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 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 for enquiries. Call on 07766 658517 to book SketchBetter for your school.