Releasing Your Inner Artist

To add a bit of color into a drab winter’s day, my daughter and I headed out to UB the Artist in McKenzie Towne to do some pottery painting.  Knowing that pottery painting can get a bit pricey, I had been waiting until just the right moment to take Hannah.  Seeing as she has been more and more interested in art and demonstrating her own creativity, we took the plunge and became artists for the day.

When going to a pottery studio, it is important to find out how they charge.  That will likely impact what items you and your child select to paint.  Where we went, they charged for the item and a flat rate for the studio time.  In the past, I have gone to studios that charge for the item, and then an hourly studio rate.  When kids are involved, that can add up quickly, and who wants to be watching the clock instead of spending quality time with their child?

This particular day, Hannah picked a cute little flower bowl, and she wanted me to paint her a Snow White statue.  Once you pick your pieces, you select your colors.  At UB the Artist, you write the colors down on your slip, and one of the staff members gets the paint and brings you a paint tray.  I loved the idea of the colors having numbers and being written down.  I would imagine that it would prove to be helpful if your project takes multiple visits to complete.

After you have your colors, it is creativity time!  Hannah and I spent a few hours perfecting our pottery.  She broke all of the rules regarding using lighter colors first, letting the layers dry, etc, but it didn’t matter.  She had a blast and so did I.

One thing that she loved about painting pottery was imagining what the finished item would look like once it was glazed and fired.  Even I didn’t realize just how bright and colourful her creation would end up being.  In six short days we were able to pick up our pottery and see how they turned out.

This outing is great because you can determine how much money you spend.  The pottery we selected was in the mid-range for price.  One piece was $16 and one was $18.  With studio fees, I paid $50 for the two of us.  If you want to save a bit of money, you can paint a smaller item.  The studio we went to also has discount days, and has participated in Groupon as well.

I highly recommend this activity if you are looking for a way to release your inner artist.

Sharon is a New England girl who never imagined that she’d find herself living in Canada. She has a wonderful husband and together they created a Diva Monster. Follow her on her crazy journeys at Nanas Button Jar!!

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