Painting Class

NURTURE THE KNACK

Creative

Why Nurture the Knack?

Inspired by the premise that Art is an essential part of the way we nurture ourselves and others.

We believe that art is essential to every human being's development.

Celebrating and honoring each individual's unique gifts and talents for creativity and self expression.

Recognizing that we all have a special 'Knack' for something.

We encourage creativity to nurture it and offer creative guidance and support for both children and adults.

"Nurture the Knack" is inspired by my Grandmother, who always encouraged my creative ventures and supported me with her teachings. She was a master creator and artist in a multitude of forms from visual arts & crafts to music through movement, dance and musical performance.

 

With great role models,  mentors and teachers encourage us to be our best and most unique creative selves -

we can choose to be who ever we want to be and create a life we love with confidence and joy!

10 Reasons Why I love Art for Wellness & Everyday Life

 

1)It activates our braincells.

When we are drawing, not only do both our hemispheres work simultaneously but develop its capacity as well.
 

2) It improves memory.

Drawing actually adds synapses to the brain’s transmitters. This means that the memories and experiences reserved in your brain are stronger, more striking, and more accessible.
 

3) Concentration Improves, mindfulness is activated.

This helps into building concentration power for other tasks or academia,

 

4) Communicate emotion and healing.

It is through drawings that we study our history. Drawing / Painting allows one to express various emotions, thoughts and feelings, sometimes difficult ones or ones we cannot put to words.

5) Release Depressive or Anxious Thoughts through Drawing

Drawing produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine.

6. Art is both cathartic and containing.

Expressing yourself through images either drawn or painted “transfers” some of your feelings into the art piece and helps clear you out a bit, like a catharsis.

7. It promotes strong motor skills.

Parents who introduce children to drawing at a very tender age, even before they can hold pencils properly, is a great way to get the hands working and gripping.

8. Improve confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.

Showing interest in their creations gives them a big confidence boost
 

9. Reduce stress through Art

Painting, sculpting, drawing, are all relaxing and fruitful distractions from your everyday hectic chores.


10. Art is FUN!

Drawing is fun regardless of you being an adult or a child. Especially when you are in company; painting builds a bridge towards a stronger friendship.

To view the full article on Art for wellness benefits - click here

"Ashley is wonderful with the children and considers their individual abilities when conducting the lessons. We are seeing artistic talent emerging from the children that was not apparent before.  Nurture the Knack art classes have become an important aspect of our Kindergarten Program and we highly recommend Ashley and Nurture the Knack classes to people of all ages."

Sherry Hammond ~ The Gap Early Childhood Centre

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Art Class Modules
 Online Term

An at home Art Education Syllabus for homeschooling  parents and others
looking for creative ways to educate and engage their kids at home.

Ashley McHardy - Creative Mentor

"All throughout school, art allowed me to flourish. It focused me and inspired me where no other subject could. "

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"I just got an email from my sons teacher saying she was so impressed with a picture he sketched of the school playground that she is putting him in the excellence program. We're so grateful for your mentorship and art program".

Erin S.