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 and parties 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 but are hoping to expand to other areas soon.
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.
Do you accept childcare vouchers?
Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept childcare vouchers.
How can we stay up to date with ArtShed's latest activities?
We will always update our website with our latest activities but the best way to stay in touch is via our Newsletter - you can sign up here.
Can we buy Gift Vouchers to give as a present?
Yes you can! 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 on London Road 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 a number of drawing and painting projects to take home. 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 20-25 children and are booked termly in advance. Each child has a sketchbook and happily spends the beginning of the class doodling. Projects utilise a 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 nut-free snack from home if they wish.
How much does it cost?
Please check out our Kids Art Classes page on this website for the latest information about classes, times and prices.
Typically classes in the ArtShed run during term time on Monday, to Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30pm. They are suitable for ages 6–11 years and cost £15 per session*. Fees are paid termly in advance. We also run evening classes for secondary school age children from 6 - 7.30pm that cost £18.75 per session*.
Art classes in schools cost £9 per child for a one hour session*. Typically there are 10-12 sessions in a term and these are paid for termly in advance.
*Please check current pricing at time of booking
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. Our original ArtShed camps started in a private garden in St Albans but our camps now run out of local primary and secondary schools.
Can my child come for just one day?
Most or our camps are 2-day camps but our Friday camps are single day camps. We have found most children really want to return for a second day and some even for the rest of the week!
My child is nearly 6, can they come?
We do take a few 5-year olds if they are nearly 6 so it’s worth asking. In our experience some 'younger' 5-year olds can struggle with the project and the length of the day.
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 (drink & snack supplied by parents)
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?
Yes we do! We offer an early drop-off at 8.30am and/or a late pick-up at 4.30pm. This is bookable as part of the booking process.
What sort of art will my child be doing?
Our projects are painting projects involving a drawing stage and a painting stage. Typically the first day of a 2-day camp will be a painting on canvas using acrylic paints and the second day (or single day camps) a watercolour painting on paper. We do the canvas painting project on Day 1 of our 2-day camps as they can then dry over-night allowing the children to put finishing outlining details to their painting the next day.
All our projects are our own creations by our talented staff and each series of camps we introduce new projects while repeating some that have proved particularly popular in the past. We aim to make our projects colourful and fun with plenty of room for the children's own imaginations and creative input. We also use quality materials to give children the best experience of working as an artist and resulting in a much a much better outcome for their work.
When do you run ArtShed parties?
Our ArtShed Parties run on Fridays & Saturdays during term-time. In the school holiday periods we are busy running or holiday camps!
Where can I find out more information about ArtShed parties?
As well as visiting our Parties page on this website you can read our detailed Party Information page.
How do I book an ArtShed Party?
In the first instance you should Contact Us and agree a date and the details of the party you wish to have. You will then need to pay a non-refundable deposit at which point your booking is confirmed. The balance will then be invoiced on the day of the party.
Do you run parties for adults?
Yes we do! For more information please click here.
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.
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.