If you have a little artist at home, you'll want to check out the brand new Color Wheel Studio (2016 W Concord Place, Chicago). This Bucktown space isn't just home to kiddie art classes -- it is an actual art studio where owner Donald Jackson works and teaches.
My six year-old daughter Eleanor just finished a 4-week session at the Color Wheel. She loved learning about "real" art techniques using "real" supplies. She worked with charcoal. She learned about still life and explored how to use color to convey emotion. And just like any serious artist would, she kept a sketch book with all of her latest and greatest ideas.
a parent, I like the Color Wheel because the owners (parents
themselves) believe that children are artists. This is a big deal to me.
Sometimes, I find that adults treat childrens' creative endeavors as busy work rather than actual art. At the Color Wheel, my daughter
was treated like a "real artist" -- which, of course, she is.
Does this sound like something you'd like to check out for your kiddos? Well, I have good news for you then. The Color Wheel celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, August 19th from 4 to 7 pm.
The studio will host an open house so that families (just like yours) can check out the space. Stop by if you are free. We'll be there.
If you can't make the open house on August 19th, check out the website
to learn more about art classes (for kids age 2 through 12) and open studio
times. You can even host your child's birthday party here (an idea that I find very, very tempting).