As we await the spring season that lures us all outside, there are many crafty and artsy activities that we can enjoy indoors. The past few years canvas painting events have become hugely popular — often held at bars and restaurants where ladies gather together to sip wine or cocktails while they get instruction and create their own work of art to hang on a wall.

However, it’s not just grown-ups that can enjoy the fun. Several venues offer the activity for all ages and painting parties are becoming common for the preteen set when it’s birthday time. Here are a few places in the region where you can plan a parent/child painting outing or register your child for a session to let their creative juices flow.

Dyer Park District has a canvas painting class that is available for age 7 and older. Two separate one-day classes remain this season and classes are held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

“We have been doing these for several years and it has gotten very popular,” said Brandi Jean, parks and recreation clerk. “That’s why the age group was opened up. It was originally for kids, but we had a lot of adults that wants to do it, too.”

The painting classes take place about once a month and each has a different theme with a class of up to 20. A recent class where participants painted a Chicago Cubs logo was so popular that they added a second session. The cost is $16 and all supplies are included. Classes are held at the Dyer Town Hall.

The next scheduled dates for canvas painting are March 22 and April 26. Registration is required and can be done in person, by mail or by phone. Call (219) 865-2505 for more information.

Schererville Parks and Recreation has a similar program. The Cupcakes and Canvas class is for ages 6 to 10, and the next session on April 1 will feature a spring picture with a bunny. Class goes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The spring and summer brochure that comes out in early April will list additional sessions.

If you’d like for the art lessons to come to you, Kreatively You, based in Munster is a traveling art studio with an instructor to host your canvas painting adventure. Owner Kerry Knowles said that she has done birthday parties for various ages, baby showers and bachelorette parties and that she can customize the painting project to a theme or she has samples that you can choose from. For more information, call (708) 238-0420 or visit Kreatively You on Facebook.

The Art Studio in Lansing has different opportunities for those interested in canvas painting. On some Saturdays, the studio offers “Open Studio” from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. and visitors can work on an art project of their choosing, including canvas art. Advance reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are also accepted. If you’d like to select from one of their paintings, you can recreate it or you can bring along your own photo and they’ll help you turn it into a canvas work of art. You can also call for an appointment for canvas painting at an alternate time.

Other scheduled events are on their monthly online calendar, including a Create with Me program, designed as a parent/child experience. Prices are also discounted when you take the class as a pair.

Owner Nancy O’Neill said that the studio space also can be reserved for painting birthday parties or that she can do painting parties at homes or other locations. Fore more information, call (708) 474-2527 or visit theartstudio.me. 

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