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?!)
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!
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
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!
Introducing your little artist to paint at home the ARTventurers way!
There are 5 tips and a bit of inspiration from the ARTventurers team. Tips that you can use at home to get creative with paint with your little ones! There are loads of benefits to letting children be creative with art from a young age, and these tips will help them do so!
As most parents will know, the thought of letting your little one loose in your home with paint fills you with horror! All those lovely white walls and carpets covered in paint? No thank you! However, allowing babies and toddlers to get messy can be SO important for them and their development, whilst giving you a great opportunity to bond! So, fear not, here are some top tips from us at ARTventurers when using paint at home with your little ones…
Do you remember those old rolls of lining paper or leftover sheets of wallpaper that are stuck in the garage or loft gathering dust? Bring them out! These types of materials are ideal for covering your floor with and letting your little ones loose on. They’re easy to bin afterwards or even stick up on the wall to display the masterpieces and are a lot more fun to work with than small A4 sheets!
Make sure the paint is non-toxic and suitable for use!
Obviously, your child’s safety comes before keeping your house clean and tidy! So before you all get messy at home, ensure you know the paint being used is safe for use with small children. You can even try and mix it up using edible paint made from cornflour. We all know how much young ones want to put everything in their mouth! There are plenty of recipes online about how to make edible paint, so be sure to check them out.
Be prepared for the inevitable mess!
Cover your surfaces and floors with something easy to wipe down or bin, like an old shower curtain or plastic tablecloth! This protects your lovely house from getting covered in paint, but also allows young children the freedom to move about and be really creative with their whole body instead of sitting at a table. Stripping your little one down to a nappy also means less washing too as you can just plonk them straight in the bath! A cheap shower curtain or plastic table cloth can go straight in the washing machine afterwards too.
Join in and get MESSY too!
Babies and toddlers learn from watching other people, so if they see you getting involved and covered in paint too, they will be curious and copy you! Who knows, you may enjoy it too?
DITCH the paint brushes!
Unless your child is anxious about getting paint on their hands, leave the paint brushes in the box and use your body parts to create art instead! This allows them the freedom to investigate and explore the lovely colours and textures of paint, without having to pick up a brush!
If the thought of letting your little one loose at home with paint still frightens you, let an ARTventurers Session take the stress and worries away for you! Be sure to come along! See you soon! Emily x