DO YOU THINK ART SCHOOLS ARE USUALLY BORING AND OUTDATED? SO DO WE.
Which is why FARM Creative Market & Art School was built to be anything but. At FARM, creativity grows thanks to a fresh collection of innovative, exciting and (dare we say) fun classes, workshops and events spanning both digital and traditional arts. Young or old, pro or newbie, work or recreation, pencil or pixel, your creative seeds will flourish at FARM.
LEARN ABOUT FARM
Whether you're looking to plant new seeds or grow the ones already sprouted, FARM has a whole bunch of creative experiences in the works. Maybe you need to learn something new for professional advancement...maybe you want to just have some fun...or, maybe you're bored and totally over killing time at coffee shops. Whatever the motive, as long as you want to explore your creativity, FARM is ready for ya.
Pixels, code, hardware, software - technology is an expansive canvas and tool for generating vast amounts of wow-worthy creativity and unlocking new forms of modern expression and interaction. FARM's drool-worthy digital setup is the right environment to upgrade your brain.
FARM believes "traditional" doesn't have to mean boring. Sure, we're all used to pixels, monitors, keyboards, and mice...but when you unplug your hands, remarkable things can happen. Traditional art helps cultivate expression, patience, individuality, mindfulness, and foundational design principles.
OTHER CREATIVE STUFF
You know, this 'n' that...random creative things to do where you might learn a thing or two, or at a minimum have a fun time with other fun people. FARM is also available for private parties and events, either just as a venue or if you want FARM to help host an activity.
Creativity isn't just have-or-have-not nature. Nurture plays a HUGE part in discovering, building and unleashing talent. FARM boosts the nurturing process via four core elements:
Questions & (Hopefully) Useful Answers
As for the rest of our name, "Creative Market" is about being a place where people obtain and exchange creative experiences - a hub of sorts. "Art School"...well, that's pretty self-explanatory, right?
- Professionals: Develop new and strengthen existing creative skills to increase your value in the workplace, unlock opportunities or help you land a new job.
- Businesses: Enhance your abilities, empower your business - photography, digital/traditional design, computer tech, and more. For example: don't let crappy product photos kill sales...learn how to take and make wow shots that catch customer eyes.
- Recreationalists: For those who want to exercise their creative muscles for the fun of it with other fun-minded people.
- Homeschoolers: If you homeschool your child and find art a tricky subject to guide him/her in, FARM will take the reigns. FARM's homeschool programs meet state standards and will be credited toward your child's education.
- Supplemental Art Education: If your child is in a traditional school and you find their arts program to be inadequate, FARM will fill in the gaps.
- Youth: Studies show arts involvement improves communication skills, life skills, interpersonal skills, confidence, behavior, test scores, self-image, and self-expression. FARM's programs and environment can help boost your child's self-esteem and excitement.
- Families: Shared activities and learning is a great way to have fun and become stronger as a family. At FARM, family classes and events are offered so parents and kids can team-up creatively.
Secondly, YES - artistic skills are learnable if you apply passion, patience and open-mindedness. Sorry, no magic wands. But, we promise you this: if you bring those qualities to FARM, you'll learn a lot of cool things and have fun in the process.
Oh, and by the way - nobody sucks at art. Art is a form of expression, and you can't qualify or standardize expression. So, love what you do, love what you make - that is what makes it awesome and totally not sucky.
Number to number, our rates are very competitive - but, unlike the competition, our numbers are covered in icing and cherries. In other words, you get much more for your moola. Small semi-private class sizes, premium supplies and technology, support outside of class, an engaging environment, selection, promotions, rewards, special events, and more - this high level of value helps keep you and your wallet smiling.
Jack: "I have been in love with art since I was 9, when I first saw Superman and started drawing him every chance I got. As an adult, I've been involved in art both in industry and education. Through my experiences, I felt that there was more to it than just brush and canvas or mouse and screen. The time I was most energized with creativity was when I was interacting with others. The collaboration of ideas and the creative processes were rewarding, and it’s what made me most happy. That realization inspired my true passion and calling: teaching.
I have a Master’s in education and a single subject credential in visual and preforming arts, and I've been teaching for about 10 years now. There are so many possibilities in the art world, from traditional to digital, that with my experience and the love and support of my wife, I believe together we will bring something very exciting to the community. We want to establish a school that is accessible to all looking to learn more about their potential and gain confidence.
You can still find me drawing Superman pictures…each time it reminds me of how it felt to be excited about art for the first time, and I get that rush all over again. That excitement I hope to instill in others."
Darcy: "I have a lifelong love of creative expression. Framed in our living room is a doodle I made with markers on yellow lined office paper when I was just a year old. Even though that moment of creation is far outside my memory and it is just a crazy mess of squiggles, I look at it now and see nothing but joy and exploration and growth. It is a very important piece of inspiration to me today.
Since that drawing, my seed of creativity sprouted into a tree with all kinds of branches: writing, graphic design, web development, engineering, marketing, painting, decorating, fashion, and sometimes just making random things. My biggest life-long artistic joy, though, is music (singing and songwriting).
What I aim to accomplish at FARM is having others experience the joy of involving themselves with creativity. Art strengthens the mind and empowers the spirit, and the ability to participate in it and have it transform our lives is in all of us. I want to facilitate that potential, generate smiles and encourage a foundation of living and loving a creative life.
At FARM, you'll find me doing general management, admin and teaching assistance. I'm a Taurus, I love cupcakes and my favorite animal is a unicorn."
Teaming up with Jack and Darcy is Carlos Castrejon, who brings experience and expertise to the traditional arts department.
Carlos: "From a young age I was interested in everything art: books, museums, TV, music, movies, culture, and simply life around me. Born in Mexico, the country's culture was very influential, from the Ancient Aztecs to architecture to Mexican muralism.
After moving to the United States in the 80s, I followed my passion for art - starting with taking art lessons then participating in shows. I further strengthened my involvement in the art community by curating and developing shows for my fellow artists and getting into teaching, all with the goal of helping others challenge, explore and express themselves creatively.
For me, at any moment common objects lose their primary purpose, new structures take shape and artistic potential is revealed. I utilize painting, drawing, sculpture, and found objects across virtually any medium that inspires my vision. I want my creations to spark conversation, emotion and thought.
If I was placed in the world to translate what I see, feel, believe, and experience, I must take my place here as an artist. And I say this to anyone exploring their creativity: when you finish a piece of artwork, you are successful already."