BLOG: Play Every Day – Making Art with Family

Play Everyday! We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw

It’s funny how simply taking the time to play makes one feel rejuvenated! Playing a game or creating a piece of art in Door County just adds to the allure of the place. A typical stay in Door County may include the beach, shopping, cycling and hiking, but don’t forget to add a creative edge to your trip. There are multiple places that offer the opportunity for families to work together and create some priceless pieces of art.

Generational Family Insider and Family_Making Art Together

A typical visit from our grandchildren includes a trip to one of these studios. By their nature, children are fearless when approaching the creative process. They are undaunted by the size or scale of the project. “Why can’t I paint the big ceramic dog? “, “I think I want to paint him blue and pink.” “ Can you get me some purple paint, I need it for his tail.”

We try to direct the younger kids to simple painting projects. “Look Sydney, let’s paint a ceramic letter, how about the letter “R” for cousin Rosie, and maybe the letter “N” for Nana, and “P” for Papa.”

Even my 87-year-old mother participates in the fun. Although she was initially reluctant to pick out a project, I convinced her to try. She presented a different set of reactions to her choices: “What should I do? I can’t draw. Pick something for me.” We were able to overcome her fears/objections and she selected a ceramic plate to paint. After working on the project for two afternoons, she created five  “Cookies for Santa” plates for each of her children’s families. Last Christmas, the family was surprised and thrilled to receive a signed, priceless family heirloom from grandma.


My Mother_Making Cookie Plates


Interested? Need more information? Check out the calendar of events for scheduled art activities throughout the county.  Although some studios offer walk in opportunities, you may need to pre-register at others. If there is room at a class offered that day or week, you can usually sign up at the last minute.


Last winter, looking for something to do on a bitter cold weekend in February, we noted some kid-friendly activities at the Sister Bay Library. On that day, a “Read to Rover” event was taking place, along with a scheduled craft project. Our granddaughters (and their parents) were thrilled to be able to venture out and have some fun at the library.