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June 9, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Happy Shade of Winter

Color Wheel

Address: 2016 W. Concord Place

Open Play Hours: Monday 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Admission: $25 per child


  • Offers hands-on learning? Yes
  • Engages an active toddler in play? Yes
  • Provides interaction with other children? Yes
  • Allows children room to play without long waits? Yes
  • Is clean? Yes
As you know, my son loves art projects so I was really excited to check out this children’s art studio. It did not disappoint. We went during open studio time and painted with watercolors, drew with charcoal, and colored with crayons. He was a giant mess, but a happy one!
It hadn’t dawned on me that he has really only done art projects with mom & baby brother. So at Color Wheel Studio, he had a big time watching the other kids paint, helping them paint, admiring their art, and playing chase.
It is a true artist studio as the owner is local artist Donald Jackson. He has transformed it into a great space for kids – low tables, small easels, and sinks with temperature controls.
And he doesn’t just throw the supplies at the kids and walk away, he worked with each child teaching them about art and listening to them. He was really engaged and I imagine his classes must be excellent. You can learn more about them on the Color Wheel Studio website.
One side benefit of my grand experiment is getting a chance to talk with the owners. They are usually parents who were looking for something that just didn’t exist. They always have such interesting and varied backgrounds and experiences. In this case, Donald is an artist with a background in psychology, which he says he draws on for his classes.
It seems to me he’s teaching kids about a lot more than art. He’s teaching them about self-expression and finding one’s voice, self-confidence, and the importance of giving back to one’s community. It’s quite a special place. Check it out…

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