Drop in open studio is an important component to Manchester Art's mission and is . 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 as parent & child interact while making a project together or working side by side on separate ideas. 

Manchester Arts offers projects for all ages and it also welcomes teens and adults to come in to work on activities of their choice. 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 assisting children. There is a 1 hour minimum and subsequent time is based on 1/2 hour increments. 


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.