The first thing the folks at Hands On Art Studio tell adults is:
"Just have fun." It's one of the things our kids know and many of
us have forgotten. But at this Door County, Wis., do-it-yourself
art emporium, fun is the whole point.
The studio was started by Cy Turnbladh, a potter who saw one of
those paint-your-own pottery places and thought he could do it
It's possible to paint a plate at the Hands On Art Studio. But
it's also possible to make a mosaic, paint a T-shirt, create a
fused glass bowl, learn metal working and make jewelry. The studio
is open for drop-in visitors on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November-April and every day
from May-October. During the summer, the place can be overrun,
particularly on rainy days. In inclement weather, expect to
wait while another artist finishes a masterpiece and clears the
Creating art here is as affordable as you want it to be. Each
artist pays a $7 studio fee. Additional costs are determined by the
cost of the basic project piece-coffee mug, plate, metal
scraps-with prices starting at $3. Set the budget, choose the
project and start creating. The friendly staff at Hands On will do
the boring stuff-grouting your mosaic, glazing your pottery, drying
your painting-and have it ready for pick up the next afternoon.
Although Door County is a popular summer haunt for lots of
Chicagoans, many of the businesses, including Hands On Art Studio,
are open year-round. Crowds are down, the pace is slower and prices
are much lower than during the summer and fall.
I stayed as a guest of the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor, an
all-condo hotel undergoing a much-needed facelift. It offers three
big draws for families: multi-bedroom suites, full kitchens and
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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