The Arts Learning Studio is “coming alive.”
That’s from Robin Ray, a Sonoran Arts League Education Committee member, who is also a professional ceramicist and instructor.
She and the committee, all also members of the league, have been working to create the Arts Learning Studio, where free and paid classes for youth and veterans abound, along with classes for professional artists and much more.
“People in the community who have been taking classes here have discovered our Arts Learning Studio is the best hidden secret in Cave Creek,” Ray added.
The facility is in a separate studio, 164, just down the sidewalk from the Sonoran Arts League Gallery, 144, in Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. It’s outfitted with lots of art supplies for painting, ceramics, complete with a potter’s wheel and glazes, a kiln, plus plenty of tables, chairs, supplies and good lighting.
Ongoing classes include a free Veterans Art Program every Thursday. Every other week there is a guest artist teaching a specific technique, followed by an open studio the next week to practice that technique.
For homeschoolers, ALS has a four-week class on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon to explore drawing, painting, compositional design and 3D techniques with a professional artist.
Other new classes coming up include a ceramics program on Fridays for beginners to advanced students; and the April “Intensive Workshop,” sponsored by the Kiwanis and Sonoran Arts League, is “Jewelry Fabrication” by Marlene Sabatina of Feather Heart Studio from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in April for students ages 12 to 17.
“The students will be starting with basic jewelry-making techniques, building each week to the final day when they will reveal the components that have been created to incorporate into a whole body of jewelry work,” Sabatina explained.
“Many skills will be learned for bringing basic paper, metal, wire, chain and leather together to create fun updated jewelry to wear and give as presents.”
Located at 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, Cave Creek, the studio hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. The Arts Learning Studio is located at the same address, Suite 164.