By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 7:11 am in Babies & Tots.
A closer look at one of the East Bay schools, classes or other family resources that will participate in the East Bay Moms 11th annual Preschool & Childhood Resource Fair. Take a look and then tell us by clicking on “comments” if you have other suggestions for East Bay schools, classes or resources to check out.
THE BASICS: This isn’t your average ceramic painting studio. Located in Potter’s Ghetto near Berkeley’s 4th Street Shopping District, Brushstrokes Studio is owned and operated by artists and puts a special emphasis on young budding artists. It is located at 745 Page Street in Berkeley (510-528-1360) and open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.
WHY IT’S COOL: In addition to drop-in studio hours, Brushstrokes offers camps for 5 – to 16-year-olds that include Amazing Murals, Art of the World and Artists in Nature. It also features after-school programs and programs for mom’s groups. Owner Jessica Williams is among the best in her field, with her ceramics featured in the SF MoMA museum store, Palo Alto Art Museum gift shop, Vertigris Gallery in San Francisco and the Gardens in Berkeley. Better still, the studio has no hourly fee, charging a flat $7.50 fee plus the price of the pottery. Those prices range from $3 ornaments to $40 platters.
Stop and chat with a Brushstrokes Studio rep at the East Bay Moms’ Preschool and Childhood Resource Fair — and stop by our table too! — on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland.