Classes for Children & Young People

Parties at Courtyard Arts


Animation (age 12+)

with Alicia Perry – Sat 2.30-4.30pm

An introduction to stop motion animation and filmmaking, for young people looking to study animation or just wanting to give it a try.

Learn the basic skills needed to create your own animated films – including character design, green screening, camera angles and storyboarding – working with a range of materials and inanimate objects.


Art and Clay (age 9+)

with Debbie Bent – Tues 5-6.30pm

Inclusive class for children of all abilities aged 9 and above.

The first part of the term is an exploration of a chosen artist’s work using a range of materials and techniques – from drawing to printing or papermaking; painting and colour theory to wire sculpture. The remainder of the term is then spent in the ceramics studio where students use their developing ideas to create ceramic pieces.


Art and Clay for Home Schooled Children

with Sue Wagstaff – Fri 10.30am-12.30pm (age 12+) & 1-3pm (age 7-12)

For home schooled children of mixed ability (classes in age groups 7-12 and 12-16). Students are encouraged to work through their own ideas, whilst also developing knowledge of artists and art styles.

Students will learn a variety of craft techniques in 2D and 3D, working with media including painting, drawing, clay, sculpture and printing.


Ceramics (age 6+)

with Teresa Morton – Sat 10am-12pm (fortnightly)

A very relaxed and friendly class for children of all skill levels. Children are encouraged to work independently following their inspiration and to find their own solutions with guidance and support.

Children develop responsibility for their tools and materials whilst learning the basic techniques of pinching, coiling and slabbing (using slips and glazes) to make both 2D and 3D work.


Dreamers and Doodlers (age 6-11)

with Polly Kiernan – Thurs 4-5pm & 5.10-6.10pm

An exciting after-school art class focusing on creative learning.

Stretching their imagination, children will be actively encouraged to explore a wide range of materials, ideas and techniques to expand and develop their visual thinking and artistic style.


Fun Art (age 5-10)

with Claire Preston – Sat 10-11.30am

The group have fun and build confidence by exploring their creativity in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Each week a theme or object provides the inspiration for children to express their own ideas.

Children will try out a range of fun and messy techniques together, including paint, collage, model-making and clay.


Little Screen Film Club (age 8+)

with Alicia Perry – Sat 12.15-2.15pm

The class integrates animation and film techniques into a range of exciting tasks. Students will apply their imagination and individuality to create underwater adventures or float around in space!

Students will learn basic techniques in stop-frame animation and filmmaking, whilst developing skills including clay modelling, set design and paper craft. Technical proficiency is carefully nurtured to give students full control over their work and the ability to recreate similar techniques at home.


Pottery Workshop for Adults & Young People

with Pat Joyce – Sat 3-5.30pm (fortnightly)

For young people (aged 10+) and adults of all abilities. Students are offered individual support and encouragement in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages interaction and the exchange of ideas.

Students will learn ceramics and glazing techniques with the opportunity to extend their range of skills and to explore new ideas.

A charge is made for clay used which covers the cost of glazes and firing.


Tiny Artists (age 1-5)

with Polly Kiernan – Tues 10-11am & 11.10am-12.10pm

Small, inclusive classes for little ones (aged 15 months to 5 years old) and their grown-up companions. Providing a multi-sensory experience that helps to build creative, perceptual, cognitive, social and fine motor skills. Children with additional needs are welcomed.

Children will explore and experiment with a variety of non-toxic art materials and techniques, focusing on the joy of process and discovery. Grown-ups will learn to celebrate the value of art and creativity in their children’s development, too!


**see also our Classes for Adults**

Dates, Prices & Booking

Please see our classes schedule for term dates and class costs.

Contact us for availability – email admin@courtyardarts.org.uk or call 01992 509596.

Our classes are extremely popular, so we recommend booking early!

Once you have been allocated a place, we ask that you complete a booking form on your next visit, or download a copy to print.

Fees are payable in advance.