laugh, explore, create!

Bouncy ball painting!

Over the last couple of weeks at some of our classes we’ve been exploring Circles – printing, puppet making, circle collages and lots more! One of our favourite activities has been bouncy ball painting – always a big hit!

Bouncy ball painting is a super simple activity to try at home with your own little artists. You just need a rimmed tray, some bouncy balls, paper and paint! Pop the paper on the tray, dip the balls in the paint, place the balls on the paper and get started! Get your little one to tip and move the tray to roll the balls across the paper and watch some fab patterns emerge!


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Great for developing fine and gross motor skills, coordination, learning about cause and effect, colour mixing – and tons of fun too!… try using different size balls or textured balls – tumble dryer balls make some great patterns!

Welly boot printing …aka jumping in painty puddles!

The Little ARTventurers have been having tons of fun this and last week in Sunderland and Liverpool trying out welly boot printing!

As part of our Peppa Pig inspired sessions we’ve been jumping in painty puddles and making the most fabulous patterns with our welly boots!

How much fun does this look – now that’s Active art!!

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The North East Baby and Toddler Roadshow

Yesterday ARTventurers visited the North East Baby and Toddler RoadshowImageImage 

Emily from ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead and Fiona from ARTventurers Sunderland – and Arty Bear!) had tons of fun chatting to lots of mums, dads, carers and gorgeous little people – and there were some very creative entries for our colouring competition!

It was a great day and we’re looking forward to next year already!


Brave Knights and Fierce Dragons!


This week it’s been all about Knights and Dragons in our own nod to St George’s Day, ARTventurers style!

The Little ARTventurers in Liverpool, York and Sunderland have been having tons of fun creating royal crowns, making egg box dragons (will yours be a scary dragon or a friendly one??), paper cup dragons, knights shields with shiny paint and tinfoil and hunting for castles, knights and dragons in lots of foam!

Great fun and a big hit with all the toddlers and pre-schoolers!


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Mothers Day treats!

This week at our ARTventurers classes we’ve been hard at work making extra special pressies and cards for mummies, grans, nans and aunties ready for Mother’s Day on the 30th March.

We’ve been making rainbow footprint butterfly cards with our babies……..

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Decorating plantpots and planting gorgeous sunflowers with our Little ARTventurers……

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…and making some super special cards at our toddler and pre school classes as well as some fabulous handprint art!handprint flower2014-03-25 10.33.412014-03-25 13.47.132014-03-27 10.30.57

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous much deserving mummies, grans, grandmas, step mums and carers out there – hope you all have a lovely day spending it with your little people xx

ARTventurers on You Tube!

Creeping ever so slowly into the brave new world and this week ARTventurers has joined YouTube!

Check out our very first little video here – find out a bit about what we get up to and how to join in the fun!

St Patrick’s Day fun!

This week we’ve been having tons of fun with the colour green in our own nod to St Patrick!

We’ve been printing with bubble wrap, practicing cutting with scissors and using our strong muscles to rip up tissue paper and create these fab lucky four leafed clovers…..

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We’ve been printing with cookie cutters in different shades of green…..

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And exploring some very bright green spaghetti!

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We also had fun experimenting painting with watercolours (very swishy!), colour mixing, and getting very painty in the process!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day all!

Newcastle and Gateshead here we come!

We are super excited this week to be welcoming Emily to our little team with the launch of ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead. Emily is mum to Holly 3 and baby Faith aged just 4 months, and has been bringing Holly along to our Sunderland classes for more than a year now – we actually did an art party for Holly’s 2nd birthday and for her 3rd birthday too!

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Emil and Holly enjoyed the format and activities at ARTventurers so much that Emily decided to take on a licence to launch her own classes – starting in May in Jesmond, Newcastle with more venues and classes planned in the coming months. Welcome to the team Emily – we know you’re going to be fab!

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You can find out more about Emily’s classes over on her webpage or visit her facebook page


Eeek – award nominations!!

We’re really thrilled to have learned today that ARTventurers has been nominated as Best Local Activity for the Under 5s in the What’s On 4 Little Ones Awards 2014! It’s the third year in a row that we’ve been nominated and the fact that the nominations come from mums,dads and carers who attend our sessions really makes it extra special.

Fiona has also been nominated as Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s (East) for the second year running which is a great accolade – well done!

ImageIf you’d take the time to vote for us in either or both categories we’d really appreciate it – it only takes a minute and I think there’s a prize draw too!

Thank you and huge thanks again for the nominations from all of us at ARTventurers!

Fiona, Lynn, Shirley, Karen, Caroline and Emily x

Thinking about starting a business running art classes for children?

Maybe you’re looking for a change of direction? Trying to find a job that will fit around the needs of your family? Or simply looking for a way to earn an income that’s fun and flexible too?

Running your own art classes for babies, toddlers and children is rewarding and great fun, and it’s something that you can fit around the changing needs of your own family. However starting up your own business can be daunting, costly, scary, nerve wracking – and sometime a bit lonely too!

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Joining the ARTventurers team means that you instantly have a team of likeminded people behind you to support and assist you as you venture into the world of self employment. You’re given all of the important set up advice and support, you instantly have a web presence and are up and running in the world of social media, you’re working with an established and award winning brand and you are given help and advice every step of the way from identifying suitable venues to advertising and marketing your classes to opening the doors on the very first day of your very first class – and of course your journey as you then grow your business! Session plans and activity guides are all provided so you’re ready to get up and running and start earning an income from the very first day.

We’re really proud to have established already a small team of fabulous licensees who have all come from different backgrounds (marketing, accountancy, digital media artist, healthcare…) and who are all committed, enthusiastic creative women working together to spread ARTventurers unique brand of colourful, creative fun across the country.

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If having read our Join our Team information, you’re tempted to find out more then pop over to Our Stories and find out what Lynn from ARTventurers York has to say about her experience of running her own ARTventurers business. And if you’re still tempted and think it could be just right for you then get in touch for a chat!

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