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Spring Series Begin and Summer Camps announced!

Hello All,

It’s been awhile since you have seen an update so I wanted to say hello and thank you to all our loyal customers who’ve been patiently awaiting more Created to Grow events on the calendar! This year of settling into teaching full time in the schools again has proven to be very busy and finding that balance has taken most of my energy, but Created to Grow is still here and our new Spring Series with our newest teacher, Erin Dolan will begin on Wednesday and Summer Camps are now planned and ready for registration. The best part of all this waiting for you is that as we settle into our new satellite version of our programming we get to pass our lower overhead on to you in lower priced classes and camps! It’s always been my goal to keep our classes as accessible as possible and with this model we can do even better at that for you!

Special Event to help Eat Up the Debt for Columbia Heights Public Schools

Thursday, April 26th 6-7:30pm

As a part of the Eat Up the Debt Challenge: Created to Grow is partnering up with Community Grounds to offer a free will donation drawing lesson with proceeds going to the the Eat Up the Debt Campaign to help pay down the lunch debt of Columbia Heights Public School students. This lesson will teach participants to set up, layout and complete a still life drawing. This lesson will be ideal for students from middle school up through adults. All are welcome to give it a try! (Suggested Donation $10)

Spring Series Starts Wednesday

We have two fun spring classes for Preschoolers and Homeschoolers starting Wednesday! Unfortunately, our website is not allowing us to register folks for the class and though it should be fixed soon, it won’t likely be resolved before the series begins, so here’s the low down. Creative Kidlit, our story hour with a creative twist will begin at 9:30 this Wednesday and Homeschool Arts Collective will start at 10:30. The series will run for 6 weeks with the exception of April 25th due to a teacher conflict. Creative Kidlit is $8 for a drop in rate and $45 for the full 6 weeks. Homeschool Arts Collective is $8 for a drop in session or $50 for the full six weeks.  Since online registration isn’t currently available, let us know you are planning on joining in the fun by RSVPing on this following facebook event. Drop ins are always welcome, but it’s always great to get an idea of numbers before classes begin:

https://www.facebook.com/events/366761600486162/

 

Summer Camps announced:

We’re gearing up for a summer of fun with programs for everyone from preschool to Middle School and everything in between. Preschool programs will include a weekly Creative Kidlit 1 hour weekly drop-in for Pre-k/K students and their caregivers. Elementary workshops are ½ day drop off programs that run mornings Mon-Wed

Pricing:

Pre-k Backyard Art Classes: $8/session or $55 for all 8 weeks

3 day elementary camps: $45

Middle Level Tuesday Open Afternoons: $10/session or $65 for 8 weeks

Pre-K caregiver/child backyard art class

Summer story hour with a creative bonus! Join in any Friday morning June 15th-August 17th (No class July 6th or August 3rd) this summer at 9:30 for great children’s book with inspiring illustrations and an new original artwork to make each week. This class will be held in my child friendly backyard for $8/artist or $55 for all 8 weeks and will be rescheduled in inclement weather.

Elementary morning camps

Glitter and Glow: June 18-20th, 9:30am-12pm Have a child who oohs and ahhs when they spot those extra special art materials that are neon or shimmery, glittery or glowing! Here’s their chance to dig in to all those materials somewhere that doesn’t coat your house in a fine dusting of glitter! A full 4 days of projects made with medium that shimer and shine, glitter and glow!

Nature’s Creative Collectors: July 16-18, 9:30am-12pm This is the perfect class for those children whose pockets ( and yours) are inevitably full of cool rocks and interesting leaves, a flower petal and an intriguing stick every time you take a walk. Create a nature sketchbook with collector pockets and use the nature you find in the art you create. These nature finds can inspire observational drawings, become a new style of paint brush, hang in a mobile or become a weaving loom. 4 days to collect and explore. Weather permitting, each morning will begin with a short neighborhood walk so be prepared with appropriate clothing and shoes.

Wizards and Spells: Aug 6th-8th, 9:30am-12pm Art is a great way to make magic and there’s so much creative literature that inspires young wizards to create a magical world of their own. Create your own wands, capes and horcrux stones, a messenger owl and more fun projects inspired by stories like Harry Potter by JK Rowling!

Middle Level open studio

Tuesdays, June 19th-August 14th 2-4pm Weekly Independent study option for your middle schooler who loves to dig in creatively. We’ll have options for drawing painting, sculpture and printmaking for them to explore and those who come weekly can dig deep! Drop in rate of $10 per session or purchase the whole series of Tuesdays for $65.

All Ages Art for Good

August 13th-16th 9:30am-12:30pm A week full of upcycled 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 upcycled arts and crafts and put them up for sale at a Silent Auction on Friday-Saturday, August 17th-18th with 100% of the sales of the pieces going to the organizations that the children have decided to support! This camp welcomes all school age children K-12 to get creative together for a good cause and also welcomes children of all economic means. There is a suggested donation of

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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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