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September Studio Hours*
As we continue to operate with capacity restrictions, to ensure that a table is available for you, please either call the studio at (248) 544-2234 or use the link below to make a reservation.
Wheel-Throwing Workshops& Private Lessons Join a 6-week workshop or take a private lesson where one of our resident potters will take you step-by-step to learning the art of wheel throwing!
No experience is necessary!
It’s a great stress-reliever!
Ongoing Safety Measures
We care deeply about the health and safety of our wonderful staff and patrons, as well as the community in which we live and work. For this reason, all staff will be wearing a mask, and we kindly ask that you do so as well. We regretfully ask anyone who is unable to comply with these safety measures to postpone any visits until such protocols are no longer required.
Our online store will remain open for those who wish to continue creating at home. Pottery Art Kit site: https://potteryartkits.com/.
Kristin & Dave and Creative Arts Studio staff
We are open as Dave is setting up the outdoor seating!
Weather permitting, there will be a total of 6 outdoor, socially-distanced tables. (3 in front of our studio, and another 3 in front of the old Town Tavern. Please see below for more information.)
Creative Arts Studio Reopening!
We have slowly been reopening the studio to allow for in-studio creating. Pottery Painting and Mosaic Art projects are now available. Glass Fusing will soon follow!
Reservations are required to ensure a socially distanced table is available for you! Please see below.
Wheel-throwing workshops are also beginning to resume. Please understand that priority will be given to all students who were in midst of a session (when shutdowns began), followed by students who were registered and waiting to begin their session (again which shutdowns prevented from running).
Unfortunately, The Wax Hand Machine will remain closed due to the physical contact required between staff and guests, as well as the inability to sufficiently sterilize liquid melted wax.
New Studio Hours*
Monday-Saturday from 11am-4:30pm.
Each day we will offer two opportunities to come in to create. Each session will last for 2 hours. (You certainly do not need to stay the entire time; we just don’t like to rush the creative process!)
Session 1: 11:30am-1:30pm
Session 2: 2-4pm
*We strongly encourage anyone who wishes to create to make a reservation to ensure that a table is available.
Please call (248) 544-2234 to reserve a table and let us know which day and which session you wish to reserve. Finally, please indicate if your preference is for an indoor or outdoor table. If you are leaving a message, please also include your name and phone number.
The Royal Oak City Commission recently passed a resolution to assist businesses impacted by the pandemic, the opportunity to apply for a temporary use permit allowing for outdoor seating. We are very pleased that the city has approved our application. Weather permitting and social distancing honored, we will have 3 outdoor tables in front of our studio.
Furthermore, and sadly, our next-door neighbor Town Tavern did close permanently during the shutdown. Both their location and ours share a landlord who has graciously granted us use of the patio space in front of this restaurant (until a new tenant is found). With social distancing in mind, we can safely offer 3 more outdoor tables for creating.
We care deeply about the health and safety of our wonderful staff and patrons, as well as the community in which we live and work. For this reason, all staff will be wearing a mask, and we kindly ask that you do so as well. Furthermore, temperatures of all staff, as well as all patrons will be taken upon entering the studio. We regretfully ask anyone who is unable to comply with these safety measures to postpone any visits until such safety protocols are no longer required!
Our online store will remain open for those who wish to continue creating at home. Pottery Art Kit site: https://potteryartkits.com/.
Kristin & Dave and Creative Arts Studio staff
Message to our Valued Artists (Wednesday, March 18th, 2020):
In our ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of our community during this unprecedented pandemic, effective March 18th, 2020, the Creative Arts Studio will cease all walk-in projects, in addition to postponing all classes, workshops, and parties as previously stated. The studio will remain open each day from 12-3pm to deliver all Pottery to Go Curbside Kits (home delivery and shipping options are also available). For any patron who is interested in picking up already completed artworks, we are able to deliver your finished artworks to your curbside as well. Please call the studio ahead of your arrival to allow us to prepare your order and have it ready for you.
Creative Arts Studio
114 West 4th Street Royal Oak, MI 48067
Spin Art: Shaping it your way…
Spin Art is a hands-on form of artwork involving the potter’s wheel, where a distinctive form of artwork is created by shaping the clay at the wheel while it spins at high speeds. The Creative Arts Studios of Royal Oak, Michigan is the premier, spin art, studio for the curious and the creative among us- to try their hands at the age-old form of spin-art. This ancient form of art is growing in popularity as it’s a nice, change of pace from all things virtual and digital. In spin art, the potter sculpts and shapes the form after his/her own design using his/her hands, making it an intimately personalized form of artistry that every enthusiast should try!
Spin Art: Trying your hands at the potter’s wheel…
In the Creative Arts Studios workshop, we invite you and yours to come and try your hands at the potter’s wheel! Allow your imagination to flow freely through your fingers as you form what you feel, literally – with the clay. Spin art is the fun, new, yet old way for residents of Royal Oak, Michigan to partake in as a family outing or private event. The sense of satisfaction that stems from forming something you’ve created with your hands – will inspire you for years to come!
Spin Art: From time-honored tradition to newly improved techniques…
We also offer spin-art classes here at our Detroit-area studio-workshop, where you can learn this ancient art form and share of its bountiful rewards. In spin-art, what you create is at your imagination’s fingertips – adding nuance and character at the touch of a finger. The Creative Arts Studios, along with its staff of artisans and enthusiasts are eager to share their knowledge of the time-honed traditions of spin art while spinning new techniques into the mix for something new, unique, and beautiful!
Spin Art: The fun way to form a family tradition…
For something completely different, yet entirely worthwhile, we open our do-it-yourself workshop up to you for a private event or personal project, where you can be part of a time-honored, artistic tradition that’s still popular today! Spin art blends the old with the new, making it ideal for all ages, every group and for enthusiasts and potters alike. Spin art is a fun, festive way to spend the day for a family outing, or for a private group event. You’ll find our Royal Oak, Michigan studio to be your fun, new destination for hands-on, do-it-yourself projects that your entire family or group will enjoy!
Our state-of-the-art studio near the Motown capitol of Detroit, Michigan offers a unique, artistic adventure that has to be felt to be fully enjoyed and experienced. Here, you can fully immerse yourself in the spin art adventure with our spin art classes and connect to your own personal history with this ancient form of art. Then, with the help of our skillful staff of passionate artisans, they will also share some new techniques that will keep your creative wheels spinning, just like the spin-art you form at the potter’s wheel…
Spin Art Video
Fun Art Class Ideas
New Hours: Monday-Thursday 11-4:30pm Friday 11-6pm Sat 11-8:30pm Sun 12-5pm September Studio Hours* As we continue to operate with capacity restrictions, to ensure that a table is available for you, please either call the studio at (248) 544-2234 or use the link below to make a reservation. Wheel-Throwing Workshops& Private Lessons Join a 6-week workshop or take a private […]Read More ›
We are open as Dave is setting up the outdoor seating! Weather permitting, there will be a total of 6 outdoor, socially-distanced tables. (3 in front of our studio, and another 3 in front of the old Town Tavern. Please see below for more information.) Creative Arts Studio Reopening!We have slowly been reopening the studio […]Read More ›
Message to our Valued Artists (Wednesday, March 18th, 2020): In our ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of our community during this unprecedented pandemic, effective March 18th, 2020, the Creative Arts Studio will cease all walk-in projects, in addition to postponing all classes, workshops, and parties as previously stated. The studio will remain […]Read More ›
The Clarion Call to Create
Compelled to create…
From our wide-eyed waking moments into a world full of wonder to our later years our life to ponder, there’s a deep compelling need to create, be it in the form of drawing, the shape of sculpting or in the way of artistic expression. This compelling is much like a clarion call into action, that upon heeding the calling, we feel the need to set our creative energies into full motion… and create something. To create is part of our genetic programming and here at the Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak, Michigan, you’re allowed to do that very thing – to create something of your own artistic volition!
New forms of artistic expression await your discovery…
One of the most alluring facets about art – is that there’s never just one facet of art, but rather many. Art comes to us in the form of graphic art such as media, print, photography, and painting. Then not to be outdone, there are the performing arts, which appears to us in the forms of music, theater, and dance. There are also the crafting arts such as sculpting, pottery, and woodworking that provide us another facet of art worth delving into and discovering. Still, art continues to compel us higher – into even greater depths of discovery, where imagination and ingenuity know no boundaries… Here, at the Creative Arts Studio in beautiful, Royal Oak, Michigan, we’ll help you push your creative energies further, in new forms of artistic expression!
The best tools and best tricks of the trade…
Our modern studio is equipped with the best tools of the artistic-trade – from canvas to paintbrushes and from ceramic figurines to kilns, the Creative Arts Studio is where everyday people from every age group and walk of life, become crafters and creators – make art in all its beautiful forms and outlets. Whenever inspiration hits, it’s that clarion call to create ringing through loud and true that compels us to paint, sculpt, craft and build. Here imagination is king and being creative is to free the artist within.
CAS – an adventure in the arts!
The Creative Arts Studio invites you and yours out to our studio-artroom for an adventure in art, here in Royal Oak, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. There are many facets of art here for you to explore and indulge in. You can paint on canvas, paint on pallet boards, paint on pottery or paint on ornaments. You can also make Raku pottery, mosaics, glass fusing, or you can try your hand at wheel throwing. To experience art in all its forms is like an adventure in creativity, where whole new worlds await your discovery! Let the Creative Arts Studio be your art-adventure headquarters for an experience in creativity that will keep you painting for years to come!.
Mosaic art – decorative, diverse, and dynamic…
Mosaic art is a form of artistic expression created from the assembling of small pieces of stone, glass, or other materials into a colorful, finished work of the artist’s imagination. Mosaics are often used in interior designs or decorative art because of their uniqueness.
The small pieces of glass or stone are often of different colors, known as tesserae, which add depth and dimension to the mosaic art. The Creative Arts Studio of historic, Royal Oak, Michigan presents Mosaic art as a class where artists can learn essential techniques and discover new trends. You can also walk in and work on mosaics anytime. We have a lot of base pieces to choose from.
Something broken, something beautiful…
As an art form, Mosaic art is growing in popularity because it offers something unique – the act and art of making something beautiful out of the fragments of something broken. These mosaic art projects have been beautifully hand-crafted into majestic scenes, people’s portraits, and abstract art. Here, at the Creative Arts Studio, art enthusiasts everywhere in Royal Oak, Michigan, and the surrounding, Detroit communities can experience the joy of Mosaic art too by hand-making one of their own mosaic projects!
As unique as the art form, itself…
Just as Mosaic artwork continues to thrill art enthusiasts everywhere with its diversity of design applications, so does the city of Royal Oak, Michigan with its diversity of history, culture, and the people that comprise it.
A team outing like no other…
Come experience the joy of mosaic art for yourself, here at one of Detroit, Michigan’s premier, do-it-yourself art studio – The Creative Arts Studio. We invite you and yours to build out your own, beautiful mosaic art project and discover the feeling of seeing something arise from nothing and of making something beautiful out of something broken. The Creative Arts Studio also welcomes your class, group, company, and team for an outing they will remember for years to come!
- Walk in anytime, no reservation necessary
- Take your artwork home with you that day
- Huge selection of shapes to build on
- Tons of colorful tiles and gems
- Grout your project at home the next day
- Great for all ages
- Grout Kit and directions included
- Prices start at $20
- Check out our Mosaic classes for advanced designs
- Available 7 days a week
- BYOB and food welcome!
- Click here for groups of 6 or more
Let the goosebumps spread and the hairs stand up on Halloween and let the candy fill your dreams.
Candy, cookouts, and creativity
When the Autumn leaves start to fall, they indicate many things – the Summer season coming to an end, the Winter season’s soon arrival and… that Halloween is just about here!
The highlight of your Halloween
Much like an old-time harvest party, Halloween is a chance for friends and family to come together one last time before the quiet chill of Winter sets in. Friends and family bonding together and doing fun activities for their children are just some of the highlights of a typical Michigan Halloween. To make your end of season celebration even more special, we invite you to consider spending it here with us at the Creative Arts Studio in quintessential, Royal Oak, Michigan – your Halloween celebration destination.
What will you create?
The Creative Arts Studio are the premier do-it-yourself studio in the greater Detroit, Michigan area. Hobbyists and Halloween ghouls alike can find something rewarding to do at our state-of-the-art facilities, whether its canvas, pottery painting or crafting. Here at our Halloween headquarters’ safehouse, you and yours can paint something scary on canvas, wood or ceramics. Whatever your scare or thrill, Halloween at the Creative Arts Studio has something for you and your family to enjoy!
Come, try your talents at pallet board painting or canvas painting. If you’d rather take part in the forming and shaping of your crafts, you can exercise your skills at wheel throwing. The Creative Arts Studio also offers classes as taught by professional artists who have a passion to create just like you. We also have a huge selection of pre-formed ceramic figurines and everyday household items that can be painted to your preference. Here at our Royal Oak, Michigan facility, The Creative Arts Studio has your Halloween covered this year with freaky fun activities the whole family can enjoy!
Creativity colors the world
There’s nothing quite as breathtaking as an Autumn in Michigan! The bright oranges and brilliant reds bring unparalleled beauty to the land, along with a crisp chill in the air to remind us of Winter’s soon approach. While the colors still cling to the trees above, the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak, Michigan has colors of their own to be developed. When it comes to brilliant colors and unparalleled beauty, there’s nothing quite as colorful as a painting or crafting class to brighten your day. Here at our modern facility just outside of Detroit, Michigan, hobbyists and art enthusiasts everywhere can color their own worlds and create their own Autumn wonderlands.
Autumn – Nature’s masterpiece
As quickly as the colors appear though, they are gone with the Autumn breeze, covering the grounds below with scenic splendor. With splashes of golden hues, complemented by sunset oranges and fiery reds, Autumn in Michigan is nature’s masterpiece, annually placed on display for all to enjoy. Though seasonal as an Autumn Michigan is, the indelible mark it leaves is forever memorialized in our minds and inspires us in the months ahead. On a backdrop of canvas, pottery, or Pallet Board, now anyone can add color to their world over here at the Creative Arts Studio in colorful, Royal Oak, Michigan. With do-it-yourself sessions and classes taught by professionals, creativity is in the air here at the studio, and we invite you and yours out to create an Autumn wonderland of your own.
Take the talent “try” test…
Whenever you’re in Royal Oak, Michigan or the greater, Detroit area, come out to the Creative Arts Studio to try your talents at painting, pottery, or crafting. While the colors still cover the land with their final, finishing touches, we invite you to take a trip to capture those Autumn memories on the canvas before they fade to a dull, Winter’s grey. Our modern studio is fully equipped to accommodate your creative interests from pottery painting to canvas painting, pallet board painting to ornament painting; there’s something for everyone here at Creative Arts Studio.
Creating colorful masterpieces
Our colors are non-toxic paints that come in hundreds of shades, which can help you create the masterpiece of your choosing. Just as Autumn colors bring beauty and brilliance to the world around, so can your Autumn masterpiece bring beauty to those dull, grey-white walls of any home. Let the inspiration that flows from Michigan’s breathtaking Autumn season be your source of renewed interest in the arts here at the Creative Arts Studio, where magical moments still make masterpieces…
Throughout the year, the Creative Arts Studio offers classes to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the creative and visual arts. Classes being offered are mosaics, glass fusing, pottery painting, canvas painting, pallet board painting wheel throwing, and hand building with clay, which cover design and technique applications. CAS instructors are highly skilled artisans, providing decades’ worth of combined experience to help students discover or rediscover their inner artist. Our modern, do-it-yourself facility in beautiful, Royal Oak, Michigan is above all a studio, where creativity is more than encouraged; it is lived and taught.
Art is my life and my life is art. Yoko Ono
In communities where creativity is encouraged and the arts flourish, there is a thriving energy that draws visitors, inspires residents, and promotes the local economy from within. When the arts flourish, so also does the community. Creativity begets creativity and it is this collective, creative conscience that the local community “taps” into, which often results in new people trying their wings at the arts for the first time.
To those newly inspired, breakout artists, the Creative Arts Studio welcomes you to our local studio, where you can put your talents to test. Here also you can connect with other like-minded individuals to hear fresh ideas, to learn new techniques, and receive ongoing inspiration. To those members of our extended artist family, the Creative Arts Studio also welcomes you to our local studio, where you can continue fine-tuning your finishing touch by attending any one of our classes.
A picture is a poem without words. Horace
- We offer a variety of classes throughout the year
- Classes use the same materials as our walk in’s and by appointment projects but are designed with a specific design or technique in mind
- For the most part, these classes are one-time visits, typically lasting 1-3 hours.
- Here are are some popular classes in each medium:
- Pottery Painting
- Bubble Painting – We teach you how to mix glaze with soap and water and actually blow and paint with bubbles.
- Tim McPherson Painting Classes – Chicago artist Tim McPherson stops by the studio every few months to teach a technique-driven class. Hits in the past include Jungle Gem Birch Trees, Lotus Blossom Flowers, and a variety of holiday designs.
- Mommy/Daddy and Me – Meant for toddlers and their parents, we read a story and then create a handprint project related to it. Where the Wild Things Are, Monster Mugs and the Lorax have been popular classes in the past.
- Ceramic Christmas Tree Painting – Everyone’s Mom or Grandma has a light up, ceramic Christmas Tree. We show you how to blend colors and add special effect snow glaze to make them look just like the real thing.
- Hand Building with Clay
- Hand Warmer Mugs – We wrap a slab of clay around a form and create a pocket in the side, big enough to fit your hand. That way when you drink a warm beverage in the Winter and you can keep your hands toasty.
- Tween Club – Every other Friday night we host a Tween Club. We provide pizza and pop and create handbuilt projects as well as having a bowl thrown on the pottery wheel. Tweens have a blast and parents get a few hours to spend out at the restaurants of beautiful downtown Royal Oak.
- Glass Fusing
- Glass Fused Night Lights – Using colored glass and silkscreens, we create usable night lights with super detailed designs. We have tons of designs including flowers, sea life, animals, holiday themes, and much more.
- Introduction to Glass Fusing – Get an in-depth lesson on the ins and outs of glass fusing. Learn all about the glass making process, firing, and how to properly cut and place your glass.
- Holiday Themed
- During the holiday season, we hold a number of handprint classes (handprint Christmas tree and menorah plates)
- Wheel Throwing
- 1 hr private lessons or 6-week classes available
- Canvas Painting and Pallet Board Painting
- Organize your own class anytime. Choose any design from our website.
Whenever you’re in the Detroit, metropolitan area, be sure to heed the call of your inner artist by making it out to the Creative Arts Studio. Royal Oak, Michigan’s premier, do-it-yourself, studio. At any of our painting or pottery classes, our instructors will help you develop your talents by teaching you the time-honored techniques used by professionals today. Upon completion, students will be equipped with the new skills necessary for taking their art to even higher heights. They will also be recharged with fresh inspiration for a lifetime of artistic expression!