Sunday, 27 January 2013

New Spring Adult Workshops

We have two new Spring themed workshops happening in March. Please contact us if you would like to book on at

Come a long and enjoy these fabulous twilight workshops with Nicola and Paula.

Let them guide you through various, simple techniques and inspire you to create a stunning Spring themed craft for you to take home. 

Have a go at making your own little Spring basket for collecting chocolate eggs on the hunt or fill with a lovely gift for someone special. 

Or why don't you join the birds this Spring and weave your very own cute nest with natural and recycled materials?



Thursday, 3 January 2013

Children get creative after school

Due to our extensive knowledge and experience of working with children, Sponge Tree have recently started providing regular creative classes for children ages 6 and above.
These creative classes allow children to have 1 hour a week after school, to explore their creativity
1 hour doesn't seem like near enough time to us (as Sponge Tree spend a lot of our time being creative) but this session introduces children to making a variety of creative choices out side of the class room environment.

All schools offer different creative experiences within the creative curriculum. But we feel children can benefit from having a dedicated, regular creative space and time.

All children need time and space to be able to create and to use their creativity, what ever that may be.
When was the last time your child spent an hour learning how to build a sculpture or create a piece of felt, which didn't have to relate to anything in the school curriculum?

 “Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” ― Ken Robinson

Children need the time to just enjoy experimenting, exploring and learning through new experiences.
At one of our creative classes I asked the children if it was too quiet and if they would like me to put some music on. The majority of children answered back with a definite "No! We like it quiet, it's just too noisy at school." To us that says it all. Today's children want time out from the hustle and bustle of life.

Our creative classes are designed with weekly projects to complete, for those children who need direction. But we also encourage free flow thinking and children to set there own pace. We want children to be able to confidently use their own imagination, skills and thoughts. This confidence will allow children to make their own innovative decisions and to problem solve.

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
Albert Einstein

Our art clubs show children how to create new ideas and techniques such as print making, clay work, painting, sculpture, drawing, book binding, mixed media and also traditional crafts such as weaving, felting, sewing, basketry and knitting. 

Due to £500 funding from the 
Shipley Community Chest fund we were able to purchase new equipment + materials for all our art clubs.

Classes available  
 Every Monday term time (£3)
4pm - 5pm @ Shipley Focus'd Gallery
20 Market Square. 
BD18 3QB

Every Tuesday term time (£4)
3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Hirst wood Nursery School + Children's Centre,
Clarence Road
Saltaire. Shipley.
BD18 4NJ

Every Thursday term time (£3)
3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Hoyle Court Primary School,
Fyfe Grove
Baildon. Shipley.
BD17 6DN

£3/ £4 PER CHILD each session.

Please contact us for a booking form and to book your child on now!