ART helps develop self expression and confidence!

One of the very BEST things about being an ARTventurer??

It’s seeing all of our Baby and Little ARTventurers growing in confidence week by week, month by month…..watching them tackle the activities with enthusiasm when initially they might have been nervous or tentative, watching them take the floor during circle time when at the beginning they might have been overcome with shyness, watching them confidently and bravely making their own choices and decisions when they’re painting and creating and watching them playing together with the other children in the group, sharing and taking turns and building relationships……….

……….All reasons why at ARTventurers we LOVE art!

More AWESME Awards news!!!

Hi Everyone!!!

You may have seen our most AWESOME news recently…Lois and I attended the Networking Mummies Recognition awards In Birmingham on Saturday 19th May and we were completely bowled over to pick up a lovely award for “Best Small Business 2018!”…we were so chuffed to receive this and it really makes all the preparations for classes and lugging tons of equipment and the hours of setting up/clearing away, having custard in our hair, chocolate cloud doh under our nails and painty clothes TRULEY worthwhile!!!

Here’s a few photos of us looking glam…and completely different to how you normally see us at class! Not a red t-shirt or any painty clothes in sight!!!


I would like to say a HUGE than you to all of my lovely customers for your on-going love & support of everything that we do at ARTventurers, as without you our classes wouldn’t be half as fun and we look forward to creating even more FABULOUS messy memories with you all very soon!!!

Maddie, Lois & ARTy Bear xx

I have been nominated for another award…read my blog!!!

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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 –

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!!!

Maddie xx