WOW, what a rollercoaster of a month I have had. I just want to thank all the babies, toddlers and mums who have joined me on my first ARTventure journey. I have loved meeting you all and getting to know such sweet little people and watching the delight and curiosity and sometimes uncertainty on their faces, as they try out new experiences for the very first time.
Our first few weeks in Balloch are over and it has been such an adventure. What an adventure it has been raising awareness for the fabulous Caudwell Children with our themed sessions, as well as a Royal endorsement as to how awesome our classes are by OK magazine.
It hasn’t been easy, I have had sleepless nights and agonised everything from my set up time, the preparation, the activities, if you have enjoyed yourselves, if I locked the hall door, if I sang in tune, if that even mattered, how was it affecting the family…my list was endless at 3am, 4 am. 6am.. BUT I DID IT! The delight on these wee faces just means so much to me, and I am slowly beginning to realise that I can overcome these anxieties and face those fears.
I started this journey to challenge myself and to offer something amazing for our community and young people. I believe in the benefits of this class for your little people and desperately wish I had been able to take my children when they were little.
I have mentioned many times, the benefits of our class for development. Physical skills such as mark making, muscle strengthening in babies, and coordination. As well as the social benefits of learning to interact with peers, sharing of equipment and props, imaginative play and creativity and social expectations during circle time. All of which help to prepare for nursery and school.
Art, in its many forms, also provides many tools for learning to cope with our mental health such as Self Expression, Self Awareness, Emotional Release, Perseverance and Confidence.
This is Mental Health Awareness week and something that matters a great deal to me is the growing demands and pressures of society on our children’s mental health. We are beginning to see these pressures taking their toll at a very young age. There are a number of reasons for this one being that world is more connected than ever before. I am honoured to give an introduction to skills that will in the future help children process these emotions and pressures.
I am looking at running a number of expressive workshops over the summer months, where children will be able to come together and work on collaborative art projects as well as creating some unique art pieces using their own self-expression skills with process art techniques to explore a variety of different ways to create art.
I hope those of you who were with us for our very first classes are still able to join us again as we start our next term, but if not I am honoured that ARTventurers and I are a part of your story. We have raised awareness during our Watch Me Fly sessions for the charity Caudwell Children, which is doing fantastic things for families with Autism. We have discovered a variety of textures, and techniques, developed muscles, learnt some core mark making skills and made some fabulous keepsakes to remind you just how little those hands and feet once were.
How awesome will it be to look back on those in a few years and see how much they have grown. 😍
Rebooking for our summer term is open now www.artventurers.co.uk/inverness/book-a-class-2 Come along and join in the fun and give your child a basis to build vital skills that will have long lasting benefits.