Drop-In Art Studios

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

In recent years, a whole new brand of business has sprung up that caters to the creative crowd - it's the drop-in art studio. Whether they offer you and the kids a chance to paint pottery or create jewelry, they're perfect for this time of the year when lousy weather can limit a family's options for spontaneous fun. And all of these businesses provide great venues for kids' birthday or "moms' night out" parties.

This month's Go-To Guide rounds up the options for drop-in art fun, but we also have included information on businesses that have open sessions (that require or recommend pre-registration) as well as those where you pre-register for instructional classes. And if we've missed anyone (or if you're a new business that opens after this article has been published), please send us an email with your information to contact@columbusparent.com and we'll add you to our online database!

Pre-made bisque pottery to paint; pricing is based on the cost of pre-made item (no additional fee); pick-up the finished pottery about seven days later; independently owned and operated

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays

Contact: 6 N. Sandusky St., Delaware 43015; 740-363-4804; thebarebowl.com

Pre-made bisque pottery to paint; can transfer photos to pottery; pricing based on the cost of the pre-made item plus studio fee of $9/adult and $6 for kids 12 and under - check website for specials; pick-up 5-7 days later; offers options for community fundraisers

Hours: 12 noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 12 noon-9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays

Contact: 6375 Perimeter Drive, Dublin 43016; 614-761-1153; dublin.colormemine.com

Pre-made bisque pottery to paint; pricing based on the cost of the pre-made item plus $7/hour/person fee (additional fee of $1.75/15 minutes if you stay more than one hour); pick-up in 5-7 days - rush service and shipping available for additional fees; independently owned and operated

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays

Contact: 4077 Fenlon St. (Easton Town Center), Columbus 43219; 614-418-9225; coloryourworldeaston.com

Pre-made bisque pottery to paint; fused-glass art creation and fused-glass jewelry making; can transfer digital photos to ceramics or glass; pricing based on the cost of the pre-made item or materials used (no additional studio fee); pick-up 7 days later; has free play area for children with Kapla building blocks, also sells Orange Elephant art-activity kits and has separate party center; offers options for community fundraisers; independently owned and operated

Hours: 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 12 noon-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Contact: 7537 Sawmill Road, Dublin 43016; 614-764-9600; creationnationoh.com

Drop-in art sessions (with varying media) every Wednesday and Friday from 10-11 a.m. (you don't have to be there by 10 a.m.); no additional fee to participate after paying admission fee ($3 for ages 12-23 months, $5 for 24 months and older, adults free); independently owned and operated

Contact: 4822 N. High St. (Beechwold), Columbus 43214; 614-230-2375; fireflyplaycafe.com

Pre-made bisque pottery to paint; pricing is based on the cost of pre-made item plus 50 percent fee for materials and kiln usage; pick-up one week later; offers options for community fundraisers; independently owned and operated

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; 12 noon-6 p.m. Sundays

Contact: 9842 Brewster Lane, Powell 43065; 614-932-3000; marcysclayground.com

Pre-made bisque pottery to paint; pricing is based on the cost of pre-made item (no additional fee); pick-up seven days later; offers options for community fundraisers; independently owned and operated

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Fridays

Contact: 5236 Cemetery Road, Hilliard 43026; 614-527-7752; outsidethelinescreativestudio.com

Clayspace

831 S. Front St. (Brewery District), Columbus 43206; 614-449-8144; clayspace831.com

Columbus Music and Art Academy

2001 Northwest Blvd. (Upper Arlington), Columbus 43212; 614-789-9392; cmaacademy.org

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

145 E. Main St., Lancaster 43130; 740-681-1423; decartsohio.org

Delaware Arts Castle

190 W. Winter St., Delaware 43015; 740-369-2787; artscastle.org

Dublin Arts Center

7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin 43016; 614-889-7444; dublinarts.org

Granville Studio of Visual Arts

537 Jones Road, Granville 43023; 740-587-2371; gsvaonline.org

Open Door Art Studio

Serves people with special needs

1050 Goodale Blvd. (Grandview Heights), Columbus 43212; 614-486-4919; opendoorartstudio.org

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

777 Evening St., Worthington 43085; 614-431-0329; mcconnellarts.org

Purple Dog Art Studio

28 S. High St., New Albany 43054; 614-245-4192; purpledogart.com

Studio J

10516 Sawmill Road, Powell 43065; 614-359-4008; studiojsingpaintplay.com

the pARTy studio

679-B High St., Worthington 43085; 614-473-0621; partystudiocolumbus.com