“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso
For years Paint Party Studios has been visiting schools for paint parties with the kids to paint acrylic paintings for Christmas gifts, Mother’s Day gifts and just for fun. We’ve even incorporated art into science class (making STEM into STEAM) when we painted a mixed media solar system with some 2nd graders last spring for their field trip. They had been studying the solar system in class so when it was time to come to the studio, we worked with their teacher and came up with a curriculum-relevant painting idea to reinforce what they had been studying.
Of course sometimes our paint parties are just for fun – like our Christmas paint parties where we paint snowmen (and snow women) or other fun holiday characters or our end-of-the-year paint parties where we paint fun sea animals or summer flip flops. We often create custom images for school paint parties – especially for schools who have been having paint parties for years so we don’t duplicate what they’ve painted before. Our school paint parties are still just $10 per student whether we come to you or you come to us. And for every 20 paid canvases, we offer one free either for the teacher to join in the painting, or to help ensure everyone in the class can participate.
In addition to our traditional acrylic paint parties, Paint Party Studios goes to schools to conduct art classes. This week at our afterschool classes in Fruitdale, we learned about crayon resist painting and color blending while we painted things that remind us of fall – like turkeys, falling leaves and football. Our favorite part of these classes is seeing how creative the kids can be coming up with their own painting ideas.
Our art classes use a variety of art mediums ranging from drawing to oil pastels to watercolor paints. In our classes, we introduce the children to an art element and the medium we will be using for the lesson. We then have a prompt either from their class curriculum or we teach about a master artist and show the students some ideas for what they can do to create their own art. We then encourage them to be creative with their painting so that everyone has a truly unique artwork to take home with them. Our lessons generally run 40-50 minutes and we provide all the art supplies including aprons for the kids. Pricing for our school mixed media art classes either at your school or as a field trip to our studio start at just $5 per child with a minimum of 20 children.
This weekend Paint Party Studios will have Kids Art Tables at the Port City Craftsmen Show at the ABBA Shrine Center on Schillinger and Hitt Rd. and in two weeks we’ll be at the Holly Jolly Holiday Market at the Daphne Civic Center. Bring your kids and let them get creative with Christmas decorations including wood ornaments and small Christmas canvases for $5 or larger Christmas canvases for $10. At these events we use washable paints so even the very little painters can join in the fun.
Our goal with our kids art offerings is to encourage kids to be creative and enjoy art. We don’t worry about perfection in art – and we sure don’t need for everyone’s to look the same. We remind our students all the time that art doesn’t need to be perfect – it should be fun and creative! As Picasso is telling us (see quote above), children are artists naturally until someone tells them they are not. It’s our goal to never, ever tell a child they are not an artist and to encourage all children’s art – especially when it’s coming from their own imagination.
Call Paint Party Studios at 251-343-2423 to schedule us to come to your school or festival or to schedule a field trip to our studios.