Grand Opening Announced for One Sweet Little Art Studio in Downtown Brunswick, Maine!

The Painted Dog: An Art & Stitch Studio of 13 Pleasant Street Brunswick, Maine, will have its’ official grand opening celebration in just two short weeks.  On Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd we invite you to come and see what we are all about.  Becky, my partner in crime and craft, (mostly craft these days) will be selling her very awesome, one-of-a-kind, Duncan’s Family Jewels waxed canvas bags and clutches.  I will be there to answer questions about (and peddle) my myriad of art and craft classes.  I’m also offering a free blank journal workshop at noon on both days.  Stop by and stitch up a cute journal to take home, enjoy some yummy food, and enter drawings to win a class or a waxed canvas clutch.

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There’s one more very exciting detail about our event: we are donating 25% of all weekend sales to The Coastal Humane Society, our local animal shelter.  As long time AVID lovers of dogs, cats, birds, and just about any furry four legged creature, Becky and I are so happy to be able to give to this organization. Our community depends on CHS which takes in about 3,000 stray, abused, or abandoned cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, birds, hamsters and guinea pigs annually.  They are even trying to arrange for us to borrow an adoptable dog for our event.  It would be so special if we could help this lucky dog find its’ furever home during our Grand Opening!

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Opening our little one-room-schoolhouse-style art studio has been quite a journey.  I have vowed recently to no longer complain about life being too busy to handle here on my blog.  I will say though, that the time needed to nurture our new little baby has been more than tremendous.  (I’m not complaining, I’ve loved nearly every second of it).

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The group of kids that are coming weekly to my After School Art Club are simply fabulous.  Not only do I get to share my enthusiasm with little people who are already enthusiastic about art making, I also get to learn from these kiddos as I go.

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For instance, kids are loud and excited when they congregate. (I’ve known this fact for quite some time now).  Larger groups of 5 or 6 or more children require pretty consistent crowd control.  I feel like I spend a large part of the lesson time reminding them to listen and to use their indoor voices.  I also have to repeat directions often. I’m quite sure this is normal and rather unaviodable, but I still shamelessly tried to bribe them with candy.  Bribery to stay calm and focused with the promise of candy at the end only really works for the first time or two, and completely fails when attempted directly following Halloween.  (You know, since they already have 5lbs of trick or treating candy sitting at home, why would they care about my one measly Dum-Dum lollipop?)  Plus, candy probably isn’t the best type of reward anyways.

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So I had another brilliant idea recently.  I’ve learned that these kiddos absolutely LOVE to free draw.  They want nothing more than to sit with their friends and draw whatever they please on white printer paper using markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc at their disposal.  Throw in plastic stencils and scissors and you would think they’d won the lottery.  I could plan an awesome craft or art project and the idea of free drawing is equally as enticing to them.  So, I’m trying a new bribery method:  You see, every After School Art Club session has 15 minutes of free draw at the end.  It gives the kids time to wind down (theoretically) and me the time to help any stragglers.  However, with inside voices used, and somewhat consistent focus, the kids can earn EXTRA free draw minutes.  I even bought some new assorted fruit scented markers for the next time we meet.  I’ll wave those puppies around at the start of class and see where it gets me.  I’ll keep you posted!

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So, stop by and check out our little establishment on:

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And if you can’t make it then, maybe the following day will work?

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Buy local, support the arts, and help homeless animals in one swoop!

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