FAMILY DAY OUT: Express yourself with art

On a family day out, little C and I got to express ourselves with art.

It’s Toddler Tuesday and we need a bit of art therapy, so we’re off to create mess at Canny Crafty in Gosforth, Newcastle.

Canny Crafty, for those not familiar with it, is a family-run pottery studio where little ones (and big ones) can brush up on their creative skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Prices range from £5 to £25 depending on what it is you are wanting to paint.

Pottery painting is an easy activity that doesn’t require a lot of planning and allows you to be creative and express yourself at the same time. The end result is that you create lifelong memories to take home with you and cherish.

Our experience – When we arrived at Canny Crafty, we were met by a tableful of art supplies and a little ‘blank canvas’ pottery bunny. Now little C hadn’t shown much of an aptitude for art until now, so I did wonder how long his bottom would remain planted in his seat! All he needed to do was to have a go with the materials provided and not spill water (or paint) all over the table.

We had a catch-up with the owner at the start of our session who showed us what we needed to do and then little C got to work and certainly did his best to express himself. The red and khaki watery sploshes of paint were everywhere but on his bunny at first, however he was painting from the heart and no one seemed to mind.

There were puddles of water on the floor, the ceramic mixing tile was dripping in vibrant shades of paint, and at times, little C even resorted to finger painting. It was clear my pint-sized Picassso was really enjoying his session and letting his imagination run wild at the same time.

He spent the last part of the session reflecting on the very colourful bunny he’d produced and also looking at the shelves of other pottery creations that he’d like to have a go at too. We can’t wait to see the final result and we’ll definitely be back to make another magnificent masterpiece soon.

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