Do I need to have any experience with art?

Nope. Our space is for everyone; whether you last made something in first grade or this morning. We design every experience to be equally enjoyable and rewarding no matter how much previous experience you have with art. Remember, this is more about how the process of being creative supports your mental and emotional well-being. 

I noticed that all of the classes are run by an Art Therapist. What does that mean?

That's right! Art Therapists are licensed, masters level practitioners trained in using art and creative process for health and well-being. Training is equivalent to that of social workers and licensed professional counselors, which allows us to create an experience that is evidence-based and uniquely able to help you access the health benefits of using specific materials, mindfulness techniques, and thinking about your process in an enjoyable, rich and meaningful way.

Do I need to have a specific "reason" to come to classes in the studio?

Only if you think it serves you! Our classes are public and open to everyone, and goals can include: finding new ways to relax, looking for new tools for mindfulness, seeking novelty and new experiences, getting in touch with your own creativity, finding community, developing self-awareness, and having fun! This list is not all inclusive, by any means.

So…is this an art class?

Not in the traditional sense. While our goal is to help you feel comfortable enough with the materials to get started, we won't be giving as much formal instruction on how to use materials as you might expect in a traditional art class. This is less about technique or making art that looks a certain way, and more about the value of exploration in creative process. There's no "showing" of artwork (unless you want and ask to!).This approach  gives you the space to use your own resources and have a truly creative experience. You’re bound to surprise yourself, and those moments are golden. Of course, if a question comes up as you’re working, that’s what we’re there for.

What if I'm feeling kind of intimidated by this whole idea?

That's ok! And also pretty common. So much of how we've been conditioned to think and talk about art and creativity has trained us to think about it in terms of how "good", "talented" or "skilled" we are in these areas.  But that mentality is often extremely limiting, and frequently stops us from even exploring creative endeavors that we might otherwise be interested in.  It can take time to shift your mentality around creativity and art-making, but we're here for you, every step of the way. 

How do I sign up for a class?

You can start by looking at the COME RENDER! page to get a lay of the land and what we offer. Click through to book directly or contact us for services for kids and private events. The sign up window for scheduled classes opens 45 days ahead.

What if I need to cancel?

We’ll miss you, but we know things come up. The most up to date cancellation policy is available in the booking information as you click through to book. 


What materials can I expect to be available for Open Studio?

We’ll have Watercolor & Acrylic paint, Chalk & Oil Pastels, Colored and Graphite Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Mod Podge, Elmer’s Glue, Glue Sticks, Painter’s Tape, Scotch Tape, Magazines, Scissors, Drawing, Multimedia, Tissue, and Construction Papers, Pipe Cleaners, Popsicle Sticks, Modeling Clay, String/Yarn, and Beads.

Is there a waitlist for studio spots?

Absolutely! If someone cancels, we'll contact you to see if you'd like to snag the spot. We’ll go through the list in order, until the spots are full.

Can I bring materials home with me from the studio?

Again, we love the enthusiasm, but no. We need all unused materials, including paper, to stay with us in the studio. This helps us make sure the studio is always well stocked when our artists are in the space.

Can I bring my own materials in with me?

Sure! However, please know that we reserve the right to ask you to leave them in a locker if they are not appropriate for our space or disrupt other artists.

Where can I leave my phone and other personals while I’m working, since they’re not allowed in the studio?

We have lockers where you can secure everything.

1705 NW Kearney Street Portland OR, 97209 | 971.339.9155

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