Dip & Doodle opens second kids' art studio in Havre de Grace

For The Baltimore Sun

A ball pit, tents, foam building blocks and easily accessible easels greet young artists at Dip & Doodle Art Studio’s newest location on the Havre de Grace waterfront.

This new “play space” is a distinguishing feature of the children’s art studio, which co-owner Ellie Yeatman, 26, opened in June with her boyfriend, Evan Jones. Like its first location on Main Street in North East, Dip & Doodle in Havre de Grace hosts art classes, summer camps, birthday parties and homeschool sessions.

“We were lacking things for little kids at our North East location,” Yeatman says.

She and cousin Jessica Berstler opened the Cecil County studio last year, before Berstler stepped aside to raise her family. But they aspired to greater things.

“We never wanted to just open one location. We always planned on continuing to expand,” says Yeatman, who spotted a listing for the St. John Street space and knew she’d found the right fit.

“The community has been amazing,” she says. “Havre de Grace is really involved in the arts, so we’ve had a lot of reception from local businesses wanting to partner and have involvement, so it’s been a littler easier to get off of the ground than in North East.”

Genelle Davis takes her daughters Luella, 8, and Alaina, 4, to the art studio on Tuesdays for a homeschool class.

“I like that it’s small and personal,” she says.

Since attending, Davis has seen her daughters become more creative and independent in navigating art projects at home.

“When I see them drawing at home now or making a craft, they use different types of paper, chalk, colored pencils and crayons to create various mediums,” she says.

In addition to art classes, Dip & Doodle Art Studio offers drop-in open studio sessions for $12 for two hours.

“The best thing about the art studio is that you can leave the mess behind,” says Olivia Yeatman, co-owner Ellie’s sister and an instructor at Dip & Doodle. “I love working there because it’s an environment where kids can really express themselves and they’re not stuck to one structure.”

Adults aren’t left out, though. The studio hosts BYOB paint nights and parent-child sessions like an hourlong “mommy and me” class for children ages 2 to 5 every Friday for $10.

Dip & Doodle Art Studio425 St. John St., Havre de Grace443-593-4278dipanddoodleart.com

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