Parents with creative kids who like to get their hands dirty now have an option at Camana Bay: Teeny Tots Art classes held at Café del Sol on Saturday mornings.
Geared toward children ages 2 to 6, the classes are conducted by Caroline Brennan who comes up with a new theme each week, from coral reef to dinosaurs to superheroes. Budding artists get to explore these themes working with a variety of media.
“I use anything and everything I can get my hands on, such as air-dry clay, paint, Play-Doh, charcoal, papier-mâché, markers, crayons, pencils and finger paint. I also try to use recycled materials such as tissue paper and toilet rolls,” Brennan says.
One recent project the children favoured was making salt watercolour paintings. “They dipped the paint in salt and watched their designs come to life,” she says, adding that another big hit was charcoal drawings. “Essentially, they covered a piece of paper with charcoal and then lifted it back off with erasers — we produced some pretty impressive works.”
Games are also incorporated into the classes. One game, for example, teaches the children about well-known artists through the use of homemade art cards; class participants match up the artists with their famous works of art.
Geared toward children ages 2 to 6, the classes are conducted by Caroline Brennan who comes up with a new theme each week.
A talented and trained illustrator herself, Brennan created the realistic portraiture etchings that currently hang on the walls of Café del Sol. She conceived the idea for Teeny Tots Art a year ago because she wanted a creative outlet for herself and her young daughter.
“I work for an investment company from Monday to Friday but on weekends and evenings my daughter and I dedicate ourselves to getting messy and creative. As soon as she was able, we started experimenting with paint and Play-Doh and progressed to some printmaking,” Brennan says.
Her daughter loved it as much as she did and that is when she realised there wasn’t much available in the way of art classes for little ones, locally. Brennan says the coffee shop staff has been great, always offering to bring in treats and water and help clean up. “Camana Bay has been an amazing location for the classes and I hope to continue running them here.”
Parents are requested to accompany children under age 3; otherwise it is a drop-off class. It gives you just enough time to stroll the shops or take in a meal on The Paseo.
Teeny Tots Art classes run every Saturday from 10-11:30am at a cost of $25 per child.
To sign up, contact Caroline Brennan at: [email protected].