Funny Face Workshop with Thames and Hudson

Family

Join us for regular weekend family workshops, where we invite families to be creative and learn together, alongside artists, illustrators and designers. Explore Somerset House and our exhibitions and displays though an exciting range of activities, from painting and model-making to fashion design and animation. Each workshop is designed to inspire and encourage creative discovery, and spark fresh activities to try at home.

Here's what people have been saying about our workshops:

Allowed children to be very creative... Great quality materials.

Excellent staff - encouraging and creative.

Super activities.

A fantastic day out!

FAMILY AT SOMERSET HOUSE:
Free Family Drop In Workshop: Battledress
Saturday, 4 July 12.00-15.00
South Wing, Free
For families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years

Uniforms don’t have to be uniform. Take your cues from military dress worn at the Battle of Waterloo and colour and collage authentic miniature soldiers drawn by artist Craig Coulthard

Family Drop-in Workshop:
Dances with Werewolves
Saturday, 8 August 2015, 12.00-16.00
The Studio, Free
For families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years

To accompany the free family matinee screening of Where the Wild Things Are this is a workshop celebrating all things hairy and scary, where attendees can learn the werewolf dance and create a monster spectacular with storyteller Rosie Tells Tales. If you’ve come without a special costume, join our making workshop to whip something up to fool even Little Red Riding Hood.

Family Screening: Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
Saturday, 8 August 2015, 12.00 & 14.00
Screening Room, Free Limited spaces

“Let the wild rumpus start!” Nine-year old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters. Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually astonishing film version of Maurice Sendak’s celebrated children’s classic, ahead of the evenings screening of American Werewolf in London. (101 mins)

Ben Uri Gallery presents: Family Passport
Saturday 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November and 12 December 2015
South Wing, Free For families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years

We'll be hosting a number of family drop-in workshops exploring identity and migration through art and digital media to celebrate the Out of Chaos exhibition at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London. Participants will be encouraged to make a family memento and to be part of a wider art project with Digital Artist in Residence Edwin Mingard.

Ben Uri Gallery workshops are available on the second Saturday of each month, for children aged 6 to 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Father Thames: the bearded river god
Activity Sheet

The spirit of the River Thames runs through Somerset House, in fact the river used to flow directly into the building before Victoria Embankment was built. When entering the building via the Great Arch you can see Somerset House’s unofficial mascot: Father Thames, London’s own watery guardian, overseeing the river from its source all the way through London to where the river meets the sea.
Click here to download our ather Thames Activity Sheet
Suitable for families with children aged 6-12years.

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