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Artistic Activities For Parents And Children in The Minneapolis-St Paul Area

Created to Grow is an arts center that provides creative education in the form of instructor lead art classes and guided open studio creativity. Parents and young children grow as they create art projects together. After getting our start at a home studio in St. Anthony , the studio will be going mobile in 2017! We look forward to offering our regular selection of classes at Community Grounds Coffee Shop in Columbia Heights as well as popping up around the community wherever a little creativity is ordered!


Family Art Classes

Pre-k friends learn creative skills and techniques alongside their caregivers helping our grown-ups gain confidence in their own creative abilities in order to nurture their littles and create artwork together that’s worthy of more that just your refrigerator! Elementary and Middle Level Students can be dropped off for a creative process education that is truly unique through after school programs and individual camps and classes. Head on over to the Calendar Page to see our current offerings.

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Grab N Grow Craft Kits

All inclusive take home craft kits to take your Created to Grow to Go! We’ll have a whole new selection of seasonal take home crafts ready to go in October 2017!

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Group and Party Rental

Created to Grow Staff are excited to continue offering creative programing for your community programs, birthday parties or special events. Contact us for more info and to begin planning!

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Activity Descriptions

This series of  classes are based off of wonderful children’s book that relate to artistic concepts. These classes will be structured in a large motor to fine motor progression. We will start with the inspiring story and the introduction to the art concept, do a gross motor movement activity, a small motor collaborative activity, create our individual works of art and finish with a gallery walk. Any remaining class time will be there for you and your children to explore the open studio or play in the play room.

Visual art is often thought of in terms of sitting at a stool or standing at an easel and focusing on making a single project. Lots of our youngest child and toddler artists aren’t ready for this kind of focused class so First Art provides a balance of movement and focused projects with a lot of sensory exploration. For example, we could learn about lines by following a big tape line that zigs and zags and loops around the room with different types of movement and then create a variety of lines using small tape paper on a paper. Each class will alternate something to do and something to make in short segments for those who need to keep a faster pace. The last 15 minutes will be a chance to explore the studio on your own or play in the playroom or a little of both.

An opportunity to grow in the Creative Process, Artistic Techniques and even a little Art History Knowledge. This class is designed around the interests of the students and will include drawing,  painting, sculpture, printmaking and textiles, built on a knowledge of art history and vocabulary so they can not only create, but discuss and appreciate the art that is all around us. Parents are welcome to stay and join in on the learning or drop off for this series.
This after school program begins with a creative process and sketchbook work as students arrive after school, includes a little downtime for a snack  and continues with design work and a guided studio art sessions until pick up at 6. The students will be using multiple art medium including drawing, painting, collage, textiles, printmaking and sculpting. (geared towards K-5th graders)
A welcome place for middle school students to spend an afternoon designing, creating and learning about all the possibilities that come in a studio full of quality art supplies. Students will have opportunities in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and media arts.  

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