Pittsburgh Family Fun - Little House Big Art

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in Pittsburgh Family Fun

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Pittsburgh Family Fun goes to Little House Big Art

little_houseTwo years ago, when Matthew started kindergarten, I left Ben in daycare for an afternoon and pulled Matthew out to take him for a "special day" with mom.  He chose mini-golf as his special thing and we spent a lovely afternoon together, just the two of us. 

This year my baby starts kindergarten (sob!) and I wanted to do the same thing.  As luck would have it, Matthew had a long birthday party to attend on Saturday so that left us alone with Ben for a couple of hours.  Ben is my artistic little one, so instead of doing something "active" we decided to try and find something unique to do.

After seeking suggestions on our Facebook page, we settled on Little House Big Art in Polish Hill (near Lawrenceville). 

As we pulled up to the address we assumed we were lost. There was no little house. Just a big giant building with no signage whatsoever. It was a bit intimidating to walk in but we were determined and decided to give it a try.

I'm so glad we did.  It was fantastic. We were greeted by the most friendly volunteer I think I've ever met.  She suggested projects, helped us get supplies and even tried to entertain my rather fussy five-year-old.  She was a saint.

Little House Big Art is a tiny little charming spot to create art.  While small, it has a huge variety of things to make.  Unlike paint-your-own-pottery places which only offer pottery, Little House Big Art offers a variety of art projects to bring out your inner VanGogh.  We could choose from pottery or wood projects to paint (birdhouses, picture frames, wooden animals, etc.).  Ben chose a bird house and I painted a picture frame. 

In addition to painting, Little House Big Art has a variety of other art projects available, including:

Pottery Wheel
Sewing Machine
Tye Dye
Button Making
Shrinky Dinks
Melty Beads
Silk Screening
Jewelry Making
and more!

They have classes, one day workshops, and open studio time.  During open studio time, guests just pay for the project they make.  There are no additional charges for firing the pottery, for example.  In addition, you can rent the entire space for $25/hour (plus the charge for whatever project you make).  Birthday parties and ladies nights out would be so much fun here!

What I loved the most about Little House Big Art was the welcoming atmosphere. Unlike other "studio" spaces, we never felt like we were afraid to break anything.   It felt very relaxed and casual.  We were welcomed with open arms and even offered tea while we worked.  The prices are also very reasonable.  We paid $12 for our full-size birdhouse and $5 for the picture frame.  Other prices were reasonable as well. Pottery ranges from $4-$66 depending on the size of the piece (with no additional fee for firing), Buttons and Shrinky Dinks cost just $1 each. Paintable wooden "pets" (alligators, lizards) range from $5-7.  We weren't charged any "sitting fee" or studio fee. We were encouraged to stay as long as we want and even got to pick our music we listened to while working.

Open since just February 2012, Little House Big Art is a life long dream of founder Elizabeth.Bashur.  Elizabeth has spent the last several summers working as the Art Shop Director  of a magical summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains. She attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has enjoyed a career as a graphic designer prior to following her dream and opening up her own art studio. 

Little House Big Art Hours & Directions

Tue - Wed: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sat: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

(It's always a good idea to check facebook for last minute announcements!)

Located at 3028 Brereton St., Pittsburgh (Polish Hill), PA 15219
(large building, no sign except teeny tiny sign by doorbell.  Don't despair, you're in the right place)

Photos of Little House Big Art

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