Bow Families is a regular series of free, drop-in family art workshops run by Bow Arts. Sessions take place on the last Sunday of every month in the Bow Arts Courtyard, and are a wonderful opportunity for local families to get creative and try something new.
Each workshop is led by a professional Bow Arts’ Artist, giving families the chance get hands on and experiment with skills from gardening and papercraft, to painting and drawing, and takes place in an inclusive, friendly environment which is accessible to all abilities and age groups.
“I enjoyed sharing time with my son. He enjoyed the contact with paint & was amazed with natural colours!”
Exploring ideas around land and the healing power of nature, learn how to use natural and upcycled materials to weave your very own flower-shaped wall hanging. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials provided!
Bow Families aims to provide inclusive and creative workshops for a range of ages and abilities. Often, our talented artist educators can adjust the sessions to different levels.
Our recent sessions have been most popular with families with kids aged 3-9, but our Bow Families Special during Second Nature was also enjoyed by young people in their 20s.
What facilities does Bow Arts have available? Is there space to park my buggy?
Access to step-free toilets is available nearby in the Bow Arts Trust building. Next door, a nappy changing station is available in the Nunnery Café.
We have space to park buggies.
What about lunch?
Our cosy Nunnery Café is right next door to the courtyard, serving a selection of locally-made cakes, pastries, toasties, soups and other delicious treats.
What else can we do on a Sunday at Bow Arts?
As well as visiting our exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery and enjoying lunch at the Nunnery Café, Bow Arts has a free family trail to guide you around our space. Copies are available inside the Nunnery Gallery.
Catch the crisp wintery sun with artist and educator Lucia Ferguson as we make our own ‘stained glass’ suncatchers inspired by the nature around us, using tissue paper and paper frames. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials provided!
Mould your own tiny treasures, vessels, and objects out of salt dough and bring them to life with a splash of colour using food colouring and other fun materials. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials provided!
Did you know the UK is home to some amazing cold-water coral reefs over 400m deep? Learn more about these habitats as we build up a collective coral reef sculpture out of clay. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials are provided!
Come along and join artist and arts educator Jasmin Bhanji for a huge group doodle, playfully encouraging and exploring what we can make when we freely doodle, draw, and create on a large-scale together.
Flags are symbols of places, identities, and cultures – they allow us to feel proud of our roots and bring us closer together. Get crafty as we as we cut, paste, and paint our own flags to embody our imagined future worlds, homes, or places of our dreams. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials provided.
Whether it’s moving to a different place, travelling in our local area, or making our way to school, the things we bring with us on our journeys represent who we are and what matters to us. Join us as we stitch our personal stories and memories onto small 2D fabric bags to bring along to your next adventure. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials provided.
What does it mean to be a Londoner? What does your dream city look like? Join us as we explore the city we live in and make your unique mark through drawing, collaging, and mapping out imagined landmarks to represent the things you care about. Open to children and families of all ages – all materials provided.
Illustrator and artist educator Julie Vermeille invites you to get crafty and come and make your very own Bow-scape! Taking the local area and key landmarks in Bow as your inspiration, we will be decorating a simple concertina book with all kinds of fun shapes, patterns and textures to create colourful cityscapes of the places and spaces we move through.