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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
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!.
The artistic staff at the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak, Michigan believes that both kids and adults should be able to work hard and be rewarded with the chance to play hard too. Who says that adults – those of us who are really just big kids at heart – can’t have a playground to call our own and use our imaginations to make a beautiful piece of art?
As adults, we are often encumbered with innumerable responsibilities that we don’t always provide the best care and attention for ourselves. We need time to simply be adult-kids again.. Being an adult-kid again infers to playing as hard as or harder than you work because as with all hard work it’s great to be rewarded with play. Here at the Creative Arts Studio, you are rewarded to play! Yes, being an adult-kid again means to allow your imagination to soar free so you can create, build and make something memorable!
Being an adult-kid entails creating without inhibition and working with your hands to make whatever your imagination can inspire. Here, at the Creative Arts Studio, you are welcomed and encouraged to put your big-kid face on and come out to play!
Included in every Adult Party:
- Use of our private Party Room for two hours
- Food and BYOB welcome!
- Refrigerator and freezer available to use
- Plastic cutlery, cups, and paper plates
- Guidance from our helpful staff
- Ordering pizza? Click here to order from Milan Pizzeria in Downtown Royal Oak. Mention that you’re having your party at the studio and get 10% off your order plus free delivery! Just be sure to order at least one day in advance.
- Planning an office event or outing? Check out our Offsites page!
- Please note that the party room seats 20 people comfortably
- Click here for terms and conditions
Pottery Painting, Mosaics, Glass Fusing, and Beading (you can mix and match!)
Main Studio prices apply
Groups of 15-24 receive 5% off their total!
Groups of 25+ receive 10% off their total!
Head to the Wheel Throwing page for pricing information
*Please call the studio at
248-544-2234 if you’d like to book the party room along with your wheel throwing event.
Head to the Canvas Painting page for pricing information and design options
Pallet Board Painting
Head to the Pallet Board Painting page for pricing information:
If you have comments or questions or need some assistance with
your party or class, get in touch! We can help!
Make your moments memorable
Whether Winter break or Summer vacation, Art Camp at the Creative Arts Studio in the town of Royal Oak, Michigan is certain to be one of the best weeks you’re likely to experience for artistic fun and creative camaraderie!
Artistry and creativity go well together…
School breaks or field trips in greater Detroit, Michigan all have one thing in common – they get everyone out of school for a time! However long they last, they are always a welcome way to celebrate with friends and to commemorate the out-of-school occasion for all that it’s worth. Art Camp, like that presented by the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak, Michigan is one such occasion and place where artistry and creativity mix nicely to make for the perfect camp experience!
Partaking in your student’s development
From the artistic creations crafted there, to the student’s sense of accomplishment experienced there – Art Camp is the ultimate get-away that may very well become your best week ever.
From the camaraderie felt to the rewarding satisfaction that only a teacher understands when observing their students’ experience the wonder of discovery through the arts! At the Creative Arts Studio in beautiful Royal Oak, Michigan, we enjoy partaking in your students’ creative development and in planting a passionate seed for the arts to the next generation.
Inspiration to develop your artist’s skills even further.
While in Art Camp, your students can partake in pottery painting, wax hands, spin art, wheel throwing, hand-building with clay, mosaics, glass fusing, canvas painting and a number of other creative activities that will keep them engaged. It is this engagement, that keeps them interested in the arts and wanting to develop their artistic abilities even further. The Creative Arts Studio has some of the industry’s finest instructors, who will coach students on the different forms of art and the best techniques still being used today.
Consider enrolling your students in art camp at the Creative Arts Studio of greater, Detroit, Michigan for a memorable, momentous experience in your students’ artistic development. Art has been shown to have a tremendous benefit to students in other non-art related subjects too. We are, therefore, excited to be part of the art camp learning platform for your students to hone their skills. Here, in our art camp studio, we will keep your schedule full of art-centric activities that can help make your week the best one ever!
If school is out you can bet that we’ll be running Art Camp for kids here at the studio! Our week-long session is perfect for young artists of all ages and skill levels. Projects include Pottery Painting, Mosaics, Glass Fusing, Beading, Wheel Throwing, Hand Building with Clay, Canvas Painting, Wax Hands, and more! Each day we’ll create 2 or 3 projects, eat lunch, make friends, and have a whole lot of fun!
- Try out every project that we offer at the studio and maybe even a few surprises!
- Ages 6-14 yrs, all skill levels welcome!
- Instruction and supervision provided by our expert counselors
- Super fun and artistic atmosphere
- Sessions run Monday – Friday (unless otherwise specified)
- Each camp day starts at 11:00 am and ends at 2:30 pm
- Afternoon Sessions available to add on
- Discounts when you sign up with friends!
- Campers should bring their own lunch
Art – Classes in the Creative
Supporting education through artistic creation…
Schools are one of society’s most important institutions, as these fine establishments of higher learning are intricately involved in preparing today’s generations for society’s future challenges and opportunities. These higher institutions are integral for passing on humanity’s highest ideals to those who most can embody them best – our youth. To these institutions of higher learning, they represent some of the finest among us, and the Creative Arts Studio is a proud sponsor of YOU – our incredible local schools throughout Royal Oak and Detroit, Michigan communities! We support you, our amazing local schools by offering classes that promote an awareness and appreciation for the arts, helping your students to pursue their art interests further within the arts programs offered at your local campuses.
Imagination makes for a memorable, momentous experience.
At the Creative Arts Studio, students of all ages, grades, parents, and faculty alike have each enjoyed a bonding experience like no other! It’s a bonding experience at our Royal Oak, Michigan studio where you can completely paint the picture! It is the experience itself of coming out, working with your own hands and creating something imaginative that truly makes it a memorable moment that you’ll always remember.
Unleashing the student’s inner artist to a world unaware…
When considering a class field trip, team outing, or school function, we invite your administration and students to attend any one of our pottery classes or painting classes, where everyone can be an artist and let their imagination flow, form-free… Offering canvas painting classes, pottery painting, mosaics, hand-building with clay, and even ornament painting classes. The Creative Arts Studio has a little something fun for each of our greater Detroit area school districts and their creative students. It’s here where their students’ inner artists can come alive and roam free.
Have more art, become more smart…
Studies have shown that the arts can have an incredibly positive and empowering impact on everyone, and particularly with students when their young minds are at their most impressionable. The exploration and expression of the arts can expand your student’s imagination into still untapped, learning quadrants of their brains, enabling them to be better learners in even other, non-art related topics. Students are welcome to explore their innate creative genius here at the Creative Arts Studio – where ImagineMagic still happens.
Let our studio be YOUR studio…
We welcome you and your students to make it YOUR studio for the day and attend any one of our art instructional classes. Our artistic staff is passionate and appreciative of the arts in all its wondrous, forms! We think you’ll agree with our online reviewers and also with us – on why we like to consider ourselves greater Detroit, Michigan’s premier, do-it-yourself, studio, art-gallery and workshop! Also, we realize you may not have transportation to our studio….so we can also travel offsite to your school too! So schedule a field trip for your students soon, for a bonding experience they’ll come to value- one that’s centered on the arts, channeled through the imagination and created by their own hands!
From catchy phrase to clever concept…
If you’re an observer of trends, then you’ve most likely heard the phrase: “…that person is cut from a different mold.” This catchy cliche is a way of saying ‘that individual is unique and in a class of his/her own…’ The phrase also has an even more defined secondary meaning: the activity and artistry of molding clay into works of art with one’s own hands! Here at the Creative Arts Studio in the town of Royal Oak, Michigan, we welcome you to bring a friend out to our do-it-yourself art studio to attend some of our clay hand-building classes!
As unique is the art, so is the artist… #HandBuildingwithClay
The Creative Arts Studio recognizes that just as hand-built clay mold creations are as unique as the potter who created them, so are the individuals who are cut from a different mold – in a uniquely, different class than their co-equal counterparts. Here, at our Royal Oak, Michigan studio, we see this uniqueness demonstrated daily with each new piece of hand-built, hand-painted pottery we proudly display in our studio gallery. To embrace the unique characteristics of each work is to give homage to the creator who hand-built the piece with his/her hands, pouring passion, personality, and promise into their art. It is to this that the Creative Arts Studio offers hand-built clay classes – so you too can express your inner artist, just as those who are cut from a different mold!
In the mind of every artist, there is a masterpiece. Kai Greene
Cut from a different mold kind of folks…
People of this class and sort are often the movers and shakers of society, who plot new paths of progress for humanity to embark upon. These are the visionaries among us who build businesses from scratch, then forge them into companies that give back to the community through employment opportunities, services, charitable causes and philanthropic endeavors. The Creative Arts Studio believes that through the sharing of art, in all its various forms of artistic expression – is giving back to the community in unprecedented ways as new generations pick up the torch and take up the arts.
As in life, so in art…
Just as in life, so as in art; we can be just as unique and different in our artistic expressions. Through our art, we can give back to society through imparting some seed of inspiration or communicating some higher ideal through our artistic voice. We welcome you and yours to unleash your inner artist here at the Creative Arts Studio, where being cut from a different mold is a beautiful thing! Come and bring a friend or your family to attend one of our hand-built clay pottery classes, where you can form, mold and paint to your imagination’s creative contentment!
Private one hour of personalized instruction, Fields trips or Scout Outings are available.
Mold your own customized work of art
Learn how to hand-build using coils, slabs, or pinch pots!
Come with a project idea or we can provide one for you!
Tons of glaze colors to choose from
Click here for information on Hand Building Scouting Events
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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!
If you come, it will be built…
The act and art of building something by hand is a trend that’s gaining more popularity among families today. Perhaps, it’s the disconnect from the digital and a reconnect to physical that has attributed to the trend’s continued growth. It really comes down to the fact that people enjoy the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from working with their hands. Yet, it’s not always practical or convenient to take time out to do this, let alone finding the facilities, where building things by hand is allowed. Enter, the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak, Michigan where to build something beautiful and memorable, you have to get your hands dirty, as in wheel-throwing, dirty.
When shape takes form…
Wheel throwing is the process of shaping and forming clay into usable shapes on the pottery wheel. Also, wheel throwing is used for adding the finishing touches to pottery such as lines or designs. As the potter’s wheel spins, small indentations or surface changes are quickly applied to the clay, where the shape and features begin to take form. In wheel throwing, the design applications are as wide and varied as the imagination of the potter. Here at the Creative Arts Studio near Detroit, Michigan, our potter’s wheel is always spinning, waiting for you to get your hands dirty at designing cool new things!
The potter’s imprint…
The craftsman of old believed that when they worked with their hands on a project or an object they were actually infusing/adding a piece of themselves into the objects they were working on. It’s as if, they had imprinted a part of themselves onto the object of their creation and that their spirit and essence – live on in their workmanship. While the staff here at the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak, Michigan know the objects themselves may be inanimate, it’s the life that’s shaped and spun into them during wheel throwing that does in fact – bear the spirit and essence of the potter.
The reward of working with one’s hands…
If working with your hands on a project or craft has stirred your interest, then wheel throwing is for you! If you’re looking for a new family activity to partake in that will be as rewarding an experience as it is a family-bonding experiment, then wheel-throwing is also for you. If you are looking to satisfy your personal sense of accomplishment, then wheel throwing is equally for you! The potter’s wheel is always making its rounds at the Creative Arts Studio – Royal Oak, Michigan’s own, public potter’s studio.
Experience family fun in a whole new way…
As this festive, holiday season fast approaches, we invite you and yours out to our studio to experience family fun in an entirely new way. The Creative Arts Studio presents painting and pottery classes to help you hone your hard-earned craft. Our classes are taught by skillful artisans who work closely with new students to provide them a well-rounded grasp on the features and fundamentals of wheel throwing. By the end of the class, you will know how to create, shape, and design by hand – a pottery piece you can be proud of and one that’s infused with your creative essence…
- You can take a one time lesson
- 1 hour long
- Make a bowl
- Learn to shape the clay on the pottery wheel
- Step by step instruction
- Finished bowl is food safe
- Paint your bowl during your lesson
- Six-week courses are available
- Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings available as well as Sunday mornings
- Two-hour class sessions each week
- Small class sizes
- Learn how to center your clay and how to make bowls, mugs, vases, and more
- Your own private storage space for your work
- Come in during your free time to practice outside of class time
- Scout Troops can learn about wheel throwing
- Earn your pottery badge
- Creative Arts Studio badges also available
- Hand build a coil pot and throw a bowl on the wheel
- Paint all of your creations during the lesson
- Projects are designed to meet badge requirements
- Pottery Badge Days are great for small troops to earn their badges together
- Birthday Parties
- One hour lesson on the pottery wheel
- Make a bowl and paint it during the lesson
- Birthday plate is designed with handprints and fingerprints as a gift from us!
- Second hour in the party room for pizza and cake time
- The Pottery Wheel is also available for:
- Bachelorette parties
- Work outings
- Family get-togethers
- Date nights