Painting Ceramics With My “Artist For A Day”
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 our table; covered with white paper and adorned with buckets of water and rolls of paper towels. She was ready.
We discussed what colors she wanted in what places and decided to start with the biggest area: the grass beneath Donald’s feet. Since Sam hadn’t done this before I tried showing her how to apply the paint so it would go on smoothly and how careful she had to be when colors come close to each other. Samantha is a very confident and self sufficient young lady, so no more instructions were welcome.
It was marvelous to sit and watch Samantha. Listening to her comments and reasoning about what she was doing (not to mention her facial expressions as she diligently created).
Sam worked away for two and a half hours before she announced she wanted to go home now and was bored – very good for a five year old. The studio recommends three coats of paint on the piece before you leave it to be glazed and fired but, if the boredom factor hits, it can be finished at home and brought back for the final process.
We had a wonderful afternoon, I would recommend it to everyone and I am sure Brian will post a photo* of the finished project, when it comes home.
*The finished piece has not been retrieved yet but, when it comes home, I will update Facebook.com/bealittleweird with a picture of the final product.