Thanks for visiting my website and reading my very first blog post!
A bit about me and my background…
I’m Danielle, a proud Wakey lass and mum to 17 month old Marley and we have lived in Castleford coming up to four years. Wakefield is an amazingly creative place to live; full of practising artists, regular art and creative events such as the Artwalk and home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield (our wedding venue!)
I studied Art and Education at uni and then trained as a secondary art teacher. I have also worked in primary schools and I am currently still in my role as an art teacher to young offenders, a challenging but extremely rewarding job. I teach 15-18 year old boys in custody, although at the moment things are very different and I am working from home and continuing to provide them with creative work they can do independently. I will remain in this role until it is safe for me to start my ARTventurers business in the community.
Since becoming a mum in December 2018 and spending my maternity leave with lovely mums at various classes, I’m sure many of you have or will be in a similar position, where going back to work just feels different. Travelling 25 miles to work meant long days and due to working in a secure setting, no mobile phone to be able to check in on how my daughter was doing with her grandparents.
What led me to ARTventurers?
I found ARTventurers on Google after saying to my husband ‘how nice would it be to do art all day with babies and toddlers?!’ There weren’t any classes of this kind in my local area, so I just knew I had to look further into becoming an ARTventurers franchisee. The thought of starting a new business was a little scary but knowing that ARTventurers have such a fantastic reputation across the country and being part of a bigger team made it less daunting. Little did I know that COVID19 would arrive and delay me from pursuing this new venture, but on a positive note, I have been able to do lots of planning behind the scenes in preparation for starting.
I have always been passionate about art and creativity (for all ages), but there is something so special about seeing children squish and squidge paint without a care in the world! I love seeing my toddler’s eagerness to learn and try new things so much that I can’t wait to be able to spend my time seeing other families exploring too.
Why I want you to be a part of it!
The diagram above shows the benefits of art for little ones, although there are so many benefits to us big people too. I am writing this during mental health awareness week and in the midst of a global pandemic and it is safe to say that the majority of families have found more and more creativity creeping into their household, getting them through and keeping them sane during this time! Us included.
Bringing your little ones to an ARTventurers class will mean you don’t have to stock up on the world’s supply of art materials AND you won’t have to worry about any of the mess as you can leave all that to me! You will be able to just concentrate on having fun and creating memories with your little ones, getting stuck into the art and creative play activities and socialise with other grown ups (which I’m sure you will agree, is so important!) Your little ones will grow and develop their skills through coming along to our classes, forming friendships and becoming confident explorers with lively imaginations.
All children are individual and the free flow element of our ARTventurers classes recognises this – all of the children can explore and create at their own pace and in their own time. We incorporate fun singing and dancing and social time in our classes too – all combined into a jam packed session of colourful, creative (and often messy!) fun.
My favourite part of teaching art has always been when my students are able to experiment and explore, when the process and experience is more important than the final product. That is a massive part of the ARTventurers ethos (although of course, you will be able to create those cute keepsakes too!)
Here are some photos to give you an idea of what you’ve got to look forward to:
How long are the classes and where will they be?
Our family ARTventurers classes will be an hour long and run on a weekly basis. There will also be a chance to attend some Saturday classes as well as holiday workshops, events and of course our award winning birthday parties.
My ARTventurers franchise area covers Wakefield East and the Five Towns (WF1, WF6, WF7, WF8, WF10, WF11). I hope to be able to reach as many families as possible as soon as it is safe and right to do so.
How can I sign up?
You are able to register to join the waiting list here. You will be the first to find out about where and when the classes will be held, with priority booking and a special launch offer.
Until then, make sure you check out our Facebook page and you can also join the group ‘At Home Art and Craft Ideas for Kids With ARTventurers’ for some inspiration on what you can do at home.