CCSA Highlights 5 Reasons Why Paint Your Own Pottery Camps & Classes are Ideal for Kids This Summer

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PYOP is a hands-on experience. Within minutes of day one, kids are already rolling up their sleeves, creating something unique, having fun, and making new friends.

As the final day of the 2016/17 school year approaches, kids and parents typically find themselves at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Kids are excited and eager for summer break to start, while parents wonder and worry how they’re going to keep their kids busy – but without exceeding their budget. Fortunately, the Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA) has an educational, entertaining and economical solution to this old dilemma: enroll kids in a camp or class at a local CCSA-member Paint Your Own Pottery studio.

CCSA-member PYOP studios, which are located across the U.S., Canada, the UK and around the world, provide people of all ages – especially hard-to-engage and even harder-to-impress kids — with a variety of DIY craft activities, such as painting, glass fusing, creating with clay, canvas painting, mosaics, and more.

According to the CCSA, these are the five biggest reasons why PYOP studio camps and classes are the ideal summer break activity for kids and parents alike:

1. PYOP is a hands-on experience. Kids don’t get bored listening to art theory, reading textbooks or watching presentations. Within minutes of day one, they’re already rolling up their sleeves, creating something unique, having fun, and making new friends.

2. PYOP is ideal for all kids: from those who are extroverted and outgoing, to those who are introverted and reserved. No artistic experience or talent is required, all supplies are included, and each session is led by an experienced and caring facilitator who ensures that all kids are involved and included.

3. PYOP is a fun and affordable stay-vacation that lets kids sleep in their own beds (which is what many of them want), while they spend their days getting their “art out” and exploring how color meets creativity on a pottery canvas.

4. PYOP is an indoor activity, which is an important consideration for parents who are concerned about environmental risk factors such as allergens, pollutants, UV-ray exposure, and so on. There’s also no risk that rain will force rescheduling, which is something that parents often find inconvenient and costly with outdoor activities.

5. PYOP is educational, and kids aren’t “busy for the sake of being busy.” While they’re having fun, kids learn fundamental art techniques that foster creativity, conceptualizing, critical thinking, and other skills that help them in school, at home, and in life.

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