The Giggling Pig Art Studio
478 River Road
Shelton, CT 06484
As the name so charmingly indicates, The Giggling Pig Art Studio is designed with children in mind. From its “Mommy & Me” and “Piglets” art classes up through its advanced adults-only session, The Giggling Pig is “an art studio for children of all ages,” as its website joyfully proclaims. Hannah Perry and her staff of friendly artists are “committed to helping each child fulfill their artistic goals.” Whether that is through throwing pots (and painting them), drawing “Little Monsters,” making salt-dough creations (which they also paint and decorate) or any of a dozen other types of creative programs, Hannah and her team of art school grads and professional artists are there to help each child bring out the artist inside.
The Pottery Piazza
17 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
Want a pottery painting party for a birthday child, or just looking for a day out to try something artistic with paints and pottery with kids? The Pottery Piazza is the perfect place for those and other artistic activities. It has courses, programs and holiday camps designed to meet the wants and needs of children (and their parents), and offers it all in a kid-friendly atmosphere that emphasizes fun while encouraging creativity and imagination. There is also a “Paint your own” pottery option, where customers of any age can come in, choose from among shelves packed with over 1,500 creations and either take them home or sit right down and start painting. with kids? The Pottery Piazza even encourages patrons to bring in snacks while they paint. Take the painted product home or leave it with the studio, and for no extra charge it will glaze and fire it. Then come back three days later to pick it up.
997 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
The Claypen is more than just a play on words; it is an accurate description of this very kid-friendly art studio. “You don’t have to be a Picasso to paint pottery,” as owner Jessica Fleming of The Claypen in West Hartford puts it. She and her staff offer classes for kids, events for scout troops and host pottery painting parties for all occasions. The Claypen offers weekly specials for after-school and Friday and Saturday evenings where parents can drop off the kids, go out on a short date and come back at 9 p.m. to pick up their children and admire the pots they have painted. There are all-day “paint till you faint” and half-hour quickie painting sessions as well as a lot of other options in between at The Claypen.
607 Main St.
Watertown, CT 06795
For just $8 per hour, plus the price of a pre-made sculpture, kids and their parents can go into Glazey Dayz in Watertown and paint away to their hearts’ content. There are shelves upon shelves of pottery to choose from, and whether a child wants to paint a little $5 flower pot or a $70 life-size statue (or something in between), Glazey Dayz is a great place for them to try their hand (no pun intended) at the art of pottery painting. Glazey Dayz will fire and glaze the finished piece, and have it ready for pick up the next week. There are classes, parties, special events and other options for individuals and groups of children at Glazey Dayz. All of the materials and paints are dishwasher safe and food safe – so that pretty painted cup or plate can be more than just a decoration on the mantle.
543 Newfield Ave.
Stamford, CT 06905
The after-school, summer camp and birthday party programs offered by Lakeside Pottery in Stamford give children a chance to “get muddy” with clay. After that, they can paint, decorate and glaze their creations, all under the watchful eyes and helping hands of master potters and other artists. For parents who are looking for a craft to do with their child, Lakeside also offers workshops for parent-child teams.
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