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New Classes Continue with a new DISCOUNT!

As we’ve finally broke out of that first winter FREEZE, I bet you are ready to get out and active while we have a little MN version of a heat wave! Our new series classes have begun and will continue until February 7th with excellent creative opportunities to get out try out our new space. You can sign up for the series and use the code to take winterfun10 to take $10 off your class or you can drop in at a rate of $10/class for the pre-k class and $12/class for the Homeschool one.

Preschool Offering Change: 

Our preschool classes don’t have enough registrations to run individually so we’re combining them into one First Art Class at 10 am and welcoming all 5 and unders with their caregivers. Click here to register for the series or drop in at 10 am tomorrow to join in as a guest or sign up on sight.

Homeschool Collective would love to have you: 

You can also still add or drop into our Homeschool Arts Collective for your K-5 students.

See you at Community Grounds!

Ariane

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Try a FREE Class tomorrow!

A FREE trial for new students:

Our new series are starting tomorrow and we could use a few more friends. If you are on the fence about whether these classes are right for you drop in for a free trial tomorrow. We have 2 pre-k options and a k-5 homeschool group for you to choose from and a wonderful new teacher to share her creative knowledge with you! Drop in to give them a try and sign up on for the rest of the series on site!

Drop in for:

First Art at 9:30 for our 3 and under sensory art explorers

Creative Kidlit at 10:30 for our 3-5s making art with literary inspiration

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Homeschool Arts Collective at 11:30 for our K-5 homeschoolers.

Looking forward to having Ms. Erin meet you at Community Grounds for these creative explorations!

See you in the Studio

Ariane

 

 

 

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Winter boredom buster: New 6 week series begins!

We are just around the corner from the return of our most popular series classes and there’s still room for more friends! Our Wednesday Morning Series line up will begin on January 3rd with 2 pre-k classes and one k-5 homeschool series. If you are new to Created to Grow classes, you are welcome to try this weeks class for free to see if the classes are a good fit for you.

First Art (3 and unders) 9:30-10:15

For our youngest art explorers, this 6 week course is designed to get their hands in the materials and start exploring . A perfect Creative Playdate for the 3 and unders!

Creative Kidlit (3-5s) 10:30-11:15

Winter story hour with a creative bonus! Join in for this 6 week class based on great children’s books with inspiring illustrations and an new original art work to make each week.

Homeschool Arts Collective (K-5) 11:30-12:30

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.

See you in the Studio!

Ariane

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Last Minute Gifting and Winter Classes around the corner!

Grab N Grow Craft and Gingerbread Kits

We’ve got a great line up of both new and old Craft Kits in our winter project line up. Head on over to the online shop to check them out, pick them out in person at Community Grounds Coffee Shop and, new this year, have them delivered to your doorstep in the afternoon on Friday, December 21st if you live in Columbia Heights, Northeast Mpls or St. Anthony! Kits are $6 for craft kits and $12 for the gingerbread house kits.

Holiday Gift Certificates

Don’t forget you can purchase $75 worth of Created to Grow fun for just $60 this Holiday season. Click on the following link to buy a reduced price gift certificate. No expiration date so whether you want to give a gift to a creative friend or ensure a little savings on summer camps or classes for yourself these are a great deal and will be available at this rate now through Christmas Eve. https://createdtogrow.com/product/holiday-75/

Upcoming Classes and Events!

Last, but certainly not lease, we are headed into winter break with a couple of fun little workshops and our regular series classes begin again after the New Year! w

Winter Break Escapes:

Gifts Kids Can Make: A chance for kids wanting to make something special for the special grownups in their lives. Giftables that kids can get excited about making and adults will be proud to display! Friday, December 22nd 9:30-12

Animals of the North: So many animals fluff up their coats and brave the cold! Explore the animals that make tracks in the snow through sculpture, painting and printmaking!

6 week Series Classes:

Our Wednesday Morning Series line up will begin on January 3rd with 2 pre-k classes and one k-5 homeschool series

First Art (3 and unders) 9:30-10:15

Creative Kidlit (3-5s) 10:30-11:15

Homeschool Arts Collective (K-5) 11:30-12:30

 

 

 

 

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Winter Events and Holiday Fun begins tonight!

Open Studio Tonight

Our Upcoming Winter Events kick off this evening at Community Grounds Coffee Shop! We hope to see you drop in tonight between 5:30-7:30 for some Winter fun! Create a snowman ornament, a winter landscape and more. Since this is our first open studio in our new space we are making the $10 ticket price a suggested donation so come for the fun and pay what/if you can. I’ve also had a few inquiries about using past class passes and yes, those of you who have remaining gift certificate passes or dollars are welcome to continue using those up in our new format.

Gingerbread Houses and Grab N Grows return Saturday

Our ever popular Gingerbread House Creative Kidlit class returns on Saturday at 1pm. This has been a favorite holiday tradition for many of our families and frequently sells out, so please register here to make sure I have enough space and gingerbread houses built for this’s fun!

I’ll also have our new line of winter Grab N Grow craft kits available for purchase at the gingerbread party on Saturday so you can take care of some locally made stocking stuffers while you are there! The online shop for pre-orders will reopen on Wednesday if you want to be sure to get your favorite one.

Holiday Gift Certificate Discount

Give the Gift of Creative fun and purchase our Holiday $75 Gift Certificate for $60. A great way to support your young art lover or get a little savings on the classes you plan to take in the future!  Click on the following link to get a downloadable gift certificate or purchase a printed one at one of our upcoming events. Special available through December 23rd.

6 week series begins January 3rd

Don’t forget to check out our January calendar to register for the return of our regular lineup of classes with a new 6 week series of classes.

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Created to Grow Returns!

Great new location, Great new teacher and more of the wonderful classes and events you already LOVE!

I’m so excited to get going on the return of Created to Grow at our new pop up location. I’ve been busy settling into my regular classroom teaching job again and it took a little longer than I’d anticipated to pull together our new Created to Grow vision, but we are ready to bring you the great creative arts classes community you’ve grown to know and love! Our newest classes will be held at Community Grounds Coffee Shop in Columbia Heights. They have a wonderful play space and a great selection of coffee, tea and snacks for before and after class.

I’d also like to introduce Arianne Zager as a new teacher for our morning classes.  Arianne Zager has been in Minneapolis showing, sharing and teaching art for just under a year now. She moved here from Asia where she was painting full time. Before that she started her art career in galleries in NYC where she lived and taught for over 10 years. Arianne has now made a home in South Minneapolis where she runs and owns NOVA art space, a studio for children and adults to create and learn.

 She is eager to share her gifts with the public and pass on techniques to the kids of MN and we are excited to have her on the Created to Grow team for our upcoming 6 week series!

Upcoming Series Classes:

We’ll be offering 3 classes on Wednesday mornings in a 6 week series beginning on December 6th and running through January 17th (no classes December 27th) Click on the course titles to bring you to registration for each class.

First Art (9:30-10:15): For our youngest art explorers, this 6 week course is designed to get their hands in the materials and start exploring . A perfect Creative Playdate for the 3 and unders! This is a caregiver and child together class.
Creative Kidlit (10:30-11:15): Winter story hour with a creative bonus! Join in for this 6 week class based on great children’s books with inspiring illustrations and an new original art work to make each week. This is a caregiver and child together class.
Homeschool Arts Collective (11:30-12:30): An opportunity to grow in the Creative Process, Artistic Techniques and even a little Art History Knowledge. This 6 week 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.

Open Studio and Special Events

Get Inspired Open Studio:  This monthly open studio is a great option for those who want a little guidance and love the freedom to work at your own pace. Each month I’ll choose a new theme, culture or artist to inspire our work and provide project ideas and samples. You can follow the ideas provided or take the materials in your own creative direction! Pre-k children should have a guardian with them and elementary children and older are welcome to be dropped off. This event will occur monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month from 5-7:30.

Creative Kidlit: Gingerbread House PartyJoin us for a Gingerbread House decorating version of Creative Kidlit. With the beautifully illustrated Jan Brett version of the The Gingerbread boy and all the supplies you need to go home with an equally beautifully decorated Gingerbread House! Saturday, December 16th 1-3 pm

Winter Break Escape: Gifts Kids Can MakeA chance for kids wanting to make something special for the special grownups in their lives. Giftables that kids can get excited about making and adults will be proud to display! Friday, December 22nd 9:30am-12pm

Winter Break Escape: Animals of the North: So many animals fluff up their coats and brave the cold! Explore the animals that make tracks in the snow through sculpture, painting and printmaking! Thursday, December 28th, 1-4pm

Click on the links above to register for any of our events or head on over to Createdtogrow.com/events to register via the calendar!

 

 

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What’s still to come…

As we round the corner on the last days in our current studio space, we want to see your friendly faces a few more times. One of the most important pieces of being a business owner for me, was the ability to give back to the community so it only seems fitting that our last official camps do just that. Whether it be to give a student who couldn’t otherwise participate an affordable way to do so or by teaching the students involved the power of art in making statement and changing lives. So find some time to join in next week for our:

Pay What You Can: Art For Good Camps

A week full of up-cycled crafts for a good cause! We’ll spend some time learning about local non-profits doing good work in the twin cities and decide on who we want to make a donation to, create up-cycled arts and crafts and put them up for sale at Community Grounds in a Silent Auction on Friday, August 18th-Saturday August 19th with 100% of the sales of the pieces going to the organizations that the children have decided to support! We have 3 options for this camp a 2 day all ages preschool friendly care-giver/child workshop (Mon-Tue 9:30-12) and 2 day elementary drop off session (Wed-Thu 9-12) and a 4 day afternoon (Mon-Thu 1-4pm) middle level program.

Pay What You Can: Sign up via the web link (https://createdtogrow.com/events/week/2017-08-13/), but the ticket prices for these camps are truly suggested donations to cover supplies and overhead, if your child would love this, but the cost of the ticket is too much select pay in studio and name your own price in the notes. I’ll honor that price as you pay on arrival.

Silent Auction and Sale: On August 18th-19th, all of the work created by these incredible kids will be up for sale or auction at Community Grounds Coffee Shop! The sale will open at 3pm on August 18th and Close at 2pm on August 19th. There will be some simple purchase and walk away with them items along with a few larger pieces for silent auction that you will have to try your hand at bidding for! All proceeds from the art sale will got to a local non-profit that the students select during the camps!

Open Studio Opportunities:

Some of the best times in the studio come when you get to drop in when you are ready and work at your own pace in your own creative way. We will continue to hold open studios on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 through Sept 12th and Saturdays: August 26th 10am-2m, September 9th 10am-12pm and Sept 16th 10am-2pm.

Remaining Adult Offerings:

We all know the studio isn’t just for the kids! Drop in for one of our remaining adult nights to get a little grown up crafting in! We’ve got some fun Thursdays to finish off our time in the studio for our adult friends:

 

August 17th, 7:30-10pm: Macrame Plant Holders and a macrame warm-up ($25)

August 24th, 7:30-9:30: Simple Jewels and Rustic Vases ($25)

Sept 7th, 7:30-9:30:Hookers and Needlers, Knitting, Crocheting and other needlework group ($5 suggested donation)

Sept 14th, 7:30-9:30: Scrapbook Floral Canvas ($25)

 

 

 

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2 weeks of fun still to come!

 

TWO WEEKS LEFT OF SUMMER CAMPS

Pre-K-K caregiver/child workshops ($60)and series ($100)

Art for Good August 14-15th,9:30-12pm (Name Your Price Sale: suggested donation $50, 2 days, $25/day)

Creative Kidlit: Fridays from 9-10am, June 16-Aug 18th ($10 drop in rate)

Elementary (k-5) 4 day morning or afternoon camps

The Science of Color: August 7-10 9am-12pm (now on sale for $125)
Mythical Creatures and the tales they tell, Aug 7th, 1-4pm (now on sale for $125)
Art For Good: August 15-16th, 9am-12 (Name Your Price Sale: suggested donation $50/2 days, $25/day)

Middle Level programs(4-8)

Art For Good: August 13-16th, 1-4pm (Name Your Price Sale: suggested donation $100

/all 4 days, $25/day)

What is Art for Good Camp?

Art For Good is our summer camp that shares with kids and families how art can make an impact, from choosing recycled and upcycled materials to creating our art to use the profits from art sales to support local non-profits. We will spend the week creating upcycled art that we will put up for sale at Community Grounds Coffee Shop on August 18-19th. 100% of the sales will be donated to a local non-profit that the students choose during the course of the camp week. This camp is intended to be a community give back so the price to participate is fully negotiable. There are suggested prices listed above, but any child that wants to join in can join in for whatever amount their family can afford!

See You in the Studio,

Ariane Kokes, Creative Director, Created to Grow

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Final Summer Sale and Big Changes to come!

End of Summer Daycamp sale and bonus Farmers Market code

Our community collaboration with the NE Farmers Market resulted in this beautiful sandwich board painted by the kids of the market!

Let’s fill our final weeks of camp! All camps are now reduced by $10-25 and we are ready to celebrate this beautiful summer with lots of creative kids! Sale prices still not quite low enough? Head on over to the Northeast Farmers Market Facebook page, give them a like and find a code for an extra 10% off your cart total!

and now for the BIG CHANGES!

Many of you have heard that there are changes in the works for our next chapter. I am posting today to share our bittersweet news. Created to Grow is giving up our physical space in exchange for a more mobile version of our current model. I will without a doubt shed tears as we walk out of our St. Anthony Studio at the end of September, because it has housed many memories, great ideas, big creativity, laughter and tears that will stay with me for a lifetime. This little business has created an extended family for mine and has afforded me the ability to give back to my community in a way I never could as in individual. I’m forever grateful for everyone who has supported each step along the way and especially, for each child I have seen grow and become in our creative space.

We are at a crossroads and I was at a point where a decision had to be made. The business is ok with only me but the overhead too costly to hire. My leave of absence from teaching is up and I needed to decide whether or not I was returning to the classroom. I am. My children are heading to Kindergarten and it has become very clear over my years as a business owner that my true career is in the public school classroom. That said I’m also not ready to see Created to Grow, the community that it created and the creativity it nurtured to disappear. While I head back to teaching, we will be finding new spaces to offer our programs and will continue to be available for offsite community collaborations like those we’ve done at the Farmers Market, public libraries, daycares and schools. We will have very limited hours in September and I will be taking all of October off from Created to Grow as I settle back into my classroom. In November, we will begin our next chapter by offering a selection of our classes at Community Grounds Coffee Shop in Columbia Heights! This incredible community space has been a great source of support as we held our after school and homeschool gallery shows and we look forward to expanding our partnership.
For those wondering about the non-profit, I am continuing work on heading towards a non-profit status so our Created to Grow work can reach more children and we hope to have that in place before we reopen in our mobile version in November. It has taken a little longer than expected, but it is not gone and the process is just a little more than I could handle while also managing all the aspects of running the business as it exists. This is one of the reasons for the hiatus between the physical space and the new pop-up version of our programing to ensure I have time to work on and establish the status change.

So with this I say change is in the air, but we are not disappearing, stay with me as Created to Grow gets a little quieter in September and October and we’ll see you in November.

As I sign off today, I say thank you and as always (for now)

Lots of love and see you in the Studio,

Ariane

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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 createdtogrow@gmail.com and I will put you in contact with the volunteer coordinators.

See you in the Studio,

Ariane

 

 

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