By Shannon Scott

Whether you have a craft that needs refining, or have an urge to create but haven’t tried to make something since grade school art class – don’t ignore it! We’ll get you started with some great ways to bring out the artist in all of us (even if it might be hidden for some more than others).

Express Yourself Ceramics (10 Main St.)

Planted right in the middle of the action on Streetsville’s Main Street, this adorable studio offers fun for all ages with a variety of pottery, figurines, mugs, and more that are just waiting to be painted. All you have to do is pop into the studio, pick something you like off the shelves, and start painting! Express Yourself supplies everything you need, including a kiln to ensure your paint stays firmly where you want it.

If you’re tired of the classic bowling and mini-golf parties for your little ones, book Express Yourself Ceramics for their next birthday! The studio seats up to 24 people, so it’s a great venue for any kind of get-together, whether it be a birthday, work event, or even a hot date. And with holiday season coming up, you can give your special someone a cool, unique gift made with your own two hands.

Express Yourself is open every Sunday, so it’s a great way to cure that bout of Sunday boredom – and no appointment needed!

Paint Nite at The Franklin House (263 Queen St. S.)

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Paint Nite craze that’s sweeping all of your favourite restaurants. If you’ve never been to a Paint Nite, I really recommend it – and since The Franklin House offers them up regularly, you can feel good about dining at a local indie while getting those creative juices flowing!

It’s a really easy process, too. All you have to do is buy your tickets online at https://www.paintnite.com/, pick your location, and show up. All the paints, brushes, and of course, the canvas, is provided for you and ready to go upon arrival. All that’s left for you is to grab a drink and get settled!

The instructors are really fun and helpful. They also ensure you don’t take yourself too seriously, since everyone’s just there to have fun and enjoy a drink with friends. No need to stick to the example either! The instructors encourage you to make it your own, so feel free to throw in a different colour or even paint something else altogether.

While I don’t think I’ll be hanging my painting up for company to see any time soon, Paint Nite is a really cool experience with fun people, and I’ll definitely be doing it again in the future. If you’re considering joining the craze, the next Paint Nite at The Franklin House is on October 25th (“Hello Daisy!”).

Kaleidoscope Art Studios (323 Queen St. S.)

This beautiful, open air studio welcomes all levels of experience. It also seats up to 16 people, which means that it’s great for team building events, small parties, or just about anything you can think of. Once again, all the supplies are provided by Kaleidoscope Art Studios, so no need to worry about what you’ll need to make your next masterpiece.

Jennifer, the studio’s owner, is fun and energetic – and it’s infectious! You can’t help but have a good time at one of her many workshops. Unlike many other studios, Kaleidoscope Art Studios are also host to an open studio where artists can work on their own art projects with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Additionally, the studio understands how daunting it can be to start a portfolio for school applications – so let them help! Artists can book a private class with Barbara Chapman to assist them in the portfolio-building process.

If you’d like to book a tour of this enchanting Edwardian studio, you can contact Jennifer at jennifer@kaleidoscopearts.co or call 416-821-9292!