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

Ellie Yeatman, left, owner, gives painting advice to Tyler Felts, left, of Port Deposit at the new location of Dip and Doodle art studio.
Ellie Yeatman, left, owner, gives painting advice to Tyler Felts, left, of Port Deposit at the new location of Dip and Doodle art studio. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / 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.

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Four-year-old Ryan Zack of Havre de Grace paints at the new location of Dip & Doodle Art Studio on St. John Street. The first location of the children’s art studio opened in North East last year.
Four-year-old Ryan Zack of Havre de Grace paints at the new location of Dip & Doodle Art Studio on St. John Street. The first location of the children’s art studio opened in North East last year. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

"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.

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Open since September, The Creative Cow gives children ages 2 through 10 a place to explore their creativity with traditional and unexpected art materials.

"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.

Every couple of months, the art in Peggy Leary’s dental office in Bel Air rotates and a new exhibit adorns the walls.

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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