Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t find your question answered below, please get in touch via our contact form, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Kirsty on 07741 066858.
What age group are the classes aimed at?
Our weekly Art4tots sessions are aimed at toddlers from approximately 22 months old until school age. Each child is different so will be ready at different times – if your child can hold a paintbrush and use a glue stick then they should enjoy the class. The projects are designed so that even the youngest children will be able to create something they will be proud of.
Our holiday sessions are designed for children up to 7 years old.
What do you do in a typical class?
In a typical class we would work on two pictures based on a theme and letters of the alphabet. The first part of the class typically involves painting - both structured and free painting. In the second part of the class we concentrate on finishing the pictures by sticking various parts together or decorating them - this also gives time for the painting to dry. We will also read a short story or sing a nursery rhyme linked to the theme. We are conscious that small children have short attention spans so the class is split into short sections.
Whilst we loosely base our projects on the alphabet, we also learn about colours, shapes and numbers in a fun and creative way. The classes also help with motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and concentration skills.
We cover the alphabet in a 3 month period and then start again with brand new projects so your child won’t be repeating classes should you continue to attend the classes beyond 3 months.
If you would like to see your child’s pictures in print we take photographs of their work at the end of each class.
Do I have to stay with my child?
Yes – the classes are aimed at children and their carers and your child may need assistance with the projects.
We ask that there are no more than 2 children per adult.
Can I bring siblings?
Yes – siblings are welcome. Ask us about our family discount if they want to join in the activities.
What should I wear?
Whilst your child will be provided with an apron and we use ‘washable’ paint, we know from experience that toddlers manage to find a way to get messy anyway! It is therefore sensible to dress your child in clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. The same applies to grown-ups too – you will be in a room with toddlers and paintbrushes!
How much are the classes?
Classes are between £5 and £6.50 (depending on location) for a 50-minute session and includes the cost of all materials that you will need for each class. Please select class location for exact prices.
Do I need to book in advance?
Places per class are limited to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. We therefore ask you to book your class in advance to avoid disappointment and so we can make sure we have the right amount of materials for everyone.
Can I pay as I go or do I need to pay for a block of lessons?
We ask you to pay for a four week block of classes in advance by cash or cheque. This allows us to plan and purchase the materials needed in advance. Your first taster class is free so you can decide whether you like the classes before committing. We are conscious that people have other commitments and also that illnesses are inevitable with toddlers so to take this into account there is a six week period to attend the four classes.
Can I join at any time?
Yes – you can join at any time.
What printed products do you sell?
The pictures in the classes will work together to illustrate a personalised alphabet chart or a personalised rhyming ABC book which will be available to purchase. See some examples in the picture section of the website and at the classes.
We can also produce mugs, magnets, mousemats, T-shirts and more if you have a favourite image.
Don’t worry if you miss a week and don’t have all the letters – we will work something out to suit (taking projects home if you’re feeling brave, squeezing extra projects in over the following weeks or waiting until the letters come around again).