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!
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.
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!
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.