Looking for a way to turn an ordinary afternoon into an inspired adventure without the annoying hurdle of planning anything in advance? All it takes is dropping into one of the following imaginative spaces in Woodland Hills to channel your inner Picasso – or your little ones’ inner painters. Future Michelangelo’s will have fun painting, sculpting and playing to their heart’s content, and we suspect you will too when you find out they can make a huge mess…and you don’t need to be the one to clean it goes up.
It’s a win-win for everyone!
CREATE Studio, located at 31840 Village Center Road in Westlake Village, was established in 2009 and started, like many things, as an idea – an idea that focused on creativity being part of our innate nature to express ourselves. The business was started as a way to connect with this aspect of human existence and share it with others in a setting where everyone is “WOW worthy”, and to that end, CREATE Studio provides an open-minded space for a creative outlet or when seeking a positive environment for children, allowing them to experience a free flow of artistic expression – at all stages of life. Here you will have the opportunity to explore artistic creation while engaging in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint, because the minds behind Create believe in inspiration through recycled objects.
pearl fair, located at 4873 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, was established in 2005 to offer an extraordinary collection of distinctive, bespoke jewelry designed to inspire women, men and children to discover and express their own unique style. For over a decade, this Woodland Hills-based company has remained the go-to source for all locals interested in exploring, collecting, and creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces while offering unparalleled repair service and fun private lessons. Learn how to create your own original jewelry to drape yourself, gift that special someone or even sell your own creations – the sky’s the limit at pearl fairso let your creativity run wild.
color me mine, located at 23641 Calabasas Road in Calabasas, is a ceramic painting studio where you can create your own unique ceramic pieces. Indeed, everyone is a Picasso color me mine – from children to teenagers to adults – and the process is absolutely fun and simple: first choose the ceramic piece you want to paint, plan your one-of-a-kind design, select the colors to paint with, start painting paint and finally have your masterpiece glazed and fired by the staff. The studio is open every day except Mondays, and table reservations as well as private studio parties can be booked.
Cunning, located at 21746 Devonshire Street in Chatsworth, represents one of the few sources of paper craft and mixed media supplies in the Los Angeles area, with the company also offering classes, clubs and workshops amid generous workspace. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment, Cunning is the brainchild of Angharad Caceres, a former Seattle resident who moved to Los Angeles 18 years ago to teach her craftsmanship to budding artists eager to create magic; his first store, Urban craft center in Santa Monica, has supported a variety of different crafts, from sewing and knitting to paper activities, but since opening Cunning, she now focuses on what inspires her the most: artistic journaling and the paper arts. The San Fernando Valley-based store features a beautiful studio with a wide variety of papermaking tools such as die-cutting machines, hundreds of paper dies, cutting tools, punches and more.
needle hearts, located at 18900 ½ Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, offers quality supplies for every type of tapestry, with the store residing in the same location since 1970. Each of needle hearts’ retail team members and teachers bring with them no less than 25 years of embroidery experience and are available to provide knowledgeable assistance with everything from fabric and thread selection to ins and outs and outs of decorative stitching. The company also offers an extensive selection of specialty supplies and threads, a full line of custom finishes and framing, classes, trunk shows and more.
Los Angeles is the mecca of arts and culture, and discovering the artistic side of this city does not require a lot of money. While the companies in this roundup are more kid-friendly than others, they all provide services to help the Woodland Hills-based artist – young or old – perfect their craft and create beautiful things.