CREATIVE KIDS AND COVID

It’s hard on us all being put into lockdown. Having restrictions placed on our movements, our day to day life. As adults, we can understand it, we may not like it, but we do understand the need for it. But how about your children? Especially the younger ones. Suddenly they can’t have that sleep-over they […]

LOCKDOWN WITH A LABRADOR

It’s been weeks since we went into lockdown and my golden labrador and guide dog Aimee is not happy. Not only is she unhappy, she is making sure I know it! Once a week, on a Tuesday morning, my support worker, Alichea, and I take Aimee to the dog beach. Aimee knows the routine and […]

RECIPE FOR PLAY DOUGH

If you are running out of things to do with your kids, why not try out this recipe for play dough? It’s a cheap and easy way to make hours of fun. Ingredients: 2 cups of flour ½ cup of salt 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 and ½ […]

LIFE IN LOCKDOWN

As we enter the eighth month of 2021, Newcastle and the Hunter region are now in lockdown. Sydney, the Central Coast and other areas of NSW have been in lockdown for a month or so now. The threat of COVID is real again, especially for those of us who may have become complacent. Having positive […]

HOW ART IS MAKING ME BRAVE

I am not a particularly practical person. If something breaks or stops working around my house, I contact the real estate  so they can send someone to fix it for me. If my computer plays up, I call one of the IT techs at Guide Dogs so they can talk me through the process of […]

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF JOURNALING

Earlier this year, Art Mania ran some workshops on journaling. They were: journaling for creativity, journaling for organisation and journaling for welbeing. They were held at the Hunter Wetlands Centre and were a huge amount of fun. They also left us all with some incredibly useful skills and tools. These workshops were also so popular, […]

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: ANDREW

Andrew is one of our glass fusing and lead light teachers. He is also responsible for kiln maintenance firing schedule development. If anything goes wrong with the kilns, both glass and clay, it is Andrew who is comes in to save the day and keep everything running and stopping general panic amongst students wanting to […]

The Two Jimmys

When I started taking classes in pottery last year, I began to hand build creatures out of clay. They were initially creatures from my head. Mythical creatures that live in dreams and fantasy stories. One day, I was beginning what I expected to be another mythical creature. This piece of clay had other ideas, I […]

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: JHARNA

Jharna started at Art Mania in the mosaics class last year. She wanted to volunteer at the studio and from this, gain a job. Her role is floor manager and as of last week, teacher’s assistant for the Wednesday morning mosaics class. You may not realise it, but you have probably met Jharna as she […]

Motivation tips for Winter

As we enter winter, it has to be acknowledged that with the cold seeping in, our motivation seeps out. I am the first to admit that I would much rather spend the winter months in my bed, with the heating on and several really good books. I thought I’d investigate whether there is any advice […]