Soul Fire Art Studio
Soul Fire Art Studio, at 2850 Heritage Drive in Delafield, is a walk-in studio where the staff is dedicated to nurturing a creative spark for visitors of all ages. Customers are welcome to come in at any time to try a variety of projects including everything from glass fusing and clay hand-building to pottery and canvas painting.
“There have been numerous studies linking an education in art – and often specifically a visual arts education exposure – to higher performance in school and higher graduation rates,” says Teresa Spencer, president at Soul Fire. ”I think art education gives kids a chance to grow. Our classes and camps really challenge kids to flex their creative muscles and develop their own solutions.”
The third Friday of the month is Soul Fire’s Kid’s Night Out, where no parents are allowed while kids watch a movie, do a project related to the movie and enjoy some pizza and treats.
“At a Soul Fire kid’s art class or camp, we measure success by the strengthening of your child’s creative muscle, not by how closely their project matches our samples,” Spencer says. “Not every piece created in our classes will be Pinterest ready, but each will represent growth in your child’s artistic expression, which is way more exciting.”
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum, at 700 N. Art Museum Drive, isn't just for grown-ups. There are always great learning opportunities for kids, and kids under 12 are always free! Here are just a few ways to craft your kid-friendly day at the MAM:
Art Packs help you sketch, build and play your way through the museum. At the Art Pack Station, the concept is for families to have something to do every day of the week. Director of Youth and Family Programs Emily Sullivan says, “Families can pick up materials to customize your museum experience. We’ve created activities down at kids’ level, designed with kid-friendly pictures.” Puppets relating to a specific artist encourage learning, and stretchy shapes allow visitors to respond to art with movement without any prior knowledge.
In the Family Multimedia Tour, families can download a free app on their Apple or Android device, or use one of the museum tablets available for checkout. Through the app, families can go on a scavenger hunt, play short games and watch short videos with information about the artwork. They can even take Art Selfies, inserting the kids right into the portraits!
Sullivan says, “The main concept is for families to gain love and appreciation of art through a hands-on environment where families can connect. Spaces are for everyone to experiment and engage together.”
Our Creative Outlet
A passion for artistic expression lays the foundation for Our Creative Outlet, at N63 W23421 Main Street in Sussex, where owner and operator Karen Norris seeks to serve the community with a variety of creative options.
“Creative breaks are essential to health and well-being,” Norris says. “Art projects, like what we offer in our classes and for our parties, offer children a safe place to try new things and learn about decision-making and independent thinking.”
The Outlet provides classes and parties for kids as young as two years old, with parental supervision.
“I love problem solving and using my analytical skills to support my customers in their creative journey despite their age,” says Norris. “It might sound kind of crazy, but I really do believe being creative from an early age really helps you learn to think outside the box in every other aspect of life…not to mention, it’s fun!”