On Saturday, we headed to our local Michael’s for an art class. They have a variety of classes for kid s on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon (https://classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/) for $2. You can sign up for it beforehand online but your local Michael’s may take walk-in’s and you can pay for it at the register (as we did). We went to the Michael’s at the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue and they take kids who arrive before 11:30am. We had to wait about 10 minutes for spots to open up. The craft today was decorating a photo frame for Mother’s Day.
The class had 2 instructors. One was welcoming, enthusiastic, warm, and even educational. The other was gruff, impatient, rude, and condescending. Needless to say, the tone of the class is dictated by the attitude of the instructor. I tried to shield T1 and T2 from her grumpy attitude as much as possible. What a way to start the weekend….
The craft itself was pretty simple. The kids were given a wood frame, a foam brush and some dark blue paint.
After painting, they got to choose their 2 favorite colors. T2 asked for pink and purple and they had run out of pink but the nice instructor went out of her way to scrounge some pink foam paper for her. T1 wanted green and blue. They drew some shapes on the foam and cut them, then stuck them to the frame as they pleased.
They were provided with sparkly pink glue, lots of sequins and sticky foam letters. T1 drew lots of fish and T2 enjoyed bedazzling her purple hearts and pink flowers!
I liked that the class is cheap $2, with all materials provided. The class is at a good time on a Saturday morning, 10am. I don’t have to be incredibly punctual and I don’t even have to sign up online the night before…which allows for alot of flexibility. Some days…things just don’t go as planned. I think you can even drop off your kids(if they are old enough and you feel comfortable with it) at the class and pick them up after (I saw one family do this). So while this class has much going for it, I do NOT like grumpy employees.
At the end of the class, T2 had some paint on her face, she asked me rudely, ” Are you going to wash that off her face?” I was so appalled and taken aback that it took me awhile to respond. Maybe she had a bad night so she was in a foul mood all morning? Michael’s should have assigned someone else to teach a children’s art class. I find it hard to believe that they only have 1 cheerful employee in the store. The next time we take an art class at Michael’s, I’m not signing up beforehand because I want to see who is teaching the class. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.