Centerville Art Shop Gets Creative During Pandemic; offering workshops, camp



CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The AR Workshop in Centerville is currently in the middle of an eight-week-long children’s craft series, as it prepares to welcome kids for its summer art camp. A year ago, it was a very different picture.

The DIY art store opened in October 2019, just six months before the start of the pandemic. Forced to adapt last year, they did what they do best and got creative.

“What we’re known for and what we love are the in-person workshops that we obviously couldn’t do, so we switched to a take-out model,” says owner Ann Puckett.

The take-out bags contained everything to do a home project.

“We heard from a number of clients, families, who would come to buy take-home kits, or they would create kits and watch a movie,” Ann describes. “Being under house arrest basically when we couldn’t get out – you just don’t have that chance to be as creative as you need to be. You don’t have that outlet, and art is definitely something that can help.

Although the store is not operating at full capacity, it does offer in-person workshops. People can choose from hundreds of projects in dozens of different categories.

“You can create a canvas project. You can create a wooden project. We have some really new and neat designs – textured photo frames, cactus rocks, ”Ann lists. “We will explain all the steps in choosing colors and sometimes even assembling them using power tools, and we will give you free rein to your creativity. “

The boutique also hosts birthday parties, bridal shower, corporate and team events.

The summer arts camp for young people is for children between the ages of 7 and 14. Over four days of sessions of approximately three hours, children will create four projects and a t-shirt.

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