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Jan 30

Express yourself with JCPRD’s weekly Open Art Studio and Private Workshops!

Posted on January 30, 2020 at 10:36 AM by Becky Burnside

In addition to offering a wide variety of art classes for all ages, JCPRD also offers two other programs meant to help folks express their creativity.

These ongoing programs are: Open Art Studio, and Private Workshops, and both are for all ages. 

Open Art Studio is offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8101 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost is $5 per person and includes supplies.  

“The goal behind Open Art Studio is to allow a non-structured window of time for all ages to use our space and materials as a makerspace,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Devin Graham. “We’ve had all ages, from preschool through adult, use this window of time to design their own creation. If guests feel stuck on what to create, we always have a teaching artist present to give a project idea!”

Each week, different designated materials are pulled out for use in the Friday studio session. These are highlighted in advance on the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center’s Facebook page.  Note that Open Art Studio materials do not include ceramics or clay.

As part of this program, a teaching artist is on-site and available to share the materials on-hand and how to use them as well as to brainstorm or suggest project ideas. 

“The goal of this time, however, is very student-led and family-led, meaning that the teaching artist is not leading a structured activity but is available to guide and answer questions as needed,” Graham said.  

She noted that families with young children have been frequent Friday morning visitors, and the program has also been popular on days when school is out.  

“We’ve also seen a number of adult groups and fieldtrips visit this program,” Graham said. “This program is also a great resource for children and adults with various developmental and intellectual abilities; we’ve seen organized community groups attend since this allows for tactile exploration in a safe environment.”

Guests who are planning to attend as a group of eight or more are asked to email devin.graham@jocogov.org so staff can ensure enough materials are available. 

Private Workshops, which can also take the form of customized classes, are by-arrangement programs designed for folks looking for an art-filled experience just for themselves or their group. 

“if someone would like one-on-one instruction in a particular medium, we can work with you,” Graham said. “For example, we have one gentleman who comes for private drawing lessons each week and is provided a one-hour instruction time with a teaching artist.”

Both private workshops and customized workshops can include any topic of your choosing including various mediums such as ceramics, painting, drawing, illustration or various topics including art history, anime, use of a pottery wheel, and much more.  The cost varies based on number of sessions, timeframe, and medium or topic, but a customized price quote can be provided by email. 

“We’ve created private workshops for a number of different groups including Girl and Boy Scouts (we can help you fulfill your art badge requirements!), moms groups, team-building for companies, and we’ve also partnered with schools and other education facilities in the past as well,” Graham said. “This is an untapped resource that often surprises our patrons, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to inquire!”

For more information about Open Art Studio or Private Workshops, email devin.graham@jocogov.org or call (913) 826-3163.