If you are planning a birthday or fun outing for a young artist, the newest trend in creative parties may be for you. Paint-your-own canvas parties are popping up all over the Delaware Valley, in stand-alone studios and as add-ons in pottery workshops, and a few even come to you. In addition to kids' parties and art classes, many studios also host Girls' Night Out events where moms can bring their own wine and snacks, and channel their inner artist.
We've rounded up a list of paint-your-own studios that offer children's birthday parties and, in many cases, camps, classes and drop-in sessions, too. Party hosts are usually allowed to bring their own food, the studio does all the cleanup and guests leave with their own masterpieces!
Painting with a Twist
Wayne, Skippack, Royersford, Ambler, Jenkintown, Exton and South Philly
Parties may be scheduled any day of the week and include a private party room, your own artist-instructor, choice of painting, all art supplies and paper products. Guests may bring food and beverages. There is a 15 person minimum for children's parties. Drop in painting sessions are available and posted on the studio's calendar.
The Uncorked Artist
1414 Old York Road, Warminster, PA
115 S. Main Street, North Wales, PA
Both locations offer private party packages including invitations, art supplies, paper products, party room, refrigerator and freezer for bringing your own food and even a karaoke machine. Mobile parties are also available to come to your home or other location. Drop in sessions and kids summer camps are offered on a daily basis.
100 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, PA
The birthday child may choose a project from an extensive painting library online and an artist will guide the guests through creating their masterpiece. There is a 10 painter minimum and kids' parties are suggested for ages 7 and up.
Art in the Pod
216 Bustleton Pike, Churchville, PA
Kids may choose from sample paintings online or have a custom design for their party guests to create. This studio also offers at-home parties, mini-camps for kids, Mommy/Daddy & Me classes and after school programs including other art mediums.
Dish & Dabble
24 East Eagle Road, Havertown, PA
This art studio allows the birthday child to select a project from their gallery or create a custom work. Parties should be between 10 and 35 guests and hosts can bring their own food, drinks and music. Dish & Dabble also offers discounts to Girl Scout Troops (call for details).
The Untapped Artist
316 E Johnson Highway, East Norriton, PA
Children's painting parties include 2 hours in a private party room, with an 8 person minimum. Parents are welcome to bring in food, snacks, drinks and and desserts. The Untapped Artist provides all art supplies, art instruction, ice, generic paper plates, cups, utensils and napkins. The studio also offers open painting times with All Ages events open to 6 years old and up.
Art Dept. Studios
North Wales, Doylestown and Newtown
With three locations that offer a variety of art mediums such as clay sculpting, pottery painting and mosaics, Art Dept. Studios are now hosting canvas painting parties. The birthday child can choose a project from the kid-friendly painting gallery. Parties are recommended for ages 8 and up.
Color Me Mine Montgomeryville
18 Airport Square Shopping Center, 801 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA
Primarily a pottery painting studio, this Color Me Mine location is now offering canvas painting parties as well. Suggested for ages 8 - 14, these two hour parties include supplies and instruction for between 8 and 15 participants.
Mermaid Art Studios
15 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA
This art studio offers many different types of party projects, including canvas painting. The birthday host picks the theme, and an instructor teaches the kids how to create it. Mermaid supplies invitations, paper products, gift bags and a cake.
The Painted Plate
104 W. Market Street, West Chester, PA
Another paint your own pottery studio, The Painted Plate is just beginning to host canvas painting parties. A two hour party for 8 to 18 children includes a party room with balloons, paper products, art supplies and instruction.
Space available in Philadelphia or Media (home studio)
Children's parties may be held in one of the studio locations or the artist travels to your home. An instructor facilitates the class and provides all art supplies so each guest can create their own masterpiece.
Photo courtesy of Dish & Dabble