Drop in open studio is an important component to Manchester Art's mission. For children, it is a great time to develop creative confidence as they are in charge of what art materials they want to use and how they want to use them. It encourages them to explore, experiment and try new things. It is also fabulous family time when parent & child interact while making a project together or working side by side on separate ideas. Finally, it is available for adults to come work on an independent project and utilize our space.
Manchester Arts offers projects for all ages,. We have a wide variety of supplies, tools and equipment that can be used.
What can you do at Open Studio? So many things.......
You can paint (on paper, canvas, glass, fabric items, wood items, tiles, pottery).
You can build (with wood pieces, clay, pipe cleaners, corks, cardboard).
You can print (with stamps, stencils, textures, gelli plates).
You can make (jewelry, sand art, string art, felted items)
You can play (with fabric, yarn, beads, thread, paper, wire, legos, puzzles)
You can use our supplies, tools and equipment (sewing machines, pottery wheels, die cut machine, wood burning tools, hammer & saws )
You can Paint Your Own Pottery - Pottery is priced by the piece; not by the hour. There is a $5 fee for coming back a second visit to finish a piece.
Open studio is $12.00 for up to one hour for each individual making art. There is no charge for adults that are only accompanying children. There is a 1 hour minimum and subsequent time is based on 1/2 hour increments. Please sign in on the Open Studio Roster located at the front desk.
Open studio does not include instruction time. If you do not know how to do a project, you can either attend a scheduled workshop or take a private lesson. For open studio purposes, we offer mini private lessons to get you on your way. These are in 15 minute increments at $10 per 15 minutes. Additional people taking a mini lesson are at $5 per 15 minutes.
Open studio hours are typically:
Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
We offer extended hours during my holidays, school vacations and over the summer. Check our home page and calendar for specifics.