The challenges of providing creative freedom within a framework for success

  Our new collage topic is underway in our after school and home education groups.  We have eased the children into the new term with a simple, one session activity that introduced them to some of the possibilities of collage.  In preparation for this lesson, I visited a travel agent (thankfully still on our local …

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 …

Crazy for Clay

One of the reasons that I love what I do is that there is always something new and exciting to look forward to.  This half term the children in our After School Clubs and Home Educated groups are going to be getting to grips with clay.  This is so different from our previous topic of …

Art for Autism

Over the last few months I have had the privilege of working with Zach.  Zach has severe autism and is non-verbal but had always enjoyed art activities when he was at school so his mum got in touch and asked if I would be able to provide weekly art sessions.  A fantastic aspect of art …

Happy New Year!

It has been quite sometime since I last updated my blog.  Time has flown by since the summer with lots of new after school clubs getting underway and the excitement of Kate joining the team to help us expand further.  I am now getting organised for the new term and I can’t wait to get …

Crazy Cornflour

We have been having lots of fun this week in our mini classes making cornflour prints.  This is a great activity to try at home as most people have some cornflour sitting at the back of a cupboard (probably out of date…don’t worry, it will still work!).  All you need is cornflour and paint and …

Super Slime!

We have been going slime-crazy in our house over the last few weeks.  I don’t know if it is a general craze or one limited to my daughter’s school but making slime is THE thing to be doing at the moment, apparently.  They are making it at home and then taking it into school in …

Paint Swatch Art

I am thinking about redecorating my hallway and so have recently been spending time mooching around the paint section of various DIY stores.  Luckily, this is one of my favourite places to be (a bit sad, I know).  I just love seeing the vast array of colours and shades laid out before me on the …