Artea - studio cafe kids


Drop in for an arty session or sign up for regular classes – Artea is a perfect haven for mums with little ones who love to cut, paste, paint and generally create with mess!  I love outsourcing a bit of art, especially when it comes with a latte!

Where:  5/36 Mills Street, ALBERT PARK

When:  Drop in anytime Monday – Sunday 9am – 4pm, on Monday and Thursday afternoons there are two after school art classes (3.45 – 5pm and 5 – 6.15pm) as well as Mums & Bubs on Friday 10am -11am

Cost:  30 minutes creative time $15, 60 minutes $25


Charlie and his friend enjoyed an hour of creative time on a non-kinder day making “whirly things”.  The first part of their project required a bit of cutting and painting, so the mums helped out before we all stopped for morning tea (while the paint dried).  As soon as the kids had finished their muffin and babychinos Helen (the artist behind Artea) had the kids finishing off their creations while us mums got to very quietly enjoy our latte’s and an actual catch-up.  Un.  Heard.  Of.

Helen Pollard, the creative force behind Artea, is herself a very active artist who has worked with kids of all ages and is involved in lots of interesting public art projects – add to that her contagious enthusiasm and sweet spirit = captivated kids.  Artea also hosts birthday parties, school holiday programs, baby showers and classes for adults – or you can just pop in for a coffee.  Helen has also made up some little art projects you can take home – a perfect little something to hide away for a rainy day.

We had a lovely morning at Artea – thank you so much Helen for inviting us to come and try creative-time out, and congratulations on a fab new business… I suspect you might be onto a winning formula.

Helen Pollard: Artist Bio
Helen is currently based in Altona. She has recently finished a residency at the St Kilda Bowling Club Studio’s. She graduated from Lancaster University in England with a Fine Arts degree specializing in Painting and Printmaking in 2003 before coming to Australia. In 2007 she graduated a Masters of Art: Art in Public Space at the University of RMIT in Melbourne. Over the past few years Helen has been establishing her artistic career through a variety of exhibitions and projects throughout Victoria and internationally. These included exhibiting at Melbourne Art Show, The Publican Gallery, Chapel on Chapel, public art commissions in Prato, Italy, Xian, China and Sile, Turkey as well as laneway installations in the City of Dandenong, Box Hill, Heidelberg and Federation Square. Helen has been awarded two years running the Judgers Choice Award for aRtECYCLE, Ephemeral Sculptural installation for Moonee Ponds art festival. She is also the Curator for the City of Whittlesea Celebration Annual Exhibition and Project Manager of the Whittlesea Agricultural 150th Sculptural Project. She has recently set up a children’s creative arts program called Mini Picasso’s for Elwood and The Grange Primary Schools, Seabrook, and Iramoo Community Center’s. As well as a outreach program for disengaged youths at Baselie Youth services.

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