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!

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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

 

 

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!

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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.

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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!

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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

 

Elf on the shelf ideas for you

If you’re doing Elf on the Shelf this year then you NEED our ARTventurers Elf planning calendar in your life in December! Loads of cheap and easy ideas for your elf.

As features on Netmums and Huff Post UK, this is the must have countdown for the mischievous house visitor from the North Pole. Feel free to save/share/download to join the elf fun!

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Elf on the Shelf ideas

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