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My story…

Hi I'm Hannah, founder of Flying Fish studio.

I facilitate art workshops for both CHILDREN AND ADULTS, using a wide VARIETY OF MEDIA, including felt, glass, lino, wax and metal.

At the studio, my focus is on INDIVIDUALS' WELL-BEING and their enjoyment of the creative experience.

Providing children and adults with an environment in which they can be creative is something that I am passionate about!

The process of creating is something that I have always loved to do; exploring different types of art media; playing with colour, texture and shape. Involvement in the arts has provided me with the opportunity to become absorbed in something else... being in the moment and taking time out from the sometimes stressful seasons of life. I would love to be able to provide you with a supportive space in which you too have the opportunity to explore your creativity and enjoy experimenting.

 

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Montessori principles

Our values at Flying Fish studio

To create a warm & welcoming space to be yourself

To respect everybody's individual needs

To foster curiosity & a sense of wonder

To encourage independence & responsibility through a carefully planned environment

To build a culture based on honestycooperation & respect

 

A beautiful environment

Overlooking Endcliffe Park, Flying Fish studio is a beautiful space, created with relaxation, playfulness and freedom at its heart. Children and adults have independent access to the materials and tools that they need, with a child-height sink being installed to ensure this. 

Sheffield artwork adorns the walls in a range of media and styles. Local artwork includes pieces created by Anya Uhren, Nick Hunter, Carrie Twist, Samantha Groom, Claire Lee and Keith Jaques, amongst many others . . .

Then we have our "moving piece of art" . . .

Having been trained in Montessori education, I know the value of taking a step back and letting the creator create. Saying this, I will, of course, provide a helping hand, but without interfering! 

To learn more about the Montessori-based principles that I use at Flying Fish studio, please click here:

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How do these workshops benefit young people?

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Promotes creativity

Art develops the ability to think outside the box. We have a "have a go" attitude to new ideas, where we are free to try things out and to make mistakes. This is essential in enabling individuals (and society!) to progress. Experiencing a wide variety of materials and techniques increases the possibilities of trying out new combinations and ideas.

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Develops problem-solving abilities

At Flying Fish studio, we focus on open-ended, process-orientated art. This allows for an endless opportunity for making choices, developing independence, coming to conclusions and evaluating results. Children become more comfortable with uncertainty and remain flexible thinkers. 

 

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Provides people with the space to process the world and their emotions

Children absorb incredible amounts of new information each day; they need space to work through their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Art helps children to do so in a multifaceted way— in ways that words may not be able to do, or that may be more natural for them than words. I offer an environment where it is safe to experiment and create, where questions are encouraged, and children have access to the materials they need and enjoy.

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Helps build

connections

Art can help create a common ground for children who don’t know each other. It can help people of all ages, genders, and abilities, to connect with one another whilst engaging in a shared activity. As well as friendship, skills in cooperation are also built upon, through the sharing of ideas and resources.

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As a source of beauty

Being surrounded by beauty, as well as the process of creating something beautiful, can be emotionally and spiritually enriching. A piece of artwork may convey beauty through the harmony of the physical elements within the object or through the purpose for which the object was created.

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Dr Maria Montessori

"If children are allowed free development and given occupation to correspond with their unfolding minds their natural goodness will shine forth."