I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
A Room Full of Kids and a Well Stocked Art Cupboard
There's so much to do these school holidays down at Artea Craft Studio and Cafe in Albert Park. Children will be lost for hours in their imaginations as they learn, create and develop amazing skills and masterpieces with the support of Helen Pollard and her fabulous and fun team. They are always ready to guide and inspire ideas out of little minds and into reality.
Paint like a famous artist
If you have never been down to Artea Craft Studio and Cafe, you are in for a glorious surprise. This beautiful and colourful tea-house, gallery and art space is far removed from old memories of primary school art rooms. The equipment is in abundance and is all first class, the space is large and inviting, and the cafe up front supplies fragrant Blossom tea, full flavoured Pascucci coffee and delicious treats like organic Mister Nice Guy cupcakes that help keep waiting parents happy too.
Since its conception in 2013, Artea has been offering the community a large selection of interesting and unique creative opportunities, encouraging them to dabble in different techniques and mediums. Where one might choose to try their hand at mosiacing, another might be painting like Monet or designing a mood board; someone else might be throwing pottery and another might be creating an animal mask. Options are always plenty and projects and examples are displayed proudly all over the room to help get creativeness and excitement flowing.
From design to final product
There are classes run all term for kids and adults and even a Messy Monday session which is a bit like a free for all, with space and stock supplied. However, for the upcoming school holidays there are some very exciting classes being offered including foam relief name plaques, street art, skateboard design, paper mâché, bamboo sculptures, moshi monsters in vlay or why not learn about Gustav Klimt and create your own inspired piece? Certainly something for the likes, loves and interests of anyone looking for an artistic outlay this April.
Classes are run over the full two weeks of the holidays and are held in sessions, 10am-12pm and 12:30pm-2:30pm, except Mondays where the entire day is devoted to casual creativity. Sessions are $35 each but it's $25 for an attending sibling. You can also send your kids with lunch and they can enjoy an entire day at Artea for $60/$50. That's all day folks and with snacks provided too - one can hope that includes one of the amazing Mr Nice Guys cupcakes.
The place is full of inspiring projects and artworks to get hands and imaginations busy
Booking are essential so ring to book. A brand new experience awaits your budding artist.
Head down to Artea on 5th of April to help Helen and the gang celebrate their first birthday with an Easter extravaganza. Starting from 1:30pm you can enjoy a visit from the ever cuddly Easter Bunny, devour scrumptious cupcakes and have a go at some free art activities.
Put this place on your school holiday radar and enjoy a more sophisticated and unique art experience. You can also check out their Facebook page and find something you would love to try too. Can't let the kids have all the fun!