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

Seascapes of the Solway; painting in pencil with Deborah...

3rd April 2014
Paint and draw with professional artist, tutor and demonstrator Deborah Campbell, known for her...
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Silk painting in Inktense pencils with Margaret Wilmot

10th April 2014
Margaret uses Habotai 8 for all her wall panels – a smooth, even weave silk that is robust enough...
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Family fun days

Free art & craft watercolour pencil demonstrations

10th April 2014 to 14th April 2014
The events are free to join in; you do not have to pay to go around on a Pencil Museum visit,...
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Family cartooning

15th April 2014 to 17th April 2014
YouTube sensation Shoo Rayner will be demonstrating how to draw step-by-step Cartoons. He has his...
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Children's drawing & painting workshop

16th April 2014
A Lake District artist dubbed “the Young Miss Potter” will be sharing her skills this Easter...
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Free art & craft watercolour pencil demonstrations

18th April 2014 to 19th April 2014
The events are free to join in; you do not have to pay to go around on a Pencil Museum visit, you...
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Decorate a GIANT Ostrich egg

20th April 2014
Buy a GIANT Ostrich egg for £1 and decorate it with our watersoluable pencils. All money raised...
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Family cartooning

22nd April 2014 to 24th April 2014
Join local Cumbrian cartoonist Robin Evans over three days, where he will be demonstrating how to...
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