Children’s Art School runs after-school and holiday courses that give children of all ages the opportunity to explore their passion for art and develop new skills.
Our courses are led by professional artists who have active practices and experts in their field. They have lots of educational experience and enjoy developing children’s creativity. Like all teachers, they also have current DBS checks.
Each course leader is supported by an assistant. It’s their job to help the session to run smoothly and to help ensure that all children get individual attention.
Small informal classes ensure that children can work at their own pace and enjoy meeting and collaborating with other children who have similar interests.
Currently classes are run by Annabel with a ceramics and pottery focus for small groups in a garden pottery studio in West Wimbledon. All classes have a pottery focus, but will cover other techniques and skills.
Who we are
The Children’s Art School is run by Annabel Johnson I have a passion for education and a belief in the importance of developing children’s creativity. CAS was co-founded by Annabel Johnson with Julia Millette and Charis Evans.
Annabel Johnson was Curator for Schools and Teachers at the Whitechapel Gallery for 12 years. She managed projects in schools and devised research on artists working in schools as part of the Enquire Programme, managed by engage (The National Association for Gallery Education). She has developed a co-mentoring programme for Artists and Secondary School Teachers.
Annabel was a primary school teacher for seven years alongside freelancing for the schools and families programme at the National Maritime Museum where she also devised and piloted a popular family programme. She has a degree in Art History, a PGCE in Primary Education and an MA in Museum and Gallery Education. She was head of Art and Design Technology at Donhead Preparatory School, Wimbledon
She currently works as part of the teaching team at the Courtauld Institute for Art, leading tours and drawing workshops for schools and adult interest groups that investigate the Courtauld Gallery collection. She also runs Art History themed outreach projects in schools across London.
Annabel is the mother of two boys, living in Wimbledon.