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Children Courses

Previous courses

EGG-straordinary: Fri, 30th - Mon, 2nd April

We are creating an Easter mural in our art room. Come and join in the fun colouring in different patterned eggs on the wall.

There will also be a colour your own egg activity and an Easter Egg trail quiz. Lots of fun for the family over the Easter break!

All activities FREE with entry ticket. Spaces are limited so do call ahead to book: 01768 773626

Life Drawing: Tues, 3rd & Thurs, 5th April

This is a life drawing class on the theme of 'Pirates & Petticoats'. It is suitable for ages 7/8 and above and is a family-friendly workshop. The classes start at 10.00 am with spaces limited to approx. 25.

Suitable for children of all ages. FREE with entry ticket. Spaces are limited so do call ahead to book: 01768 773626.

Postcard printing: Wed, 4th & Wed, 11th April

The Lake District, Cumbria, where generations of artists, poets and writers have been lured by its beautiful valleys and dramatic peaks; landscapes that have inspired Ruskin and Wordsworth, the pathways of Wainwright and the lakes of Swallows & Amazons.

NEW: Craft activity - Design & print your own Lake District postcard.

Suitable for children of all ages.

FREE with entry ticket. Spaces are limited so do call ahead to book: 01768 773626.

Secret spy pencil and map: Wed, 4th & 14th April

The WW2 secret map and compass pencil replica is on display at the Museum.

In 1942, Charles Fraser Smith, who worked in the Secret Service, had an idea to create a secret map and compass pencil. These pencils were given to Lancaster Bomber airman in the 2nd World War. They were a vital part of the war time war effort.

Create with us your own spy pencil and map. Suitable for children of all ages. FREE with entry ticket. Spaces are limited so do call ahead to book: 01768 773626.

Cartoon workshop: Tues, 10th & Thurs, 12th April

Cartoon drawing workshop designed for all ages to get involved with – enhancing your cartoon skills with step-by-step skills, cartoon strip creativity. 1st class 10.00 am limited to 24 attendees and included in your museum admission.

Suitable for children of all ages. FREE with entry ticket. Spaces are limited so do call ahead to book: 01768 773626.

Thurs, 26th October 2017: The Family Drawing Circus

Thurs, 26th October 2017: The Family Drawing Circus
Thurs, 26th October 2017: The Family Drawing Circus

Come and join the models and artists of the Drawing Circus for a day of circus themed family drawing at Derwent Pencil Museum! To celebrate the national Big Draw Festival our elaborately costumed models will pose for families to draw together, telling a story in still poses over the course of an hour. All ages and abilities are welcome and all materials will be supplied as part of the event. 

The Drawing Circus are a troupe of artists and models who put on themed drawing events for all ages and abilities, encouraging everybody to pick up a pencil and draw! The session will be led by artist Jake Spicer, author of Draw Faces in Fifteen Minutes. Register your interest on Facebook to book a place for any one of the four available time slots: 10am, 11am, 2pm & 3pm. 

There will be a big semi-circle with the models in the centre in front of a small set with Jake Spicer leading the session and families on chairs with drawing boards. We will start with an introduction to the three models with families drawing one model at a time as they pose. We then create a narrative of still poses, where the kids call out what should happen next to the characters and the models posing for the next 'frame' of the drawing. The narrative progresses over 5 poses, which the families draw together in sequences, creating a story board of pictures. Each slot will last an hour.

Subject to entrance fee (cost of entry to the Museum). All materials provided and spaces for each slot are limited to 20.

NEW for SEPTEMBER 2017: Children's Saturday Morning Beginners Art classes aimed at children 8 years old and above. A four-week taster course learning drawing techniques and skills (10.00-11.30 am). Course fee £40.00. For more details and to book, please call the Museum 017687 73626.

OCTOBER children workshops – Free with Admission to the Museum

Children’s workshop Karen McDougall WW2 secret pencils and silk maps hourly Tuesday October 24th – Art circus family drawing Thursday 26th – on the hour both days 10-11-12; 2-3-4pm.

The remainder of October half term will be covered by daily in-house demonstrations. 

Children’s art classes from November 4 weeks  - coming soon!

Christmas craft classes December –  coming soon!