Open Art Studio

Mixed race girl, tanned skin, Curly short hair sitting, drawing and painting with concentration and intended in the library at school. In Bangkok, Thailand. Education Concept with Copy space

An Open Art Studio format is a flexible structure for the use of art media that invites a wide range of ages to engage with materials together in their own individual way. This structure allows for a flow of participants into and out of a collective “studio”. Kids can visit, observe, or choose to make art with selected materials. An art therapist serves to facilitate participation as they feel comfortable. Materials may be introduced with instruction, support of a “third hand” and modeling or simply displayed for discussion and inspiration.


Participants are guided with predictable routines and expectations for safe, independent and productive use of art media in the setting. They are supported in engaging both verbally and non-verbally throughout the process that will provide the necessary conditions to practice self-regulation, build executive function and communication skillswhile expressing themselves with their chosen materials.


Open Art Studios by art therapists are therapeutic community programming that addresses the urgent need for a systemic intervention for children and family mental health care.


Open Art Studio design considers several sustainability factors in creating a replicable format that ensures predictability in facilitator roles by librarians, museum curators, assisting staff and volunteers. The physical layout and set up of material options is all designed to be inclusive, manageable as an ongoing program for our communities.


Please Contact Us with interest in Open Art Studio in your area or location.

Schedule of Events

New Haven Community Library

This Open Art  Studio serves ages 3 through 13 and will take place on December 7, 2022 and February 1, 2023, on MAUSD Early Release Days from 1:00-3:00 pm at the New Haven Community Library. 

Come when you can, materials, smocks and snacks provided.   

Reach out with any questions to Katie Male-Riordan, 

International Conference


Oratorio di San Filippo Neri, BOLOGNA – ITALY

Hybrid virtual event

Bologna 14, 15 e 16 Ottobre 2022


Open Art Studio

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