Where can I find information about ArtShed & the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation
We are committed to regularly updating our customers in relation to ArtShed activities and the latest Government guidance. These updates can be found here. We have also produced more detailed guidance in relation to our specific activities here.
Are there any ArtShed activities I can do at home?
During the first national lockdown in March 2020 we developed ArtShed Takeaway - a selection of online video tutorials designed to be done at home with the minimum of supervision. As part of this, we also created Art Material Packs - paint, brushes & pens and paper/canvas - everything you need to complete the projects. For more information please visit our ArtShed Takeaway page.
Who is ArtShed for?
ArtShed activities are currently available for children aged 6–13yrs (we do take 5 year olds at our discretion) and there are classes for adults too!
What activities can I do at ArtShed?
We offer after-school art classes for children, weekday art classes for adults, holiday camps for children and fun art parties. We also occasionally run one-off activities at local events.
Where does ArtShed run?
We run our activities in St Albans and Harpenden in Hertfordshire and have recently started ArtShed in Nantwich, Cheshire!
Do you run camps in school half-term holidays?
We currently run half term holiday camps during the February, May and October half-term breaks. For more information, please see our specific Holiday Camp FAQ below.
Can we buy Gift Vouchers to give as a present?
Yes we do! We offer vouchers for specific camps and activities or generic vouchers that can be put towards any activity. To design and buy vouchers please click here.
What are ArtShed classes like?
Art classes in the ArtShed in St Albans have a maximum of 10 children and benefit from a unique garden setting with plenty of room to throw paint around! Classes are booked termly in advance and each term children will complete one main painting on canvas and one three dimensional project alongside other projects. Art techniques and theory are introduced along the way as tools to pick up if they wish.
Art classes in schools are bigger with up to 25 children and are booked termly in advance. Each child has a sketchbook and happily spends the beginning of the class doodling. Projects utilise a wide variety of media with emphasis placed on fun and experimentation as a form of relaxation after a long day at school!
Do we need to bring any art equipment?
All materials and aprons are provided but children may bring a snack from home if they wish.
How much does it cost?
Classes in the ArtShed run during term time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30pm. They are suitable for ages 6–11 years and cost £12 per session. Fees are paid termly in advance.
Art classes in schools cost £7/£8 per child (depending on school) for a one hour session. Typically there are 10-12 sessions in a term and these are paid for termly in advance.
Do you accept childcare vouchers?
Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept Childcare Vouchers.
Can ArtShed come to our school?
Please contact us if you would like to enquire about ArtShed classes starting in your school.
What are ArtShed holiday camps like?
Each day we will do a different art project and children will learn to complete these projects with step-by-step guidance whilst also having the freedom to be able to make them their own. The camps are very structured and are designed to provide engaging and fun activities with plenty of running around time built in… It is the holidays after all!
Where do your camps run?
Our camps currently run in St Albans & Harpenden in Hertfordshire & in Nantwich in Cheshire. Most of our camps run out of local primary schools but the original ArtShed camps still run out of ‘The ArtShed’ in ArtShed’s own venue – a private garden in St Albans.
Camps in the ArtShed
The original Art Shed is a log cabin at the end of a private garden that is well used as an art studio and classroom space. It’s a fun space to be in and get those creative juices flowing! There is also plenty of covered space provided by marquees.
The garden is a great place to be for kids (and adults!). There are ducks and chickens, plenty of space to run around and play including a sandpit, Wendy house, swing and climbing frame. The trampoline is kept out of bounds for safety reasons!
During lunch breaks (and weather permitting) the children are accompanied out on to the public playing field behind the garden for a change of scene.
Can my child come for just one day?
Yes. However be warned that most children desperately want to come back again and then it can be too late as we are fully booked. Better to be safe than sorry!
My child is nearly 6, can they come?
We do take a few 5yr olds if they are nearly 6 so it’s worth asking.
Do you accept childcare vouchers?
Sorry, but we are not able to take childcare vouchers.
Are your staff DBS Checked and ‘First Aid' trained?
All our adult staff are DBS checked. There is at least one trained ‘First Aider’ on any staff team.
How does the day run?
Will vary slightly according to the project requirements:
9.30am – Registration
9.45am – Introduction followed by first art session
11.00am – Break time
Children have to drink part of their water bottle before they are allowed two biscuits (supplied by ArtShed)
11.30am – Art session
12.30pm – Packed lunch picnic (supplied by parents)
1.00pm – Games session (optional)
1.30pm – Art session
3.00pm – Finishing / drying time and play break
3.30pm – ArtShed closes / pick up time
Do you offer wrap around care?
Wrap around care in our Hertfordshire-based camps runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm and can be booked at extra cost. Children during this time are free to choose what they do with supervision.
Wrap around care in our Cheshire-based camps runs from 7.30am – 6.00pm and is provided by Highfields Academy KidSpace and booked separately with them.