“This is one of if not the best workshop for kids in London. Spectacular. Tremendous” Parent attendee at our RA Families ‘The Great Brush Up’ workshop

Did you know that we run workshops for children, young people and families too? We love working with artists of all ages!

As well as specialising in adults-only nude theatrical drawing salons, we also offer costumed drawing workshops for children and young people to take part in! Our Art Macabre team has over 20 years of experience in designing and delivering participatory arts and creative programmes for children, young people and families. From spooky fairy tales, to friendly pirates and mermaids, superheroes to Ancient Egyptians…Art Macabre has a whole host of different characters to be sketched!

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Linsay Trerise is a puppet and props maker, specialising in children’s’ design and art direction. She has worked as an Art Director for CBeebies and CBBC, with Dare Devil, Justin’s House, Swashbuckle, Something Special and Radio 2 at Haye on Wye. She has brought her child-focussed colourful and imaginative designs to various other live events for clients including Radio 2 at Haye on Wye, the CBBC Olympic Live event and several arts festivals.
Nikki Shaill has worked in family arts programmes and workshop facilitation for over 12 years.  As part of Southbank Centre’s Learning and Participation team, Nikki has produced many large scale festival events at Imagine Children’s Festival, Alchemy, Ether and more. She has programmed and produced family workshops for Artichoke,Thames Festival, Peckham Platform and Art in the Park. As an artist, she has led workshops at summer camps, nurseries, schools, with young offenders and with children who have complex learning and behavioural difficulties.   Sessions can be developed to respond to any theme and tie in to exhibition or festival programmes. Our team of costumed characters will facilitate a dynamic, imaginative and unique drawing experience that will feature narrative, music, costumes, puppets (on request) and most importantly lots of interactive, participatory drawing fun!

Sometimes we like to involve children and young people in the tableaux and allow them to try their hand at posing and becoming part of the scene to be drawn too, or we’ll lead young drawing participants around a space on a drawing trail and allow them to encounter inspiring stories, sights, scenes and sounds to inspire them to create artwork. We love working with artists of all ages!




Past Art Macabre family workshops and events include:

Royal Academy ‘The Great Brush Up!’ Family Painting workshop, January 2015

Superhero Sketching Salon at Also Festival, Warwickshire, June 2014

Poisonous Plants at Urban Physic Garden, Summer 2011

Circus of Skeletons at Standon Calling, Summer 2013 featuring The Suitcase Menagerie puppets

Circus of Wonder & Toybox of Terror at Playgroup Festival, Summer 2012 & 2011

Russian Fairytales at Festival of Fairytales, The Bargehouse, Dec 2012

The Big Draw experimental drawing workshops

Get in touch with us if you’d like to see if we can bring an exciting workshop or event for families and all ages to you anytime soon? Email Nikki at We can work with private parties and school groups, through to larger groups at festivals, in galleries, museums, cultural venues or in the great outdoors. We can’t wait to hear from you and we love new challenges!

Circus fun at Playgroup Festival family workshop

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