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 challenging and rewarding no matter how much previous experience you have with art.

So…is this an art class?

Not exactly. 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 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 is Art Therapy?

The beautiful (and possibly confusing) aspect of Art Therapy is that it is not one thing. Here at Render, we embody more of an "art as therapy" approach, which, at its most basic, is based in the knowledge that making art can improve overall wellness. We use theory and research to support how we develop the programming and set the tone in the studio. This helps our artists plug into the specific factors of creative process that support health and wellness outcomes. For a quick read on basic things to know about the field, please see our resources page.  

How do I sign up for a class?

You can start by looking at the Studio Schedule and class options for the month. On the calendar displayed, you can select the date and view classes and times offered on that day. You can also filter the calendar by class type or material to see all the times it is offered in the month. From there, you'll click the "Reserve" button for the class you'd like to attend, and will be prompted through creating an account and purchasing a class credit to reserve a space in the class. The sign up window for classes opens one month ahead.

What if I need to cancel?

We’ll miss you, but we know things come up. Please cancel through your account to let us know at least 12 hours before the scheduled start time, and the credit will go back to your account for a future spot. If you cancel in under 12 hours, unfortunately we cannot credit it back to your account.

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.

For structured studio classes, can I grab other materials from the studio to use?

While we love and support the creative initiative, we ask that for our structured studio times, you focus on using the materials made available to the group. Unfortunately we can’t support individual requests for materials beyond what is made available for that one hour. If you want more choice with materials, we’d love to see you at Open Studio.

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.

Is there a minimum age to reserve a studio spot?

Yes, and it’s 16 years old. For any of our artists under 18, you’ll need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver in order to join us. Stay tuned for options for artists under 16 and families…it’s in the works!


1705 NW Kearney Street Portland OR, 97209


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