I’ve been to a few kid classes in my relatively brief time as a parent but have learned there’s a delicate balance to making one completely successful.
Sometimes the teacher is great with kids but really awkward with the parents, other times they are too impatient for the age group they teach. Sometimes the activities are a little beyond the kids’ abilities and the focus is too much on a finished activity or project than just having fun.
Pint Sized Painters manages to balance everything really well, thanks in large part to Z, the instructor who also works as an art director.
She’s at ease with kids and parents alike, keeps instructions and slide shows short and sweet (managing to catch toddler’s interest with the work of Hurst (who taught Van the word “dots!” and Rauschenberg!) and the projects are manageable – kids get to dive in as much as they want, but if distracted, can get involved just by pointing to where they want a color, or helping her squeeze paint.
In the end, we end up with awesome art to take home, that you never feel that you created more than your child.
This is the first class I’ve taken at Frolic! and while it’s pricier than many, I’ve loved it and the take home projects are priceless -as is seeing Van swimming in a giant smock.