessions will be the same. Children might come home with tiles or pots decorated in different styles.
Sessions are running during October half term on Monday 25th October, Tuesday 26th October and Wednesday 27th October 2021. Children’s classes are suitable for over 7s and cost £20 (£18 for siblings).
poponin Holiday Club, Hurstpierpoint
poponin runs a brilliant holiday club. It’s super flexible too. Drop kids off for a flexible slot that runs for an hour or three, or book them into full or short days.
You can totally embrace your creative side at poponin. Draw on tables, stools, the wall, paint, sew, draw, cut or stick. There are lots of crafts to have a go at or you can let your imagination run wild. It’s a crafty kid’s dream.
My two have been to several sessions over many years and always have a fab time. We feel lucky to have poponin on our doorstep.
Unaccompanied sessions are for school aged children. Prices depend on your chosen session.
poponin, 94 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, BN6 9PX
tel: 01273 833393
Ditchling Museum of Arts & Crafts, Ditchling
There are usually a host of excellent workshops during the holidays at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. This half term is no exception. There’s everything from a family drop-in, to story time with an author and illustrator, and a paper paste book making workshop.
The Big Draw
Ditchling Museum are running a special event for October half term called The Big Draw: Make the Change. It’s on Sunday 24th October and Saturday 30th October between 11am – 4pm and is open to anyone over 3 years old. It’s a drop-in event but numbers will be limited and standard museum entry will be charged.
University of Brighton students are organising drawing activities designed to help children think about how we can better look after the environment and reduce our impact on the planet.
Paper Paste Book Making
The museum is also hosting a paper paste book making workshop on Tuesday 26th October from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm for 7-11 year olds.
Emma Carlow who designed the Giant Sandwich soft sculpture in the show is teaching the workshop. Emma will guide children through all stages of the process – from design to making a simple concertina book.
The workshop costs £25 and includes all materials. Children will need to take a packed lunch.
Story Time with John Vernon Lord
John will talk through the ideas behind his characters and read stories from some of his many children’s books.
This event is free, booking is essential and standard museum entry applies.
Create Space Studio – Film / Drama Workshop
Zoe, founder of Create Space Studios is a Hurstpierpoint legend. She’s an incredibly talented dancer and teacher with her own dance school in Hurst. Her highly creative workshops and lessons are open to all children. She provides innovative & unique multi arts experiences for young people, adults & people with special needs, schools, the workplace & organisations.
Create Space Studios are running a 2-day workshop during half term: Hurstwarts School For Wizards (7yrs – 10yrs). It’s being held at Hurst College on Mon 25th October 2021 – Tue 26th October 2021 from 9.30am – 3.30pm.
Activities will include drama-devising, improvisation, acting for camera, making props and potions, using professional camera, light and sound equipment! All abilities welcome.
The workshop costs £120 for 2 days including an MP4 of the final edit. A sibling/friend discount is offered but the children must be booked in and paid for together. Use discount code EOK900 at the check out.
The Fashion School – Brighton
The Fashion School was founded in 2012 by Caroline Gration, with the aim to promote a healthy attitude towards fashion and individuality to children, teenagers and adults.
All tutors have at least a BA (Hons) in Fashion or Textiles, are DBS certified, first aid trained, Arts Award advisers and have experience within the industry and/or running their own business.
A range of fashion workshops are being run over October half term at The Fashion School including:
- Fashion Illustration: Intro to Drawing the Fashion Figure for over 10s
- Fashion Illustration: Fashion Drawing Portfolio Workshop for over 16s
- Make Your Own Sustainable Halloween Costume Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th (10am – 3pm) for 6 – 12 year olds
- Make Your Own Corset Using Upcycled Materials Monday 25th – Tues 26th October for 13 – 19 year olds.
Book your space online Brighton Fashion School.
Brighton Fashion School, 69 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD
Lindfield Art Studio Holiday Club
Lindfield Art Studio has been recommended to me many, many times. I haven’t managed to book it as it sells out super quickly! Anything that popular must be amazing 🤩.
Leesa Le May is a contemporary artist based in Lindfield. She’s been teaching for over 15 years within local schools, colleges, artist groups and at Lindfield Art Studio.
The Studio is a space for all the community to learn new skills, get creative and enjoy all aspects of art and sculpture throughout the year.
Leesa’s Holiday Club Dates are 25th – 29th October 2021. And although it’s fully booked, you can join the waiting list. You’ll find details on the Lindfield Art Studio website.
Lindfield Art Studio, Lindfield Art Studio, West View, Lindfield, RH16 2LL
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