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Woodworking – Maker Workshop

This exciting hands-on course is a creative introduction to woodworking where the design process and crafting share centre stage. Budding makers aged 10–12 will learn fundamental skills, experiment, master basic woodworking tools, and bring their ideas to life in wood.

Course overview

This highly imaginative and practical course for young makers aged 10–12 years old runs on Saturday mornings and is available to study in either our autumn or spring term. Check out the term dates and other course details below.


Saturday 15 April 2023 – 3 June 2023

Duration and times

8 Saturdays 09.30–12.30





Class capacity


Course details

This new maker course places equal importance on the design process as it does the actual crafting. As such it’s the ideal course for students aged 10-12 years that wish to experiment and learn the techniques of working with the medium of wood.

On this course our young artists will be guided to use a wide variety of woodworking hand tools safely and effectively. They’ll develop fundamental skills and techniques relating to woodwork and will leave each session with a sense of pride and an imaginative creation made from their own hands.

Each week our budding makers will undertake a different wood-based construction project and learn the relevant skills as they go. This includes being shown how to transform their ideas and designs into real-life pieces with confidence.

The projects students will work on give them the opportunity to use their imaginations and be creative. In fact, we encourage all our young artists to develop their own creative voice and let this shine through in their work. Projects they’ll undertake include character building, bird houses, flower boxes, chopping boards and vehicles.

Woodworking gives students the chance to develop vital life skills as well as practical and creative ones. Our artists will enhance their spatial awareness, be encouraged to use reasoning and critical thinking skills, practise patience and build focus. Plus, they’ll develop problem-solving skills, improve, understanding of mathematic concepts and most importantly grow in confidence!

 We understand how important young creative artists are – they've so much potential, untapped abilities, and enthusiasm. On this course they’ll be supported to fully explore their creative talent and future potential creative makers.

We encourage our young artists to be themselves, and as such we harness a budding artists’ natural style and flair, therefore enabling them to utilise existing creative interests and acquire new skills in the development of their own unique creative visual language.

It goes without saying, too, that we ensure all our young learners are included, respected, and supported every step of the way on their creative journey with us.

  • Introduction to woods and tools
  • How to use tools correctly and safely
  • Translating your ideas into a design
  • Measuring and marking
  • Sawing
  • Drilling
  • Chiselling
  • Sanding
  • Simple joining and assembly
  • Decorating wooden pieces using accessories, additional materials, and paint

  • Safely and effectively use a range of woodworking tools
  • Ability to take an idea from concept, to design, to finished piece with confidence
  • A fundamental understanding of woodworking skills and techniques
  • Enhanced vital life skills, including problem-solving, patience, focus, and critical thinking and reasoning
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Saturday Art School certificate of attendance

Students should be aged between 10-12 years. No woodwork experience is necessary; all we ask is that students come with buckets of enthusiasm to learn new skills, explore, and have fun with art and design!

All course materials are included in the course fee.