Wacky Workshops grew from the realisation that there are few places where children can tap into their creativity at their own pace, choosing the projects they want to create.
That was nearly 30 years ago. Now, the small but thriving business offers a unique opportunity for private students to choose their own projects, using the vast array of materials in the Wacky Workshops studio.
The teacher, Tami, worked as a professional potter for many years.
Tami also worked as an art therapist for people with disabilities for several years and has an up to date child safety certificate.
As a mother of three and grandmother to six, Tami’s experience and understanding of children are extensive.
Her focus is on making the workshops fun. Mess and mistakes are welcomed as important ingredients in the mix to discovering creative joy.
Did you know that some experts believe children who are not regularly exposed to art and the materials to create it do not read and write as well as those who are?
According to the Child Development Institute, children who had higher exposure to art were better at reading and writing than their peers.
Sir Ken Robinson, an expert in learning and children’s education, says imagination is one of the key components of creativity and innovation.
He recognises that creativity and problem-solving are basic skills that everyone needs, but says learning to think outside the box is a skill that requires imagination and the ability to see things beyond reality. Read more.
Wacky Workshops is all about fostering creativity and imagination in children. This is something needed more than ever as the temptations of technology take over from the wonders of making things by hand.
WHY COME TO WACKY WORKSHOPS?
Inspiring creativity and imagination in children has numerous benefits. It can even help kids read and write – read How to Help Children Learn More Through Creativity.
It can give them important coping skills for adulthood – read How to Craft Your Way to a Better Life.
Tami is passionate about her love for nature and preserving our beautiful planet’s resources. She encourages students to think outside the box and discover new ways to use old things. Read How to use Nature to Make Kids Thrive.
Past students entered the annual Netwaste Waste to Art competition with great results.
Tami is so passionate about promoting creativity in kids that she introduced The Wacky Challenge for children in Australia, who cannot attend classes at the Blue Mountains studio.
The competition is absolutely free to enter and entices children away from screens and into creative thinking with the promise of a certificate and prize for winners.
In addition to the challenge and private classes, Tami regularly holds themed group classes.
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