What's on


Find out what’s on this month and join-in the free demonstrations, tuition workshops or family fun days

Throughout the year the museum offers a free program of demonstrations to visitors where, in quick and easy to follow steps, the whole family can learn simple drawing techniques. You will be amazed how rapidly your drawing skills will improve.


Family fun days are all about kids with quiz trails around the museum, drawing competitions and creative things to make & do in the Kid’s Art Studio. Hosted by museum staff or professional art practitioners.


Derwent at the Pencil Museum workshops are a great way to explore the uses of The Derwent Fine Art Pencils we manufacture in our Cumberland Pencil Factory, here in the Lake District. The workshops are run by professional artists, and are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.

The day starts around 10am where we meet for coffee in the Museum coffee shop; a great way to get to know the group. We then glide our way through the day exploring and experimenting with the pencils and Derwent mediums, creating a couple of pictures and being inspired by the professional artist’s tricks of the trade. The day generally finishes around 4.30pm.

The tuition costs £50 per person, pre-booking is essential as we keep the numbers to a tight group of a maximum of 10 people, enabling you to get lots of one to one tuition throughout the day.

All materials are supplied along with complimentary tea, coffee and afternoon treats. Lunch can be bought additionally from Sketchers coffee shop.





This month at the museum

Tuition workshops

Big cats in pastel pencils with Karen Coulson

4th November 2014
Karen Coulson is a master at making pastel pencil accessible to all abilities. She works with...
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Birds in colour using Coloursoft and Artists pencils with...

5th November 2014
Draw with professional artist, tutor and demonstrator Karen Coulson, who will take you through...
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Dynamic watercolours; Bring texture and depth with Alex...

12th November 2014 to 13th November 2014
In this 2 day workshop Alex will be exploring the effects that can be created using a selection of...
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Family fun days

Design a 2D angel with feather wings

22nd November
All the crafty workshops are suitable for kids under 10 yrs and are FREE to attend. Why not...
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Build a 2D reindeer Christmas gift

29th November
All the crafty workshops are suitable for kids under 10 yrs and are FREE to attend. Why not attend...
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