Drop ins welcome all week and extra open studio hours!

Drop in when you can:

Did you know that I am always willing to prorate camps for the days that you can come if you can’t make all 4 days (or both for pre-k)?! We’d love to have you and/or your children in the studio when it works for you. Register through the links here for full camps as the stand and use the code lastchance17 to get 15% off the already reduced prices or just drop in when you can and we’ll prorate your bill for the amount of time/number of days you can join in!

This weeks camps are quiet and on SALE so we’d love to have you! We have plenty of room in both our morning pre-k mini camps and our afternoon Glitter and Glow Camp for elementary students.

Monday and Tuesday join in for Dinosaurs and Fossils in our Dino Stomp Camp from 9:30-12pm with lots of fun prehistorically themed art and plenty of play and snack time build in to keep our little friends active and engaged!


Thursday we have an Ooey Gooey Morning creating all kinds of sensory fun from colorful foam to silly slime. From 9:30-12 you can enjoy all those messy projects you’ve thought about doing, but you can’t imagine finding a place for in your home!


Glitter and Glow was a favorite last summer where all of our art materials either shimmer and shine in the light or glow in the dark! This k-5 drop off camp runs from 1-4pm Monday through Thursday!

Bonus Open Studio Hours!

With quieter camps we’ve found it totally possible to open the studio up to drop ins while still keeping camp running smoothly so Tuesday-Thursday the studio will have open studio projects ready and availability from 2-4pm!

Art and Ice Cream Schedule Change

Our weekly Tuesday evening Art and Ice Cream Open Studio will be just a little earlier this week from 5-6:30 instead of 5:30-7:30 as we reach out to our neighbors in the Lowry Grove Neighborhood and provide a meal to support them as they prepare for this challenging week with the closing of the park. If you would like to know how to help this community in their move to their next chapter feel free to send me an email at and I will put you in contact with the volunteer coordinators.

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It’s Open Studio Week and a last chance camp sale!

Half Price Open Studios!

Open Studio Week! Haven’t been to the studio in a while? or wanting to check it out for the first time? Want to check out the space (and the teacher) before you commit to a 4 day camp? Drop in anytime this Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10am-3pm for a half price open studio! Get all your summer camp questions answered and take care of registrations!

Last Chance Camp Sale!

The early bird may have caught the worm with our best deals, but the procrastinators can catch a pretty great clearance sale including our already on sale am camp for this week!! There’s still time to join in for Nature’s Creative Collectors and all of our other great summer offerings. If you haven’t checked out our summer programs schedule yet or just realized you have another week to add some fun for your kids head on over to the summer programs page and see what we have to offer, then use the code lastchance17 to take 15% off you cart including class packs if you are thinking open studios or drop in pre-k Fridays are more up your alley than a camp. Returning students would have gotten an email with a returning client discount and these two are stackable! If you are a returning client and didn’t receive that email please reach out so I can pass it on and help you catch a little extra savings on your camps!

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Still time to join in! Summer Camps Kick off this week!

Science of Color Workshop!

We are excited to kick off our first summer pre-k camp of the season with a popular camp from last summer and we have room for a few more friends! Though this is listed as pre-k it would really be fun for early elementary as well so pre-k through 1st or 2nd grade, join in and you and your kiddos will be greeted by rainbow sudsy bubbles to explore how colors mix, play with shadows and light, make your own art supplies and finish our 2 day workshop with a color wheel you can EAT with lots more in between! Sign up or just show up, we’d love to have you!

A Sampler for the K-5ers Pizza included!

Think your kids would love Created to Grow, but not sure which classes to choose! Drop them off to check out sampler class this Thursday from 9-3 and we’ll help you decide what’s right for them and make sure they are well fed with Parkway Pizza while they are here!

Art and Ice Cream back in Full Swing and Creative Kidlit moves to Friday mornings:

Can’t commit to weeklong camps, but want to join in for Creative fun here and there. Join in for our Art and Ice Cream Open Studios on a theme every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30 for all ages and get a kids cone coupon to take over to dairy queen after you finish making art or join in for our popular drop in Pre-k/K Friday morning Creative Kidlit sessions from 9-10am!


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Summer Kick-Off tonight, Showing off our work tomorrow!

As we wrap up our spring programs, we are diving into summer programs in the studio for an open studio tonight and at Community Grounds Coffee Shop for a showing of the elementary and middle level programs tomorrow!

Summer Kick-off: Art And Ice Cream Open Studio

Created to Grow Showcase at Community Grounds


Wednesday, May 31st is a great opportunity to find out what Created to Grow Classes are all about through the finished work of our students. The show will open with a make your own art bonus project from 5:30-7pm and will remain up for viewing through Monday, June 5th.

Community Grounds Coffee Shop is located at 560 40th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421


See you in the Studio! (or at the coffee shop)

Ariane Kokes


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We Whirled You SAVE!

Art-A-Whirl Special

It may have been a rainy Art-A-Whirl, but it was a wonderful weekend to make art together! Our community collaboratives bounced around NE and were full of enthusiastic artists and thankfully most of our stops were indoors this year. We also have a great Art-a-Whirl Weekend Special on our summer programs and, because our website was a little wonky this weekend, I’m extending it through WEDNESDAY! Sign up for any summer program and enter the code AAW2017 now through this Wednesday May 24th and get 20%off you summer registration. This code is stackable with our Take3 and Take5 codes if you are signing up for multiple camps.

Our 2017 tour!

NE Farmers’ Market

We kicked off our weekend at the rainy NE Farmers market where you can find us every other Saturday now through the end of August! Now that we got the rain out of the way for a season we’ll hope for sunny days to support our local growers, businesses and get crafty in the kids tent!

Hennepin County Library Installations

Then I headed out to complete our Community Hives at the NE and Pierre Bottineau Libraries! Check out these wonderful installations designed by our community!! They will be on display for the next three weeks and at Pierre Bottineau they have the supplies to make more bees so you can even add to the installation if you stop in when their wonderful children’s librarian is working!

The Northeast Library Hive!

The Pierre Bottineau Library Hive












I’ve been lucky enough to have found this incredible group of individuals who meet at Eastside Neighborhood Services on a regular basis and was excited to join them in some really cool collaborative work. If you want to know more about Intertwine head on over to their website:

For Easter we built nests on the concept of Build, Grow, Fly:

and through Intertwine-A-Whirl we created the birds ready to fly away from them:

So that is the story of how we whirled and how you can SAVE!

See you in the studio,

Ariane Kokes


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Back in the swing! Mother’s Day open studios and summer camp sale!

Something for a Mother (or a teacher) Open Studios!

Want to do something handmade for mom or grandma or that special auntie this mother’s day? Both our Tuesday  evening and Wednesday Midday Open Studios will be filled with giftable options for our something for a mother open studio and guess what? It’s also teacher appreciation week so with three choices you can take care of gifts for mom AND teachers! Stop in anytime Tuesday 6-8pm and Wednesday 10:30-1:30 and get gifty!

Summer Camp Sale!

I figure there’s nothing mothers need more than a little time off and a little savings so for this week only Early Bird Prices have returned so you can plan yourself a little summer break by enrolling your children in our 4 day half day camps AND save money while you’re at it that you can squirrel away to get your self a treat while you are getting a little escape from the daily grind! For those pre-k moms, sorry I still don’t offer drop offs, but I DO offer a morning that is all planned and organized so you don’t have to and you can still snag the early bird price savings too!

May is $5 drop in month!

When the weather gets nice the studio gets a little quieter before our summer camps fill up with busy summer fun so during the month of May is a great time to drop in and try us for the first time. New families get a $5 drop in rate (regular $15) for their first time in any of our pre-k or homeschool classes.

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A very special FREE event and some scheduling changes

LOOK, SEE, ART: Building a Community Hive at the Northeast Libraries

You can BEE the artists for this year’s Art-A-Whirl Hennepin County Library Installations. Join Created to Grow for our hive making workshops on May 6th at Northeast Library (9am-12pm) and Pierre Bottineau Library (1-4pm) then come back for Art A Whirl and create bees to live in the hives! This free event will lead to the Art-a-Whirl installation of a community hive at both of the popular NE libraries to be on display for Art-A-Whirl (May 20th) where you can drop in and create bees to live in the hives! Join in become a part of the art a whirl experience.

Schedule Changes and Cancellations:

This week’s schedule is going to be a bit different as one of my children has a week of many appointments and a short inpatient hospital stay. All is well and we have lots of great help from family and friends at home, but our hours at the studio will be quite limited. Most regular series classes at the studio stand aside from Creative Kidlit on Tuesday afternoon which is cancelled. There will be no Tuesday drop in play, open studios or adult events in the studio or classes at the Farmhouse Market. Thanks for the well wishes from our regular clients who’ve shown support for us during this busy and challenging week. We’ll be back in full swing next week and I’d love to see you at the library events this weekend!

This week’s remaining schedule: 

Artistic Adventures After School Class 3:45-6pm, Tuesday

First Art: 9:30-10:15, Wednesday and Thursday

Homeschool Arts Collective, 10:30-11:30 Thursday

Crafty Caregivers 10:15-12:00, Friday

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Drop ins are ALWAYS welcome! Lots of new Spring fun to come!

Rainy Days are Great for making art!

As spring weather brings us great days for playing OUTSIDE, we get a little quieter inside in our series classes, but we still want you to join us getting creative even if the nice weather makes it hard for you to commit to a weekly series. With the addition of more regular series classes this year, I’m hearing rumors that people didn’t know that it’s ok to just bop in here and there or to take different classes as they suit your schedule. All of our pre-k classes welcome drop ins, so on gloomy days, don’t worry about having registered or not or having been here before or not, just drop in and join in whenever it works for you. Drop in rates for open studios and classes are $15/class, but now through the end of May you can drop into your first class for $5! We also offer class packages at $60 for 5 classes/open studios or $100 for 10 classes/open studios and additional discounts for families with siblings. These passes allow for the maximum flexibility in how and when you join in at the studio.

Classes and Open studios which fall under the drop in rates:


Creative Kidlit (pre-k/k) 1:30-2:30, Get Inspired Open Studio*  (all ages) 6-8pm


First Art (pre-k) 9:30-10:15, Get Inspired Open Studio  (all ages) 10:30-1:30


First Art (pre-k) 9:30-10:15 Homeschool Arts Collective (k-5) 10:30-11:30


Crafty Caregivers Open Studio (Adults make and kids play) 10:15-12:00


ArtCFE* (1/2 and half kid are and adult art) 9-10 am, Family Open Studio* (all ages) 10am-1pm

*classes occasionally changed due to private or offsite events, check the online calendar for Tuesday evening and Saturday programing before arriving!

Summer registration now underway

Head on over to our summer programs page for complete details on classes and programs to fill your summer with creative fun:

See you in the Studio!

Ariane Kokes, Creative Director




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Pre-k and Homeschol FREE Preview week starts today!

FREE Previews of our pre-k/homeschool spring classes!

Check out many of our pre-k or homeschool classes for free this week. There is no registration necessary, just bop in for any of the following classes and see what we have to offer!

Tuesday, April 4th: 1:30-2:30pm Creative Kidlit

Thursday April 5th: 9:30-10:30am First Art

Thursday April 5th: 10:30-11:30am Homeschool Arts Collective

Saturday, April 8th: 9:00 ArtCFE

Spring Into Action:

Join us April 15th to get your kids fired up and ready for Earth Day and the Kids’ Climate March. This day will be dedicated to celebrating our Earth and it’s precious resources. We’ll be making our posters for the Kids’ Climate March or to put in your own front yard, a little garden art and a planting project. All art will be made with upcycled or recycled materials and $5 of the $15 participation price will to a local environmental organization.

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Spring Break fun is HERE with a great reason to join in this Wednesday!

It may be a Wintery scene outside, but we’ll be kicking off this first of our Spring break programming weeks with  Springy Art Projects Monday morning from 9-12. We have plenty of other plans to fill your Spring Break with fun for the whole family together or for your elementary aged kiddo on their own. Drop-ins are welcome to any class this week! Registration or an email that you’ll be joining in is always helpful, but I’m always prepared for extras and look forward to lots of art making friends during these break times. If you break isn’t for a couple of weeks, don’t worry most of this great programming will pop up during your week off as well! I think I have a little something for most of the NE Metro school districts.

Pay special attention to our Wednesday programming or take care of your summer camp registration on Wednesday as we’ll be giving 20% of all class fees and purchases that day to the Immigrant Law Center of MN as a Part of Minnesota Small Businesses United Restaurants Rising Event. Find out more about the event and other participating retailers and restaurants at

Spring Break this week:

Here’s the line up or head on over to our calendar to choose and sign up today

Monday, March 13th 9am-12pm: Spring Has Sprung-Elementary Drop off

Tuesday, March 14th 9:30am: ArtCFE pre-k/caregiver class, 10:30-12 Creative Kids Drop in Play, Creative Kidlit pre-k/k class 1:30-2:30, 6-8 Get Inspired Family Open Studio

Wednesday, March 15th 9:30am First Art for our littlest creatives and their caregivers and 10:30-1:30 A Studio full of Irish Inspired Crafts  and finishing the evening with our Painters and Printmakers Co-op for the grown ups from 7:30-9:30

Thursday, March 16th 9:30am First Art (same as Wednesdays lesson with different friends!)

Friday, March 17th 10:15-12 Crafty Caregivers: Adult Projects and Kids Free play, and 1-4pm Painterly Elementary Drop-off

Summer Camps Up and Ready for Registrations:

It is exciting to have our summer camp schedule finally published after more than a couple of website snags. I’m so very excited about this summer’s line-up and can’t wait to fill the studio with summer fun! Head on over to the summer programs page to find full class descriptions and details! Early bird rates are available for all classes registered for and paid in full by March 31st. If you are taking multiple classes, check out the coupon codes to reduce prices for 3 or more or 5 more camps in the intro paragraph.

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