One of the reasons I am excited about Jellybeanstreet is that it combines my love of children, background in education, and desire to give back to the community. It also fulfills a life goal of mine to own a creative art space where you can express yourself with guidance but without boundaries.
Before becoming a stay at home mom, I was a preschool teacher. I have three children; Frederick 7, Isaac 5, and Miriam 3. My family and I have always been involved in our community through church and preschool activities and as parents we try to demonstrate the benefits of giving more than receiving. Twelve years ago, before kids, we moved to Iowa and set up a dream fund that would one day support my dream of owning a business that let me be creative and an educator. Early this past summer Jellybeanstreet came across my Facebook news feed and I knew it was time.
At a Jellybeanstreet work shop, children participate for one hour in fun and engaging, age based, activities as well as painting. I use nontoxic, washable, acrylic paint, as well as a variety of traditional paint tools as well as objects you would never think to paint with, spatulas anyone? Currently, workshops are held at family friendly venues around central Iowa, such as community centers and cupcake shops. The next event will include the workshop and additional play time. It will be held on October 28th at 3 pm and is at Backyard Adventures, a playset showroom in Urbandale. While Jellybeanstreet currently focusses on the 0-9 age range a new curriculum is in development to expand activities for every age group. Custom workshops are also available for birthdays, adult groups, and your fur babies.
After the workshop parents have the option of paying a nominal fee to have a dedicated graphic designer create three custom art pieces. Designers will work with parental input on color and finished product placement to aid in a masterpiece that fits in your home. Once the designs are published and the initial purchase is complete, every resale creates a donation for the child/parent’s charity of choice, up to 60% of proceeds.
Jellybeanstreet has been an incredible opportunity for me to bring art into children’s lives as well as their homes. It amazes me how art so beautiful and impressive can come from the small, messy, hands of children. My hope is not only to help guide children in the composition of this art, but also to show them how they can make a difference with something that they made.
Jellybeanstreet was created by Ian and Marisa March of Australia. Ian, a graphic designer, took their children’s finger paintings and created artwork for their home. When the idea first started people would send their artwork to Ian to be transformed. A year and a half later they began to host workshops for children to come and create new works of art. Just this year Jellybeanstreet has expanded to the U.K. and U.S. Workshops can be found in VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, ALABAMA, HAWAII, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, NORTH DAKOTA, and now IOWA. The artwork that is produced form these workshops is available for sale online, for local and international purchase.
Interested in registering for a workshop? Check here for dates + times!
Interested in trying out Jellybeanstreet yourself? Enter in to win a spot for the Saturday, November 11 workshop at the Des Moines Children’s Museum NEW location in Valley West Mall! The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 1-hour. Enter in below to win! A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 8.