Family Guide 2023-2024

14 The Best of Monterey Bay® Family 2023-2024 As the long summer days draw near, families can mix up and enrich their summer break with the hands-on arts activities offered by a trio of local studios. Whether you want to learn how to make a wooden sign, painted masterpiece or custom candle, local studios offer a fun and creative outlet for all ages—and you don’t have to be an artist to make art. “It’s such a good balance for us as humans to do something new and to do art,” says Jennifer Chapman, owner of the Monterey Board & Brush franchise location since March 2021. The studio offers a choice of more than 800 available designs for projects ranging from custom wood signs to trays, clocks or doormats. Studio-goers reserve their spot at the Board & Brush website and choose their project at the same time. This gives Chapman the opportunity to develop a custom stencil design for each attendee, packaged together with the wood and hardware needed, all ready for each crafter upon arrival. While everyone is making a unique project, Chapman and her team offer hands-on help for every step. Artistsfor-the-day learn to stain, paint, attach handles or knobs, and distress—add a weathered look—before the projects Crafty Kids Hands-on studios give families fun summer alternatives for all ages. By Caitlin Fillmore Progress not Perfection’s art projects get students involved in creative activities that may include paint, but also gives them the opportunity to explore other mediums. There are options at Locally Lit Candle Bar, and they are not limited to color. Candle-making projects include decisions on shape and scent, as well. courtesy of Locally LIt courtesy of Locally LIt