About the Children's Workshops Provides fine art enrichment programs for children & young adults up to age 18 (age is a guide only) through age and developmentally appropriate classes and workshops. We also hold a number of ‘Mum and Me’ art workshops for the family to spend time creating together. TEENS art workshops are to be scheduled in blocks of 6 weeks covering ceramics & 3D sculpture, painting and mixed media materials, drawing and printmaking.
Techniques and mediums include painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture & more! We offer pottery hand-building sculpting classes at the Isle Gallery, a minimum of once per term.
The bright and open gallery/studio provides a lively space that is safe, engaging, organized and welcoming. Here children can feel free and uninhibited to explore their creativity without worrying about making a mess - and parents don't have to scrub markers off the walls or paint out of the carpet!
The workshops are taught through instruction and art demonstrations. The children participate from the outset through topic group discussion.
**Any accompanying adult can attend ‘Mum and Me’ art workshops!
OUR APPROACH Is to promote each child's unique expression and discovery of the joy of art. We believe it is important to provide children with artistic freedom and latitude to make their own creative choices and work at their own pace, while downplaying the aesthetic value of the finished product.
Artreach Studios is committed to building positive self-awareness, innovative thinking, and the original expression of children. In our studio, we believe in cultivating the intrinsic creativity of every child. We highly regard the importance of providing all children with the opportunities to engage in imaginative art making, beyond the rote manufacturing of reproductions of predictable works of art, and instead, teach students to understand art making.
Our professional teaching artists, renowned visiting artists, teach every child how to steer their own creative direction through innovative experimentation in painting, mixed media, sculpture, and printing. We are confidant that your child’s journey to self-esteem and creativity will commence with us at Art Reach Studios.. Our specialized children’s arts programming is designed for your child’s explorative engagement with a plethora of techniques and visual media that center on originality. We foster your child’s inventive mind through an open-ended experimentation in drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. In our community-rooted galley/studio, we understand and believe in the importance of engaging children in visual art making as a conduit for building confidence, pride, and self-esteem through constructive expression.
PROGRAMMING We offer a variety of children’s visual art programming that we methodically design and implement for artists age five to fourteen. Our programming goes beyond rote learning through monotonous masterpiece reproductions. At our studio, we focus on originality and the development of visual literacy. Regardless of the project, materials or medium we are working with, children are given topics and techniques to stimulate their imagination and help them to visualise their ideas.
Our introductions and demonstrations are a good guide and provide children with confidence and enough knowledge to get going on a project.
We strive to stimulate their thoughts, feelings, and perception in a way that inspires and encourages each child to express their ideas visually, while offering individualised guidance during the creative process as needed.
Whilst we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, most importantly children will have been encouraged to experiment and play with different techniques (something they are usually very good at!) and most of the workshop time is taken with practical art making.
TERM TIME ART WORKSHOP These are paid for in blocks of 4 weeks (£36 age 5+ for the morning 1.5 hour session and £44 age 9+ for the afternoon 2 hour session). Age is a guide only. If your child is booked on to the workshop, the bookings are automatically rolled over onto the next block and as we often have a waiting list, please let us know if your child wishes to stop the workshops. HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOPS We have a number of programs for children ranging from 2 hour sessions to week long art camps. These can be booked ad hoc via our online booking system. Please sign up to our mailing list for regular news and information.
Our prices will be increasing in September 2017 to £36 morning and £44 afternoon for a four week block of workshops. £8 is also paid each term to cover ceramic firing and glaze.
After the first session we will ask you to purchase an 'art kit' for £12 which includes a hard cover sketch book, and other essentials which we use to record process and technique.
ARTREACH OUTREACH ART PROGRAMMES Our artists instructors have an in depth knowledge of many techniques and have carried out art workshops in many schools and establishments across the Island. School projects have included, workshops celebrating the Island of Culture in 2014 at Marown Primary School and a number of 'Art Week' events, held over the past few years, at Sulby Primary School, 'The Big Draw' with Manx National Heritage, projects with Occupational Health, Manx Blind Welfare and the Mental Health Service.
If you would like to know more about our Artreach Outreach programmes in schools and other establishments, please get in touch!
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS ABSENT FROM A TERM WORKSHOP? Unfortunately with a waiting list for a workshop space, we are unable to cover every child’s absence, though we understand this is unavoidable on occasion.
All children are provided with a snack and drink at mid-point!
**NEW TEEN ART WORKSHOP COURSES IN CERAMICS, PAINTING AND PRINTMAKING. BOOKING VIA EVENTBRITE. NEXT BLOCK STARTS SEPTEMBER 18TH 2017.
"Amber and I really enjoyed yesterday. She is much more creative than I am, she loves drawing and making things so she had a great time. It also gave us some time away from the demands of her one year old brother! Oh and I think she might have eaten all of your malted milk biscuits!” …...Amber’s Mum
"Loved the pieces Kate came home with today - you and Anna do such great work with them!' ......Claire