Doodle Club - Christmas Workshops Available To Book!
Hooray Christmas doodle workshops are available to book now! Children will learn how to draw their own family Christmas doodle portrait or their favourite festive characters using watercolour pencils in a relaxed, fun environment. I shall be wearing my Christmas jumper and reindeer horns so feel free to send your children in wearing something festively cheerful or sparkly to make us all smile a little more. We shall have Christmas music playing in the background too! Drop your child off and enjoy an hour of last minute Christmas shopping or a quiet coffee in Darby’s cafe downstairs.
Where: Upstairs at Darby’s Coffee Shop & Arts Lounge, Urmston, Manchester.
When: Saturday 22nd December - four sessions throughout the day with 6 places available for each session.
Cost: £10.00 for one hour which includes a fruit shoot soft drink and festive biscuit PLUS a wee Christmas gift from me for the children to take home. (Parents do not stay at this event)
Please Note: Workshops are suitable for children aged 6 - 11 years old.
Spaces are limited therefore early booking is recommended!
What is Doodle Club?
Doodle Club is a happy and positive space where children can learn and develop drawing skills in a fun and relaxed way. Children don’t have to worry about being ‘good enough’ because there is no right or wrong way to doodle! It’s easy, fun with an element of ‘cool’ too.
Workshops will cover a variety of well loved themes (magical, super heroes etc.) as well as workshops geared towards self esteem and self belief plus special seasonal sessions and events.
Children are always welcome to bring along their favourite books and comics to draw from. Doodling materials will include watercolour pencils and paints, which are both fun and relaxing to use.
Doodle workshops will offer a bank of ‘How To Doodle’ resources as a starting point, however self-expression and developing a ‘personal doodle style’ will be fully encouraged and nurtured.
Workshops will begin in Urmston, South Manchester, however I am also currently looking for suitable venues in other areas such as Chorlton, Sale, Didsbury and Altrincham (please get in touch if you have a possible venue to suggest). I would love to cover more areas in the future and the plan is certainly to reach as many children as possible.
Regular workshops will begin in 2019 however I am running some taster Christmas themed sessions in December. All future workshops will be advertised on social media. Please feel free contact me to register your interest and I can let you know as soon as booking is available.
It makes me sad that technology is taking over the lives of our children. I spent so much of my childhood writing and illustrating my own stories, blissfully happy with a piece of paper and a pack of colouring pencils! The idea of running doodle workshops for children has been buzzing around my head for best part of a year. I love being creative and I love working with children, it seemed obvious to put the two together.
Over the years, I’ve also developed a growing concern for children’s mental health. I’ve battled stress and anxiety since childhood and I am now seeing my own son coming to terms with anxiety. Recent statistics referenced on the Young Minds website paint a worrying picture for the mental wellbeing of our children. This has been a major factor in my decision to launch Doodle Club with a special emphasis on emotional well being and positive mental health.
We know it’s fun but the other amazing thing about being creative is that it helps develop positive self esteem and imagination skills. Creative activities such as drawing and crafting are also proven to be helpful for anxiety and promoting positive mental health because it’s relaxing and mindful….the perfect antidote to smart phones, iPads and Playstations.
It wasn't until my late 30’s that I found my passion for doodling again and its been hugely beneficial to my life. I feel proud that I’m making so many people happy with my doodles but as much as I make other people smile, doodling makes me smile too. It helps with my anxiety and calms me down when I am stressed. In my opinion, a creative life is a happy life!