Preparations are well underway for the new term. Planning is complete, materials are ordered and a new booking system is operational. As last year, I am opening the new year with a collage topic. This is a good one to ease children of all ages and abilities into art club. I am always conscious that the last thing we want to do is scare children away in the first couple of weeks by asking them to do something they feel is beyond their abilities. Collage is a great leveller and it hopefully teaches children that there is no right or wrong in art club, the main thing is just to have a go and have fun. I find that children who haven’t come to art club before sometimes struggle with the having a go part but as they see their peers trying, sometimes failing, then trying again, they soon relax into it. One of our aims is the increase confidence, not just in art but more generally in day to day life. When you remove the fear of being told that something is wrong or of being laughed at (absolutely no allowed at Art Explorers!) it is amazing what children start to create. I am really looking forward to meeting our new artists this year and seeing what they can do.