We love welcoming classes to Children’s Art Factory!
We believe children engage in critical thinking and learn how to become problem solvers when they are allowed to work within very clear parameters but with complete freedom to use basic art materials.
Children’s Art Factory supports and encourages spontaneous and unstructured play. We believe open-ended play goes hand-in-hand with process-based art where children are in control of their own learning.
CAF is set up to encourage children to explore the studio in their own way, at a variety of art and creativity stations that nurture children’s curiosity and provide freedom to explore many different kinds of art.
We’re set up for children to get their hands dirty – and we’ll clean up the mess!
“[Most school settings] avoid mess because of the chaos but we believe and see the glorious mess created by children with the time, space and agency to bask in the productive joy of their own making.”
– Tom Bedard, Sand and Water Tables
book your class visit
Our space and art stations are geared to Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students. CAF is registered with the Upper Grand District School Board for approved class visits.
Class visits can be booked on Mondays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and/or 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
A two hour visit for one class (or 2 smaller classes) up to 35 children is $200 + HST. Please note that our space can only accommodate one class at a time to allow children the greatest opportunity to engage in art activities.
CAF has many permanent art stations and a changing art station that can be set up to reflect a particular interest of your class (if the current week’s theme doesn’t suit). A take-home activity – such as painting, constructing or taking apart can be included in the visit at an additional cost. All activities will be process-based and child-led.
Other Suggestions for Your Class Visit
CAF is located near Guelph’s downtown core and is within walking distance to several local arts and cultural facilities and parks. If you’re looking for a full day class excursion, we recommend scheduling time before or after your visit at one of these wonderful spaces.
- Guelph Public Library Main Branch
- Guelph Youth Music Centre (includes outdoor space to play and picnic)
- Guelph City Hall (skating in the winter, splash pad in the summer)
- Exhibition Park (play and picnic at the new adventure playground)
- Joseph Wolfond & Herb Markle Parks (scenic walking trails throughout these adjoining parks)