What is art play?

Art play is open-ended expression of creativity with sensory play. Sometimes referred to as “process art”, art play is about the journey of creation, discovery and expression of an idea. Art play is about doing art, not making an artwork.

Our art play sessions give you the time and space to build on your creative skills while we guide you through the creation of an idea. It’s an exploration of your imagination, through a considered collection of materials and textures designed to awaken your senses. 

Why is creativity so important?

Play is at the heart of creativity. It is the ability to conjure up ideas, build upon thoughts, problem solve, imagine and so much more. Creativity is more than being able to draw or paint or sculpt. It is being able to see an object with a hundred uses beyond the one for which it is intended. 

What do I need to bring?

  • Clothes that you don’t mind getting messy and a change of clothes
  • An interest in engaging and exploring alongside your child
  • An open mind and a sense of humour 

What do you provide?

  • Permission to get creative and explore your imagination!
  • Children's apron
  • Age-appropriate experiences and resources 
  • Knowledge and experience from two qualified early childhood professionals

How is Big Wild Imagination different to other art workshops?

We value the importance of open ended play. That means we provide children with experiences and resources that have no defined outcome. We leave it up to the child to experiment with the materials and be guided by their own imagination. Our aim is to nurture your child's imagination so that they grow up with strong creative abilities.

Who runs Big Wild Imagination?

Ngaire and Steph are the artistes behind Big Wild Imagination. We are obsessed with the benefits of art play for children – and adults – and draw on our combined 15 years of experience and qualifications in early childhood education to design each session. Read more about us on our About page.