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20 Mar, 2011

Ottawa Giveaway alert: an artful experience at 4Cats Arts Studio

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Fishbowl patron 4Cats Arts Studio is behind this amazing giveaway. I’ve written about 4Cats before. 4Cats is a very fun art studio for kids, and host really interesting and creative art camps and workshops for kids. We’ve been twice, AND have a birthday party booked there. So you KNOW they are GREAT.

This giveaway is really cool. They have prepared an exclusive-special-for-the-Fishbowl art workshop. And TEN randomly-selected kids will have the opportunity to attend. But there’s more.

The theme of this workshop is “Clay Lily with Bug.” Kids will be constructing and painting the pieces using traditional mud clay.

The workshop is going to take place on Thursday March 31, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:30pm. FYI, this class is appropriate for children between the ages of 3-15.

Bonus: you don’t need to stay behind with your children. Hence, it could be DAAAAATE NIIIIIGHT! :)

Double bonus: the lovely and talented Sara will be taking photos of the kids and their art for possible publication in 4Cats Magazine (you can check out past issues online). Isn’t that amazing? Can you imagine what it feels like to see YOUR art in a magazine? It is pretty awesome. In fact, this could be the thing that launches the career and lifelong passion for your mini Michelangelo. (!)

Please note:

  • The ten winning names will be randomly selected using random.org at noon on Monday March 28. If you have more than one child you’d like to enter, you must post a separate entry for each. Fair warning: if you have siblings, it is entirely possible that only one might win. You will have to deal with the fallout if this happens. Sorry. :) ETA: Please only enter as many times as you have children. So if you have two kids who’d like to attend the workshop, please only enter twice. Thank you!
  • Please make sure your child is available to attend this workshop before you enter.
  • In order for your entry to qualify, you must go to the 4Cats Hintonburg website with your child and check out the list of upcoming workshops. Tell us, which one tweaks his or her interest?
  • As I mentioned, your child will be photographed during the class and his or her photo might be published in a magazine and/or on the 4Cats Facebook page. By entering this giveaway you are giving your permission for your child’s photo to be taken and published in this manner.
  • All pieces will be available for pickup two weeks after the date of the workshop. You are responsible for picking up your child’s artwork.

That’s it! Over to you. Good luck! And thank you 4Cats for hosting this awesome giveaway!

44 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway alert: an artful experience at 4Cats Arts Studio"

1 | Joy

March 20th, 2011 at 1:46 pm


Great contest! My daughter went to 4Cats for the first time over the March Break, and loved it!! The Van Gogh Sunflowers workshop peaked her interest. She loves to paint! We are going to look in to their summer camps, too.

2 | Laura

March 20th, 2011 at 5:31 pm


This is such a wonderful Giveaway! My girls think the Bateman animal painting looks very cool. The summer camps look amazing too.

3 | Patti

March 20th, 2011 at 5:42 pm


Love the contest and I wasn’t aware of 4 Cats Studio. Perfect timing as we start to plan out our summer camps. My daughter likes the Easter Bunny.

4 | Ingrid

March 20th, 2011 at 6:11 pm


What a great giveaway! One of my 3 boys will colour, sculpt, paint, or draw at least once every single day. So, I am entering for him. He likes the elephant sculpture the best.

5 | Josee

March 20th, 2011 at 6:49 pm


My daughter likes the Easter Chicks a lot. We haven’t been to an art studio like 4Cats yet, I’m sure she’d love it. Great giveaway!

6 | Anne

March 20th, 2011 at 8:23 pm


Love all the workshops, how creative. haven’t been yet, but have heard nothing but amazing feedback on 4cats. My son liked the sand castle workshop.

7 | Valerie

March 20th, 2011 at 8:47 pm


We did the paint splatter party for my daughter’s birthday – what a riot! She is really into clay and pottery lately, and was attracted by the Easter Chick (I think she may try to make it on her own). Love the place and I know my daughter would love the workshop they’re giving away.

8 | Janice

March 20th, 2011 at 8:59 pm


I think my daughter would love this studio! It looks like a lot of fun! She liked the princess/knight sculpey.

9 | Kerry

March 20th, 2011 at 9:09 pm


Awesome. Count me in for #1!

10 | Kerry

March 20th, 2011 at 9:11 pm


Count me in again for #2.

11 | Cari

March 20th, 2011 at 9:21 pm


Daughter #1 liked Les Petite Rats. I suspect it was the ballet outfits that peeked her interest.

12 | Cari

March 20th, 2011 at 9:23 pm


Daughter #2 loved the Butterfly. Maybe it’s because spring is in the air.

13 | Jen

March 21st, 2011 at 5:16 am


LOVE 4Cats! What a great giveaway. The Van Gogh sunflower workshop looks fantastic, as does the Matisse one.

Thanks so much for this chance!

14 | Allison

March 21st, 2011 at 7:44 am


my son liked the easter bunny and the dragons! :) haven’t been to the studio yet but it’s on my list and would love to take my son to this event! :)

15 | Lara

March 21st, 2011 at 8:43 am


I asked Kiernan which workshop he would like to take. He picked ummm… half of them.. But if we have to choose one we like the dragon ;)

16 | Emilia

March 21st, 2011 at 8:47 am


My daughter will be 4 this summer. With the crazy busy small business owner life, a treat like that would be a very appreciated. She loves crafts.
Thanks Andrea and 4cats

17 | JennyB

March 21st, 2011 at 9:23 am


My son Ryan LOVES all things Star Wars so Yoda would be his first choice. After that, the Easter chicky polymer class would be next. I love his softer side ;o)

18 | Sharonne Katz

March 21st, 2011 at 10:58 am


I think she’d like the vangogh one – we already did one of the o’keefe flowers.

19 | Wendy

March 21st, 2011 at 11:52 am


What a great give away. My son went to 4cats and
Loved it. Dye really wants to do the polymer clay dragon workshop next!

20 | Belinda Tellier

March 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm


My daughter would love to go to 4Cats. We are thinking of enrolling her in the Butterfly workshop in May. She loves art and unfortunately, mommy is not good at it or has creativity.

21 | Edumama

March 21st, 2011 at 1:16 pm


The princess/knight workshop peaked interest- anything to do with princesses seems to win out. sigh. Thanks!

22 | Claire

March 21st, 2011 at 1:43 pm


We love 4Cats and the ever-inspiring Emaly. My twins give 4 thumbs up to the splatter workshop, and their modernist creations are displayed around our house.

23 | Irene

March 21st, 2011 at 1:53 pm


Such a fun spot! My older daughter is interested in the Clay Mosaic Tiles workshop :)

24 | Irene

March 21st, 2011 at 1:53 pm


And my younger daughter is interested by the Butterfly workshop… so springy!!

25 | caroline

March 21st, 2011 at 2:25 pm


My daughter takes regular classes at 4cats and she looks forward to it all week, we even did the splatter birthday party for her and it was fantastic! She would love the princess knight sculptey as she is quite the princess herself!

26 | KL

March 21st, 2011 at 3:22 pm


My daughter had a hard time choosing between the Butterfly and Les Petite Rats. She loves art and mommy can barely draw a stickman so this place is on our list of things to do!

27 | Sam

March 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm


My daughter was intrigued by the self portrait class. Very cool!!!

29 | Michelle

March 22nd, 2011 at 11:41 am


Great giveaway! Anything that involves getting messy my son loves especially when it’s encouraged… :-)

30 | Esther

March 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm


princess sculptey for my girl

31 | Esther

March 22nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm


and dragons for the boy…

32 | Natalie

March 22nd, 2011 at 5:02 pm


My daughter would love these workshops – the Easter Chick or the Butterfly would appeal the most.

33 | Amy

March 23rd, 2011 at 12:54 pm


My son is interested in the Clay Mosaic Tiles workshop. He loves those sticker mosaics so this looks great!

34 | Mel

March 24th, 2011 at 8:30 am


my girls would love the princess sculpey. thanks for the chance!

35 | Mel

March 24th, 2011 at 8:31 am


another entry for my second child. thanks!

36 | The goods >> a peek inside the fishbowl

March 25th, 2011 at 2:22 pm


[…] draw for the 4Cats giveaway is on Monday. Have you […]

37 | KarenL

March 26th, 2011 at 8:13 am


My daughter would love doing the O’Keeffe flower workshop.

38 | Carolyn

March 26th, 2011 at 2:24 pm


My three daughters love to play with clay, draw, paint – you name it. They have done art workshops in the past so I’m always looking out for new places. Daughter #1 would love the mosaic tile workshop.

39 | Carolyn

March 26th, 2011 at 2:25 pm


Second entry – daughter #2 would love to do the butterfly workshop

40 | Carolyn

March 26th, 2011 at 2:27 pm


Third entry – daughter #3 would love the clay sandcastle workshop – we just came back from building ones in Florida sand with the grandparents and she would love a permanent reminder of that.

41 | andrea

March 28th, 2011 at 12:12 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the 10 winners!

42 | andrea

March 28th, 2011 at 12:29 pm


I entered all qualifying entries into random.org. Each time a winner was drawn I removed that name from the list. This means that the odds increased for the remaining entrants and it made it easier to administer. :)

The # below represents the comment number (from the list above).

I will add, Carolyn, I can’t believe all three of your kids made the list. You are one lucky lady. Quick, go play the lottery!

Here are the ten winners. I will be contacting each one today. Thank you 4Cats for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!

1. #39 – Carolyn
2. #7 – Valerie
3. #19 – Wendy
4. #38 – Carolyn
5. #13 – Jen
6. #2 – Laura
7. #1 – Joy
8. #32 – Natalie
9. #4 – Ingrid
10. #40 – Carolyn

43 | Joy

March 29th, 2011 at 1:29 pm


Yay – i see my name as a winner, but i haven’t been contacted yet ? Thank you!

44 | andrea

March 29th, 2011 at 2:03 pm


The congratulatory email has just been sent out. Let me know if you’re not getting it. Have a great time!


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