Whenever someone walk’s into our shop, having never seen or heard of about what we are doing, most say the exact same thing: “What is this Place?”. They realize it is an art space for kids, but the surfaces that we have built and the inking stations with the brayers and the wall backdrop creates some initial confusion. Plus, the space is about 5,000 sq.ft. with different vantage points throughout - and a bit intimidating to a child when they first walk in. Here are a few panorama shots of the full shop.
These two panorama shots show the main workshop with collaborative art studio area, and our ‘drying room’, otherwise known as ‘the gallery”. Below are a series of other pics that show the workshop in action. We offer high-energy art studio sessions for kids, teaching them an art form that requires tools and techniques that are not always accessible to children of all ages. The prep and clean up is extensive, which is why parents seem to love our shop so much, because they don’t have to clean it up.
Below are a few shots showing a recent birthday party, with 35 kids plus parents. There were a lot of people in our shop this particular morning. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. For a few minutes, at the point this first picture was taken, I was not sure if I would have control over the room and the kids, but then we settled down and everyone started working on their own individual projects - which was amazing.
This is me in our “Drying Room” explaining to the kids how to work on their next project.
Check out my daily gratitude doodle journal, started back on Nov. 30, 2021. I wake up every morning, come up with three random things to be thankful for and doodle them in my journal. Daily gratitude practice helps you approach the day with a positive outlook and it’s been working for me.
It’s more important than ever for our kids to be creating and drawing and using their hands to make stuff. This blog is my attempt to come up with ideas for them to do just that. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for scrolling all the way. If you’re in NYC area, come in for a workshop. If outside NYC, drop us a note and we’ll get back with ways to connect with your kids. Stay creative and have a great day!