Want to know what an Easel Art Studio class is like? Well, just look at their colorful and fun logo and that just about sums it up.
It is a place where being messy and creative is encouraged, curiosity is peaked, and everyone leaves excited to come back to next week’s class. The warm and inviting space is welcoming for kids (and parents, too) of all ages and is carefully crafted so that all kids’ needs are met—from the initial playtime to the end of class celebratory snack!
Encouraging Creativity and Responsibility
Similar to the mixed age music class offered at its neighbor, Bucktown Music, I was THRILLED to find a class that welcomed multiple ages in one class. In their “Story Art” class, both of my boys were intrigued by the teacher’s energetic reading of a story, the creative art project that served as an extension lesson of the book’s main theme, and how they were given many responsibilities so their finished product was a true kid creation.
As a neat freak I get a little bit worried about when my little guys get their hands on paint brushes somewhere other than our house, but everything was so systematically led by the extremely patient teacher (shout out to Miss Jess) that there weren’t even any paint splatters on the art smocks provided by the studio. When the kids did get a little messy, there was a perfectly pint sized clean up station that promoted self sufficiency for the students. My boys absolutely loved that they could do it themselves, with joyful shrieks of “Me do it!” while walking to the sink.
There was much discussion during the class about how their art projects were related to the story read at the beginning of class, and the teacher did a wonderful job asking open ended questions that artists from 2 to 5 year olds were able to answer. It just goes to prove that when class curriculum is thoughtfully designed, a mixed age class can be a great success—especially when reading is involved!
Shima and Kerry, the owners of Easel Art Studio, are busy moms themselves and clearly use their first hand knowledge to create well organized, creative, and fun classes for kids aged 9 months and up. Looking at their huge chalkboard, I could see what classes worked for our schedule in particular and how Easel Art Studio provides varied classes to inspire budding artists in a multitude of ways. With a class pass and pro-rated classes, there are many different ways to partake in the fun! You can read more about their class options here.
Easel Art Studio also hosts Summer Camps for kids aged 4-11. Four year olds can enjoy a half day class while older artists can learn through a whole day camp program. Information on these classes can be found here.
Another one of my favorite kid-friendly businesses in Chicago, Sod Room, is collaborating with Easel Art Studio for an event on Wednesday, April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day! From 11-12:30, there will be a family play date where you and your kiddos can create an eco-friendly masterpiece. For more details, visit their website.
Looking for other unique and fun classes to inspire your kiddos? Check out our top picks!
Disclaimer: I received free admission to Easel Art Studio. All of the opinions and descriptions of our experience are my own and not affected by Easel Art Studio.
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