Art House Lab is a relatively new after-school art club in Wellesley, MA. Currently, we offer art and craft classes to students in grades PreK-5 and classes are held in my home studio, thus the name. Unlike other studios you may have visited, we are process-based and product-focused, which means we enjoy immersing ourselves in a good messy project, but also care that the end result shows individuality and good craftsmanship. We do our best to include a little art history, art aesthetic, constructive critiques, and fun art-making within a community setting. Hands-on mixed-media creating may include any combination of drawing, painting, collage, fiber arts, printmaking, clay, 3D sculpture, assemblage, and/or up-cycled art.
At Art House Lab (formerly 103), we believe there is magic in the doing and making of art, and mess is something to be celebrated! It is our mission to build your child's confidence through exploratory art-making and play, while creating work that makes each artist proud.
Right now the studio is quiet and we're planning Spring 2021, when we hope to resume classes in a way that we had grown accustom to before COVID. To receive information about classes, special workshops and camps, please clink the link below and add yourself to the mailing list.
My name is Kelli, (third in from the left in this picture). Art-making and working with children are two of my most favorite things! I have been creative for as long as I can remember. My childhood was filled with hours of drawing and make believe. In 2nd grade I began private art lessons, at the suggestion of my teacher, and continued them every Saturday into middle school. In college, I took as many fine art classes as I could while completing my BA in Graphic Design, and earning my MS degree in Marketing/New Media. However, the last decade has seen a drastic change in the field of graphic arts; those changes made me realize that I want to be working with my hands, not tied to a computer. For more than 8 years I volunteered my time educating grades K-12 in the galleries at the MFA in Boston. Teaching children to think and see like artists is inspiring. Watching my own two children grow and learn has made me realize how transforming one little spark of inspiration can be to a child's perspective—about their abilities, and about themselves. That little spark is magic!
I believe that if we raise the bar on our children's education and experiences, they will meet our expectations every time. That being said, our kids today are over-scheduled and stressed. It is my hope that Art House Lab will serve as a comfortable, happy environment where kids can use their down time to experiment with rich, engaging materials, while using their instincts to make choices without the added pressure of making it perfect.
"There is no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who
use their creativity and people who don't."
103 Westgate Road, Wellesley, MA 02481
If you need more information, have questions, or would like to offer a suggestion, please send me an email or text 6175156069. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.