In 2000, Teacher of the Year, Melissa Bradshaw hit the drawing board after noticing that her pint-sized pupils were arriving to kindergarten without adequate critical thinking and fine motor skills. Her finished creation? Wee Little Arts, an enrichment program to help preschoolers tap into their inner artistes while developing self-confidence, molding imaginations and having fun. Though the program is designed for early childhood education, the curriculum is anything but elementary!
It has been Melissa's passion, for the last 30 years, to inspire children through the visual arts. Teaching full-time, as well as developing the concept into a franchise, has provided tremendous growth, while continuing to keep Melissa focused and centered on what's most important...her artists.
Parents, teachers and school directors RAVE about the program. Not only are the students coming to a class that encourages them to think "outside the box", but they are also making connections through the process of creating, improving skills such as writing, vocabulary, critical thinking and developing an awareness of other cultures. Watching the progression of these young children, lightbulbs constantly going off, the excited faces of pure enthusiasm when they see their work displayed proudly on school walls, creates a child of wonder and one that feels confident in their ability to shine. In a world that is challenging enough, Wee Little Arts not only creates a "fire" beneath these children for the visual arts, but it creates stronger, more prepared individuals, loaded with self-esteem.