Create a Sheffield cityscape - Sheffield a Maker City

Suitable for:6 to 10, 11 to 16

We live in the wonderful diverse city of Sheffield. Many artists such as Jo Peel and Pete McKee have been inspired by our home city. Jo even paints murals around the city to breathe new life into old buildings and streets.

Your task

Your task is to create a Sheffield cityscape. Use paints, Lego blocks and junk materials to make a scene which represents our city.

Create a backdrop on a large sheet of lining paper, newspaper or brown paper. Use your Lego as printing blocks and then outline your buildings with black paint in the style of Jo Peel. Don’t forget to paint a few cranes as we live in an ever-changing city!

Find old cardboard boxes and junk materials to make models of some of your favourite Sheffield landmarks: maybe the wonderful Madina Mosque or the Winter Gardens or even your home or school.

Share you Adventure

We would love to see your creations! Tag us on Twitter @CreateSheff @maker_futures @Jo_Peel or send pictures of your artwork by email to Use the hashtags #makerfutures #SheffieldCityScape.

Earn CU Credits with Sheffield Adventures

Head to 'explore more' at the bottom of the page for instructions on claiming your Children's University Credits.

This Adventure was written by Maker{Futures}

The Maker{Futures} programme, from The University of Sheffield, will enable you to set up makerspaces or run maker sessions in a range of spaces, providing playful and creative ways to develop digital and STEM skills through a STEAM approach that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the arts. We offer continuing professional development resources, downloadable guides and the opportunity to book a visit from our mobile makerspace – Maker{Move}.

Paper, cardboard boxes, scissors, tape, paint, lego or other building blocks and junk materials.

If you like making, there are lots more creative ideas on the Maker{Futures} website

There are also some great maker videos on our YouTube channel, including more about cardboard construction. 

If you have been inspired by the amazing Jo Peel, then check out her website to find out more about her cool urban projects.

Earn Children's University Credits with Sheffield Adventures! Below are instructions on what to do:

  • Take part in this Sheffield Adventure. Each Adventure is worth 1 CU credit.
  • Email to share your learning, please include any pictures/videos as evidence.
  • For Sheffield CU members, please include the name of the Adventure you completed, your full name, DOB, school name and CU Passport to Learning number (found on the front page of your Passport under the consent sticker). Then we will inform Children's University of your great work!
  • For other CU members, please include the name of the Adventure and we will reply with the CU Activity Code so you can claim your credits.