Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Colorful and delicate glass sculptures are on display at Tulsa Glassblowing Studio. These pieces show just what students can create when they learn the art of glass blowing. The studio's youth and adult classes are designed to bring participants up from the novice to the advanced level. Instructors start by teaching the uses of basic tools to create simple forms, from ornaments to paperweights, and later introduce the design concepts and techniques necessary to create more advanced pieces.
Sooner Scrapbooks’ crew embellishes the tangible and backs up memories in keepsake form with an aesthetic showcase of scrapbooking parties, classes, and more. A spacious private party room jam-packed with supplies frames each creative klatch as up to 15 juvenile celebrants cut, paste, and giggle their way through two and a half hours of imaginative revelry. Enterprising kids can draft artist-collective manifestos on rainbows of specialty papers emblazoned with sports, western, and school motifs, or dabble in solo expression with pictorial montages punctuated with ink stamps, die-cut shapes, and doodled footnotes. While Sooner Scrapbooks’ event space comes fully outfitted with an entourage of textiles, trimmers, and ornamental embellishments, youngsters may wish to bring along personally meaningful photographs for memento integration, or stave off the starving artist cliché with a stock of finger-fortifying snacks (not included with this Groupon). Post-party, budding assemblers bit by the scrapbooking bug can stock up on a crafty mélange of supplies, including hard-to-find theme paper, albums, and stickers.
Thomas Gilcrease learned to love the American West as a boy growing up in the Oklahoma Territory during the early 1900s, but it took a trip to Europe to ignite his passion for preserving and sharing the region's distinctive culture and history. Inspired by the vast displays of Old World artwork he viewed during his overseas travels, he used the wealth he amassed in Oklahoma's oil fields to assemble an immense collection of art and artifacts. This collection found its current home in 1949 when Gilcrease founded what would become the Gilcrease Museum.
The museum's exhibit halls, library shelves, and refrigerator doors brim with historically and culturally significant pieces, including more than 10,000 Western American artworks by nationally renowned painters and sculptors, 100,000 rare books, maps, and manuscripts, and 250,000 Native American artifacts. Although exhibits change throughout the year, they tend to explore the impact of westward expansion while also celebrating the region's natural beauty and honoring its roots in Native American culture.
Beyond its walls, the Gilcrease Museum features 23 acres of themed gardens, which embrace landscaping design and agricultural practices from the pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Victorian eras, among others. These gardens allow visitors to interact with displays that are simultaneously historical and alive, serving as a symbolic reminder of western America's cultural growth and development.
Clothing, handbags, and jewelry parade colorfully across Isabella's brimming shelves, begging for precious wardrobe space amid a collection of customizable gifts. Shoes by brands such as Nomad and Yellowbox ($10–$50) give underconfident feet the poise and courage to withstand tickling in unorthodox cross-examinations. The shop's selection of handbags ($25–$50) stylishly totes personal effects, and a bevy of necklaces adds infusions of swank in a variety of styles. Gifts by brands including Tyler Candle Company line shelves alongside a selection of earrings ($4–$40) that dresses lobes with the appropriate flair for cocktail parties or cocktail parties in the peacock enclosure. Isabella’s staff can also personalize gifts and clothing with embroidery or custom printing, allowing shoppers to practice self-expression without heckling a primary-school Christmas pageant.