Easel Art Studio

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.

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.

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!

Class Options

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.

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Happy Creating!

Amanda 🙂


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  1. Kita says

    My daughter likes to be messy so this would be right up her alley. Her birthday is this weekend and I was thinking of doing one of those paint classes for her that would be different and fun.

  2. tyra says

    I think that teaching kids about and getting them involved in art early is so important. For development even outside of art. This place seems like loads of fun and they seem to show care for the kids and cleanliness.

    • amandasimkin says

      And it is just plain FUN. I could paint/sculpt/draw there for hours…maybe they should start having adult art classes!

  3. Cynthia L says

    What a wonderful place for little ones to express themselves with art. I think my daughter would have loved to attend a summer camp at a place like this!

  4. Tammilee Tips says

    This sounds like a great place to get creative! I remember when I was younger how much fun painting was but as an adult I think it would be so messy to do. What a fun art studio to visit.

    • amandasimkin says

      And I love that there is a playtime before and a snack at the end so everyone starts and leaves happy!

  5. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    Oh I really love the idea of these art classes! I went to an art class when I was 11 and it was the best thing ever. My little one seems to love getting crafty and colouring too so I think he’d really enjoy something like this. We need to see if there’s something similar in our area.

  6. Yona Williams says

    I absolutely love anything that is artsy – especially events and activities that get the kids involved. I think I am going to have to look into something that I can do with my nephew. He’s into art like me. I also think it’s fun to explore art with kids.

  7. Krystal says

    My toddler loves doing messy activities like this! We made edible fingerpaint recently and he went wild. It was so much fun! We have an easel in our playroom, and my son loves to use watercolors. I am trying to get him to focus more and color often! 🙂

    • amandasimkin says

      I love how cute toddlers are when creating something…they get so proud of whatever they create (as well as the mess they produce, too!).

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