4Cats Arts Studio co-owners Tara Gray and Paul Arnell hold a painting of a cat inside their paint splatter room at their Lantzville studio.

4Cats Arts Studio co-owners Tara Gray and Paul Arnell hold a painting of a cat inside their paint splatter room at their Lantzville studio.

Art studio encourages creativity

NANAIMO – 4Cats Arts Studio holding Halloween themed art workshops throughout the month of October.

Cats, monsters and zombies.

That’s the basis of a Lantzville art studio’s upcoming workshop.

Beginning today (Oct. 1), 4Cats Arts Studio in Lantzville will be holding Cats, Creatures and Candy, a four-week workshop designed for children between 5-8. Participants will get to create a large cat painting, paper mâché monsters and “little zombies” out of candy clay corn.

Tara Gray, co-owner of 4Cats, says professional arts supplies are provided and that the program is intended to get kids’ creative juices flowing.

“Getting creative is amazing and fun and we encourage kids to get totally creative in their projects here,” she said.

Recently, 4Cats installed an ultra-violet lights to create a glow in the dark room, where people can splatter paint and create works of art.

4Cats also offers adults and family oriented workshops including an upcoming class called the Family Tree Workshop, which allows families of four to create their family tree using polymer clay.

The adult workshops are an hour and a half long and are designed for people over the age of 16. Participants will leave the workshop with a finished art piece.

Gray says the classes are a great night out for anyone looking to try something different.

“We found that we have got lots of adults coming in for date night or friend date night,” she said. “It is just a great way to get creative if that is not something you do in your everyday life.”

4Cats co-owner Paul Arnell says many adults have built up a myth that they are not artistic or creative, which he says just simply isn’t true.

“A lot of grownups have this misconception that they are not creative or that they are not artistic,” he said. “What we find in almost every single workshop that we do is that lots of people are surprised by how creative they actually are.”

4Cats will also be holding a Halloween party on Oct. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be activities, prizes and treats.

For more information, including prices and times, for 4Cats workshops, please visit www.4cats.com/nanaimo or call 250-933-2424. To register for a workshop, please visit http://app3.jackrabbitclass.com.

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