I'm starting a children's art club...how much would you pay?

(29 Posts)
paintandhomemadejam Sun 21-Jul-13 21:58:38

Hello...I qualified as a primary school teacher 8 years ago but have returned to being a self employed artist (something I'd done for many years before).

Anyway, I'd like to combine my love of art and children but don't really know how much to charge.

The club will be for an hour after school or during holiday times with all materials provided. I'd love to hear what you think....

paintandhomemadejam Sun 21-Jul-13 22:00:31

Oh...and I'd need to ask for a term's (10 weeks) fee up front but could charge a bit more for a drop in or one off..

southeastastra Sun 21-Jul-13 22:01:13

£40 per ten week term?

Smartiepants79 Sun 21-Jul-13 22:05:24

Well you need to work out how much it's going to cost you. You need to cover costs. A parent did something similar at my school. Think she was charging around 3/4 pounds.
What age range/how many kids.
With lower primary you can only cope with around 6 at a time. A few more as they get older and more skilled.

southeastastra Sun 21-Jul-13 22:09:02

blimey we had 30 kids at a time!

GladbagsGold Sun 21-Jul-13 22:10:26

I'd say £3/4 - but depends on what you're doing and how much attention each child gets. I'd really like my DC to go to a drawing/technique art club where they learn to develop their skills with a talented artist. Not just a sort of messy cutting and sticking and glueing art club that I could do at home. I also think an hour might not be long enough...

starlingsintheslipstream Sun 21-Jul-13 22:10:53

Depends where you are as well, I suppose. A woman ran similar at our school for £5 a session. I think parents considered it a bit expensive.

I think 10 sessions up front could be a big ask too. Could you break it down into two chunks?

GladbagsGold Sun 21-Jul-13 22:11:38

PS where are you based? (Hoping you are in the midlands!)

southeastastra Sun 21-Jul-13 22:13:48

ime parents want to sign up to an after school club that would guarantee their child would be cared for for that amount of time, hence setting up per term.

most parents would pay up front ime.

for holiday clubs, how many hours are you planning to put on activities?

paintandhomemadejam Mon 22-Jul-13 00:11:28

Thanks everyone for your comments!

I'm based in the Sussex area.

Well, thinking about it then, I might offer two kinds of classes...one that's more about having fun and getting messy with art and another that's much more about learning drawing and painting skills.

Both can be split for either age range (KS1 or 2) with up to 20 in a class.

But first, I better send out flyers and see what response I get!

Fingers crossed. I'm on my own with my son (DD is starting 3rd year at Uni now..!) and really struggle to make ends meet on my own. (...groan!)

But hey....I'm feeling positive!

Thanks everso much again for your helpful input!smile

paintandhomemadejam Mon 22-Jul-13 00:14:16

southeastastra...I'm thinking of a longer holiday session...eg 2 or 3 hours for a holiday club class... but it's all thoughts in progress at the mo!

TurnipIsTaken Mon 22-Jul-13 00:21:22

I'm skint but if ds really wanted to do it I could find 30 quid a term.

RussianBlu Mon 22-Jul-13 00:34:33

£45 max.

Maile Tue 27-Aug-13 18:27:06

My dd would love this, I reckon holiday clubs might be better as there is so many choices for term time activities but less in holidays.

I would prefer a 2/3 hour thing, as I have other dc dropping off for 1 hr is more hassle than its worth. You would also need some sort of liability insurance I would think, esp if you a renting a church hall type place.

Adikia Sun 08-Sep-13 18:11:58

Please do holiday clubs/some one off days over the holidays, my kids would love to go to something like that (we are in Kent). the craft sessions i take them to at a local museum are usually £4.50 for a one off, all their after school clubs are about £40 a term so would be happy to pay somewhere around that, more if you decided to do a longer day thing in the holidays

MaddAddam Wed 18-Sep-13 21:55:13

My dds go to several art clubs at various prices. We don't mind paying as it's a major interest for all of them and they spend a lot of time doing art, but some classes are much more worth it than others.

13yo goes to a free school club at secondary (not much use for you), art students run it I think and I don't know much about that one.

All 3 (13, 12, and 9) often go to a 2 hr Saturday club which is £5 for 2 hrs, in a local art gallery, with "proper" artists and drawing on the current exhibitions. That's really good, it's usually about 6 children aged 6 up and quite varied art.

Then they all 3 go to a whole day art,craft and sewing club once a month on Saturdays, that is £5 for the day and they absolutely love it, it's a sort of juvenile Bitch'n'Stich, but it's run by someone who's retired so not bothered about the money. I don't see how she can make any money as she often buys them lunch out of that or takes them to art fairs.

They go to various other art classes too, in small local studios or art galleries, on a one off basis, we often pay about £5 a session, sometimes £12 for a 3 hr session but those are often no better than the free or cheap ones, so we've found little correlation between cost and quality of the class, but we really look for classes that are a bit more sophisticated than basic stuff as my dds have done lots of art and I look for classes that teach them something, also ones that introduce them to various art styles and artists. How to look at pictures, etc.

Bonsoir Thu 19-Sep-13 08:47:59

My DD has done and still does a lot of art. We pay €630 per year for a two hour drawing and painting lesson every week and €630 for her and €905 for me to attend a sculpture class for two hours a week. The sculpture class includes visits to the Louvre and a lot of history as well as technique.

burberryqueen Thu 19-Sep-13 08:50:29

showing off bonsoir?

Bonsoir Thu 19-Sep-13 08:56:16

Helping the OP to understand her market and not be cajoled into offering services for peanuts.

burberryqueen Thu 19-Sep-13 09:02:58

hm that is tre - especially if she is supplying all the materials i dont see how she could offer it at the prices that some people are suggesting, without it being ssome kind of charity.
There was a similar set up near me when I lived in Hove, which I beleive is the OP's area, and it was £10 a session (and that was a good few years ago)

burberryqueen Thu 19-Sep-13 09:03:33

*true, even.
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burberryqueen Thu 19-Sep-13 09:10:20

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flipchart Thu 19-Sep-13 09:13:27

If it was in the North West of England I would pay no more than £4 a session if my kids were really into art.

burberryqueen Thu 19-Sep-13 09:33:44

it is in Sussex

Bonsoir Thu 19-Sep-13 09:58:38

When my DD was 4/5/6 she went to arts & crafts classes run by a very nice artist who was also a part-time primary teacher (Y1). She charged EUR 15 per session for 1h15 minutes, including materials. Small groups, very friendly. I thought it was very good value for money.

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