Arts and Crafts

New Art Studio in Downtown Petaluma

July 20, 2009

Jennifer Richardson art studio painting activityLocal artist Jennifer Richardson has just opened a new art studio in downtown Petaluma that offers children's art camps and art classes for adults, teens, and children. The new "For the Love of Art" studio, conveniently located a short drive from Marin at 600 Petaluma Boulevard South, is the perfect place for children, teens and adults to feel safe and allow their creativity to emerge with guidance from Jennifer.

In addition to offering summer art camp, Jennifer offers a Tuesday night (7–9 pm) Teen Art Night—a safe place for teens to come and hang out and foster their artistic skills and interests. Thursday night is Adult Art Night, which offers an artistic learning experience along with a glass of wine and great music. Also offered every Friday from 6–9 pm is Parent’s Night Out, where kids can come and join in educational art activities, have a bite to eat, and let Mom and Dad have an evening off.

Jennifer’s art studio also offers birthday parties. Art projects are the take-home gifts and the clean-up is taken care of.

Learn the Techniques of Eric Carle at Art for ME

July 19, 2009

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric CarleEvery child loves books by children's author and illustrator Eric Carle. Carle classics include The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Tiny Seed. Learn about how to make your own art using Carle's techniques at Art for ME's workshop tomorrow, July 20, from 4 to 5 pm at Riley Street art supplies on 4th Street in downtown San Rafael.

Kids ages 4 to 6 will explore Eric Carle's collage techniques and make their own illustrations in his style. To create his unique and distinctive illustrations, Carle paints interesting, colorful patterns, then cuts them out and layers them.

Studio 4 Art Opens in Downtown Novato

October 1, 2008

Studio 4 ArtStudio 4 Art now has a permanent location in downtown Novato. They’ve been offering mobile classes and art parties in Marin for years, but now they have a home at 1133 Grant Avenue, (where the Glazy Daze ceramic studio used to be). Their grand opening party, with free art, food, and drink, is on Saturday, October 4, from 2 to 5 pm.

The studio offers fine art workshops all week with daily themes in drawing, painting, clay, and sewing. Workshops begin with preschool children and continue on for children up to 9th grade. There’s also a drop-in studio where everyone from infants to adults can come in and create in any medium of choice. Drop-in studio is available from 10 am to 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Scrapbooking the Virtual Way

September 9, 2008

I love taking photos--lots of photos--of my kids. I never really get a chance to show off my photos, because they are all stored on the computer in iPhoto. When my son was born, I, like a lot of new moms, got sucked in to the world of scrapbooking… Hundreds of dollars and two years later I was still trying to put my son’s first-year book together. My closet had become a veritable scrapbooking arsenal, full of paper of every color and pattern, ribbons, embellishments such as labels and metal tags, stamps, ink, and  cutting devices. I felt a little overwhelmed with the whole process. My husband, web designer that he is, suggested that I put together a digital scrapbook. A friend of mine also had shown me a digital scrapbook she put together online at Shutterfly, and I have to say that I was really impressed.

Great Ideas for 4th of July Crafts, Activities and Recipes

June 30, 2008

With the 4th nearing and the kids out of school and at home, the age-old question of “What to do?” gets asked more frequently., the website for Family Fun magazine, has a wealth of great ideas for seasonal family activities. Among their offerings for the 4th of July are craft ideas, including festive fans, Fouth of July twirlers and liberty shakers; patriotic games including the egg and spoon race and popcorn relay; 4th of July parade-wear suggestions; and picnic recipe ideas. Some of the recipes include are frozen yogurt pops, frozen Uncle Sams, pineapple coconut sherbet, and kids' strawberry daiquiris to name a few.

Preserve Childhood Memories with This Little Piggy Prints

April 21, 2008

Shawna O'Connor of This Little Piggy with some printsMaking impressions of your children’s hands and feet in clay is a neat way to create a reminder of when they were small. Marin “mompreneur” Shawna O’Connor has made a business out of creating these special personalized keepsakes out of fine china clay with This Little Piggy. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her unique business. She’s also agreed to give one lucky Marin Mommies reader a gift certificate for a free double print (two impressions on one piece), a $45 value. To enter the drawing, send an email to with "This Little Piggy" in the subject line. One winner will be selected at random on Sunday, April 27, 2008.

These make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and grandparents, too. Also, all new babies (12 months and under) can get a free handprint ornament. To make an appointment with This Little Piggy call (415) 472-3991 or visit

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