Messy Art & Creative Dance

Spend your mornings full of art - drawing, painting, sculpture and craft. In the afternoon, get your body moving - discover your own spirit animal to express yourself through movement, contemporary and ballet-inspired dance.

Messy Art is the place to let your creative side free range! You’ll have lots of fun with abstract self-portraits, recycled robots, sun catcher mobiles, wood block sculptures, and mosaic pinch pots. There’s also lots of time for free messy play and quiet time.

Creative Dance will progress through different dance forms and choreography across the week. We’ll have fun exploring how our animals move and express themselves and how we can share that through dance. We’ll finish with a performance of our class dance piece.

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Course Info

Mornings

Messy Art is a Process Art course where the process of making art is more important than the outcome. It’s a tactile experience for children to have absolute freedom to create whatever they can imagine.

You’ll work in your own daily art journal to fill with drawings, collages, and paintings as part of your inspiration for the day.

Afternoons

Creative Dance includes quiet time as well as high-energy dance, with activities like yoga animal flow, and meditation every day.

Day One
Mornings
Art journals, then abstract portraits exploring watercolours, texta and oil pastels. Lots of free messy play and reflection time.

Afternoons
Choosing our animal. Contemporary warm-ups, ballet-inspired exercises. Cool down and meditation.

Day Two

Mornings
Art journals. Mosaic pinch pots. Free messy play and reflection time.

Afternoons
Explore animal movement, body shapes and mirroring animals. Warm-up and dance exerices and start on our routine. Cool down and meditation.

Day Three

Mornings
Art journals. Suncatcher mobiles, painting our pinch pots. Free messy play and reflection time.

Afternoons
Yoga animal flow, dynamic movement. Jumps and turns, partner work choreography. Adding to our routine. Cool down and meditation.

Day Four

Mornings
Art journals. Design and make our own cardboard and recycled materials robots – and then take them outside to play! Free messy play and reflection time.

Afternoons
Ballet warm-up. Finish our routine. Fun cool down games and meditation.

Day Five

Mornings
Art journals. Painted wood block sculpture. Free messy play and reflection time.

Afternoons
Reflection time, Q&A. Yoga animal flow, practice our routine, party games and then our performance!

To be supplied by participant

Art
Old clothes that don’t mind getting paint on them!
Sketchbook

Dance
Socks or dance shoes if have them
Water
Yoga mat
Comfortable clothing and hair tied up

Cost

All other materials will be provided by the tutor for a cost of $50.

Caitlin Mansfield
Course Tutor

Caitlin Mansfield

Caitlin is an artist, art educator and mother of two girls. She has a Bachelor of Art Education from California State University and over ten years of experience teaching children in art, from daycares to high school art classes. Caitlin currently runs Messy Art Playgroup, where she teaches preschool art classes and art playgroups. During the school holidays, Caitlin runs creative arts workshops for children 5-12 years old.

Caitlin’s work with Messy Art is built around the philosophy of Process Art, where the process of making the art is emphasised more than the final outcome. It allows children to create freely and follow wherever their imagination takes them.

My experience has taught me the importance of self-expression and building self-confidence through creativity. A child’s ability to express what they think and feel through art are the building blocks for developing the confidence needed to tackle academic and personal challenges throughout life.

Tara Greenaway
Course Tutor

Tara Greenaway

Tara trained as a ballet dancer and went on to teach. She has been teaching for twenty years and, in that time, directed a ballet and dance studio in Sydney (fourteen years) and on the Coffs Coast since 2021.

Tara has trained students to elite level and in major competitions, but much prefers teaching for passion and to pass on her knowledge in a non-competitive environment.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and a Diploma in Ballet teaching and Management, Tara is a Royal Academy-trained and affiliated dancer and qualified in the Progressing Ballet Technique. A member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing, she was the director of Miss Tara Studios in Sydney from 2007 to 2020 and is the founder of the preschool ballet program Bambino Ballet, which she has run for over fifteen years.