So many parents spend time wishing they were the creative kind – the kind that sees Mister Maker as a kindred spirit rather than a smarty pants.
The truth is, it takes time and effort and not a small amount of talent to be constantly creative. If you’re challenged in any of those areas, you’re going to love Toddl’Art, drop-in and term based kids art classes for 2-5-year-olds held at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
The class revels in the messy, glorious joy of the creative process. Each week children and their adults are invited to explore a theme and use a variety of techniques and implements to express it.
Mito Elias brings a gentle, playful fun to the sessions, offering encouragement and ideas while allowing participants complete freedom to explore and get messy.
The week I take El Guapo, newly two, the kids paint the rainbow with natural objects such as gumnuts, bark, sticks, and palm brushes. Mito’s observations of the finished works also reflect nature – this one a Darwin sunset; that one a rose.
El Guapo is engrossed from start to finish. He flicks paint, uses his hands; he ends up creating tracks across one artwork after stepping in a paint tray. Nothing is off limits.
Toddl’Art is all about the inner child and the endless possibilities of art. No two classes will be the same – and that makes it even more exciting.
Thank to journalist and mother of two Erika Jonsson for her guest post. If you’re after term-based art classes for school-aged children I highly recommend the Little Stick, Draw Paint sessions at Footscray Community Arts Centre for 5-7 year olds and the Stick Draw Paint classes for 8-10 year olds. Lady AB (5 yo) loves going and every week Mito Elias explores a different medium, from drawing to collage to marbling, while also teaching perspective, scale and other artistic concepts.
- Wear old clothes and shoes – even with smocks on there’s a lot of potential for mess!;
- classes are for 2-5 year olds;
- Don’t miss your free coffee at Happy River Cafe once you’ve bought your ticket;
- Limited free parking on site and paid parking on street;
- 5 minutes walk from Footscray station.