South Shields grandmother expands art session age group

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A grandmother who stepped into the world of self-employment is seeing her arts sessions for youngsters flourish.

Susan Flannagan has been running the South Shields, Hebburn and Jarrow branches of ARTventurers after buying into the brand just over a year ago.

Now, as well as offering sessions for babies she is expanding her class at All Saints Community Centre in South Shields, from September, so those up to the age of four can join in the creative fun.

Susan, who was introduced to the classes after taking her granddaughter Abigail to a weekly class in Sunderland, said: “The Wednesday class at All Saints used to be for babies only. But so many people were asking about bringing slightly older ones too that I took the decision to introduce extra activities into the sessions.

“It’s perfect for those who have more than one child as they can bring the whole family along.

“We have art and messy activities, sensory play, crafts, singing and dancing. It’s all about allowing the children to learn and develop through art and creative play.”

It’s all about allowing the children to learn and develop through art and creative play.

Susan Flannagan

The weekly sessions are held at Marsden Road Health Centre, All Saints Community Centre with a weekend class at Ocean Road Community Centre.

The next term will launch in September.

The former customer service trainer and grandmother of four took the decision to launch her own business after her father passed away and a restructure at her old job followed.

She had been taking her granddaughter to ARTventurer classes in Sunderland and after becoming impressed by what she saw she decided to get involved for herself.

She went on to buy the South Shields and East Gateshead ARTventurers franchise, later adding Jarrow and Hebburn to her portfolio.

As well as running sessions, Susan also offers ARTventurers parties.

ARTventurers are members of the Childrens Activity Association which is set up to help provide parents with peace of mind when choosing an activity or class for their baby or child.

For more information on ARTventurers classes in the area visit email or call 07834 362 024.