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Painting Ceramics With My “Artist For A Day”

Jun 03, 13 Painting Ceramics With My “Artist For A Day”

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My mother and stepfather live in Scranton, PA (my hometown). A few times a year they either make the trip out to Cleveland, or we make a trip back East to see either them or my in-laws (in NJ). Whenever they are with the kids, they try to make it a point to do something special with them (an amusement park, a museum, etc…). During their most recent visit, while my son was still in school on Friday, they took my daughter to a ceramic painting store called “Artist For A Day“. Later that night my mother told me what a great time they had and I asked her to write up her experience for my blog.  Here it is. Enjoy! On the most recent trip to visit our family in Ohio, our five-year-old Granddaughter, Samantha, had a free day. Samantha’s free days consist of being “free” from school and “free” from her older brother, Chris. We asked Sam what she would like to do on “her” day and it was a resounding, no hesitating – PAINT (this shouldn’t have been a surprise as Samantha is the artistic one of the family)! Samantha’s mom suggested a local ceramic studio, Artist For A Day, and off Grandma, Grandpa and Sam went. Artist For A Day is just what it says – they have everything you need to make a masterpiece in one day. Customers pay a small fee to use all the supplies, receive help from the staff, and also to have the piece glazed and fired when the artist is done painting. The only other fee is the price of the piece you decide to paint. The studio has abundant bisque pieces to choose from and Samantha spied hers almost immediately: Donald Duck. We proceeded to the paint bar, where Sam picked out all of the colors she wanted for Donald. One by one we added them to her paint pallet. After choosing paints, Sam also got to choose which brushes she would like to use. We then went to...

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Making Life A Little Cheesier One Cheeto At A Time

My friends over at Life of Dad are holding a little unorthodox art contest. The Challenge: Create an art masterpiece with the contents in a bag(s) of Cheetos Mix-Ups snacks. The Payoff: A chance to win a trip to Dad 2.0 2014.  (Yes please!) I gathered my children around me (well, my child. The Boy refused to put down Skylanders but my Baby Girl was more than happy to help. We both washed our hands, rolled up our sleeves, and thunk. We thunk real hard about what to make. I originally thought about making a spiral galaxy, thinking that the “traditional” Cheetos puff curved shape would lend itself well to that.  However, my daughter had other designs… “Let’s make an oval with those shapes and then a circle inside the oval…” Me: “Huh”? She started making the oval with the curved puff pieces and I asked her if she thought it looked like a cloud. After a little while, we knew what we were going to do.   BEHOLD! That’s it. That’s our masterpiece. Will it win? Probably not but it was fun to create with my artsy daughter. It also helps that these taste pretty good. I’m a big fan of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snacks already, and I bring them home way too often. When I offered Samantha some of the Cheetos Mix-Ups, she declined (I’m guessing she could tell by the color of the deep red ones that they were spicy). Why don’t you head on over to the contest page on Life of Dad, and then come back here and let me know what you think of our masterpiece compared to that others…? Share...

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