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Wed 19 Mar 2014, 4:00pm–5:30pm
Wed 26 Mar 2014, 4:00pm–5:30pm
Wed 2 Apr 2014, 4:00pm–5:30pm
Wed 9 Apr 2014, 4:00pm–5:30pm
Wed 16 Apr 2014, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Where: Highbury Community House, 110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: cathosster

Art on High is an art class for children aged 5 - 12. Hosted by children's art facilitator Cath O'Brien. It is brought to you by the Make Like a Tree initiative.

Make Like a Tree offers classes and resources using sustainable materials for children to explore and unfold their individual creativity. Children are naturally creative and inventive and given the space, time, materials, and support this creativity can grow and branch out into every part of a child’s life.

Every child is unique. Make Like a Tree believes in the importance of providing children with the space and support to create intuitively. In class, children will draw, paint, make collage and sculpture, create installation, collaborate and much more. Children are supported to apply their own ideas to their project and classes have a flexible structure where the outcome is not fixed. Classes are small with a maximum of 12 children attending to allow for quality engagement with others.

Movement, storytelling, invention and game playing are encouraged as an integral part of the creative process. At the end of the class children are encouraged to share what they have made with the others in the class. This gives them an opportunity to grow confident in talking about their art in front of a small group and helps to integrate the process. Parents are encouraged to join us for this part of the class.

There is a wealth of exciting and original artists working today and the depth and variety of their work is often unknown. We will often discuss the works of some of these artists, local and global using their work as inspiration for the class.


The majority of the artworks will be made from found objects, recycled material, donated products, impermanent materials and non-toxic products with the aim of being resourceful and reducing waste. Occasionally we will make work, which could be impermanent. We will look to our natural environment sometimes for artistic inspiration. Children gently learn about reducing their impact and be resourceful by reusing and finding potential in existing materials.

Drawing Books

Drawing is fundamental to the creative process.

When you ask a 4 or 5 year old to draw something, most will not hesitate. They are drawing from their minds and imagination. Drawing is a wonderful tool for expression, development of ideas and fine motor skills. All children in the class will be given their own drawing book at the beginning of the term. Most of the classes will involve some drawing and occasionally we will devote a whole class to drawing, as the children really love it.

The Benefits of Creativity

Creativity is not only making ‘art’. It is at the core of so many aspects of everyday life and is what makes life fun. By supporting your child to sharpen their creativity you will see them grow in confidence, self esteem, decision making, listening to themselves and others, problem solving, social skills, and much more.

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