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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 Learning Studio

Mondays, 10am-3pm.
Drop in, free (term-time only)

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! Here is the plan for the next few weeks so you can come prepared:

13/05/19 - Movement - Non messy

20/05/19 - Music - Non messy

27/05/19 - Half Term 

03/06/19 - Paint - Very messy

10/06/19 - Nature - Very messy

17/06/19 - Tape - non messy

24/06/19 - TBC

01/07/19 - Sand - Medium mess

08/07/19 - Dens - non messy

15/07/19 - Water - Very messy


To see images and ideas from past Ateliers then visit and follow our Early Years Atelier blog and follow @earlyyearswhitworth on Instagram

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


To find out more about the wider family programme, click here.