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The Clarion Call to Create

Art is Life, Life is Art

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…

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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!

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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!.

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Creative Arts Studio and the Perfect Holiday Gift

 

The best gifts are not just gifts…

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With the holidays soon upon us, there’s still time to get the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. The Creative Arts Studio of the festive city of Royal Oak, Michigan has the perfect gift idea for your loved ones this holiday season – gift cards!  A gift card from the Creative Arts Studio is the perfect gift idea for your loved ones that are sure to bring them joy long past the holiday season. Why you may ask?  It’s because creating something with your own hands has been shown to hold more affinity and value than sometimes even the best gifts.  

 

Discover your creative side…

 

Handmade Gifts

What is it about building something of your own, creative volition that stands the permanence of time? A hand-crafted piece of pottery that you’ve designed, formed and painted with your hands will undoubtedly be of great value and grow in value over time. Some do-it-yourself art projects have turned out to be something nice enough to pass on to their children or donate to charity. The Creative Arts Studio is proud to have had their part in helping everyday individuals find their creative sides and to create beautiful art. The gift of creating art and giving art makes a gift card from The Creative Arts Studio and a visit to our Royal Oak, Michigan studio – the perfect gift to give to your loved ones!

 

So much art to be discovered…

Some may not even realize their artistic talents or they have not heeded their creative calling.  But a gift card from the Creative Arts Studio is one sure way to help your special loved one discover or rediscover the artist within….Here at our Royal Oak, Michigan studio, just outside of Motown, Detroit – your special someone can try their hand at hand-building or Raku Pottery. While here at our studio-gallery, your special someone can brush their beautiful ideas onto canvas or have a special piece of pottery fired in one of our kilns.  Whether it’s mosaic art, beading, glass fusing, wax hands, spin art, pallet board painting or wheel-throwing, a gift card from the Creative Arts Studio makes for the perfect gift in helping your special someone unlock their creative potential.

 

The best Art Room ever…EVER

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We invite you and yours out to our state-of-the-art studio to rediscover the joy of creating, of building, and of crafting something once again with your own hands. The Creative Arts Studio is Royal Oak, Michigan’s premier do-it-yourself studio, where painters, potters, crafters, builders, and artists can come together, even if they’ve never painted, crafted, built or formed anything before…  Here at our studio, we invite you and yours to make it your studio for the day.  You can play artist, dabbing in canvas painting or even ornament painting. You can play sculptor, molding and forming beautiful pottery clay pieces of your own creative doing.

You don’t paint art, art paints you…

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Whichever way that art chooses to express itself through you, then the Creative Arts Studio is happy to oblige!  We’re here to provide the stage, the props and the support for you and art to dance the day away in the most colorful and creative of ways. Let art dance through you in whichever creative routine it chooses to express itself, utilizing your talents, imagination, and life experience to illustrate your story in whichever artistic manner it chooses to showcase itself through you. At this creative arts studio, you are the master artist of your own creative, hand-crafted performance!

The dance of art is always in full swing at our studio…

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Here at the Creative Arts Studio, the dance of art is always in full swing, blending color, creativity and craftsmanship into one, cohesive display of choreographed grace, where every performer displays his or her art in the purest of form and technique. Let our studio be THE place to perform your best routine, swaying to imagination’s moody, melodic groove, while showcasing your best moves with a brushstroke of color on a backdrop of a canvas.

 

A creative performance worth commemorating…

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In our studio, you can spin out your signature style, stealing Form’s breath away at wheel-throwing, just before catching her again in a dead-stop at that precise moment when near-perfection is achieved… It is here, where the artist’s final production is unveiled… his or her completed work of art is displayed and the artist leaves with a trophy of their own crafting.  They take with them a feeling of fulfillment, knowing they gave art -a creative performance worth commemorating in the art piece they hold in their hands…

 

Gift cards – your ticket to art’s most epic performance…

Like holding a prized ticket to an invite-only performance, holding a Creative Arts Studio gift card is your ticket to a memorable, creative occasion!  We invite you to commemorate art and creativity with a gift card to the Creative Arts Studio. We’ve been serving the Royal Oak, Michigan and surrounding Detroit area for years, bringing families and friends together for a studio-worthy, art performance of fun that you and your special someone will remember for years to come. Grab a gift card or two for you and your special few, where they can see art being played out and performed in a variety of creative expressions. Help your special someone discover, uncover and rediscover the artist within once again at the Creative Arts Studio!

 

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All About Wheel Throwing

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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!

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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…

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Wheel Throwing

 



  • 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

See More About Wheel Throwing Parties Groups and Classes Here

Serving Detroit Area and Royal Oak

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Creative Arts Studio Classes

Wheel Throwing

 

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.  

Wax Hands Are Fun

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

Art is Life, Life is Art

  • 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.

Class Calendar

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!

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Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

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10 Fun Things To Do In Royal Oak

10 Fun Things To Do In Royal Oak

 #1 Creative Arts Studio

The Creative Arts Studio is a great place to visit with family and friends for a fun and creative time. Choose from tons of art projects including pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing, beading, wax hands, wheel throwing, canvas painting, and pallet board painting. Walk right in for walk in projects, no appointment necessary or schedule a lesson for a by appointment project. You can even hold a party in the private party room for special occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, showers, corporate events, and more!

 

#2  The Detroit Zoo

Opened in 1928, the Detroit Zoo is a fantastic experience for all ages. Home to over 2,000 animals and 245 different species, the sprawling 125 acre campus is sure to have something for every visitor. Enjoy interactive habitats like the Arctic Ring of Life and Australian Outback Adventure or spend your day in the Butterfly Garden or the brand new Penguin Conservation Center!

 

#3 The Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, the Royal Oak Farmers market greets visitors with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and all sorts of other food stuffs. On Sundays, the space transforms into a bustling Flea Market with over 50 different vendors selling all sorts of fascinating items. The building is also used as an event space, hosting events such as the monthly food truck rally, beer and whiskey tasting nights, and much more.

 

 

 #4 The Restaurants

Downtown Royal Oak has become a destination for foodies and those looking for an exciting restaurant scene. From BBQ to small plates to burgers to bistros there is something for every palette. Diners will find cuisines from a variety of countries and styles peppered throughout the bustling downtown area. Check out this link for a list of all of the restaurants Royal Oak has to offer: http://www.downtownroyaloak.org/dine/

 

 #5 The Bars/Breweries/Distilleries

Downtown Royal Oak is known around Metro Detroit as one of the best places to spend your Friday and Saturday nights. The streets are lined with bars of all types. Dance the night away at the club, find the perfect dive bar, or you can even check out the dueling piano bar. There are also many breweries and distilleries that make their own drinks and spirits right in the heart of the city. http://www.downtownroyaloak.org/play/

 

#6 The Shopping

Spend your day walking around the city and visiting the many small shops and stores. Pick up the perfect vintage jacket at Lost and Found, that hard to find vinyl record at UHF, or just the right gift for a loved one. Longstanding favorites like Funky 7 and Deco Doug carry items that few others do and newcomers Scout and Rail and Anchor have all sorts of trendy things for sale. Check out all of the shops here: http://www.downtownroyaloak.org/shop/

 

#7 The Royal Oak Music Theatre

Originally opened in 1928 as a movie theater, this beautiful art deco theatre hosts hundreds of live music and comedy shows a year. Acts such as Adele, The Black Keys, Louis CK, Lady Gaga, Wilco, and more have graced the stage located on 4th street right in the middle of the downtown area. Check the theatre’s website for upcoming shows and come experience the old school beauty of this awesome local venue. http://www.royaloakmusictheatre.com/

 

 #8 Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

A Royal Oak staple for almost 50 years, comedians have made this venue a must on their way through the midwest. Big names in comedy like Jim Carrey, Lewis Black, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and many more have made crowds roar with laughter over the years. Come downtown, grab dinner and get ready to laugh at Michigan’s premiere comedy club!

 

#9 Stagecrafters

Stagecrafters is a volunteer based performing arts theatre that puts on around 10 different shows each year. The shows change and rotate throughout the year and the theatre plays host to thousands of visitors throughout the season. There is even a youth theatre, featuring youth actors with shows intended for toddler aged children. Check out all of the shows coming up this season on the Stagecrafters website at http://www.stagecrafters.org/

 

#10 Emagine Theater and Main Art Theater

Royal Oak’s two movie theaters serve every type of moviegoer. The Main Art Theater plays indie and art films as well as documentaries. There are also weekly midnight movies that have earned a cult following in the downtown area. The newly constructed Emagine Theater plays all of the newest and biggest blockbusters. It’s more than just a movie theater as it is also home to a bowling alley, full bar, and restaurant.

 

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POTTERY PAINTING PARTIES

All About Pottery Painting Parties and Kids

Birthday Parties #Fun

Parents in the Royal Oak, Michigan area have numerous options when it comes to finding the perfect venue for hosting their kid’s party.  Today’s tech-savvy kids want something new and exciting when it comes to where they host their next birthday party and of the kinds of activities that will be available.  Here at the Creative Arts Studio, we help kids rediscover the artist, the painter, and the craftsperson within. With our do-it-yourself, hands on approach to creating art and learning valuable new skillsets, our studio makes for the ultimate kids’ party destination!

 

Kids Parties

Kids want to express their creativity in fun, innovative ways.  They like to sketch, paint, color, do crafts, and build projects with their hands. Here at the Creative Arts Studio, kids and parents alike have the opportunity to express their creativity in a variety of hands on activities including pottery painting, mosaics, wheel thrown pottery, and of course, eating pizza with their friends!  This creative camaraderie shared amongst friends and fellow creators is one of many reasons that help make the Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak, MI the premier party place for your child’s next birthday party!

With hands on projects come personal pride and a sense of accomplishment.  At our studio, kids can take the opportunity to get back in touch with their creative side. Pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing, wheel throwing, canvas painting, beading, spin art, and Wax Hands are just some of the fun infused activities your kids can do here at our studio.

 

Wax Hands

Here at the Creative Arts Studio, we take all the guesswork out of what to do for your next kids party! With a large selection of paintable items such as figurines, small animals, mugs, plates, and bowls to choose from, there’s something for everyone here in our fun filled studio. We proudly feature non toxic glazes that are as food safe, vibrant, and colorful. Your child is sure to rediscover their artistic side in this creative, collaborative, and constructive environment where imagination is set free by the stroke of a brush!

Our interactive parties are hosted by skilled instructors who know how to pique the interests of your child and keep them engaged.  Upon completion of one of our parties, your child will take much more home with them than a fun filled memory, they will have learned a new skill they can use for years to come. 

Birthday parties, end of year class parties, and school field trips are just some of the events we’ve hosted at the studio.  Be it small groups or large, the Creative Arts Studio has been helping metro Detroit families create fun filled memories for their kids. 

 

 

 

Birthday Parties

 

By hosting your next kids birthday party or student field trip at the Creative Arts Studio, you will create treasured moments that your kids will remember and reflect back upon.  Here at our studio, your little creators will be provided with:

Every Kids’ Party Includes:

  • Two hours in our Private Party Room
  • One hour of personalized project instruction
  • One hour of time for your celebration!
  • Refrigerator, freezer, paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic cutlery available for use
  • Customized Birthday Plate for the guest of honor

Pottery Painting Parties

Monet Package, Picasso Package, Renoir Package and More

  • Huge assortment of small animals, figurines, mugs, plates, and bowls
  • All pottery is finished shiny, smooth, and food safe
  • Colorful, non-toxic glazes
  • Cost includes pottery, glazes, instruction, firing, birthday plate, and packaging
  • Add Wax Hands for just $6/child
  • Eight painter minimum
  • $35 room rental fee
  • Pottery is ready to pick up in one week
  • Please note that the party room seats 20 people comfortably
  • Click here for terms and conditions

Cost: See Event Page