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

 

Top Tips for Painting at home with your little one

Top Tips for Painting at home with your little one

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!

This feels great on my skin

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…

Think BIG!

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!

Loads of space to explore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

I’m exploring with all my senses!

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.

I can move the paint with all of my body

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?

Look, I get to paint my mum 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!

I even used my face to paint!

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