Art Classes & Workshops

We believe that anyone can make art.

Art Works! Studio offers both group and private lessons for the novice to the experienced student. Our classes and workshops explore the creative process and self-expression though a variety of arts media, subject matter, and techniques. We structure our content based on the individual’s learning profile: strengths and weakness, interests and talents, learning style and unique language, learning and behavioral needs. We also strive to bring art into the world for growth, healing, communication, and self expression.

Traditional Art

Quiet your inner critic and to learn to see like an artist. In our traditional art sessions, we give you the tools to draw what you see and not what you think you see. We will teach you the techniques to master a variety of art media and improve your skills. Come with a beginner’s mind or stretch your imagination and hone your drawing and painting skills in our continuing and advanced classes.

Expressive Art

The process of creating to express one’s self and shape an artistic work fuels physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Art helps to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self­ awareness. In our expressive art sessions, we explore themes related to self-care, mindfulness, community connection, and social justice using a variety of materials and modalities.

Children’s Art

Children’s classes are a regular space and time to explore and cultivate creative practice. The emphasis is on process over product, self-reflection, the experience of a creative community, and witnessing the journey with others. No prior expressive or traditional art experience is necessary. Creating art is fun and builds executive function and creative and critical thinking skills.

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Please note, we have moved most classes to an online format until further notice. Plein-air and nature immersive are the only exceptions, as they held are outdoors.

If you do not see a class you are interested in, or one that has already commenced, please email us. We are always looking for new ideas.

Disclaimer: Expressive and mindful art exercises are not art therapy even though many people find these practices nurturing and sometimes the process deep. For professional support, you may want to consider working with a therapist as well.

Private Art Lessons

Personal Art Lessons ( 1-on-1 or pod learning)

You schedule dates and time (Packages available) — Ages 5-101

Sign up for personal art lessons! Receive customized instruction in individual or our small, online art classes taught by our expert artists and allow us to nurture your creative spirit. We will teach you a unique balance of artistic techniques while discovering the freedom of your authentic self-expression. We recognize the potential in each person regardless of where you are at in the journey…

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Get Artsy – Gift Certificates – All levels

You schedule dates and time (Packages available) — Ages 5-101

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas on the horizon, this is a wonderful time of year to reflect on what it means to give. All through the year, we are constantly giving our energy to others. We might be looking after family, working hard with colleagues, supporting our friends or just simply helping a neighbor with her groceries. Give a private traditional art or expressive art …

Saturday Expressive Arts OpenStudio

Saturday Expressive Arts Open Studio 

Every Saturday: Ages 18 – 101, 12:30-2:30 PM

The Open Studio is a regular space and time to explore and cultivate your own personal creative practice. The emphasis is on process over product, self-reflection, the experience of creative community and witnessing the journey with others. No prior expressive or traditional arts experience is necessary. Bring the art materials you have on-hand along with your openness and…

Painting with Parkinsons

Painting with Parkinson’s

Every Wednesday noon – 1 pm

Even if someone with Parkinson’s Disease has not picked up a paintbrush since grade school, art can help improve physical, psychological, and social functioning. We provide personalized instruction based on your skill level and creative goals. We will explore color theory and paint mixing and techniques that allow you to complete a painting in a few sessions

colorful pencils lined up with mindful zen dooles across the top of the page.

Fun Art for Neuro-Diverse Young Adults

1-hour classes: Ages 15 and older, EVERY Mon 10 – 11am & Wed 3-4 pm

Art Lessons can be fun for everyone—with just a few small adaptations, everyone can learn. Sasha will guide you through the technical aspects of drawing uncomplicated compositions. Then, let your imagination soar with color, line, and pattern in your own unique style. And voila! You will be delightfully surprised! Too often, adults put limits on children with learning challenges …

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The Active Observer Basic Drawing Class

4- 1.5hour sessions: Mondays, Dec 3 – Jan 3: 7 – 8:30 PM

If you can write your name in cursive, you can draw! Put pencil (and charcoal) to paper and see where you can go! Learning to draw is learning to see and a wonderful way to slow down. Understand line,: contour, gesture, and form while using various materials and the unique marks they make. Begin your creative journey – and meet other creative people on the path!

Colorful Crescent moon and full moon with abstract curved lines.

New Moon Expressive Arts Workshop

Friday, Dec 5th: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

This expressive arts workshop is about tuning into the energy of Rosh Chodesh – the celebration of the new moon. Its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—this is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. We will think about our emerging fullness, our relationship to nature, and how that impacts our own wellbeing. Join us for two hours of poetry, art making …

Colorful Watercolor Painting of Lion

Responding to Trauma in your Class Room – Creative First Aid for Teachers

2-hour workshop for educators:  Tuesday, Dec. 28 10 am – 12noon EST. 

What do trauma and stress in the classroom look like? How does it affect learning? How can educators best respond to students exposed to trauma? In these unprecedented times – transitioning from a year of educating online and socially distancing learning, – teachers will be more frequently encountering …

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Mindful Art: Zen Doodle Watercolor

2-hour workshop: Ages 16 – 101, October 24: 1:30 – 3:30

Experience a variety of slow-drawing exercises to boost your design confidence and expand your knowledge of art as a mindful practice. Zen Doodle (or Tangle) is known to many artists and craftivists to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Some people call it slow-drawing because of it’s mindful nature …

Mindful Art: Pulse and Precision Watercolor Workshop

Mindful Art: Pulse & Precision Watercolor

2-hour workshop: Ages 16 – 101, October 31: 1:30 – 3:30

Join us for this inspiring workshop! Educator, artist, and color connoisseur, Sasha Roberts-Levi, will guide you through a variety of watercolor exercises to boost your design confidence and expand your knowledge of art as a mindful practice. This workshop is designed for beginners and experienced painters alike …

Polarity-Mandorla Expressive Arts Workshop

Polarity-Mandorla Expressive Arts Workshop

2-hour workshop: Ages 18 – 101, Sun, Oct 3, 1:30 – 3:30 PM 

Mandorla is the ancient symbol for wholeness and balance. During this workshop, we will use the tools of creativity, visual arts, meditation, and journaling to work with the Magic of the Mandorla. The mandorla is two overlapping circles, or mandalas, which form an almond shape in the middle. “Mandorla” is an Italian word, meaning “almond”. We see it in painting as …

Mindful Art: Watercolor Harmony

Mindful Art: Watercolor Harmony

2-hour workshop: Ages 16 – 101, TBA

Interested in exploring and creating expressive palettes and paintings? Join this workshop! Educator, artist, and color connoisseur, Sasha, will guide you through choosing, mixing, and using watercolor to create expressive and appealing combinations and effects to reflect every mood and subject. Begin with a quick overview of the basics of the color wheel …

Colorful flower mandala drawing

Mindful Art – Circle Mandalas for Relaxation

2-hour workshop: Date TBA

Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed? Do you want a simple and fun self-care practice to explore your creativity and relax? De-stress with intuitive art exercises, journaling, and mindful breathing techniques you can do daily! “Mandala” in Sanskrit translates to “Circle.” Explore drawing and writing in this relaxed, playful workshop as we explore the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness and creating circular designs and patterns through expressive arts & writing…

Abstract colorful landscapes with yellow, greens pinks and gold paint

Simplified Abstract Landscapes in Watercolor

2-hour workshop: Date TBA

Come practice mindful art in a creative community …

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Art & Nature for Neuro-Diverse Young People

4-hour workshop: Ages 16 – 101 September 27, 10am – noon

As we create art, we learn to express how we feel and explore nature in a whole new way. Welcome to a fun, unique, and eco-friendly arts workshop where we will create art, walk a labyrinth, share stories, and practice mindful self-care in nature! We will connect to nature, to fuel our creative expression by opening the senses and noticing more of the world around us.

Nature Journaling en Plein Air

Beginning Nature Journaling en Plein Air

Three 1.5 hours workshop: Ages 16 – 101, June 25 – July 9, 1:30 – 3 PM

En plein air, or plein air painting, is the act of painting outdoors. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a predetermined look. This workshop is for the student who wants to get started or continue nature journaling in spring, and anyone who wants to keep creative throughout the year. By journaling about your observations …

Mindful Art – Calm for the journey Workshop

2-hour workshop for educators : Date TBA

What are the potential benefits of mindfulness? Numerous studies have shown that it can positively have an effect on our wellbeing including increased self-awareness, heightened impulse control, greater attention span, higher emotional intelligence, more self-confidence, improved memory, heightened empathy, deeper compassion, advanced social skills, better stress management, and boosted immunity. Come practice mindful art in a creative community …

“Sasha is an amazing art teacher. I began taking watercolor painting classes from her and this process transformed my life. She helped me see myself as an artist, which boosted my self-esteem and confidence. “

Maike Walbrecht, Former Director of ESL, UNCW