DESIGN MUSEUM ACADEMY Young people workshop

Design Camp: Skateboard Deck Making for 11 to 14 year olds

In this fun workshop, learn about the unique skill of deck pressing using the vacuum press – a hands on experience designing, decorating and making a skateboard deck to keep.

What to expect

On this one-day course, two team members from SkatetotheMAX will demonstrate and explain the board-building process, followed by a hands-on experience of preparing and pressing two skateboards in smaller groups. In the afternoon, you will then decorate a skateboard deck to take home.

You will learn:

• How to vacuum press Canadian Maple veneers to form a skateboard.

• How to shape a skateboard using hand tools.

• Decorative skills, spray painting, drawing and air brushing.

• Safety awareness when skateboarding.

This workshop includes same-day entrance to our Skateboard exhibition.

Please note that all equipment, materials and light refreshments will be provided for the duration of the session, but you must bring a packed lunch.

© SkatetotheMAX


Tracey Swan – SkatetotheMAX

SKATEtotheMAX is a Community Interest Company that raises awareness of skateboarding safety. Tracey Swan has spent many younger years on boards and learnt first-hand the importance of skateboard safety. Her work with young people is fun and creative, teaching them new skills whilst talking about wearing head protection and PPE whilst skateboarding. STTM also continues to research and develop alternative headgear in partnership with Plymouth University.

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Booking information

Young people: £70

Young people (Early bird): £64

Members*: £56

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s children and not those of additional guests. 

Early bird until 2 October.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

This workshop is suitable for ages 11 to 14.

Information on the Design Museum Academy Cancellation Policy.

the exhibition


The first major UK exhibition to map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today – a story of design, performance and communities progressing together.

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Images by SkatetotheMAX.