Book a private table for your group in the studio and choose your workshop! The workshop takes place in the large open studio space. Other workshops and parties may be happening at the same time, this does not “book out” the studio.For ages 15+. Available at participating studios.
Attend the workshop on the date & time you selected.
Watch our curator’s step by step demonstration. The demo is about 15 minutes, which means you really have to be on time.
The demo will commence within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time. Please arrive on time to ensure you get the full instructions. Even come a little early! Look around, say hi! Please, please, be on time.
After the demo, you have around one hour and 15 minutes to finish your masterpieces.
For clay, you will also be glazing during this time.
The creating time is self-directed for you to enjoy the process of creating!
Dress For Mess
We use professional materials and art supplies which means paint may stain clothing, shoes and jackets. We have aprons at the studio to borrow, but wet paint may be lurking around any corner. Please note, even if you are not doing a painting workshop, you may still get paint on you.
Clay Cup & Mini Planter
Each person hand builds their own clay creation from scratch and applies coloured glaze for the details.
Mugs are not available for private workshops. We can however, make a “mini” cup version of the mugs for private workshops.
If you are choosing “clay” Please note there is 90 minutes to complete the project, additional glazing visits are not included with private workshops. For this reason we encourage you to choose workshops that do not require a 2nd visit to the studio (one with little to no glazing/painting).
Each person creates one* unique oven-bake clay character, pre-chosen by the guest of honour before the party. Our instructors demonstrate how to build and create an individual character out of the easy to shape, colourful clay. *Please note: One character per group / team only.
Difficulty Level: 1
Difficulty Level: 2
Difficulty Level: 3
Choose one of the collage characters to create on wooden panels and seal it in with liquid vitreous medium, top it all off with a little glitter! Pouring workshops are an additional $70 (+ tax)
Each person creates two colourful mini me figures! One mini me figure is mounted on a 3×5 canvas panel on a background of sparkle and colour! And the other is mounted on a 8×16 painted wooden panel for the group.
Everyone loves using our professional art supplies to create bright, beautiful “action paintings” using the techniques of Abstract Expressionism. Splatter painting allows kids the freedom to experiment, let loose and get messy. The guest of honour curates the tempera paint colours we will splatter with and the result is always a unique, one of a kind artwork! Splatter parties are very, very messy. The person booking the party will need to ensure all participants know to wear old shoes and clothes that can get messy.
As the participant or legal parent or guardian of the participant(s), I release and hold harmless to the business doing business as 4Cats Arts Studio, its owners, operators, and franchisor from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by the participant and/or the undersigned, while in or upon the premises or any premises under the control and supervision of 4Cats Arts Studio Professionals, its owners, and operators or in route to or from any of said premises.
Deposit is due upon registration, any party upgrades or extra guest charges are due the day of the party. Please note—we have no cash on premises and do not accept cash payments. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Interac debit for in-studio purchases. It is strongly recommended to book your party online so you can carefully read all relevant policies and information and view photos of the choices. Thanks for your understanding.
I give permission to the business doing business as 4Cats Arts Studio, its owners, operators, and franchisor from any and all liability to seek medical treatment for the participant in the event they are not able to reach a parent or guardian. I hereby declare any physical/mental problems, restrictions, or condition and/or declare the participant to be in good physical and mental health.
Every day we aspire to make our studios welcoming, respectful and safe. Our staff work hard to ensure you, your family and friends have a respectful, positive and rewarding experience. In turn, we need to express the expectation that customers will be respectful towards our staff. Though 99.9% of the time we are surrounded by encouragement and the kindness of people, we cannot under any circumstances allow our staff to be demeaned. We first and foremost are a safe space for them. Which is why if there is a breach of that respect from someone, that person will be asked to leave.
Dress for Mess!
Please tell your guests to dress appropriately for the party. We are an art studio and paint can be lurking around any corner and jump on you.
We use professional materials and art supplies which means paint may stain clothing, shoes and jackets. We have aprons at the studio to borrow, but kids are kids and paint can get anywhere.
Splatter parties are VERY VERY messy, paint gets EVERYWHERE! (including shoes) Footwear must be worn in the splatter room. Rubber boots, crocs, flip-flops, old shoes, are all good options for the splatter room 🙂 Bare feet (or socks without shoes) are not permitted anywhere in the studio. 4Cats does not provide footwear or shoe covers. Please ask your guests to wear appropriate footwear.
4Cats is not responsible for damage to clothing or personal belongings. Please leave the ball gowns and tuxedos at home.
Cancellation, Refund & Transfer Policy
We do not offer refunds or credits. We can transfer your booking if your booking is cancelled 48 hours prior to the workshop. We cannot provide a transfer after this time. No refunds or credits for no-shows or missed workshops.
We start our classes on time, so please don’t be late. We understand that sometimes there are unforeseeable issues. These things happen. Do try your best to not disturb the class any further once you have arrived.
If you are 5-10 minutes late to a workshop it makes it really hard on the instructor and the class. Please avoid this by arriving 5-10 minutes early. The classroom itself will open up 5 minutes before the start of the class so you have time to grab an apron and settle in.
If you are more than 15 minutes late to a workshop you are just not going to have enough time to complete the necessary steps in the project and you may not be able to join in. Understand that we cannot offer a refund or credit if you are late and unable to join the class. We require 48 hours notice for any cancellations and transfers and could have had another artist in your place. Thank you for your understanding.
Good To Know
Kiln clay explosions are unlikely but they do happen. In the event of a clay piece being damaged due to a kiln explosion, we are happy to provide emotional support and offer you a chance to come in and remake your art piece.
Refunds are not provided for damaged clay due to kiln explosions.
Please note each artist is responsible for ensuring pieces are securely attached in order to avoid breakage.
4Cats is not responsible for repair or replacement to clay pieces.
Our policy is to hold art for 2 weeks after it is ready. Please pick up the completed artwork within this time frame.
We know how precious it is and we do our best to hold on to the artwork as long as possible. However, the studio is very busy and artwork can pile up! We have lots of artists creating and only have enough room to store artwork for 2 weeks. Please note, you will NOT receive a phone call or email to remind you to pick up your artwork.
How long is the private workshop?
The workshop is 1 hour total for Splatter and up to 1.5 hour for Pouring, Clay and Oven-Bake Clay. There is no party/food time after the workshop
What does it cost?
Please contact the studio for cost. Pouring parties are an additional $70 (+ tax).The base price is for 10 guests including the guest of honour. If you are booking for less than 10, the price is the same. If you have less than 10 we do not provide you with supplies to take home. Any additional costs for extra guests will be charged on the day of the party. Extra guests are $17 per person ($24 for pouring).
Do you offer discounts for non-profit etc?
Our listed private workshop pricing is our discounted price.
Can we make something different from what is pictured?
All participants make the same project to ensure optimal instruction but there is always room for creativity and unique features! If you have a special request for a character please let us know at the time of booking so the teachers can prepare. It will not be possible to change your theme on the day of your party. We try to accommodate special requests within the limits of what is possible in one hour, requests may not be possible. A $40 non-refundable fee will be charged for development cost.
Is there a workshop where guests go home with that they made that day?
No. All projects need time to be dried, fired, and/or fired in the kiln.
Can I book extra time?
Possibly, the studio is very busy with workshops scheduled back to back. If the time slot following your private workshop is available, it may be possible to book a “double private workshop” at full price (an additional $225 plus extra guest costs). There is no discount applied for double workshops.
What if my guests are running late?
The workshop begins within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time. We recommend telling your guests on the invite that “art making starts right on time” and to arrive 5 minutes early. We are unable to extend the workshop time if you are running late as there are workshops scheduled after.
What time do I have to leave by?
Your booking is 1 hour 30 minutes in total (1 hour for splatter). If you or your guests are late we cannot extend your time. Please also note there are classes and/or events booked after your workshop. The studio area must be vacated 5 minutes after the scheduled end time for the workshop. This allows time for the studio staff to clean and prepare for the next event or class. Thank you for understanding.
How do we choose colours for our projects?
Colours are chosen on the day of the party and by the guest of honour when applicable. Any specific requests should be made at the time of booking and confirmed before the party date. Please note, colour choice is subject to studio stock availability. We will do our best but cannot guarantee specific colour matching.
Who picks up all the artwork after the workshop is complete and when is it ready?
For all workshops EXCEPT clay: The organizers can pick up all artwork the following weekend anytime between 12 pm and 4 pm only and all creations will be packaged together for easy pick up. *You will not receive a reminder.
Please note artwork must be picked up within 2 weeks of the workshop. For clay: the clay is dried, double fired and clear glazed by staff. Please allow around 2-3 weeks for this process. We will contact you when it is ready and you have 2 weeks to pick it up from the pickup call date.
For stretched canvases: the staff hand stretch and then varnish the splatter painting once it is dry. Expect it to be ready within 1-2 weeks of the workshop, and you will be contacted when it’s ready. All stretching must be paid for before or on the day of the workshop.
Are there any additional costs and what are they?
Some workshops have upgrade options available which are clearly laid out on the website. You may request upgrades at the time of booking. Upgrades must be confirmed before the workshop date. Payment for all upgrades and extras are due on the day of the workshop. Extra guest pricing: $17 per person, $24 per person for pouring workshops.
Can alcohol be permitted for private parties?
Yes. You must acquire a “no sale” license 2 weeks prior to the date of your party–no exceptions. Permissible alcohol is limited to wine and beer. All containers must be standard sizes (750mL wine bottles, single serving beer cans/bottles).
Do you have a fridge or freezer available?
Do you provide cups or ice buckets?
No. Please bring all necessities with you. We do not have space in the studios to store supplies prior to your workshop.
Do you have parking spaces available for guests?
Parking may be available, studio dependent. Contact the studio directly to find out.
What if I need to cancel after I book my workshop?
]We do not offer refunds. We can transfer your private workshop if your booking is canceled 14 days prior to the event. We cannot provide a transfer after this time. Transfer requests are valid for 15 days.