ArtsSpa is not just a place to throw paint around, even if that is immense fun! It is also a place to come and do all the other things I love and am passionate about, in pursuit of positivity. Having developed ArtsSpa overseas between 2010 and 2014, I always had so much fun with it. Fully available for both children and adults, it’s a place where you’re able to come and have some downtime while enjoying some creative activities. Pre-booking is essential to ensure safe numbers, but all are welcome to get involved with our children’s art workshops.
In Oman, I ran regular ArtsSpa sessions for adults, but with more focus on Planting Positivity, art, meditation, and yoga. If you’re interested in holding a party or event, private ArtsSpa sessions are available for booking – just enquire today.
Children’s ArtsSpa days are charged at £20 per child. Running from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, a typical day would look like this:
Welcome Boogie 11:00 - 11:10
Starting our day with a welcome boogie to warm up.
Artfulness 11:15 - 11:45
At this workshop, we explore doodling, drawing skills, and painting, encouraging children to explore the many ways colour can be applied in their art. Paintings will have time to dry before home time.
Yoga and Meditation 11:50 - 12:30
These days, children live quite a pressured and hurried world. When they learn to relax and become aware of techniques that help them navigate the world better, they become more resilient. Through yoga and meditation, children learn to breathe deeply and fully.
The benefits of yoga are manifold, as it helps to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, self-esteem, and body awareness is an exercise that is not competitive. It promotes concentration and focus, as well as cooperation, empathy, and compassion for others and for self.
Snack and Drink 12:35 - 12:55
Mindful Colouring 13:00 - 13:30
When we learn to focus on one thing, our minds become calmer. Mindfulness gives children practical tools that help them connect to their central nervous system and regulate emotional states of mind and helps them become more focused.
Children will be able to apply the focus they learn in these sessions to all kinds of areas, including sports, school work, and the arts. By focusing our minds on the task at hand, we are all able to perform better. These skills help us to cope with our emotions and improve our impulse control, allowing us to be more thoughtful in our daily lives.
Planting Positivity Tips 13:35 - 13:45
Planting Positivity is my own devised course that helps you to gain more control of your thoughts and feelings. This allows us to serve ourselves better by learning more mindful thought processes. It helps us to recognize the limiting thinking that is tripping us up and awakening our Amygdala. It shows us what worry, fear and anxiety feel like and helps us better regulate our emotions by explaining proven strategies that allow us to release the blocks and limitations. It is simple but incredibly effective.
Lego Interventions 13:50 - 14:15
Lego-based work helps children improve their communication skills. The program is highly structured and predictable which appeals to children who struggle with communication skills and a prone to needing structure.
Using Lego intervention helps children resolve problems and improve their dexterity, finger pressure and fine motor skills which is a benefit to improving handwriting too. It also helps children express their feelings and opinions and communicate with others. It also helps them develop relationships with others by turn taking, sharing, and listening to instructions as well as learning to give instructions.
Drama Games 14:20 - 14:45
Drama is a great, creative way to develop confidence, vocal projection, and self-esteem and body control. It allows children to safely explore emotions and mimic emotions for dramatic effect, which improves their emotional intelligence and empathy. Moreover, drama games help to develop friendships as children learn to laugh and grow emotionally together in a safe space.
By improving our self-awareness and our speaking and listening skills, drama helps us to develop our own reflective and responsive behaviours and our understanding of the world around us. Children are encouraged to express themselves verbally, through facial expressions and nonverbal body language which in turn makes them better communicators.
Snowball 14:50 - 15:00
A crazy dance to increase mobility, self-confidence, expression, flexibility, co-operation, and fun.