Open Arts Studio

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109 N Tacoma Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403 109 N Tacoma Ave., Tacoma Directions
+12532729033
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Report | 2 years ago
I bought the Groupon for my 10 year old daughter and her friend. the instructor was awesome with the 2 young girls! she was very patient and made the girls feel comfortable about what they were doing and didn't make them feel inadequate. we will definitely come back! thank you :)
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It was a little bit difficult finding a class that fit our schedule. But when we did finally get one, my groupon was a few weeks expired. I offered to pay the full price for the class, but she took my groupon anyway! Class itself was very enjoyable, and I would love to go back and do it again.
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In general the business seems to be a little disorganized. Of the 2 instuctors I have had, one (Lucy) seems to be very attentive and helps the students, while the other is busy doing her own thing, and not really instructing, she expects you to ask questions. Wjhen learning pottery I feel we need more hands on help, not just someone sitting back and not paying attention.
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My date and I had fun and discovered that I may have a knack for pottery. It was a different, funky experience. Having a groupon urged me to give something I've wanted to do a try. I'll probably sign up for advanced classes.
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Lucy was an amazingly patient instructor- made things very clear!
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Fun girls night out! I would definitely go back but we are PCS'ing this summer.
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An excellent creative environment. Our seven year old absolutely loves her pottery class. After all the creative fun and instruction, I was pleased to see the children required to all take part in cleaning up the area.
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On paper, this studio doesn't give justice. Its an awesome time. My daughter and friends weren't too excited to go, but when we got there, they kept saying - "this is a blast!" They are 13. My daughter wants to take classes, now. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS.
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The staff was wonderful and very accommodating, we had a small girl scout troop of six 12 year old's and the girls had a fabulous time!
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Your front staff person at the counter is great! Very helpful and professional. Your facility is well done and my daughter has had lots of fun in her classes.
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From Our Editors

If Open Arts Studio’s huge array of classes seems a bit eclectic, it’s partly a reflection of the diverse interests of its founder, John Armstrong. An intent student of visual arts since childhood, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music and classical vocal performance; today, he teaches both drawing and music classes.

Armstrong, his wife Lucy, and their staff of instructors approach learning through three key elements: technique, creativity, and fun. They use this template to cultivate skill within a noncompetitive atmosphere combined with a structured curriculum—for instance, drawing teachers use the open-arts drawing method to help kids break down objects into easily grasped curves, angles, and shapes while encouraging them to develop a unique style of their own. Artwork lines the studio’s halls, and an exhibition with cookies, juice, and coffee punctuates each session with a chance to share students’ work with friends, family, and agents looking for the next big thing in crayon drawing.

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