The Tetley

Family Art Workshops

Regular creative family fun

Family Art Workshops are creative activity sessions led by artists. Inspired by our programme and our building, activities have included everything from making simple prints, to designing robots, book-making and creating recycled crafts.

These drop-in activities are open to all but are especially suitable for families with children aged 5 – 11. Visitors can stay for as long or as little as they like. Activities are free and no booking is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Family Art Workshops at The Tetley are supported by discounted materials from Fred Aldous.

Family Art Workshops

Saturday 17 December, 11am – 3pm
Petri-Dish patterns

Use imagination and elements of pattern design to create microscopic worlds we might see inside of a petri dish.

Saturday 28 January, 11am – 3pm
Bubble Blast

Learn how to use paint, soap and water to create a range of bubbling prints!

February Half Term Workshops:
Saturday 11 & Tuesday 14 February, 11am – 3pm
Tunnel Books

Taking inspiration from our current exhibition Dora García:These Books Were Alive; They Spoke To Me, make your own book come to life by creating a 3D tunnel book using layers of different materials.

Saturday 25 February, 11am – 3PM
Matchbox Books

Find out how to create your own tiny stories contained within a matchbox, told through words and pictures.

Saturday 11 March, 11am – 3PM
Matchbox Books

Find out how to create your own tiny stories contained within a matchbox, told through words and pictures.

Saturday 25 March, 11am – 3pm
Mothers Day Letterpress

Join us a day early for Mother’s day & create a special card for Mum using vintage letterpress materials and techniques.

Saturday 4 April, 11am – 3pm
Recycled Letterpress

Create a decorative letter shape out of recycled materials to make a collage that can be used to print a repeating letter pattern. After you have created your lovely gift you can take the collage home to create your own wrapping paper or fun prints.

Saturday 8 April, 11am – 3pm
Pastel Performance
Taking inspiration from These books were alive; they spoke to me! combine action and mark-making to create a concertina book!

Tuesday 11 April, 11am – 3pm
Hot Dog Books

Work together to create a visual story book by mixing together your real-life family stories with fictional characters you can create your using our collage box. Leave with your own mini-book bursting with real life and fantasia.

Saturday 22 April, 11am – 3pm
Performance Printing

Combine mark-making and emotion, in this explorative print workshop where we will be using large scale movements and expressive print techniques to create the pages of a giant, collaborative art book.


Springboard volunteer Ben Strickland’s ‘Physical Photoshop’ activity invited visitors to create their own painting and drawing based on a photograph from The Tetley Collection of one of Tetley’s dray horses. Choosing particular materials from a ‘photoshop-style’ palette, children and adults completed the gridded picture over the course of the afternoon.