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For Children, Adults, and Families Special Needs

Our Programs

For Children, Adults, and Families Special Needs

Our Programs

For Children, Adults, and Families Special Needs

Wednesday Morning Wearable Sculpture with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

When you think of wearable art, you may not think of chicken wire, plaster, and cardboard. However, this workshop will teach artists to create sculptural works out of unusual materials, which will be worn and held. This workshop is not a fibers workshop, but is something that will challenge ideas of what fashion is and what can be worn. We will focus on using the body as an armature and creating works that exist adjacent to the body.

Wednesday Afternoon Wearable Sculpture with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

When you think of wearable art, you may not think of chicken wire, plaster, and cardboard. However, this workshop will teach artists to create sculptural works out of unusual materials, which will be worn and held. This workshop is not a fibers workshop, but is something that will challenge ideas of what fashion is and what can be worn. We will focus on using the body as an armature and creating works that exist adjacent to the body.

Tuesday Morning Mixed Media Sculpture with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Have you ever wanted to turn your paintings into sculptures? What about using beads, sequins, and pompoms to create a work of art? Do you have a passion for Mod Podge? In this mixed media workshop, possibilities are endless! Layering is the key to any mixed media piece, and this workshop will teach you how to combine materials in new and unusual ways to create both 2D and 3D works. If you like experimentation, this is the workshop for you!

Trial Group 2 (Jan-Apr 2023) 1/26/23 and 2/2/23

The trial period is for adults interested in the Soul Studio Art Program. The purpose of the trial period is for you (the interested participant) and the Soul Studio staff to get to know each other. The trial period will be during the regular Soul Studio programming, so will also get to experience what it is like to be a Soul Studio artist! During the trial, you will be introduced to different art mediums in workshops led by a Facilitating Artist staff. After the trial period, we will discuss if Soul Studio is a good fit, what a regular schedule will look like, and if there are any additional supports needed.


*We may ask that the participant complete an additional two weeks of the trial period if we feel that it would be beneficial.

Trial Group 6 (Jan-Apr 2023) 3/23/23 and 3/30/23

The trial period is for adults interested in the Soul Studio Art Program. The purpose of the trial period is for you (the interested participant) and the Soul Studio staff to get to know each other. The trial period will be during the regular Soul Studio programming, so will also get to experience what it is like to be a Soul Studio artist! During the trial, you will be introduced to different art mediums in workshops led by a Facilitating Artist staff. After the trial period, we will discuss if Soul Studio is a good fit, what a regular schedule will look like, and if there are any additional supports needed.


*We may ask that the participant complete an additional two weeks of the trial period if we feel that it would be beneficial.

Trial Group 3 (Jan-Apr 2023) 2/9/23 and 2/16/23

The trial period is for adults interested in the Soul Studio Art Program. The purpose of the trial period is for you (the interested participant) and the Soul Studio staff to get to know each other. The trial period will be during the regular Soul Studio programming, so will also get to experience what it is like to be a Soul Studio artist! During the trial, you will be introduced to different art mediums in workshops led by a Facilitating Artist staff. After the trial period, we will discuss if Soul Studio is a good fit, what a regular schedule will look like, and if there are any additional supports needed.


*We may ask that the participant complete an additional two weeks of the trial period if we feel that it would be beneficial.

Trial Group 4 (Jan-Apr 2023) 2/23/23 and 3/2/23

The trial period is for adults interested in the Soul Studio Art Program. The purpose of the trial period is for you (the interested participant) and the Soul Studio staff to get to know each other. The trial period will be during the regular Soul Studio programming, so will also get to experience what it is like to be a Soul Studio artist! During the trial, you will be introduced to different art mediums in workshops led by a Facilitating Artist staff. After the trial period, we will discuss if Soul Studio is a good fit, what a regular schedule will look like, and if there are any additional supports needed.


*We may ask that the participant complete an additional two weeks of the trial period if we feel that it would be beneficial.

Trial Group 5 (Jan-Apr 2023) 3/9/23 and 3/16/23

The trial period is for adults interested in the Soul Studio Art Program. The purpose of the trial period is for you (the interested participant) and the Soul Studio staff to get to know each other. The trial period will be during the regular Soul Studio programming, so will also get to experience what it is like to be a Soul Studio artist! During the trial, you will be introduced to different art mediums in workshops led by a Facilitating Artist staff. After the trial period, we will discuss if Soul Studio is a good fit, what a regular schedule will look like, and if there are any additional supports needed.


*We may ask that the participant complete an additional two weeks of the trial period if we feel that it would be beneficial.

Trial Group 7 (Jan-Apr 2023) 4/20/23 and 4/27/23

The trial period is for adults interested in the Soul Studio Art Program. The purpose of the trial period is for you (the interested participant) and the Soul Studio staff to get to know each other. The trial period will be during the regular Soul Studio programming, so will also get to experience what it is like to be a Soul Studio artist! During the trial, you will be introduced to different art mediums in workshops led by a Facilitating Artist staff. After the trial period, we will discuss if Soul Studio is a good fit, what a regular schedule will look like, and if there are any additional supports needed.


*We may ask that the participant complete an additional two weeks of the trial period if we feel that it would be beneficial.

Friday Morning Mixed Media Open Studio with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Friday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Monday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Tuesday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Monday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Tuesday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Thursday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Tuesday Afternoon Mixed Media Open Studio with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Monday Morning Mixed Media Open Studio with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in mixed media (drawing, painting, collage, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Friday Afternoon Acrylic Techniques with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

This workshop is for artists looking to expand their visual language using acrylic paint! Artists will learn new techniques with brushes, palette knives, and acrylic mediums. We will discuss differing paint qualities, what mediums to add to paint, and what tools to use to get new and interesting outcomes.

Monday Afternoon Comic Art with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

*Computers will be used in this workshop*

Artists will have the opportunity to shine a light on their personal narrative by using visual media to communicate their stories as sequential art. This can include both traditional and digital drawing, painting, and collage. Artists are encouraged to partner with friends to collaborate with each other in the storytelling process, but it is not required.

Tuesday Afternoon Comic Art with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

*Computers will be used in this workshop*

Artists will have the opportunity to shine a light on their personal narrative by using visual media to communicate their stories as sequential art. This can include both traditional and digital drawing, painting, and collage. Artists are encouraged to partner with friends to collaborate with each other in the storytelling process, but it is not required.

Tuesday Afternoon Ceramics Open Studio with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in ceramics so that you can work semi-independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Wednesday Afternoon Ceramics Open Studio with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in ceramics so that you can work semi-independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Tuesday Afternoon Ceramics Open Studio with Kathy (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in ceramics so that you can work semi-independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Wednesday Afternoon Ceramics Open Studio with Kathy (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in ceramics so that you can work semi-independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Friday Afternoon Ceramics Open Studio with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in ceramics so that you can work semi-independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Wednesday Afternoon Fibers Open Studio with Katie (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in fibers (sewing, weaving, felting, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Thursday Afternoon Fibers Open Studio with Katie (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In Independent Study (formerly open studio), you will work on your own project with the support of a Facilitating Artist. In the beginning of the session, you will create a project plan that will guide your work toward a final project. It is recommended that you have some background in fibers (sewing, weaving, felting, etc.) so that you can work semi independently on your project. Through your individual project, you may learn new skills and build on existing skills.

Monday Morning 2D Fiber Felting with Katie (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Felting comes in a variety of techniques. This workshop will explore the different processes for creating two-dimensional (flat) felted artwork, such as wet felting and needle felting. You will be provided with the opportunity to experiment with felt in a way similar to painting to create portraits, landscape scenes, and abstract compositions.

Thursday Morning Screen Printing with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Screen printing isn’t just for making t-shirts and apparel. This unique printmaking technique can be used to layer designs into beautiful and repeatable works of art- on a huge variety of surfaces. This workshop will take you through the basics to the more advanced and refined techniques for creating a screen-printed masterpiece.

Wednesday Morning Table Loom Weaving with Katie (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Learn hand-weaving using all the equipment, tools, materials and processes necessary to create hand-woven textiles in our Table Loom Weaving workshop! We will explore weaving to create functional pieces like scarves, table runners, etc., as well as pieces meant to be admired solely as art. This workshop is suitable for all experience levels.

Thursday Morning Table Loom Weaving with Katie (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Learn hand-weaving using all the equipment, tools, materials and processes necessary to create hand-woven textiles in our Table Loom Weaving workshop! We will explore weaving to create functional pieces like scarves, table runners, etc., as well as pieces meant to be admired solely as art. This workshop is suitable for all experience levels.

Monday Afternoon 3D Fiber Felting with Katie (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

From recognizable objects such as animals, shapes, and characters to abstract creations, this 3D Felting Workshop will provide you with the skills and opportunities to create a variety of pieces. You will learn the basics of hand needle felting to create three-dimensional wool items based on a variety of themes and prompts.

Wednesday Morning Collaborative Mosaics with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In this workshop, we will be exploring the art of mosaics and creating collaborations as partners and as a group. We will have the opportunity to design and follow our own mosaic patterns as well as work together to design and create large mosaic installations in the community.

Thursday Morning Functional Ceramics with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

This workshop will put the “fun” in functional ceramics! If you look around your home, you will find many ceramic pieces that serve a purpose. From soap dishes to mugs and spoon rests to vases! In this workshop, we will be creating ceramic pieces that have a job! All work made in this workshop will be a useful functional piece of art when it is finished.

Wednesday Morning Functional Ceramics with Kathy (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

This workshop will put the “fun” in functional ceramics! If you look around your home, you will find many ceramic pieces that serve a purpose. From soap dishes to mugs and spoon rests to vases! In this workshop, we will be creating ceramic pieces that have a job! All work made in this workshop will be a useful functional piece of art when it is finished.

Monday Morning Concept Art with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In this workshop, we will use principles of design (symmetry, contrast, pattern, etc.) and genre mashups to make memorable designs for characters, creatures, and vehicles.

Friday Morning Figure Drawing with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

We will use a basic understanding of facial anatomy to explore the art of portraiture. Artists will learn how to break down complex organic shapes into geometric components in order to visually represent the human body. Throughout the session, will also cover how to draw from photo references and live models.

Thursday Afternoon Intro to Oil Painting with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

For artists who may have considerable painting experience and are looking for a challenge, oil painting is a great option! We will go over the basics of oil painting, including safety, mixing paints, and how to build up work with oil paint. From still lives to abstract work, artists will learn all of the foundational steps to become an oil painter.


Thursday Morning Intro to Oil Painting with Sydney (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

For artists who may have considerable painting experience and are looking for a challenge, oil painting is a great option! We will go over the basics of oil painting, including safety, mixing paints, and how to build up work with oil paint. From still lives to abstract work, artists will learn all of the foundational steps to become an oil painter.


Tuesday Morning Hand-Built Ceramics with Kathy (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using hands, fingers, and simple tools. The most common handbuilding techniques are pinch pottery, coil building, and slab building.

Thursday Morning Jewelry Making with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Calling all fashionistas! This workshop is the perfect introduction to learning how to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and all things adorned. This workshop is perfect for you if you like doing things on a smaller scale. We will use all sorts of materials! From Polymer clay, to

beads, to copper wire. Creating jewelry will allow you to make a piece of art that people will

wear around for others to see. How cool is that!?

Tuesday Morning Jewelry Making with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Calling all fashionistas! This workshop is the perfect introduction to learning how to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and all things adorned. This workshop is perfect for you if you like doing things on a smaller scale. We will use all sorts of materials! From Polymer clay, to

beads, to copper wire. Creating jewelry will allow you to make a piece of art that people will

wear around for others to see. How cool is that!?

Wednesday Afternoon Ceramic Sculpture with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Dragons, unicorns, gargoyles! Use your imagination to create otherworldly sculptures. This is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your skill set and create your own sculptures out of clay. Big or small, realistic or abstract, the opportunities are endless. You will learn about other

sculpture artists, and also learn more about what you like to make and create your own style.

Thursday Afternoon Ceramic Sculpture with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Dragons, unicorns, gargoyles! Use your imagination to create otherworldly sculptures. This is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your skill set and create your own sculptures out of clay. Big or small, realistic or abstract, the opportunities are endless. You will learn about other

sculpture artists, and also learn more about what you like to make and create your own style.

Thursday Afternoon Decorative Ceramics with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Sometimes artwork is meant to be looked at and enjoyed without serving a function. In this workshop, we will observe decorative ceramics and build ceramic art pieces that are meant to be observed and enjoyed, such as sculptures, wall hangings, figurines and more!

Monday Morning 2D Abstract with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Shapes, wavy lines, dots, you name it! This workshop is all about exploration into abstract painting. Come learn various techniques that will help you grow as an abstract artist. We will use a variety of different mediums like watercolors, acrylic, inks, charcoal, and oil pastels. I think abstract painting really fun, and that’s what I encourage you to do, have fun! This workshop will give you the skills you need to become your own master of all things abstract.

Wednesday Morning 2D Abstract with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Shapes, wavy lines, dots, you name it! This workshop is all about exploration into abstract painting. Come learn various techniques that will help you grow as an abstract artist. We will use a variety of different mediums like watercolors, acrylic, inks, charcoal, and oil pastels. I think abstract painting really fun, and that’s what I encourage you to do, have fun! This workshop will give you the skills you need to become your own master of all things abstract.

Monday Morning Acrylic Painting with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

This workshop will focus on how to build up a painting, color basics, and lots of still lives! Artists can expect to study objects, scenes, and people from life. We will use the structure, color, and world around us as inspiration!

Wednesday Afternoon Animation with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

*Computers will be used in this workshop*

Students will be introduced to the animation pipeline, from script writing to storyboards to drawing animation cells. Animations can be done traditionally or digitally (technology permitting).

Friday Afternoon Animation with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

*Computers will be used in this workshop*

Students will be introduced to the animation pipeline, from script writing to storyboards to drawing animation cells. Animations can be done traditionally or digitally (technology permitting).

Friday Morning Color Theory with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Color seems like the simplest and most straightforward element in art, but there is so much more than meets the eye. How do you mix and create new colors, and why do artists use the colors that they do? What are complementary and analogous colors, and how do you create a beautiful color palette with them? You will learn all of this and so much more when you explore color theory in this workshop.

Tuesday Morning Watercolor with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Have you always wanted to paint with watercolors but don’t know all the tips and tricks to make your paintings pop? Learn all the steps and techniques that watercolor offers and create beautiful works. From graceful portraits to tranquil landscapes, this workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to hold that watercolor brush.

Friday Afternoon Artist Study with Cat (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

How did Van Gogh develop his unique style of painting? What influenced Monet’s choice of vivid color? Learn all about historical and famous artists and try out the techniques that set them apart. In this workshop, you will create different pieces of art that combine the techniques of the greatest artists and your own stylistic touch.

Tuesday Morning Intro to Drawing with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Students will be introduced to the concepts of value, basic geometry and perspective. We will have the opportunity to draw from still-life setups. Students will also practice staging objects to create their own compositions.

Wednesday Morning Intro to Drawing with Victor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Students will be introduced to the concepts of value, basic geometry and perspective. We will have the opportunity to draw from still-life setups. Students will also practice staging objects to create their own compositions.

Monday Afternoon Wheel Throwing with Taylor (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

Get your hands dirty! Learn how to create ceramic bowls, mugs, flower pots, and even

sculptures using the wheel. You will learn how to center clay, trim, and create an even thickness throughout your piece. This workshop will teach you the techniques you need to become a master potter! If getting your hands dirty isn’t your thing, don’t worry we have gloves.

Monday Morning Mosaic Tiles with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

In this workshop, we will be exploring the art of Mosaic tiles. Tiles are everywhere, both as functional pieces and as decoration. We will look at and discuss how tiles are used in our everyday life and explore all of the different uses of tiles from all over the world. We will have the opportunity to design and follow our own mosaic patterns and work together to design and create large mosaic installations in the community.

Monday Afternoon Up-Cycled Art with Paige (Jan-Apr 2023)

From: 18

One man’s trash is another man’s favorite art piece. Wait… that's not how that saying goes, but in this workshop, it’s true! Explore how as artists, we can train our eyes to see value in objects that would otherwise be cast aside as worthless. Bring value and purpose into “trash” by giving it new life through creativity. Each week in the first half of this workshop, we will have a material of focus so we can explore all the possibilities of how to use it as an art medium. The second half will be where your creativity can shine when we start combining materials to create one-of-a-kind art as unique as you!

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