Bamboo Studio is Turning Two!

June 21st, 2017 by Yili Bonarski

Bamboo Studio opened on July 3rd, 2015 with a bang! Our very first class was packed with people celebrating both the opening of our paint studio and Independence Day. This year, for our second anniversary, we’re continuing our tradition with two special Fourth of July classes: for kids, Bang! Boom! Sparkle! is a flashy, fun painting with a lot of room for creativity (and glitter!). In the evening, we’re offering Grand River Fireworks, our favorite for July 4th.

Artists celebrate July 4th by painting a familiar Grand Rapids sight - with a sparkle!

Since we opened in 2015, we have begun offering kids’ classes, done many on- and off-site private parties and fundraising events, and expanded the number of unique classes we offer to more than 60 original paintings. We’re excited to see what the next year has in store for us!

An Anniversary Thank You

As we complete another year here at the studio, we’d like to thank our supporters, fans, customers, artists, and everyone who has made this business possible. We have learned so much since Summer of 2015, and we’re continuing to learn more about what we do every day. Each class brings us so much joy! We hope we can continue to entertain and make art with the community here in Grand Rapids for many years to come.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for some special offers! Have a fun and safe holiday!

GR Festival of the Arts

May 23rd, 2017 by Yili Bonarski

Being located in Grand Rapids is wonderful and fun for many reasons, but one of our favorites is how much Grand Rapidians love art! Downtown Grand Rapids is home to the award-winning Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. The city also boasts an impressive array of other museums, concert venues, performance halls, and schools – not to mention the incredible Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on East Beltline. Nowhere does this local love of the creative shine more brightly than at Festival of the Arts, a Grand Rapids annual tradition for almost 50 years.

Downtown Grand Rapids

Festival of the Arts occurs every year on the first full weekend of June, calling people out into the streets of downtown to celebrate the beginning of summer, the people that make up our community, and, of course, art! Non-profit organizations set up food booths that line the closed-off streets, live music and dance performances run constantly at four different stages, and local artists sell their incredible and unique work (so make sure you don’t spend all your money on treats!) Kids and adults can get their faces painted, make block prints, paint, sculpt, and build at art stations hosted by the Festival, so you’ll never get bored.

The organizers of Festival of the Arts have published performance schedules, food booth menus, and artist lineups ahead of the event this year, which takes place on June 2, 3, and 4. Check out their website for more information. We’ll be downtown to soak up the sun, eat the food, enjoy the art, and get inspired – will you?

Vote for us!

November 2nd, 2016 by Frances

We are a finalcsa-generic-vote1200x1200ist for the Celebrated Service Award, and you can help us win a year of advertising for our little studio!

 Text BAMBOO to: 22333
Visit (you will need to register on their website, it’s only for voting fairness!) Check out all the other deserving businesses around Michigan while you’re there!


You can vote both ways, two votes! We appreciate everyone who has painted with us and supported us through our first year of business, we hope this opportunity will help us grow so we can serve you even better!

Celebrated Service – Voting Delayed!

October 27th, 2016 by Frances

We’re sorry for the confusion regarding the Celebrated Service voting! We just received word from their coordinators that there was a problem with the way their polling system was set up, so in the spirit of fairness they are delaying the voting until Nov. 2nd – Nov. 10th.

We are so excited about all the people who were so ready to vote for us this morning, so we’ll get that hype train rolling again on Nov. 2nd! Thank you all!


Celebrated Service!

October 14th, 2016 by Frances


Fantastic news! Bamboo Studio was chosen as a finalist for the 2017 Celebrated Service Award, founded by the owners of Celebration Cinema! This is a great opportunity for our little family-owned and -operated business to put the spotlight on the caring service our rock-star artists give to every painter in every paint party. We definitely feel our artists have proven their dedication to great service! The attention this award would shine upon our studio would be so welcome to our young business.

This winner of the Celebrated Service Award is chosen through public voting, so we turn to you, our amazing customers, for support! Vote for us starting October 27th; we’ll be sure to share all the details on how to vote for us here and on social media.

The mission of the Celebrated Service Award is to reignite a conversation
about service throughout the community that leads to meaningful change;
building equity for all who live in and visit our communities.

Visit Bamboo Studio at Grand Rapids’ Maker Faire!

August 17th, 2016 by Frances

Mini Maker2

Visit Bamboo Studio’s booth at the Maker Faire Grand Rapids this Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st at the Grand Rapids Public Museum! Paint on adorable mini 3″x3″ canvases with mini easels to match, or 9″x12″ canvases for those whose creativity cannot be contained!


We are a new Maker at the Grand Rapids Maker Faire, so we turned to the Grand Rapids Maker Faire Facebook page for more info:



Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new. It is hosted by the Grand Rapids Public Museum annually.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and educational installations.


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Huff Post Health Blog Lists Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

January 16th, 2016 by Frances


Take a look! Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore! In fact, according to Huffington Post’s Healthy Living blogger Dr. Nikki Martinez, adult coloring books are great for your mental, emotional, and intellectual health. Lots of those same benefits can be found in other art forms, like painting for example!

Here are some excerpts from her blog post:


Art as Therapy

This is another method of practicing mindfulness, which has therapeutic and health benefits. This can help us replace negative thoughts with positive and pleasant ones. Doing therapeutic artwork can help reduce feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness associated with lengthy medical treatments. The focus we place on the project at hand, and on an object can replace negative and unhelpful thoughts from entering our minds. The step of acting and doing vs. observing is a powerful deterrent to focusing on physical or emotional pain.

Exercise Your Brain

Coloring utilizes both hemispheres of the brain, right and left. When we are thinking about balance, color choices, applying colored pencil to paper, we are working on problem solving and fine motor skills. We have talked a great deal about where they would be suggested by psychologists, but this is where they can very useful for occupational therapy as well. Imagine all the areas of retraining of the brain and skills training that can be accomplished with coloring increasingly difficult designs. The individual can start on easier items, and work their way up.

Read the full story at: Huff Post

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Host a Paint Party at Bamboo Studio!

August 7th, 2015 by Frances

Did you know that Bamboo Studio can host your next party? Birthday, bachelorette, company outing or family get-together, we would love to bring a splatter of creativity and fun to your special day. With Cafe Boba next door for convenient catering and delicious bubble teas, your party is guaranteed to be the talk of the town for weeks!


Our instructors are able to adjust their teaching styles to suit any skill level and any age. Children love to let loose their creative imaginations in an environment totally engineered to handle the sometimes messy side-effects of their creativity!


So the next time you are looking for a fun activity for your party, consider moving the whole shindig down to Bamboo Studio, Grand Rapids’ Paint Party Place!


Exploring the Many Benefits of Encouraging Creativity in Children

July 14th, 2015 by Yili Bonarski

A happy child has fun painting

In an article on Global Post, blogger Erica Loop investigates the ways in which children learn and grow through creative activities such as painting, drawing, creating music, acting, and dancing. From encouraging emotional and social development to strengthening critical thinking skills, getting creative is a great way to enrich your child’s education and life experience! Check out our six week Kids’ Art Class here for a fun way to introduce your child to painting this summer!

The first benefit that Loop writes about is language and communication development. Talking to the young artist about the creative choices they are making in art, for example, opens up many opportunities for dialogue. By encouraging them to paint or draw, they can learn to express their thoughts both visually and verbally, which is a great step towards great communication.

Another interesting benefit explored in the article is emotional development. Art can be used by all as a therapeutic activity, but it turns out that even without the structure of thinking about it as a stress reliever, children benefit emotionally from expressing themselves creatively.

The child care professionals at the Penn State Cooperative Extension note that the creative arts allows children to express their emotions in ways that they may not have the ability to through other means. Children can use processes such as painting or drawing to understand and express strong feelings or to represent powerful situations.

Being creative also encourages critical thinking and problem solving! Erica Loop points out that creating art means transferring images from your mind to the canvas, and if you want to paint something pink and only have red, green, blue and white, it’ll take some problem solving to get the right color.

Read the full article at: Global Post

Photo credit: Jim Pennucci from Hope, USA (Painting)

Huff Post Business Blog Explains Benefits of a Corporate Painting Party

June 17th, 2015 by Ima Admin

Beautiful young woman painter at work, isolated on white

Check out Huff Post Business Blogger Deborah Sweeny’s article on how she used a Corporate in-house painting party to enhance productivity at her company. Sound interesting? Contact us to discuss an on-location painting party for YOUR company!

Here are a few excerpts from her blog post:

1. These events reduce stress.
Art therapy is not a new concept, and has been clinically shown to reduce stress in dementia patients. But art therapy can be very useful for reducing stress, even if you aren’t suffering from any sort of mental illness. When you create something, you are engrossed in it, distracted from whatever is causing you to worry and focused on a constructive outlet. A Greek study on productivity in the workplace found that stress absolutely kills productivity. If your office is stressed out — whether it comes from work or not — they aren’t going to work as well as they could. Anything to help increase productivity should be seen as a boon to business, so what’s the harm in having a few paintbrushes and a canvas come to your aid every now and then?

2. Departments are able to talk and bond together.
One of the biggest problems of a growing business is how to foster inter-departmental communication. When a business is made up of three employees, everyone talks to one another — there is no way around it. But when you start to expand and hire and divide your office into different departments, you quickly find that everyone becomes much more insular. Sales talks to sales, IT talks to IT, marketing talks to marketing. That might be okay, but recently my sales team gave my marketing team some great ideas and I saw how useful inter-departmental communication is. Our wine and canvas party got everyone onto the floor and working next to people they don’t normally talk to. Even though they may have only talked about how their paintings were turning out, this brief bit of bonding can really help foster future communication.

3. The party was fun, and it is okay to have fun.
I’ve written this before, but it is a mantra worth repeating — a happy worker is a good worker. Having some fun in the office isn’t something that should be scoffed at. It should be celebrated! It means that your employees are happy enough to relax and actually enjoy themselves. The last thing you want is for the people in your office to hate coming in every day, so letting loose, even for a couple of hours while you paint and sip wine, is never a bad idea.

Read the full story at: Huff Post

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