New Glasgow class Tramweans supports the inherent creativity in children aged 3–5
- Kelly Apter
- 10 November 2017
Artist Ruth Barker's classes are aimed at getting children and their grown-ups exploring together
You only have to watch a group of young children playing to know that imagination is not thin on the ground in pre-schoolers. One woman looking to harness that quality is artist Ruth Barker, whose new weekly class, Tramweans, will use movement, storytelling and play to channel the inherent creativity in children aged 3–5.
'A creative outlook is an incredibly powerful and joyous perspective to have on the world,' says Barker. 'And at this young age, creativity does comes naturally. But we can still work hard to support and nurture it, building it up with games and activities that encourage creative confidence and develop skills in movement and physical co-ordination.'
Barker's activities may be shaped to bring out the best in pre-schoolers, but she's equally keen for the adults standing next to them to get stuck in, too.
'The classes are aimed at getting children and their grown-ups exploring together,' she says. 'So leave your inhibitions at the door – along with your shoes! All the activities will be collaborative and we hope that the grown-ups will learn as much, and have as much fun, as the wee ones.'
Each of the hour-long classes will be self-contained, so if you can't make the full block of five sessions, you can still benefit from getting involved – both at Tramway itself and after you and your little one have left the building.
'Families who come to the Tramweans classes are encouraged to continue to create and explore the techniques and games once they get home,' says Barker. 'We'll use a minimum of equipment so that as many activities as possible can be done at home, in the park or anywhere else you have space.'