Kids' Open Studio

TUESDAYS  4 - 5:30 PM
children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs

Term 1, Jan 31 - Apr 11 ( 11 weeks)
Term 2, May 2 - July 4 (10 weeks)
Term 3, July 25 - Sep 26 ( 10 weeks)
Term 4, Oct 17 - Dec 12 (9 weeks)
 

Enquiries & enrolments
Contact: Alex McPherson
E: info@mapurastudios.org.nz 
P: 09 845 5361 

Kids' Open Studio is a special art programme designed for small groups of children aged 5 years plus.

Most of the children in our Tuesday afternoon programme have ASD or other special needs. However children of all abilities are included and welcome.

Using an organic approach to learning and group activity, the Art Therapist and Art Facilitators provide an environment where each child is encouraged to choose and follow their own topic of interest, and to make their own decisions regarding their creative work. The facilitators assist them in their making process by suggesting ideas and demonstrating techniques, introducing topics if necessary, and encouraging them to try new and different themes and mediums. 

Each session begins with a check-in and sharing, fostering group cohesion and social connection. This is followed by art making or creative industry of some sort (ie 3-D construction, personal narration, etc). Sessions finish with a sharing circle and discussion about their creations. 

The children are encouraged to express themselves – and to listen to others; group protocols are introduced – and parameters set as required. They greatly enjoy the creative activity and opportunity to express their unique world view. Through this process the children learn social and relationship skills based on respect and inclusion. They develop trust and build friendships – for some forming friendships is a new experience. 

These programmes provide a safe and supportive environment, specifically tailored to the individual needs and abilities of each child in the group.

Belonging to a supportive social group can also support the development of communication and social skills - and be lots of fun!
— Māpura Studios Tutor

Outcomes

  • Encouraging and supporting children to express themselves creatively can increase self-esteem, and grow confidence and positive self-identity. 
  • Creative activity stimulates imaginative thinking, develops artistic/fine motor skills, and promotes healthy self-expression. It will assist children to engage in tasks, and become absorbed in creative projects. It will help with sensory regulation.