Make-It Workshops

Make-it: Print with Mona Choo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Make-it: Print with Mona Choo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

‘Very well run and all the kids were captivated.'
Parent after Make-it workshop

‘Really relaxing and a great way for the family to spend some time together!'
Family after Make-it workshop

Make-it workshops give families an opportunity to work together with a practising artist or designer in a relaxed environment. Participants get expert guidance from a specialist maker using quality materials in our studio spaces. The artists and designers are emerging or establised. Practices explored range from weaving, print making, ceramics to architectural model making.

Workshops include a trip to a gallery for inspiration, creative making time and a show and tell at the end of the session. Participants gain a greater understanding of the practice of the artist or designer leading the session and produce a personal and unique object to take home.

Unless otherwise stated sessions are for 5-12-year-olds.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-booking is essential.

To find out about forthcoming workshops and the rest of our Family Art Fun programme, visit our Family Art Fun calendar what’s on listings.

Previous workshops

Make it: Clay. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Make it: Clay. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In Fabulous Fabrics & Fancy Fonts, Charlotte Hardy worked with families to create decorative wall hangings inspired by the colours, textures and patterns of William Morris

In Mini me, children created miniature self-portraits in decorative frames with V&A resident photographer Bettina von Zwehl.

During the summer months ceramist and former V&A resident, Phoebe Cummings worked with children to create clay bowls decorated with sea creatures. In 2012, children created commemorative tea pots to celebrate the Olympics and Jubilee.

‘[We enjoyed] being together as a family. Learning to give and take with my children-be patient and creative. Working with clay - a medium that we do not use often.’
Family after Make it: Clay

‘Staff had a great balance of being attentive and offering suggestions but letting the children lead with their ideas.’
Parent after Make it: Clay

Make it: Clay with Phoebe Cummings. @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Make it: Clay with Phoebe Cummings. @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspired by the V&A’s Power of Making exhibition artist and designer Jasleen Kaur worked with children to invent their own tools and contraptions in Make-it: Invent it. A wide range of found and man-made materials were used and the silver gallery was used as inspiration.

‘The kids really enjoyed the session (aged nine, seven and five), very helpful tutors, very nice to find a workshop that boys can enjoy as much as girls, our son loved drilling and cutting etc!’
Parent after Make-it: Invent it

For the festive season, paper artist Jessica Palmer worked with children to create beautiful boxes to keep their secrets in Make-it: Glitter and Glow and Sarah Bridgland ran Make-it: Paper Sculpture.

‘Brilliant activity (especially for a 4 year old obsessed with making things!) & well designed so that parents and children could work together. Great chance to see new things in gallery and understand how to be inspired by something.'
Parent after Make-it: Glitter and Glow

‘[We discovered]…how much fun you can have by joining different paper shapes and colours.'
Family after Make-it: Paper Sculpture

Make-it : Weave workshop with artist Sue Lawty

Make-it : Weave workshop with artist Sue Lawty. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Artist Sue Lawty led weaving workshops with unusual materials in response to the popular V&A display Golden Spider Silk. Sue was one of the first Artists in Residence at the V&A.

'Very high quality… wow a real artist!'
'I really enjoyed it!! I might make it at home!'
'I really like weaving now you taught me! It was great!'
Participants after Make-it: Weave

Mona Choo, former V&A International Print Resident in 2009, worked with families on print making responding to modern British design across the collection.

‘Well organised, friendly staff, a great opportunity to try out a technique we wouldn’t otherwise have had a chance to do.’
Parent after Make-it: Print

Make-it Calligraphy with Artist in Residence Cherrell Avery

Make-it Calligraphy with Artist in Residence Cherrell Avery, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cherrell Avery, Calligraphy Resident at the V&A in 2012 and her colleague Anne Cox, explored gothic lettering. After exploring the Medieval and Renaissancae galleries, children created decorative boxes.

'I liked…doing my own thing and learning a new skill. I really liked the neatness of the gothic writing.’
Haley, age 9 after Make-it: Calligraphy

As part of a week long celebration of the Hollywood Costume exhibition, Hayley Neubauer worked with families on costume design illustration. These workshops took place during Hayley’s Costume Design for Film Residency at the V&A.

We enjoyed '…meeting an artist in a contemporary setting of film and making a connection with the Museum.’
Participant after Make-it: Costume Design

Make-it workshops have also been delivered in partnership from the creative industries. In the summer of 2012 we were delighted to work with model makers from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architectural practice. The day of workshops resulted in models created for a specially designed map of London. During the session a trip was made to the architecture gallery and back in the studio, model makers provided advice and support, helping the children to realise their designs. Designs included a school in the shape of a shamrock, a tower block with a helipad, some train stations, two greenhouses and water filter station.

I enjoyed '…making! I love my model!’
I enjoyed '…building things!’
Children after Make-it: Architecture

Video: Architecture Family Workshop time-lapse

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