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Early Years Atelier

Weekly multi-sensory, messy play sessions for early years children in our new Clore Learning Studio

Early Years Atelier

Weekly multi-sensory, messy play sessions for children under 5 in our new Clore Learning Studio

Mondays* 10am-3pm (drop in). FREE.

The Early Years Atelier will be taking a break over the Christmas holidays The first session back after Christmas will be Monday 15th January 2018.

This free, drop-in space is based on the early years philosophy of Reggio Emilia, where the atelier (or art studio) is a place for child-led artistic exploration, a laboratory for trying out ideas and playing with materials. It is not a classroom. There won’t be a teacher or any pre-designed activities. It is simply a place where children and adults can get messy, play creatively and follow their own interests. 

Every week, the Clore Learning Studio will be full of materials for children to choose from. From messy materials such as paint, clay and charcoal to more unusual items such as wool, cardboard or twigs these materials will get children working creatively with both familiar and unfamiliar materials. Our studio opens directly onto an art garden, and nature is an important feature of the Early Years Atelier – rain painting, leaf collecting, shadow drawing or just looking out of the large, open doors connects the children inside to the natural world outside. 

In the Atelier there will always be messy play but some weeks it might be messier than others! We thought you might like to know what we have planned so that you can be prepared. 

Monday 15 January - Tubes
Monday 22 January - Light & Dark
Monday 29 January - Paint
Monday 5 February - Clay
Monday 12 February - Sand
Monday 19 February - Half Term

To see images and ideas from past Ateliers then visit and follow our Earlyyearsatelier blog and/or follow @earlyyearswhitworth on Instagram

*Term time only

 No booking required, call 0161 275 7450 to find out more.