Funny Face Workshop with Thames and Hudson


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!

Wild Life Drawing: Birds of a Feather
Saturday 30 May 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
£30 (joint ticket for 1 adult + 1 child aged 7-12 years)

Have a hoot this half term with a whole host of our favourite owls! Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of life models, the subjects are real animals. The aim of the drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for animals and their conservation through creativity. A workshop led in conjunction with Wild Life DrawingTickets available for an adult accompanied by a child aged 7-12 years.


Free Family Drop In Workshop: Bird's Eye View
Saturday 6 June 12.00-15.00
South Wing

The sky is the limit! Join us this June to take a bird’s eye view of the building and beyond. We’ll be working with artist Gareth Owen Lloyd to explore the area with flying machines, colourful kites and other airborne oddities. Starting with structures, then building the bodies we’ll send our artworks into the atmosphere. Lift off from the balconies or take flight through the fountains in an afternoon of architectural adventure. A programme partner to London Festival of ArchitectureFree for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.

Free Family Drop In Workshop: Battledress
Saturday 4 July 12.00-15.00
South Wing

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 CoulthardFree for families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years.

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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