The studio is located right next door to one of our favorite local toy stores, Talbots Toyland and across the street from Draegers. I must have passed by this place a million time in the past 1.5 years, always admiring the cute window displays but never putting two and two together that it was a great place for toddlers.
Not only is the exterior of the studio totally adorable, but the inside is as well. They have a pretty cute little botique at the front of the store that sells handmade goods made by local artists. I would have loved to peruse a bit, but someone was feeling especially grabby yesterday.
After putting on smocks supplied by the studio we got started with painting our canvas. The women running the class were really great at engaging all of the children in their projects, giving positive encouragement and demonstrating other little ways to make it fun. The were encouraged to use paint brushes, stamps, stickers, toy cars and of course their fingers to fill their canvases with color.
After finishing the canvas the children decorate and painted a black cat. Owen really loved using the glitter glue, probably because I've never let him use it at home.
His completed masterpiece that is now displayed on the kitchen counter for everyone to see!
When they were done with the cat canvas and finished getting cleaned up they were able to decorate their pumpkins. Owen was pretty much done by this point, so I did most of the "decorating" of his pumpkin.
One class is $18 for the Mommy & Me class, but as you purchase a membership you get 10% off classes. It's not something we'll do weekly, or even monthly -- I don't know if Owen can handle sitting still that often -- but we'll likely do it once each season Fall (for Halloween or Thanksgiving), Winter (Christmas), Spring (Easter) and Summer.
Also, he loved the little cars they gave up to drive through the paint on his paper, and he wanted so badly to take it with him, but when I told him we were leaving and to "put it back" he did. What a good boy!
I'm so glad we live in an area where classes and places like this are available to us. Right now I'm trying to find a variety of things we can do each week (since the weather will be getting cold and rainy soon). I feel like I am always discovering some new hidden gem from the mommies I know, and I'd love to know... What are some of the fun activities you like to do with your kids in your area?
We had such a fun time and we'll definitely be going back for another art class soon!