So this week I’ve been incredibly busy doing my first ever events as ARTventurers North Tyneside!
I’ve been taking part in Little Movers Easter Eggstravaganza at The Lakeside Centre in Killingworth and Marden Bridge Sports Centre in Whitley Bay. I’ve absolutely adored showcasing how colourful, creative and arty the children can get as part of an ARTventurers session. It was brilliant to do taster sessions with so many babies and toddlers. I loved seeing them get really creative and stuck in with making art.
Whilst I was doing the Easter events, I had a massive smile on my face. I loved every single second of it. It made me want to share exactly why I decided to become part of ARTventurers, and why I love art so much.
So quick bit about my background; I studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. During my time there I dressed up as a bird and sang for worms, and sat in a hairdressers’ window with a Marie Antionette wig on, eating cake (fun times!). I’ve worked at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead as a Gallery Assistant. Also, I’ve run arts and crafts after school clubs in schools.
Why I love ART
Art has always been a big part of my life. When I was little, I was continuously drawing pictures. Pictures of me in the garden, pictures of me teaching bird puppets to speak French (like you do!)… I just used to want to create art or draw all the time. As I got older, I used art as a form of self-expression, and then as a way of escapism. Whenever I felt things getting too much, I’d immerse myself in something arty and creative, whether that be collaging or making textile art, or simply just getting a colouring book and colouring for an hour.
Art really helped me after my little boy was born. I had a rough pregnancy and an extremely traumatic birth. It took me a long time to even begin to feel normal again, but to help calm my mind down I’d often sit for half an hour, just quietly colouring in and escaping from everything that made me feel scared about being a new mum.
Taking a chance
But that aside, having Jenson made me feel passionate about art again. It made me re-evaluate exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted something that would allow me to be flexible, that would let me be the type of mum I wanted to be to Jenson. I wanted something that meant I could work with children, but do something that I’m really passionate about. When the opportunity to buy the North Tyneside ARTventurers franchise came up, I was so unsure. I’d never owned a business before. I didn’t think I could do it. But I thought, why not take a risk? I’d always dreamt of running an art business, and suddenly this opportunity appeared. So, I did it. And it’s hands down the best decision I ever made.
Why I LOVE ARTventurers
ARTventurers is not only an amazing provider of baby classes and toddler classes, it’s an incredibly supportive network of fabulous people. Yes, we are all self-employed, but we are all there for each other. All sharing fantastic art ideas for the classes we provide to you, and all willing to work together to make sure we deliver the best classes we can.
So going back to why I love art, it’s such a fantastic way to escape. In our classes, you can let your little ones imagination run wild, and let them escape amongst our art activities for an hour. It’s great for stimulation, self-expression, confidence and communication. Most of all, it’s so much fun, and a great excuse for them to get messy (without you having to clean up afterwards!). We do so many different activities. From free painting to crafty things. From colourful process art to sensory, messy play. We have art activities that are suitable for a range of different ages.
If you’d like to book a class, or see what’s on offer, click HERE. Or if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d absolutely love to see you in class soon.
Love Jolie & ARTy Bear x x