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SPECIAL NOTE DUE TO COVID-19: The Education Department is holding private parties and group events on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning more or having a party/event at The Umbrella please contact Rebecca Campbell at 978.371.0820 X200 or email rebecca@theumbrellaarts.org. Thank you!

Join us for your child’s next birthday party! Our skilled instructors offer weekend birthday parties in several choices of media.
Parties are scheduled for two hours:

  • Saturdays between 10am – 6pm
  • Sundays between 10am – 3pm

The first 90 mins, the kids create art. Kids work with an experienced art instructor specialized in the medium of your choice. The kids work to create their masterpieces of art such as masks, puppets, paintings, collages, sculptures, and works in clay! Birthday projects and themes can be custom made to your child’s special day.

The second 30 mins, you enjoy your party: food, cake, presents, and/or games! You may bring your own food, or order food from any of our local restaurants. Parents may bring decorations to hang in the room. (Note: we do not allow permanent decorations or piñatas)

2D and 3D Party Project and Theme Ideas:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking and Collage
  • Drawing (Cartooning, Illustration)
  • Mixed Media and Wearables (Crowns, Shields, Wands, Masks, Wings)

Fired Clay Ceramic Party:​

Choose from either hand-building or wheelthrowing. Wheel-throwing is limited to 10 kids at a time and minimum age is 8.

Please note: fired clay birthday parties do not include time to glaze sculptures. Without glaze, sculptures CANNOT be used as functional tableware.

Fired Clay Ceramic Party PLUS GLAZE: 

In this party option kids can create AND glaze a work of ceramic art.

  • Begin by choosing either a handbuilding or wheel-throwing party.
    • Wheel-throwing parties are limited to 10 kids, handbuilding parties are limited to 15 kids
      • First, kids make a sculpture that will be fired unglazed. (Not food or liquid safe)
      • Second, kids glaze a premade piece of pottery that will also be fired. Choose from our many glaze colors and paint your design on your piece. This glazed piece will be food safe. Premade pieces of terracotta are purchased to glaze for $7.50 each.
      • Spend the last half hour enjoying a party in our classroom with your guests.

*Clay work will be fired three-four days after your party, and will be ready for pick up by the host parent within two weeks. Host parents are responsible for project distribution to guest families. The cost of firing clay birthday parties includes the firing fee.


The Cost

The Umbrella Birthday Parties cost:

  • $150 for a party of 10 or less. With the exception of toddlers accompanied by a parent, any guest who creates a work of art will be counted.
  • There is an additional charge of $15 per child up to 20.
  • Parties over 20 require advanced notice and are subject to room availability. The base cost for a party over 20 is $300, with $10 for each additional child over 20.
  • There is a $35 charge to book two rooms(typically one for art making and one for party/reception.)

The Umbrella Ceramics Birthday Parties cost:

  • $200 for a party of 10 or less. There is an additional charge of $15 per child up to 15 (up to 10 for the wheel). We cannot accept firing clay parties over 15 kids. Wheel-throwing parties are limited to 10. Cost includes clay and firing in an electric kiln.

The Umbrella Ceramics PLUS Glaze Birthday Parties cost:

  • $250 for a party of 10 or less. Plus $7.50 each for a premade piece of terracotta pottery for the kids to glaze. There is an additional charge of $15 per child up to 15. We cannot accept firing clay parties over 15 kids. Wheel-throwing parties are limited to 10. Cost includes clay and firing in an electric kiln.

Deposit

A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation once an instructor is booked. The remaining balance is due the Monday following the party. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Campbell at 978.371.0820 X200 or email rebecca@theumbrellaarts.org.