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 2 July, 11AM – 3PM
Sound objects witth Iuliana Silvi

Explore our current exhibition, No Quiet Place, and then head in the Learning Studio to create your own sound object which you can decorate and turn into a musical instrument.

Saturday 16 July, 11AM – 3PM
You Wear What You Eat with Kelly Bishop

Taking inspiration from the upcoming Jonathan Trayte exhibition, create colourful and quirky necklaces out of fruit and veg. Build up your very own personal edible accessory to show how healthy food can be fashionable and fun.

Saturday 30 July, 11AM – 3PM
Cabbages and Lemons with Stephanie Jefferies

Use red cabbages, lemons and pickled onions to create artwork through suprisingly vivid chemical reactions.

Saturday 13 August 2016, 11am – 3PM
Sculptural Shapes with Joe Howlett

Taking inspiration from the strange and surreal work of Jonathan Trayte, join us in combining bright colours with hanging, holed and balanced shapes to create your very own sculpture.

Saturday 27 August 2016, 12pm – 3pm
Body Stencils with Nichola Pemberton

Working from the colours and poses in The Tetley’s exhibition of the work of Stass Paraskos, draw your family members and produce your own bright artworks using hand-made stencils and pastel. Free, drop in anytime. Please note, this workshop starts slightly later at 12pm.

Saturday 10 September 2016, 11am – 3pm
Super Size Veg with Alicia Wallace

Inspired by the Jonathan Trayte’s exhibition at The Tetley, explore surrealism through colour and scale in this hands on workshop. Use various materials to build and decorate a super sized version of your favourite vegetable then play with light and shadows to interact with your giant creations.


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.