Kids

Welcome to SketchBetter Kids, our younger branch!

We run a weekly after-school Art Club at Surbiton Hill Church from 4-5.30pm every Thursday. The club runs during term term and can be booked as a course or as drop-in weekly classes.

“SketchBetter is great – everything that we do is really nice because when we do something, like if I was making a card, you don’t have to do it just like the teacher does… you can do it in different ways.” Aurora, age 6.

Example Lessons:

  • Introduction to Pencils – know your 2H from your 2B
  • Introduction to Charcoal – draw, smudge, blend 
  • Introduction to Clay – design your own cactus gardens
  • Observational Drawing – take off your shoes
  • The Art of Marbling – swirl your way to beauty
  • Story Spheres – draw how you are feeling 
  • Perspective – draw things in the distance
  • Gigantic Experiments –draw around people
  • Gesture Drawing – meet Mr Manikin!
  • Pastel Drawing – create your own chameleon 
  • Big Pastel Cats – layer vivid colours for a big roar!
  • What is Sculpture – build something from nothing
  • Matisse Cut Outs – vivid paper collage creations
  • Group Mural – an abstract creative challenge
  • Cardboard Challenge – what can you build from card?
  • Colour Theory – can you make colours?
  • Pointillism – learn how dots make pictures
  • Photomontage – make an image move
  • How to Make Origami Stars – attention to detail required
  • Introduction to Weaving – spiral a disc

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How it Works

The Art Club takes kids on a journey through the nature of creativity and human imagination. There are experiments, collaborations, projects and mindfulness. Kids learn craft skills, such as marbling and perspective drawing, as well as life-long creative skills such as empowerment, resilience, confidence and empathy.

Each class opens and closes with a calming mindful activity and includes group and individual elements. Children are given their very own sketchbook and are encouraged to bring them to each class for peer feedback – introducing them to self-directed study as well as how to talk about their own work and ideas.

Our Values

  1. Creativity: Create and try new things, in innovative ways
  2. Resilience: Bounce back after a challenge or mistake
  3. Empowerment: Believe in your own ability and that of others
  4. Strengths: Focus on the things you and others are good at
  5. Empathy: Show kindness to yourself and listen to others
  6. Mindfulness: Participate and focus on the moment

Private Tutoring

We offer personalised home-based Art Tutoring for children (4yrs+) across Surrey. Contact Kate at hello@sketchbetter.org for prices and information.

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For Schools

We offer an after-school club to local schools in Kingston Upon Thames and can design a set of lessons ahead of time for parents to know what is on the schedule.

We are designing SketchBetter Studios – an in-school studio and curriculum – in partnership with an Ofsted Outstanding primary school in Kingston Upon Thames, which begins in Sept 2017.

Contact Kate at hello@sketchbetter.org for enquiries. Call on 07766 658517 to book SketchBetter for your school.

 

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