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Hi, my name is Maddie and I run ARTventurers Leamington Spa, Central Warwickshire & Coventry! I’ve been running classes in the area now for 14 months and enjoying every minute of combining my passion for arts education with meeting all the new children and parents. The arts are a huge passion of mine. I come from an arts background having studied a Batcher of Arts at University. I then spent 16 years teaching art & design in secondary schools and managing 2 art departments and staff in my last 2 schools.
During my own maternity leave there wasn’t many art groups for babies or toddlers at all and I also remember thinking there was a gap in the market for one with the right mix of art, crafts, sensory play, singing, dancing and just general fun! When I took a sabbatical from teaching at the end of 2015 I came across ARTventurers and took the brave decision to attend a franchise discovery day and never looked back! Whats not to love about creative and colourful art classes allowing pre-school children of all ages to play and explore at their own pace, whilst learning new skills in a really fun environment!
I launched in September 2016 with just 3 classes per week and around 3-4 customers per class and then slowly classes got busier as word spread and very quickly I had full classes most terms! I now run 5 classes per week, plus a monthly Saturday class and regular holiday classes and workshops each half term. This Christmas I introduced my first Adult ARTventurers class with great success and I am planning more for 2018! I was also really busy with parties and last year hosted 31 birthday parties to a lot of very excited girls and boys!!
It has been a whirlwind of glitter and paint, laughter and fun, jelly, custard and gloop!! I have a loyal following of customers and the support from every one since I launched has been incredible. I am lucky to have met so many amazing families throughout the year, many of whom I now call close friends!
I am very proud of the 5* feedback I have achieved on Facebook which can be viewed here – https://www.facebook.com/ARTventurerscoventryandwarwickshirecentral/customer/reviews/
To receive such positive reviews really is amazing. I love all hearing how much my mums enjoy the classes and how their little ones have progressed with their developmental skills! The flexibility of working for myself has allowed me to be there for my daughter and husband when they have needed me. In particular,for my daughter when she transitioned to a brand new secondary school in September 2016. Thankfully being there for her in the morning and when she returned from school to hear all about the settling in stories really helped her to make a smooth move.
I have lots more planned for ARTventurers Leamington Spa, Central Warwickshire & Coventry for 2018! I am already booked up until March with birthday parties, I am hiring 2 members of staff to assist with classes and parties! And I have secured a space in Hobbycraft Coventry to run extra art classes for toddlers aged 2yrs+ and I have more plans for expansion and growth…watch this space!!!
I cannot wait to create more amazing, fun, messy(!) memories with all of my sparkly and colourful ARTventurers family!!!