Inwardly I groaned, as many parents do. I often spend ten minutes getting out all the paints and supplies, another ten coaxing them to put on art smocks (or at least to take off whatever they're wearing) only to have them paint one quick picture and then want to move on to the next project, leaving a huge mess to clean up.
Luckily for parents like me, who enjoy seeing the fruits of their child's creative labours without necessarily getting involved in the process, these school holidays witness the first series of creative art classes being run by visual artist Tricia Stedman and helped by guest artist, Diana Kelly.
Tricia, well known for her ArtyBrellas paper umbrella painting, which is often seen at major festivals and events around Perth, has put together a week long art program for children aged 6 to 13 years. The program runs for five consecutive days, two hours each day, and culminates in a visual art display for parents to enjoy on the final day. Each session covers a unique and creative 'art challenge'.
Every day will cover a new style and technique, image supplied
We aim for each of the series of 5 classes, to be fun and captivatingly creative for the children," Tricia explains. "They will draw with colourful media, paint on fun objects, and experiment with printmaking. The classes will develop the children's creative thinking, and the children will learn about different artists and styles of art. It's all about having fun, learning new skills and being creative."
And best of all, no mess for you to clean up.
Your child will be challenged creatively every day, image supplied
The first program starts Monday January 5th and the second starts on Monday 12th January. Classes will be held in the Wembley/Daglish area (to be confirmed), and are priced at $135 for the five sessions including all materials.
Places are limited and bookings are essential: email Tricia at email@example.com or call on 0403 133 400.