Wednesday Mar 20 2019
Hello, again! Ready for the third and final (for now) installment of your Gardner Village class pass? The past two weeks have taken inside classes from my seat as a student. In Part 1, I mentioned taking a class is a wonderful way for parents to re-charge when they’re feeling tired or simply need some friend time. Now, I’m going to flip that concept around with classes you can take WITH your kiddos. Of course, I also have some ideas just for you if you’re still seeking ways to escape the indoor doldrums of winter. So consider yourself enrolled in this firsthand look at just a few of the awesome classes available to you in the shops at Gardner Village..
PAINTING WITH A PRINCESS AT THE ART COTTAGE
My young daughters love “Punzel,” so when The Art Cottage listed a paint party with Rapunzel, you bet we had to get in on the fun.
My friend Elisabeth and her sweet daughters joined us for this one. Classes make an excellent play date idea! You don’t have to clean up your house or worry about entertaining wee ones. Let the teachers (or princess, in this case) do that work for you. ;)
Our kids learned about combining basic shapes to make iconic images. Before long, they had awesome drawings of Rapunzel's tower, which they then brought to life using watercolor paint.
Maggie, my daughter, was all smiles as she chatted it up with Rapunzel. Of course, autographs and photo ops and twirling were also in order.
Oh, and gelato. Always gelato! LOL
Thanks for the very happy memory, The Art Cottage! We’ll keep an eye on your Facebook page for future royal engagements. In the meantime, we can find your current class listing below.
GROWING A FAIRY GARDEN AT AUNT ELSIE’S
From princesses to fairies… Gardner Village is nothing if not magical. The highly-anticipated Woodland Fairy Festival is around the corner, which means more Fairy Garden classes at Aunt Elsie’s Trinkets & Treasures!
With or without kiddos, this experience is so much fun! Wings are optional. Of course, when given the option, the answer seems an obvious yes! ;)
Aunt Elsie’s just received a bunch of darling new fairy friends and decorative pieces. Whether or not you’re taking the class, you should stop in and grab a few winged cuties!
POM PLAY AT WILLOW HILL YARN CO.
I guess this one doesn’t technically qualify as a “class,” but it is something fun you can learn and do at Gardner Village. Whether you learn with your child or go this one alone, you’ll have a ball making yarn pom poms at Willow Hill Yarn Co.
You simply have to purchase some yarn and your pom maker, and anyone in this charming shop will show you how to turn your new purchases into puffs of fluff. Stop by any time during business hours. No need to schedule this one ahead of time.
Once you’ve mastered this warm and fuzzy skill, you can put your poms to work in all sorts of creative ways. Here are a couple of projects I’ve made with mine:
See all available Willow Hill classes here. (Note: The pom pom making isn’t a class.)
TAKE A CLASS FROM... ME!
Here’s a fun secret I’ve been keeping…
I’m going from student to teacher with my upcoming watercolor workshop at Posh Paperie. We JUST listed the Watercolor Joy Mini Album class, but seats are limited. You’ll learn several different paint techniques as you make a tag-shaped photo book for your pictures or journaling. (It would also make a sweet Easter or Mother's Day surprise for someone special!) Plus, you’ll walk away with a set of paints, a pretty stamp, and extra tag-shaped watercolor paper, so you can continue the fun at home. Adding to the joy, we'll have some pretty neat door prizes! Interested? I hope so! :) You'll find a sign-up below:
Thanks for taking this learning trip with me on the blog this month. With classes in so many topics at The Village, you really can’t go wrong in any adventure you choose. To see a complete list of your options, click here.