'These classes are super awesome' (Sophie age 9)
Creative Kids Art Club
The Creative Kids Art Club was started in 2011 by Perth artist and teacher, Jane McKay. Jane saw the need for after school art classes that catered to children who loved art and craft. Our aim was to give children as many different creative experiences as possible. We have many older children enrolled in the program who have been with us since they were 5 yrs old. It has been amazing to see these children grow and develop artistically and creatively. The development in their confidence, skills and ideas has been truly inspiring.
Our program changes every term and covers all areas of art from drawing to painting, print making and sculpture, clay work and paper craft as well as sewing and watercolours. We have done over 150 different activities since we began classes.
Classes started with just 4 children at Tresillian in Nedlands and we now have over 130 children attending classes each week. Classes expanded gradually and we found that people were traveling from far and wide to attend! We included extra locations to make it easier for people to get to us in Bayswater, Butler, Doubleview, East Victoria Park, Kingsley, Leederville, North Fremantle, Riverton, Swanbourne, and Willagee. As demand grew for the classes we employed talented and experienced art teachers who are all equally committed to providing wonderful creative experiences for your children.
Jane McKay - Director
Jane McKay is a qualified and experienced primary school teacher with a Bachelor in Education from the University of Tasmania. She taught for many years in Tasmania and then after trying almost every craft and art form imaginable left teaching and began studying art, first at Seaforth Tafe in Sydney and then by completing a Bachelor in Art (Fine Art) at Curtin University. She is a professional artist, majoring in painting. Jane has exhibited her paintings widely throughout Australia and also overseas in Kyoto, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her works are held in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Described by Thomas (age 7) as 'the best teacher in the world' Jane loves teaching and creating exciting and fun activities for our students. Jane teaches our classes in Nedlands and Riverton.
Debbie Molyneux - Teacher
Debbie has a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, specialising in Visual Arts, from Edith Cowan University. She is a Teacher of the Deaf and also a specialist Visual Arts Teacher. She inspires the children in her classes to develop new skills and experiment by providing support and encouragement. Debbie is a creative, organised and enthusiastic teacher. Debbie takes our classes in North Fremantle and Willagee. Feedback from parents, 'My child loves the classes, Debbie has been wonderful!
Julie Phillips - Teacher
Julie has a Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University and years of teaching experience. Julie has specialised in visual arts teaching and has created wonderful dyeing and textile works with her class. Julie teaches our class in East Victoria Park. She is interested in all art forms and enjoys creating a wide variety of works with the children. Feedback from parents, 'my child is thoroughly enjoying the class with Julie and looks forward to attending every week.'
Karen Sabitay - Programs Manager and Teacher
Karen is a primary school, art specialist teacher for over 20 years experience. She brings a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise to her role as our Programs Manager and teacher for Creative Kids Art Club at our Doubleview and Swanbourne locations. She has a degree in primary teaching and a desire to provide fun and educational art programs for our kids. She is enthusiastic about all forms of art and creativity and loves to see children inspired and creating.
Jane Ziemons - Teacher
Jane is studying for an arts degree specialising in contemporary fashion and textiles. She has a post graduate certificate in primary education and has taught for over 15 years with infant and primary school children. Jane has worked as a primary school teacher, specialist art teacher and professional visual artist. She aims to provide a classroom with rich and varied learning experiences that are also lots of fun. Jane Ziemons takes our classes in Kingsley and Currambine.
Tashai Van Niekerk - Teacher
Tashai takes our classes in Leederville and Bayswater and does relief for our teachers if they are not able to take a class. She has a Certificate in Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts as well as a Teaching Diploma in Drama and Music from Trinity College, London. She has her own practice as an artist and specialises in drawing. Tashai has worked with children from 5 to 12 and is interested in creating a wide variety of works with the children.
To inspire and develop creativity through excellence in art education.
To provide high quality art education, across a range of media, enabling our students to develop skills in the visual arts and to develop their creativity.
Staff, parents and children are treated with respect and consideration. We encourage honesty and integrity. Children are challenged with varied projects to explore their creativity and learn new skills. Through the classes children can have fun, form friendships, develop problem solving skills, original thinking and self confidence.