Award Wins for ARTventurers!

award winning art classes for babies and children

The ARTventurers’ Team had some amazing news earlier this month – Our art classes for babies and children were named Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity, Most Loved Party Entertainment AND Highly Commended for Most Loved Baby Activity in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!


If you’ve never heard of the Whats On Awards…..well, they’re kind of the Oscars of the children’s activity industry! They’re awards voted for by grown ups who come along to classes – so to be named nationally as the very best and most loved is an AMAZING achievement and we owe you all a very huge thank you for supporting ARTventurers in all that we do.

As we head into a half term filled with spooky creative fun, I’d just like to thank all of my ARTventurers big and small for all of your support and enthusiasm for my ARTventurers business. If you have a friend who you think would love to join in the award winning fun at our classes then please do spread the word – the more the merrier and, as a big THANK YOU, if a friend comes along and signs up for a term of sessions then you get a class FREE. Find out where you can join our art classes for babies and children in Newcastle or Gateshead here.

(So bring 5 friends along = 5 FREE classes, how fab is that?!)

love Emily, Elaine & ARTY Bear x

ARTventurers flies high with Children’s Activities Week

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Here at ARTventurers Newcastle & Gateshead, we’re getting involved with the Watch Me Fly campaign for Children’s Activities Week 2019. Throughout the week of 13th-17th May 2019,  we are raising vital funds and encouraging donations through our sponsored challenge to help support Caudwell Children (a charity that supports families affected by Autism).

All of our arty fun will be inspired by the theme ‘watch me fly’!

A few special things will be going on in classes, we will be encouraging EVERYONE to come in fancy dress….anything that flies. Could be Buzz Lightyear, an angel, fairy, ladybird, bee, unicorn, astronaut…..anything!

art classes for babies  artventurers superhero class

 

We will be embarking on a sponsored painty footprint challenge to see how many painty footprints we can make in a minute. If you would like to set up an online fundraising page to collect sponsors for the challenge, here is a link to set up your page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-port…/userSignIn

We will also be collecting donations for Caudwell Children with a raffle going on throughout the week.

Getting involved is super easy. Join us in classes during the week –  single class tickets are available in some classes. Click here to find your local class.  If anyone would just like to make a donation online, here is our link –  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/emilymiller14

 

Children’s Activities Association

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Childrens Activities Week is run by the Children’s Activities Association, of which ARTventurers is a GOLD fully accredited member. It is an association set up to promote and safeguard the provision of safe and high quality activities for babies and children of all ages! It’s a little known (and scary!) fact that anyone can set up a children or baby activity class without ANY insurance, DBS, safeguarding and proper policies and procedures in place….let alone really knowing what they are doing during the sessions!

At ARTventurers, we are committed to children’s learning and development through art and creative play and the provision of high quality and safe children’s activities in ALL areas of our industry. And that’s why for us it was SO important to join the CAA and go through their full accreditation process! When you are looking for your a class for your little one, check to see if they are accredited for your peace of mind.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for photos of our Watch me Fly fun!

Emily x

 

 

Zog is a huge hit in our house!

Zog is a huge hit in our house!

Zog classes in Newcastle

Now we have had this Julia Donaldson book in our house for a while now (as we are all big Julia Donaldson fans) and it is one of those books that comes out for a couple of nights then gets lost again for a few months. Never the Number 1 choice but always lurking there in the background……that is…. until this Christmas!  The BBC adaptation of Zog has rocketed the book into our nightly story and it has been on our TV pretty much every day since Christmas Day.  What’s not to love about it……dragons, princesses, doctors, knights, plasters and golden stars!

Did you see it?

Here is a link to the Trailer and I’m sure it is still available on I-Player too. Our girls have loved pretending to be dragons, playing princess doctors & dishing out stars for prizes. This is Faith’s book cover design from school last week!

Faiths Zog artwork

They told me I HAD to do a Zog inspired art class for babies and children during the February Half term holidays! You may have read another blog of mine on how I come up with ideas for classes, well I can watch a film or read a book and instantly start thinking of activities. It seems my girls can too as we sat and planned what activities I could do in a Zog themed party or Zog themed class.  They were desperate to make sure they could come along to a class to tell everyone their ideas.

Zog with his hand up

I also spotted that the Gala Theatre in Durham are doing a production of Zog in March. I have an amazing competition running over on my Facebook Page to win tickets to the show. Make sure you enter to be in with a chance to win 2 tickets.

 

Zog inspired ARTventurers Class

So the idea was born and I am running 3 Zog themed art classes during February Half term. They all sold out within 48hrs of going live to book so it seems there are lots of Zog fans throughout Gateshead and Newcastle too.

 Zog inspired art classes for babies and children

Zog themed Children’s Party

Now if your little one loves Zog, here is an idea….how about a Zog themed arty party to celebrate their birthday with their pals? If you are looking for a fun, unique and stress free party for your child, pop me an email to see how we can create a fabulous Zog themed birthday party or pop over to my website to find out more about our party packages.

childrens birthday party ideas in Newcastle Gateshead

I can’t wait to run these sessions as I am a converted Zog fan now too! Keep your eyes peeled for our Zog arts and crafts over on our social media channels. Or pop me a message here if you would like to know more about our award winning creative play classes for little ones emily@Artventurers.co.uk.

Emily x

 

The Best Pre School Activity in Newcastle & Gateshead

.Best Pre School Activity

ARTventurers is The Best Pre School Activity 2018

The ARTventurers Team had some amazing news earlier this month – we were named Best Pre School Activity 2018 in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2018! That’s right, our Art classes for babies and children were named as THE best activity you can do with your little one.

What are the ‘Whats on Awards’?

If you’ve never heard of the Whats On Awards…..well, they’re kind of the Oscars of the children’s activity industry! They’re awards voted for by grown ups who come along to classes. So to be named nationally as the very best is an AMAZING achievement. We owe you all a very huge thank you for supporting ARTventurers.

And not only did we WIN Best Preschool Activity (15-50 franchisees), we were also Highly Commended for Best Baby/Toddler Activity and Best Franchised Party Entertainment. Definite cause for extra celebrations.

 

A huge big THANK YOU!

As we head towards the start of our ARTventurers Winter term in the run up to Christmas, I’d just like to thank all of my ARTventurers big and small for your support and enthusiasm for my ARTventurers business. If you have a friend who you think would love to join in the award winning fun then please do spread the word. The more the merrier! And, as a big THANK YOU, if a friend comes along and signs up for a term of sessions then you get a class FREE. So bring 5 friends along = 5 FREE classes, how fab is that?!

Or if you would love to know more about our amazing party packages for totally creative childrens birthday parties in Newcastle & Gateshead, please pop me a message here or have a look over at my recent blog about our top tips for a stress free kids party.

Love

Emily x

 

 

 

Top questions I get asked about running my art classes for babies and toddlers!

Top Questions I get asked! 

Over the years I have been asked a lot of questions about running my art classes for babies and toddlers. I’m very lucky in that I get to meet so many amazing families in ARTventurer’s classes, at our children’s birthday parties and at creative events in Newcastle & Gateshead. I was recently asked something I have never been asked before (more about that later) but it made me think, I should write down the top things I am asked. So here they are.

1. How long have you been doing ARTventurers? 

In March 2014 I bought my Franchise after taking my eldest along to classes in Sunderland and having her 3rd birthday party. Starting out small, I ran a class once a week in Jesmond then I added to my timetable as my girls grew. I still have families with me now who came along to my first few classes all those years ago!

ARTventurers classes in Newcastle & Gateshead

2. Have you always been arty? 

YES! I have always loved art but only once I had my girls did I fall in love with art for children. I studied art at A Level and then Design Studies at Nottingham Trent Uni (because I couldn’t decide which type of art I liked best so I did them all). I then spent 18 years doing Marketing in my family business which is also now a large part of my role within ARTventurers.

3. How do you come up with all of the ideas for ARTventurers themes?

As part of our franchise, we receive a years worth of lesson plans. A whole 52 weeks of creative activities! However, this doesn’t stop me thinking up new themes and activities for our art classes. I have been doing this for 4.5yrs now so I like to keep it fresh and try new ideas. I can watch a film or read a book and instantly start thinking of activities. I can see a children’s art activity online and start to plan how we can use it in class. Just like our skateboard painting.

4. Where do you store everything for all of the different themes and creative parties?

A sore topic in my house……but my garage is jam packed full of materials, props and paint all ready for our weekly themes. From Christmas to Chinese New Year. From Halloween to Alice in Wonderland. From Paw Patrol to Peppa Pig….you name it, I have the props tucked away.

ARTventurers classes in Newcastle Gateshead

5. What’s your favourite arty theme? 

Within ARTventurers we are encouraged to come up with our own themes, own activities & ideas. I love coming up with new themes and one of my all time favourites has to be Trolls (followed closely by Moana).  Sat watching the film with my girls and my heading was buzzing with ideas…. Cloud Guy, tons of rainbows and masses of glitter! And the amazing soundtrack too!

baby art classes in Newcastle Gateshead

6. What’s your favourite arty activity?

Well it’s a bit of a running joke within ARTventurers that I am a huge fan of process art activities (so where the end product isn’t the focus).  One of my favourite process art activities is this really simple mixing paint & foam with their little hands. We talk about colour mixing, how the paint & foam feels, we draw patterns into the foam and get really messy in the process. Tons of fun in such a simple activity.

 

7. Do you LOVE what you do?

Absolutely! You really can’t run ARTventurers classes if you don’t love it. The children would know in an instant! Chatting to families, finding out what makes each little one tick and meeting new families at parties and events is what I love. One of the most amazing experiences I have ever had was during our intergeneration baby class within a care home. We brought together the residents of a care home and our baby art class and the response from residents, carers and the families was phenomenal.

I got told this week that it is really special that I know each little ones names and that is how I run my classes! I want everyone to love spending their time within an art class no matter what their age and hopefully that oozes when you meet me!

 

8. So the question I’ve never been asked before..

Have I ever been hungover doing a birthday party? Absolutely not! The Hokey Cokey is not good with a headache.

If you have you got any other questions you have wondered and wanted to ask me about art classes for babies and toddlers…. pop me a message here emily@Artventurers.co.uk.

Emily x