Wondering what to do over the Summer holidays? Aiming to get your children into something new and different, learn a new skill? Then I think I have the answer to all your questions. Here at the Steel Rooms we’ve got our usual workshops which I’ve spoken about here but if you’re looking for something new to entertain yourselves during your super long Summer vacation then here’s a run down of what we’re doing here.

Painting nesting wooden dolls workshop

In a few weeks our fabulous Marianna will be teaching the first of the Painting Nesting Wooden Dolls workshop. You follow a simple step-by-step guide using a variety of mediums such as sketching, painting, printing and mixed media in order to create your five unique animals which all hide inside one another. What’s better than Russian Dolls? Animal Russian Dolls, that’s what! These are for all levels, ages and I think it’s a great excuse to get out of bed at a reasonable time rather than the usual 1pm. You know who you are.

Dates for the diary: Thursday 23rd July, Friday 7th August.

What times do they run? 10am-12.30pm.

Cost: £12.50 and includes all materials.

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Just in case you want a little more craft in your life with Marianna, she is also leading the Colour Tree Collage Workshop. This is based on the rather colourful “Farbstudie Quadrate” by Wassily Kandinsky. In this, you create a tree similar using drawing, colour understanding and painting. Then, you can take home a miniature tree of what you’ve created. Definitely one to get your hands messy and get stuck into!

Dates for the diary: Monday 27th July 10.30am-12.00pm.

Friday 14th August 2.00pm-3.30pm.

Cost: £5 which includes all materials.

Drumming taster lesson The Steel Rooms

Feeling musical? Ready to rock your socks off? Then I know just the thing for you. These drumming lessons are for anyone from age 6 upwards so there’s always time for you to release your inner rock God. These are taught by our very own Olly Tandon, who has also just been accepted into the prestigious BIMM Music College in Manchester. This is a great little lesson to get a taster of the drums and learn something completely new. Definitely one to give a go.

Dates for the diary: Tuesday 4th August, Tuesday 25th August.

Times: 10am-4pm. These run in 15 minute slots.

Cost: £3 per session or £5 for two sessions.

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After all that drumming action you’ll be wanting to get a bit creative again and what better way than with some clay? Here, you’re led by Karen Raithby and she’ll go through the processes and helping you create either a Clay Sheep or a Clay Monster. There are so many opportunities to get involved with this workshop and I think it’s definitely one to give a go. Open for all ages but bare in mind that children do need to be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and times for the diary:

Clay Sheep: Thursday 30th July 10.30am-12pm or 1pm-2.30pm.

Clay Monster: Tuesday 11th August 10.30am-12pm or 1pm-2.30pm.

Cost: £12 which includes all materials.


Lastly, and one you’re definitely going to want to book a place for is the Mask Making and Modelling with Mod-Rock, which is taught by Bob Hogarth. He has taught art for over 50 years which means you’re in safe hands when it comes to this workshop. This particular workshop uses the most versatile material; plaster impregnated bandage, which course members will use in order to create their mod-rock masks.

Dates for the diary: Monday 17th August.

Times: 9.30am-12.30pm.

Cost: £12, which includes all materials.

As with all the workshops don’t hesitate to give us a ring on 01652 657256 or email us on info@thesteelrooms.com. You know you want to!