See how Tinker Art Studio has grown into their South Boulder location and is a welcoming, creative space for the entire community.
Tinker Art Studio Founder & Owner Christie Slater Hubley has a lot to celebrate. It’s nearly her 7th year in business, and she’s wrapping up her first year in a new South Boulder location inside the Table Mesa Shopping Center.
“We’ve really enjoyed settling into our new space and getting to know the South Boulder community. It’s the highlight of my day when someone notices us for the first time and pops in to check out what we’re doing,” says Hubley, a former Adams 12 third grade and art teacher who holds a Masters of Education in Arts Integration. She also welcomed her first child this year.
Tinker today is not the same Tinker it was seven years ago, although the same charm and sweetness of the staff and thoughtfulness behind each project remain constant threads. The business grew when it moved locations and added numerous new ways to engage.
One, for example, is the Make & Take Studio, a place where you pick from a menu of open-ended projects. It’s great for a solo project or a way to connect with your child. You can paint your own pottery and then pick it up later after it’s been fired. There’s also sand art, apron or tote bag decorating, DIY stamps, mosaic mirrors and more. And you can make more than one project in one sitting.
Then there’s Tinker Time, a children’s art exploration opportunity for all ages. Tables are set up, each with their own theme and materials, and kids can flow from each project in their own time with instructors there to help guide them. Younger ones might gravitate toward Tinker Time Art & Play, which is all about multi-sensory play.
In addition to its regular programming, including after-school classes for kids and teens, there are homeschool options that can couple with homeschool Studio Sessions in the afternoon, after kids break for lunch.
“It’s remarkable to witness multiple classes and creative projects happening in the same space—kids working in one studio, teens drawing next door, and adults throwing pots all at the same time. The buzz and energy in the studio is palpable,” says Hubley.
Now you can even take Tinker home with you! pARTy in a Box is a brand new offering which allows you to host your child’s party at home with absolutely everything you need, including a tablecloth, hand-painted placemats and instructions on setting up a welcoming space and how to facilitate the project. Or if you’d rather sit back and relax, you can book Tinker Mobile to run the whole show for you.
The adults can join in on the action during evening pottery, acrylic or oil painting, and life drawing classes, which run in 9-week sessions. Then there’s Friday Art Nights, for those one-off BYOB dates or girls’ nights, where you paint a canvas; it’s a mini art history lesson with a painting workshop in an intimate setting.
Another addition to the South Boulder location is the retail space; you can build your own art kit, purchase a variety of handmade toys or jewelry and pottery from local artists. Or if gifting an experience is more up your alley, gift certificates for all programming are available as well.
This homemade Boulder-based business is cultivating community and art education while supporting a need to help artists, both budding and adult, thrive.
Hubley says, “Seeing students run into their studio, greet their teacher, dive into art materials, and clearly feel comfortable and at home is incredibly rewarding. They make the space their own, and that’s what makes Tinker what it is.”