A Savage art studio teaching kids from infancy to their tweens about pottery, painting and even a little art history marks one year in business this month.

Kidcreate Studio, which began in Eden Prairie about a decade ago and has locations in several states, opened in Savage near Target last June and offers summer day camps, year-round classes and private parties, Savage owner Carrie Berger said.

Classes cover a range of different media and can teach about such topics as working with color or famous artists like Vincent van Gogh, Berger said. They also give kids a place to creatively go a little wild away from TV screens.

“Leave the mess here, we always say that,” she said. “We want the kids to get in here, get messy and have fun.”

Much like their subject matter, the classes’ formats also vary. Summer camps run one to four days, for example, and there are monthly “date nights,” or evenings for parents to drop off their kids for a little while, as well as public events, parent-child nights and birthdays.

Classes usually kick in during school breaks to keep kids occupied, too, Berger said.

Prices range from $16 or so for an hour-long workshop to about $150 for four-day camps. In celebration of one year, Berger’s also offering half off summer camps for those who register by June 9 with the code savsum50.

Students can take home their creations afterward. Jennifer Lea, whose kindergartner daughter, Isabella, is an enthusiastic and frequent attendee at the Savage location, joked that she needs a bucket to hold all of Isabella’s work at the end of the week.

“And they’re so cool, they’re really neat people,” Lea added of the studio’s half-dozen or so part-time teachers. “We love it.”

Lea spoke during Five Hawks Elementary School’s year-end celebration, where Kidcreate hosted a table for kids to make bead mosaics in chunks of clay.

Studio teachers Emily Albrecht and Olivia Nelson, students at Prior Lake High School who oversaw the activity, said they enjoyed seeing kids get into different modes of art.

“Every one of them turns out completely different,” Nelson said.

Kidcreate also makes an appearance at local city events and camps, including Spring-a-Ding in Prior Lake in early May, Berger said.

Art-focused education can help children develop motor skills and creativity, practice decision-making and bring other general benefits, according to PBS KIDS for Parents and other outlets.

Berger said she opened the studio after she and her husband moved from Iowa and were looking to start a small business.

She has two children in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools and wanted to give them more than, say, a weekly art session at school. The pair are among the studio’s students.

“Just to come in and see the reactions on kids’ faces is just priceless,” she said.

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Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.

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