Children’s Mindfulness and Art
-For Children Aged 7 + from 11.00am – 12.30pm

Autumn Term – Sunday Mindfulness and Art Club- 2021
When:  The main term dates for Autumn term are:- Sunday 3rd October, 17th Oct (October Half Term) Sunday 14th Nov, 28th Nov, 12th Dec

Description: Spend a relaxing Sunday morning learning mindfulness and taking your relaxed mind into mindful art activities. Often we will be exploring process art covering a wide variety of materials including drawing, pattern, painting, print, paper crafts, clay and more.

Have you ever been so involved in art making (or other creative activities) that you have lost track of time? This happens because creative activities ease us into a process of concentration, focus, flow and absorption which is the same process we experience when we’re meditating. This is why drawing, painting, colouring and crafting are naturally mindful. Adding mindfulness to our creativity helps us to just enjoy the process rather than focusing on end results, which means we draw, colour or paint more freely and more joyfully.

The course which runs for a year introduces mindfulness in a way that that is engaging, relevant, and enjoyable, making use of music, games, activities, experiments, videos and group discussion to convey key concepts as well as teaching mindfulness practices such as mindfulness of breathing and the cultivation of kind awareness. This will run alongside mindful art activities, we will be following the Youth Mindfulness programme. The core objectives of the course are to enhance the general mental, emotional and social wellbeing of children by improving:

· attention
· self-control
· self-awareness
· emotional regulation
· gratitude
· self-kindness
· kindness to others

What is Mindulness?

Mindfulness is the “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”
Although mindfulness is a natural human capacity it is not our normal orientation to experience. We are often lost in ruminative thinking about the past or the future – not truly present with what is happening in the here and now. By training our attention to dwell in the present moment we can gradually cultivate this capacity. With time, we are able to develop greater awareness of our thoughts, emotions and actions. This awareness enables us to: understand and regulate our emotions; reduce ruminative and self-critical thinking; exercise greater control over our impulses; act with more will or purpose; and develop a heart-felt kindness to ourselves and others.

Mindfulness and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes

The mental, emotional and social wellbeing experiences and outcomes in the youth mindfulness programme emphasises the importance of self-awareness and the ability to recognize, understand and manage emotions. As such, teaching young people how to be mindful directly contributes to their general wellbeing. Mental, emotional and social wellbeing experiences and outcomes are directly impacted by the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme.

Days & Price:

-Every other Sunday during term time (where possible), 11am – 12.30pm.
- 5 lessons, 1.5 hours each, charged at £52.50 or trial session charged at £10.50

Trial session – £10.50

5 sessions – £52.50

How to book: Either book online using the shopping cart above or send a cheque made payable to ‘Funky Art House’ to our studio address (please see below or ‘contact’) Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. We would like you to sign up for the full term with the option of paying in two installments if needed. Trial sessions available.

Where: Sunday Mindful Art Club will run from our studio at Bath Artists’ Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AJ. Please click here for directions. The entrance to the studio is in the car park of Bath Artists’ Studios, I will wait outside and take everyone through. If your running late for any reason please don’t worry, just give me a call and I can come and collect your child from the front of the building. Please phone 07954363467 if you have any problems. 
We will review COVID 19 prevention measures nearer the time if needed.

The club continues throughout the year. The full course is a year long.

Tutor: All tutors have many years of experience teaching Children’s art classes. Each tutor is fully CRB checked and has full public liability insurance. The mindfulness tutor has trained with Youth Mindfulness, completed the 8 week MBSR course and practices mindfulness regularly.

Parking:There is street parking opposite the studio on Upper Bristol Road which is free for two hours. There is also parking in Victoria Park which is just a short walk away. Alternatively Charlotte Street car park is approx 5 min walking distance from the studios. There are disabled parking spaces right outside the gallery at Bath Artists’ studios but unfortunately there is no other parking on site.

Trial sessions available for a one off charge of £10.50. Please get in touch by emailing art@funkyarthouse.co.uk