Art exploration is an excellent way for children to build self-confidence through discovering and manipulating materials. Through age appropriate art exploration children learn developmentally appropriate skills - whether it be hand-eye coordination, problem solving, or perspective, all while practicing creative thinking. We believe that art making is an essential component to the human experience, and intend to nurture and inspire as well as encourage independent thinking.
At Make Studio we all agree to respect the work of our friends and respect the materials we use. We use a lot of recycled and repurposed materials along with traditional art materials. By recycling, using cloth rags, and repurposing materials, children learn to be respectful of the environment as well.
"I hereby agree to respect the creativity of others, to practice safe and clean studio habits, to thoughtfully explore art materials, and to express my creativity freely."
>> signed by all Make Studio artists!
Through our doors you will find a working art studio, children playing and creating together, student work on display, and an inviting space to spend time. We believe that by providing a location for creativity we are placing a value on studio practice and building a community of young artists. By creating together, side by side or through collaboration, children learn that art is BIG, it's meant to be shared, and it's about community and making discoveries together. This space belongs to you, our students, and we strive to make it an inspiring place to create.
Our after school classes are either one hour or an hour and a half, depending on age. Preschool and toddler play group classes are 45 minutes. Most classes you buy as a session (6 to 8 weeks), we also offer some drop-in classes. We welcome school/daycare groups, homeschool groups, and families. The structure of the class is as follows: we begin the class with 'Art Jam', where students are invited to play openly with a variety of art materials as a warm-up. We then dive into the day's art project by looking at related or relevant imagery or reading a story together, and then continue exploring materials related to the project. Most classes are inspired by a theme, medium, season, or technique. Check the Classes page for details on specific classes/sessions.