7 Places To Free Your Inner Artist

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What does art mean to you? Ask ten people that question and chances are you will get ten different answers. But one thing all ten will agree on, art is important!


It is important because it makes you feel beauty of freedom. It is free expression of human mind and senses.

There is a reason educators changed STEM (a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach) to STEAM (which adds art to the mix).

Check out these 7 ways to help you bring out your inner artist:


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Mountain Creative hosting a family function

Mountain Creative

Instead of the kids sitting inside watching Netflix, why not indulge their desire to get dirty in a whole new way—with paint!

At Mountain Creative, the whole family can choose from a wide range of ceramic pieces to paint together.

The art-savvy staff will help you choose colors and designs that can help your artist side shine as bright as your ceramic masterpiece coming out of the fire!

With a love for the arts of all kinds, this shop hosts ceramic-painting, mosaics, kids’ two-dimensional painting and drawing classes.


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West Fork Pottery

West Fork Pottery

Speaking of getting dirty, remember the feeling of clay soil between your feet in those barefoot summers?

Take a trip back as you learn to control clay in a fully-functioning pottery studio under the guidance of West Virginia artists.

Take one night to learn to hand-build a coffee mug to use on neighboring Stone Tower Joe brew, or take a six week class in wheel throwing as a permanent hobby.

Either way, West Fork pottery classes will shape your style without burning your budget! Check out their weekly hand-building projects or stretch your imagination by building something new.



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DaVinci’s Palette WV art class

DaVinci’s Palette WV

Can’t stand to catch clay under your nails? Why not taste a delectable dessert while indulging your inner DaVinci instead!

At DaVinci and Dessert, artists will guide you and your group of friends through a step-by-step acrylic painting, while offering the chance to add your own unique watermark.

Amateurs are welcome here, and guests may bring wine, adult beverages and snacks along to satisfy their stomach and their creative genes in one setting!

This relaxing intro to art can also be a crafty way to celebrate your child’s birthday. Buy gift certificate for your creative aunt. Both private and public art lessons are on the menu for this delicious treat.





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The Tattered Daisy art class

The Tattered Daisy

Maybe DaVinci and Michelangelo don’t fit your “homey” vibe in decorating your abode. How about jumping into the fabulous world of shabby chic decor?

At the Tattered Daisy, both the aspiring artist and art collector can find handmade items to make and buy!

This upscaled stone structure contains enough chalk paint and wooden signs to make your heart sing and your nose smile with the scent of a handmade gingerbread candle.

For those who want to know the how-to of this decorating craze, craft nights offer lessons on handmade cards and barn-sign paintings to gift a special someone or showcase in your own crafty corner.



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Our Studio WV


Our Studio WV

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, then Our Studio WV is a must for any (potential) artist. They offer classes and workshops. It’s a great place for parties and a night out with friends.





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Nativibes Art Studio & Gallery


The Seeking Stars Art team has revived the historic Mannington train depot with the Nativibes Studio & Art Gallery, a community hub for the arts.

Nativibes gallery brings classes, exhibitions, themed events, fashion shows and other art-inspired activities to the community. They also plan to round out the cultural variety with special guest instructors and international artists.

Nativibes gallery resident artist Ben Kolb is a Mannington local who captures his outdoor adventures and infuses their spirit into his paintings, watercolors and jewelry collections. He crafts everything from hand-carved bone and abalone shell to heated and hand-pounded gold brass. The colorful, nature-driven pieces guarantee to delight fishing, nature and earth lovers.

Discover a deeper sense of your own creativity by exploring different art mediums. There are affordable classes for all ages and levels, and all materials are included.


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FSU Academy for the Arts

Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts 

The academy is dedicated to providing students quality training and exposure to the arts. Instruction in visual art, music, and theatre enable students to appreciate, perform and create.

Academy students can be found performing their craft throughout the county.

What’s your creative outlet of choice? 

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