Category Archives: Studio

Come see us.

Welcome to our new studio entrance. It feels so open and welcoming, come visit us for some d.i.y. creating time. Come see us. We’re open 11am-6pm and weekends from 12-4pm.
We’d love to see you.

Fond moments.

Looking forward to messy toddler art fun tomorrow morning.
Since my kids are older now, spending a morning with little creators, exploring, trying, and generally making is just the next best thing to my time as a young mama where it was all about now.

Make it a Paint date!

I love this painting! It’s our featured painting for the @thepaintery_com visit to lead a paint night here at CReATE on 10/10 6:30-9:30pm
This painting can be altered, painted in this way or with other colors to bring out halloween or a fun fall spirit!
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We can’t wait to paint with you!

Happy October

The leaves are turning and the crispness of fall is in the air.

We love October and all the inspiration it brings. Come enjoy festive creating with us as we spotlight the world of Cardborad all month, have Fimo Clay on hand for you to try.

We have great workshops and classes this month, hand selected just for you and your kids.

Sign up for Kristina Virturs awesome new Modern Calliraphy inspired Pumpkin decorating workshop this Thursday and a Paint Night workshop next Wedneaday, both to give adults a needed creative outlet for fulfilling self expression.

For your kids this month we have classes to nurture their skill sets with Machine Sewing with Jemma Wildermuth, Cursive Handwriting for Gradeschoolers with Kristina Virtue and Messy Toddler Art Fun with Jemma to nurture the core sense of curiosity and playful creativity that lays within each little soul.

We have some goofy Halloween fun like Making Boo Bags to share with friends and Spooky Slime to bring hands on gooey fun t o kids of all ages on October 19th.

Come create with us as we take our creativity the road as we host free project creating for kids and families throughout Reyes Adobe Days on October 12th-15th. We’ll be at the Westlake Village City Celebration with a Free Eco Shredded Pumpkin Making booth on October 20th. We’ll be making campus visits to ACACIA Elementary on October 26th and EARTHS Elementary and MATES Elementary on October 27th.

We can’t wait to connect with you through creativity this month with our ongoing emphasis on recycling and reuse.

Bubble Fun!

Tensile bubble success!
This was a great wrap-up activity to our September STEAM workshop series with it’s nod to exploration, inspiration and basic order format for making bubbles on a stretcher frame.
Thanks to Pinterest inspiration from Babble Dabble Do for hands on learning fun.


The importance of Art

If your reading this blog you know art is important, but do you know why?

As dancer Twyla Tharp once said, “art is the only way to run away without leaving the house.”

The truth of that statement has fluttered about the internet this week as the importance of art once again rises to the surface of our consciousness.
I have long enjoyed the quote and it’s implications to run away or escape into more aptly our own  space to really be ourselves and to explore new worlds with colorful doorways to imagination. We can express ourselves,go somewhere, anywhere we like. It’s as if we have Willy Wonka’s world at our beck and call with art. Dream it, create it, see it.

The hard part is that art for the majority, art doing, especially for kids isn’t about their expression, Its often about their exposure to other peoples art, someone else’s expression. When kids do art or view it, they are tuning  into the artists way of expressing and not the children’s own. Art is wonderful to appreciate and learn about but it’s most nurturing when kids and adults are encouraged to create their own art, their own way. Art is important because it transports us to deep places within and spaces that art far out, all while we are sitting or standing in one place. This is where confidence waits to grow and flourish, this is where we, as humans get to feel our wholeness. Art doesn’t have to be a passion to be powerful. It can be subtly revealing things we like and things we don’t. It can help us say what no words can attempt. it can make us feel giggle and mad, all at once.

I sense that we as today’s parents want our kids to feel confident, to lead yet, we direct them, steer them, even control them away from their escapes into self expression.
In part, I built CReATE STUDIO to be an art studio where running away without leaving the space is encouraged. For kids, to dive into their own world of interest, colored just the way they like it to enhance their self regard, confidence and to strengthen their abilities to be resourceful. Our kids deserve the same play in the mud mindsets we had as kids to let ideas unfold into other ideas, bigger ideas for hours on end.
Kids NEED to be creative whether they everything not art. Art is the vehicle of self expression. It helps us honor who we are. Painting with gobs of color until it all turns brown, taping tones of paper together until it becomes a flying carpet on the living room floor, with doodled instruments and secret compartments. It’s all good stuff.
Art is big and broad and free and the perfect way for you to be you and me to be me.

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall from CReATE STUDIO!We love the inspiration that fall brings and creations like this paint poured pumpkin by our Paint Pouring instructor, Alison Mytych. It’s so marbly fun with all it’s fall colorings.

A Vision

Styrofoam has never looked so good. With a vision and an array of chalk pastels brings a work of modern art to life.


Where will you let it take you?
When staff member Mayra and I talked about what she could draw on our new chalk board bathroom wall what could be inspiring we landed on outer space. We mutually agreed that when it comes too imagination the options are endless as to where you can go and outer space seemed to encapsulate that.
Imagining is what Logan did to come up with his project and it’s what Einstein did when he developed the theory of relativity. It’s even what Neal Armstrong did when he dreamed to become an Astronaut. We need our imaginations to stretch beyond what we know to be possible so we stretch our minds and create our imaginings into probable.

A Paint Night at CReATE!

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 10th for a special Paint Night with @thepaintery_com. She will lead a paint night here at the studio, bringing along everything you need to paint a beautiful painted canvas!
CReATE STUDIO October 10th
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