Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Creative Kids Classes

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“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” 
– Picasso

Creative Kids is an art class with a difference, 
for kids aged 4-8 years old. 

In a nutshell, we'll be exploring painting, drawing, writing and photography technique. But under the surface, kids will have a chance to actively engage with materials, explore and express themselves through a variety of techniques and create genuine pieces of art.

It’s designed for kids who love to be busy. To paint and make and sometimes destroy. Who have big emotions. Creative ambitions. It's for parents and carers who might question their own creativity when setting up activities,  possibly shuddering at the prospect of filling the school holidays or want a space to create with and alongside their children. 

By the end of each session the kids will have learned a little about technique, explored some famous art-works for inspiration and have their own creative interpretation to take home. By the end of the session kids will have confidence and inspiration in their own creativity, traits that often need a little nudge, but that will serve children throughout their lives. 

About the classes: Each class will be loosely based around a theme/ technique, e.g. Journalling, Painting, Self-Portrait, Story-Telling. Each child will create at their own pace with a focus on encouragement rather than instruction - at the end of each class we aim for the kids to bring home at least one piece they are proud of (most will bring home a carrier bag full of pieces!)

Where: Classes will be held in Antenna Cafe at Antenna Studios, Crystal Palace, SE19 3AN
When:  1pm Tuesday 31st March and Tuesday 7th April.

All children will need to be accompanied by adult, in fact I'd encourage adults to do their own exploration alongside, but feel free to sit back with a coffee and watch the magic happen. 

Price: Individual Class - £5 per session

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Payment can be made via Paypal using the buttons above or in person on the door. 

How to Book: If you pay via Paypal, I will e-mail confirmation of the booking. Otherwise, please e-mail me here to book. 

A little about me: I am a trained early years worker, previously working as a teaching assistant and a childminder. I hold an MA in creative arts and am currently publishing a children's book, but more importantly I make art every day and I never run out of inspiration. I have an enhanced DBS clearance and Paediatric First Aid Certificate. 

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Preschool Poetry - Recycled Christmas Collages

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Do you guys still have your Christmas decorations up? Ours came down the day after Boxing Day as our tree was dropping like crazy and everything had got a bit dusty and shabby looking by then. But of course, everything looks boring and normal afterwards - so we left the cards up an extra few days to keep some cheer. 

I always feel guilty throwing out cards - but you get so damn many, I don't wanna keep all that stuff in my house! So we took inspiration from a project we did a while back - Poetry Collages to have some festive literacy fun. 

Vin and I cut out all the cards with words, poems, jokes and messages on - then spent some time collaging them and making nonsense rhymes. 

This is a great pre-reading activity - recognising all the familiar words that have been around us lately 'meery', 'christmas', 'joy' and 'love' for example - plus beginning to build sentences and form meaning out of the words. 

You could also save some of your messages for next year's cards...

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