Many parents want to encourage their little ones in creative endeavours but don’t quite know where to begin. The brand-new Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio’s preschool classes are a fantastic way of exposing your young child to a variety of art and craft activities – without all the mess to clean up afterwards!
A warm, inviting space located on Darling Street, Rozelle, Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio was founded just this year by Inner West Mum of two Prue Burnstein. Prue has worked for many years in the fashion industry, including running her own businesses designing children’s wear and creating beautiful wall hangings.
All the classes at Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio – including toddler classes, after school classes and holiday workshops – are project based, allowing your child to take home a precious creation with them at the end of the session. The preschool classes are open to children aged three to five years, although Prue finds the ideal age is from four years and up, when fine motor skills and attention spans tend to be more developed.
When I heard about Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio’s preschool art classes, I knew right away they’d be just the thing for my little Miss Three (almost four!) who is driven to draw, paint and create. On the day we attended, a Thursday morning, the project was to produce a night-time city skyline piece. Prue began by showing us a piece she had prepared earlier and then slowly explained the main steps involved in the project. The sample work had interest and appeal and applied painting, collage and drawing techniques.
After donning one of the available art smocks, our little miss began creating her own city skyline artwork enthusiastically. Prue taught her how to paint the night sky using broad strokes of black paint mixed with water and also how to create a ‘starry’ effect by tapping her brush to disperse white dots over her page. Next Prue demonstrated how to cut papers into the shapes of buildings and arrange them on the page. Finally she showed her how to add detail and definition to her piece using a felt pen.
Prue has an attentive and patient manner with her young students, giving them plenty of space to be creative while providing gentle suggestions as needed. The complexity of the work was age appropriate and there was scope to incorporate personal touches too. The final result was striking and our little miss’s proud smile said it all.
The sample piece by Prue Burnstein (top) and the finished piece by Miss E, 3 years (bottom)
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio’s preschool art classes run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 am. Bookings can be made for the term or casually. Classes cost $200 for the term or $25 per class on a drop-in basis.
Prue also runs classes for school-aged children after school, on Saturdays and during the school holidays. The space is available on Saturdays for children’s parties for up to 12 children, with optional themes of painting, pottery, sewing or weaving. And art classes for adults are also run at the studio.
Conveniently, the studio is close to numerous cafes so you can recharge with a coffee/babycino after the class!
Well worth a try!
Address: 760 Darling Street, Rozelle
Phone: 0423 206 090
Cover image © Prue Burnstein; other images © Ginny Grant
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