PRIVATE CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS

Your child's genius is their masterpiece

 

 

From 18 months old: Just like our Private Adult Workshops, we offer exciting art experiences for chidren. We work with children as young as 18 months as this is when they can best start to follow instructions and be engrossed for hours in our specially developed children's creative process. Professional paints on gallery quality canvas and templates of your artwork design allow your child to manage stunning results that will last a lifetime.

School aged children: Older children who are serious about art can express themselves one on one with art stylist Sharron Tancred in a way that's not achievable at art classes e.g. throwing paint like Jackson Pollock.

For parents, displaying their child's gallery quality artwork in their home or office can release great feelings of pride, though nothing surpasses the child's own pride.

Our Guarantee and Unique Creative Process

 

 

ART COMMISSIONS


 

 

 

 

'Aim High! Be True!'

Client Brief - Matthew and Lytia had their heart set on their 5-year-old son Max experiencing a Private Kids Workshop after their older daughter had painted "Butterfly Dreaming"... and the day had arrived! The goal: an artwork that Max could use as his mantra, "Aim High! Be True" - his hero Astro Boy's slogan - and an heirloom image that would still look cool when Max had his own home.

Our strategy - As little kids lack small motor dexterity, it's a far richer experience for them to do their thing while Sharron teaches them about the physical side of painting: how body angle, arm angle and brush management affect the painting. Figurative artworks like these require templates to cover or be removed as the work progesses, thus creating an easier, more relaxed experience and guaranteeing a far better result than traditional art classes for children.

The outcome -  "Max had a wonderful time painting his Astro Boy, it's the most focused I've ever seen him! He loved working with Sharron who made him feel relaxed and at home. She even thought of the little touches like Max's favourite food which made his day. He learnt so much about the different ways in which you can use a paintbrush and the various techniques he could use (even thought he was the expert!)  When I asked Max what he loved the best about Sharron, he said "She is very creative just like me!" I would highly recommend booking a children's workshop with Sharron as the quality of the artwork that they produced together was outstanding and it is something that can be kept forever."  Lytia, school teacher


 

 

 

'Life's A Circus!'

The brief: Police officers Tammy and Ian live a busy life with their 3 gregarious girls, Grace 12 and twins Lauren and Victoria 10. The family buys, renovates and sells homes, so with their busy lives and the girls’ auditory processing syndromes, ‘Life’s a Circus!’. Tammy wanted an artwork which reflected their life – something colourful that would work in any neutral environment.

The strategy: The words on Sharron’s mind mapping list - ballet, music, spectral colours, Kandinsky, Banjo (White Welsh Mountain Pony), Atticus (poodle), Prince Charming (Lauren’s almost-strangled, over-cuddled cat), Victoria’s handstands, Grace’s tutu – formed the picture in Sharron’s mind designed to suit the square format of the landing wall. 

The results: A massive day! 3 little girls who truly enjoyed themselves, gave their all to their masterpiece. Well done Grace, Lauren and Victoria!


 

 

 

'Home'

Client brief – 8 year old Phoebe lives a magical life secluded within the clouds and trees of the Glass House Mountains. Being home schooled, her family look for enriching relevant experiences – like a Private Children’s Workshop with Sharron Tancred!  The brief was to inspire vibrant colours into the space and tell a story about home to last the generations. 

Our strategy – Sharron's aerial scene's composed of layers of birdlife, clouds and Phoebe’s hillside playground for tobogganing, watering, singing and dancing.  Phoebe's the hero, like Liberace dashing out a tune on her piano.  Childhood's an orchestration of colours, smells, sounds and memories; a symphony played once, but captured here forever.

The outcome – “Dear Sharron, We just wanted to say a big thank you for such a fantastic day.  Phoebe had a wonderful time and learnt so much! I also had a very relaxing and enjoyable day by your pool!  Thank you for making Phoebe and I feel so welcome in your studio and al the delicious food!”

 


 

 

 

'My Dreamtime'

Client brief – Life’s funny at times isn’t it.  Sharron called a client interested in a Private Kid’s Workshop but … wrong number. The phone was answered by Dr Houston, who asked questions and, lo and behold, decided to book an appointment for his own kids!  As they’d be moving he wanted something simple and elegant and that could be split up when his girls left home.

Our strategy – Sharron suggested 8 x 40 cm square canvases would allow for varying compositions and later separation.  Over a cup of tea, the discussion and father and girls, aged 6 and 10, Sharron listed activities and objects for her mind mapping technique and designed a dreamy, Chagall-like series with different themes: travel, snow, tulips, music, ice cream, etc.  Later, the concepts were painted with powder iridescence splattered like sunlight here and there for a whimsical effect.

The outcome –  ‘The paintings are great. The girls will certainly remember the experience,’ said Dr Houston.

 

 

 

 

'My Super Duper Fab Art'

Client brief - Colleen, who had already commissioned 'Life Is Rich', enjoyed the experience so much, she decided her 12 year old son Aemon should enjoy a workshop too!

Our Ssrategy - In discussing with Aemon what he would like to paint Aemon adamantly said he wanted to learn how to do splats and go wild. Fair enough! Colleen mentioned Aemon's cartoon drawings and Sharron suggested painting a splatty background, then seeing what story could unfold so that Aemon could incorporate his cartoons.

The outcome - It was a great day at the studio. Aemon went wild and theire's still splatter on the ceiling!  Workshops with Sharron are specifcally designed for kids wanting to experience what they can't do in an art classes - give Tailored Artworks a call, we are more than happy to oblige!

 

 

 

'Butterfly Dreaming'

Client brief - Jessica is a lucky little girl. She has a lovely life near the sea at Redcliffe and a great backyard with a pirate island in it. She plays amongst the swaying palms and watches the butterflies flitter about in the breezy morning sunlight. Her parents decided Jessica was such a good little girl that she deserved a special painting for her birthday to go in her bedroom and, together with Sharron, designed a surprise artwork all about her childhood to reflect upon when older.

Our strategy - Sharron did the usual thing, lots of thumbnail designs at their appointment, research of butterflies, drafting the design carefully and masking it off to make painting easier for Jess, even colour coding it so she could have more independence during her session.

The outcome - Jess told her parents it was the best birthday present ever.


 

 

'Josephine's Rainbow'

Client brief - Mark and Kim were expecting their second child and waited to find out its sex before we worked with Josephine on her painting for the baby's room. Now that's planning at it's finest!  Kim loved and knew Josephine also loved rainbows and butterflies, so she asked us to create art in this theme.

Our strategy - One of Sharron's talents is designing and preparing artworks for very young children like Josephine to be able to paint ... in a day! So for Jospehine's workshop, Sharron prepared a fully masked canvas with a list of steps all organised knowing that by about mid afteroon Josephine would be quite tired!

The outcome - "Dear Sharron, Josephine was so excited to make something for her baby sister and had such a wonderful time painting with you.  I couldn't believe how captivated she was and how much of the painting is actually her work with your wonderful and patient guidance.  Josephine is very proud whenever someone comes to visit to show them her painting she did for her baby sister Stella.  We will defininately love to do this with my girls again."  Kim Harper


 

 

 

'Charlotte's Thistles'

Client brief - For Charlotte's 2nd birthday Mum Yvonne wanted something very, very special to remember her toddler years with, like an abstract style painting!

Our strategy - We bought the studio to Charlotte's home so Yvonne could work. Charlotte was voracious with our box of kids painting tools,trying everything, the sponges, different brush sizes, scraping tools, splatting tools and tried the techniques Sharron showed her, even throwing the rope fascinated wee Charlotte.

The outcome - Yvonne loves her child's painting which, because we use the highest quality professional acrylic paints, is vibrant and strong. On it's custom built canvas, "Charlotte's Thistles" looks like a quality artwork. Cheapie canvases worsen after 7 years - you do get what you pay for.

 


 

 

'Fantasy of Horses'

Client brief - 10 year old Emily Hawkins, daughter of celebrity gardener John Hawkins, had just won the Clayfield College art prize for her year.  John and Dorothy wanted to encourage their daughter's love of art and match her new bed linen.  At first, Emily wanted to free paint a design on the day but later changed her mind, feeling nervous and wanting something more realistic.

Our strategy - Sharron researched images and created a 'draft presentation' of horses, clouds, rolling hills and sunscapes reminiscent of childhood themes; day dreaming, bright colours, freedom, open spaces and wind. After her all day session, Emily learnt about the colour wheel and colour science. 

The outcome - John is already keen for another private art workshop for Emily as he thinks it is a totally unique experience.

 


 

 

 

'Tigers in the Grass'

Client Brief - Older children like 4 and a half year old Jemima can work with templates help create figurative artworks. Jemima's mum Sandra wanted something for her travel Agency reception area to match her rich Asian/African inspired decor.

Our strategy - For an intimate feel, we created a large canvas suitable for the space and making you feel as if you were sitting on an African plane...where Tigers Peep from the long grasses! As Sandra had spot lighting in this space and lots of candles, we incorporated metallic effects into Jemima's artwork.

The outcome - Jemima had an absolute ball making textures, using impasto gel and throwing paint wildly at the canvas; exploring different tools like rope, sponges, sticks and plastic spatulas and afterwards proudly applied her signature - her hand print of course!