We are just about to move to a new house and I can’t wait to add some colour and life to it. We have a few pieces of artwork at home, but it’s important to me that the décor in our house really feels like it’s ‘ours’. If I’m going to put a piece on the wall it has to be significant to us. But it also has to look good.
And my 2.5 year old daughter absolutely loves to draw and paint.
So, you can imagine how excited I was when I stumbled across Jellybeanstreet – an organisation that runs children’s art workshops and then gets professional graphic artists to transform the works into stunning prints. They donate profits from resold pieces to children’s charities nominated by the artist and their parents.
It’s a franchise organisation, with various locations. We went to a workshop in Preston run by Louella.
The workshop was relaxed, informal, fast-paced and set up to get the best work out of your child. Now, normally my toddler paints and paints and paints on one piece of paper until all the colours are mixed and muddy. But Louella told us to let her make some colourful marks on the paper, and then whisk it away and start a new one. There was no muddy, toddler painting yesterday!
There were 10 different activities – we had thick, textured, coloured paint to pour on the paper in blobs, cars dipped in paint that made lines with their wheels, balloons which made colourful circles, painted hand prints, spinning tops, cookie cutters and even salad spinners. (On a side note, it gave me loads of ideas for creative fun at home).
Louella, a primary school teacher, clearly loves what she does and has a real eye for interpreting children’s work. She even managed to see an elephant and fairies in my daughter’s paintings. It was a small group of only 4 kids, which was fantastic as Louella was able to help everyone.
Where: Plenty of Everything Café in Preston (Yoga studio out the back). Other franchise owners run workshops in other locations across Australia
When: Check the website for upcoming workshop dates. The next ones in Preston are the 8th and 9th of December
What: 1 hour art class for preschoolers (aged 2-5)
Workshop: $30. There’s A LOT of paint and materials involved, so I think $30 for the workshop is really great value.
Graphic design: $39
Canvas prints of your child’s work: Start at $95. (60% of the profits from the sale of each masterpiece goes to a charity selected by the child’s parents.)
You can get in contact with Louelle via her Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/melbourneinnernorth
My top tips:
- If your child is little you will need to be hands on. If you have a baby (like me) you may want to bring someone to help.
- It does get messy so wear something you don’t mind getting paint on. Louella brings art smocks for the kids and aprons for the adults (though my toddler decided she’d wear an apron…) but I still wouldn’t recommend wearing anything too precious.
- If your child takes a while to warm up to a new environment arrive early and let them do some free drawing before the workshop starts.
Other things to note:
- The artwork created is available online for anyone to buy. Check out some of the amazing pieces – they just might be the statement piece you need for your home or workplace!
- You can book Louella to run a workshop at a kids party. What a fabulous and unique party idea!
- A gift voucher would make an awesome Christmas gift.
I’m not going to lie, I wish they did these workshops for adults. I would absolutely get my girlfriends together for a creative, paint filled afternoon. Why do kids get all the fun??!