Located in Kensington (AKA the Berkeley Hills), 4Cats Studio is a hands-on art center for children based on the work of the masters. I am looking forward to exploring with my children. I asked local owner, Sarah Chester, a few questions so we could plan our visit.
WHO is your studio for? 4Cats Arts Studio is a professional art studio for artists ages 2 to 15. Children learn about the lives of artists and create imaginative works with professional quality artist materials. We work hard to create a professional arts studio for our students. We get messy, we have fun and we encourage a love of learning!
We have a Jackson Pollock splatter room for painting, a pottery wheel for working with clay, professional drawing supplies, stop motion animation and much, much more!
WHAT is the format and pricing? We have 1 hour a week sessions of classes running Tues-Sunday from 10:00AM – 5:00PM in which we are currently taking mid-session enrollment. We also have many fantastic classes for the 2-3 year old group on most mornings, while afternoons are geared mostly towards the 5-15 year group.
In addition to our ongoing Spring session of classes we have drop-in weekend workshops on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:15 AM.
We also have many fantastic art themed birthday party options and many spectacular upcoming Summer camps to choose from. Prices range from $20-$200 depending on the type of class, camp or party. Visit our website for more details.
Anything else we need to know? Pre-registration is recommended for Summer camps as spaces are filling up quickly. http://www.4cats.com/berkeleyhills-summer
The details on other locations: Started in Canada, 4Cats now has locations throughout the world including another nearby in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill The name 4Cats is inspired by the 4Cats Cafe in Barcelona, Spain. The 4Cats Cafe (Els Quatre Gats) is the place where Picasso went with artist, poet and philosopher friends to discuss art and life and make and show great art!
From the 4Cats main site:
Kids get to work in a variety of mediums, taking inspiration from the works of famous artists. If we are studying Andy Warhol, we silk screen and make ink blot paintings. If we are studying Picasso, we create acrylic on canvas cubist paintings and ceramics, if we are studying Frida Kahlo, we make paper-mache and paint acrylic on canvas self-portraits. You get the picture!
We throw in a lot of age-appropriate art history! Did you know Andy Warhol had 25 cats named Sam? Did you know Georgia O’Keeffe ate dirt? Did you know Leonardo da Vinci wrote his notes in secret code? Curators tell captivating and inspiring stories in a fun and humorous manner about the life and work of the artist being introduced.
Have you been to 4Cats? Tell us about your experience!