Hello – my name is Maxine Allan…

I have bMax AF Site imageeen a qualified art therapist since 1998 working in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the West Indies. I have shared visual expression and physical thinking with groups and individuals in social work services, hospitals, schools and police departments.

From 1998 to 2000 I taught a Fine Arts program at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, which included beginners and intermediate levels in drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture.

Schools and home life do not always allow time for a child’s self expression. I recognised the benefits that could be gained by offering children a time and space to express themselves naturally through playing, whilst introducing them to a wide range of art materials and techniques.  It was this realisation that drove me to set up ARTYFACTS in 2004. Since then I have been creating syllabuses that encourage artistic experimentation, creative problem solving and individuality in an environment where children can feel safe getting in touch with their emotions.  I have the best job in the world!