06/22/2012Provided by Citysearch -
So we woke up this morning and decided that we would go to Artworks Studio on Mainland for ""open art"". The fee is $7 per child. About 30 mins into our session the owner arrived and the vibe of the place changed considerably. My toddler being curious as most kids his age are, stood next to her while she opened art supply boxes. As I stood there next to him, I mentioned to him that the boxes were off limits and redirected him elsewhere. Mind you he was only looking and may have only touched the top of a box. Guess that was not enough for her as she reprimanded him harshly. Tears were shed and I calmed him down from the ""mean lady"". Moving on, he comes upon another little boy his age and watches as he plays with a toy truck. The truck is on a tray with paint so as the tires make a pattern. The paper is near by and is obviously for the station. Being the parent, I am right next to him and he is under my complete supervision. No sooner does he take the truck for his turn does the owner show up and reprimands him again for not using the provided paper. In the same breath, I am instructed that children his age need constant supervision and direction. Really. Like I have no idea. Bottom line, the owner may need to relax a bit as her studio caters to children An art studio for children might have a few markers left with the lid off, or paper on the floor or children who wish to look around at what others are doing. I think the place could use some cleaning up but that is not why we came. We came for a good time. Likewise there is no sign stating that she is deathly afraid of children under two. I asked for a refund after our awful time but was told that we spent $14 worth of paper and finger paint!!! Hmmm right. Won't be back and guarantee my friends won't either. Skip this place altogether or approach with some serious caution. Mean people suck. People that are mean to small children suck even more.