- $17.50 for a 90-minute Christmas parent-and-child craft workshop ($35 value)
Parents and kids bond during these hands-on workshops, where they join forces to create four artistic gifts: an 8" or 10" plate decorated freehand or using stencils with ceramic markers; a 4:" ceramic ornament, also decorated with ceramic markers; a four-piece handmade candle set with 4" candles and a 5" decorative display box; and a 2.5" picture-frame Christmas-tree ornament to house a picture taken in-studio. All supplies are provided, including gift tags and wrapping paper that can be customized with ink stamps.
The sessions are held Tuesday–Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Workshops take place in a classroom in front of the studio; studio admission is not included. Ceramic items will be heat-set in-studio during the workshop.
The seasoned staffers at Make-A-Messterpiece nurture creativity and critical-thinking skills by guiding children up to aged 12 through messy hands-on activities. Aspiring chemists can mix their own concoctions at the Experimentation Station or explore gravity at the Bubbleology area, and future chefs can dabble in gastronomic delights at Creative Kitchen. Whereas Lil' Sprouts activities teach pint-sized crafters do-it-yourself projects, the custom-designed Drum Roll studio gives children the chance to splatter paint with each drumbeat, just like Carnegie Hall during renovation season. For little ones who would rather create aesthetic masterpieces, Splat-Tacular Tables furnish the tools they'll need to draw, paint, sculpt, or decorate their own creations.
Make-A-Messterpiece also goes beyond everyday activities to host school field trips and children's birthday parties with artistic activities, food, and goodie bags. For frequent messmakers, the center offers family memberships replete with perks such as everyday access to the studio, discounts on classes, VIP passes for special events, and consultations with Jackson Pollock's ghost.