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.

Sessions are as follows 11am – 3pm drop in whenever you like (FREE):

Saturday 21 April 2018 – Illusion Letters
Inspired by current exhibitions at The Tetley, explore aspects of illusion and text to print a colourful picture using only the shapes of letters!

Saturday 5 May – Palm Tree Pinch Pots
Make and decorate a clay pinch pot using cookie cutters and moulds to create tropical foliage, exotic animals and your initials!

Saturday 16 June – Alternative World Environments
Join us to create an alternative world environment with imagined inhabitants, by designing strange flowers, plants and creatures on a large scale.

 Saturday 30 June – Change Your Sound
Explore an interactive sound installation through song and noise making!

Saturday 14 July – Little Houses at Beeston Festival (Offsite)
Join The Tetley at Beeston Festival, a celebration of everything that’s good in our diverse and vibrant community here in south Leeds. The artist will show you how to create your own tiny house from a range of recycled materials, that can shine brightly from inside.  

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


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.