By Shannon Edwards // Place Bulimba
Long-time art teacher and now mother of two, Sita Pelecanos, has built Creative Me in the heart of Bulimba.
Creative Me is a space where parents and children are welcome to relax and enjoy the art of creativity.
Offering classes for kids of all ages, Sita uses her teaching background and love for inspiring children to put on workshops that excite and educate.
We paid a visit to one of Sita’s ‘Parents & Preschoolers Sensory Art’ classes where we illustrated the popular childhood story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’
Amongst the streamers, coloured pencils and paints, we asked Sita what makes art classes so important?
How did Creative Me begin?
I have been an art teacher for 15 years and am now a very happy mother of a three-year-old and a seven-month-old.
Being a mother of two little ones it was a little tricky finding time to keep up teaching, but I decided to find a way that I could go back to work, yet still spend time with my family.
While on maternity leave this time round a friend of mine said to me, ‘why don’t you start up your own space, right here at home?’
It can be a little scary starting your own business but I thought, why not take a risk!
Originally I decided that if I was going to trial an idea, I should invite all the people who may be interested.
I connected with local mums in the community and invited them to do a painting evening (with bubbles) with me.
I asked everyone who came lots of questions like ‘what are you interested in?’, ‘what do you think would work in this community?’
And from there, with a teaching background, I thought it would be best to slot into the market that was needed here in Bulimba.
So, we do classes for parents of preschoolers and school age children, as well as mums with bubs, and classes for just the parents.
The real passion project for me is parents of babies. Creating a space that is mum friendly and baby friendly, where you can come to and still have some independence about your day and be completely comfortable within the space.
To find out more about creative me, click HERE