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“Good expressive family fun”

Express Yourself Art Barn
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Fennville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Make your own art in an 1880's barn! Ceramics, mosaics, glass fusing, jewelry, Potters wheel and silk/wood/glass/canvas painting. 800 different projects for adults and children, open rain or shine, no reservations necessary. Open everyday in the summer, and seasonally adjusted hours in the spring and fall. Closed in the winter.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Art Barn is an arts and crafts store, allowing for a mix of art projects to be completed. The sheer volume and variety of projects available can be a bit overwhelming- you can truly find almost anything too create. You can pic a ceramics, tile, glass or mosaic project, selecting your base, you colors and accessories then put them together. It's an enjoyably fun family, even my teenage daughter enjoyed it. It is a bit pricey if you're not careful and you do have to plan when to go, as some of the projects require you to pick them up the next day. The owners who run the place are extremely helpful and cheerful. It can be pretty packed and tight if the weather is bad. Overall, a really fun place to visit with kids aged from say 5-16 (if they like artsy stuff)

3  Thank Jeff C
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Went here on a cloudy gray day with 4 kids ages 7 to 17. We were looking for a way to inspire their creativity, and I have to say that we found it! The barn is beautiful and exudes a positive, creative energy immediately upon entering. There are so many different possibilities to choose from, it takes several minutes to decide where you want to start. No previous experience was required for most of the activities. The kids decided to paint ceramics and the results were fantastic and they were so proud of their creations. My husband decided to paint a teapot and I made a mosaic plant stand.
There is an $8 studio fee per person and the prices for the projects are marked on the items. If you are doing a mosaic, the prices of the pieces are marked on the containers.
Tip: if you paint ceramics, they will not be ready immediately for pick up. If you are staying in the area, go here when you have a day or two left in your stay, so that you have time to pick them up. They can mail them to you, but if you can save on the mailing costs and see your finished masterpieces, so much the better!!

2  Thank Traveller1615
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Took my kids there for a few hours to make pottery. A very large selection, good ideas to copy, and great customer service. Watch out, there is no air conditioning

Thank Gina R
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Amazingly creative barn with lots of choices of crafts to work on. I think one should be at least mildly creative as there is very little direction. The owner is not that friendly in my opinion, however the fused glass project I made I love and will display in my home. Not for small children.

4  Thank Karenfeet
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

It was fun to work on a project there, but the staff seemed less than thrilled to be working. Choices were nice and prices reasonable.

1  Thank KTH2222
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