What’s New

Facilitator & SEL Training

Facilitator Training

Open Studio Project is pleased to offer the Open Studio Process Intensive Facilitator Training Program. This art facilitator training program trains participants in developing an OSP practice and equips them to facilitate the OSP Process with others. The training combines one week at Open Studio Project with a post-intensive period of supervision as you conduct workshops in your community. With this, we make sure you are fully prepared to take on this important role in the world.

Having been written about in Art Is A Way Of Knowing & Art Is A Spiritual Path by Pat B. Allen, our studio at 903 Sherman Ave is the only place in the world that provides training on this world-renowned process.

Social Emotional Learning Art Curriculum Training

In Person & Virtual Options!

Learn about our new evidence based social-emotional learning art curriculum.  Train directly with the curriculum authors, practitioners, and art therapists working in Chicago-area schools.

In-person includes all art supplies and studio use.  Virtuals will be given a supply list (for out-of-towners only).

Robert Crown Community Center

Open Studio Project is pleased to announce we will be opening a second studio at the new Robert Crown Community Center. While OSP will continue to host classes, workshops, and retreats at the studio at 903 Sherman and exhibits at 901 Sherman, we are excited to be able to expand these programs as well as create robust new ones. With Robert Crown, we will expand our summer camp options, drop-in open studio hours, enhanced after-school children’s and teen programming, and adult programs. We are looking forward to offering our programs to the Robert Crown preschool, after school, and summer camp programs as well as utilizing the library and outdoor spaces with our constituents.

OSP is so grateful for this opportunity to reach more of the Evanston community in such a visible and accessible studio space. This allows us to enhance our services to our community as well as to expand and share our network with the Robert Crown family.

We have had the pleasure of serving the Evanston community for the last 20 years, with our goal to help others use the arts as a safe and reliable tool for personal exploration, enjoyment, and growth.  It is particularly beneficial to those who seek a creative space to think, be and explore, to utilize art as a safe emotional outlet, or who are in a transition in their life. Our participants seek to foster their love of artmaking and demonstrate the importance of self-understanding. We believe empathy can overcome adversity, that compassion and inclusivity is what will make our community thrive. In the spirit of seeking to continue to be able to offer such services, we appreciate the opportunity to do so it in a more modern, and more accessible space with a new, additional home in the new Robert Crown Community Center.

Social Emotional Learning in Chicago Public Schools

Many of you have been following along with the progress of our Social Emotional Learning Art Curriculum, piloted in Evanston schools in 2017 with great success. In 2018, we branched the curriculum into PreK classrooms and have adapted the curriculum to suit high school, middle school, and special needs classrooms. Some of you may even have had your children in our lessons and have seen for yourself the improvements made.

Our next big step in our SEL journey is bringing this curriculum to Chicago Public Schools. We have been working closely with counselors, art teachers, and art liaisons to determine the best way we can address their individual school’s needs. Having seen the success in our own community, we are excited to be able to expand this into new areas and reach a whole new community.

New Website!

If you’re here, you’ve probably already figured it out, but we are excited to roll out our brand new website! While our old website holds nearly 15 years of memories, it was time for a change. However, we do know that change can be confusing sometimes. If you need help navigating the website, purchasing a class, keeping up with what is going on in our studios, or anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@openstudioproject.org or give us a call at 847-475-0390.