About Social Studio
I am Genie Arnot, founder and director of Social Studio. Social Studio opened in September 2019, however, the seed of the idea was planted 18 years prior after a volunteer experience at The Children‘s Museum of the Arts in lower Manhattan. This was a place anybody could come to create, to have a creative experience, and to be part of a creative community. I majored in art in undergrad and at that time I committed to a teaching career – I taught first grade, second grade, science, and math at two start-up schools based in progressive pedagogy and earned a Masters in Education at Bank Street College.
I was fascinated by the various processes involved in each discipline and how it manifested at different ages. I observed not just how things were taught but how individuals learned. In 2008, I moved back to Baltimore to teach art at Bryn Mawr School. I developed my version of art excellence where both the classroom and curriculum were devoted to expression, creative problem solving, communication, reflection, and self and social awareness. This is where it clicked: The creative process is the same as the learning process! It is relevant and essential everywhere in school and out.
My great aha was discovering that empathy (the better understanding of self and others) and connection are the outcomes of commitment to one’s creative process. What I witnessed was that as much as the creative process was personal, it was also social and the incumbent to positive social change. People act more compassionately, have stronger convictions, care with greater passion when they are confident in their process. When you know where you are, you know what to do.
This idea of learning and growing as a social project is not new, but the culture at Social Studio is unique. In 2019, I opened the studio for classes, workshops and events in the Baltimore neighborhood of Roland Park. This is the first; I see one in every neighborhood in the city connecting people and ideas – a place where community creates, in turn creating community. In 2020, I opened Social Studio to an even wider audience with classes online and social media art activities. From seed to seedling, the idea is growing. Welcome to Social Studio!
What our students (and parents) have to say
This is my favorite two hours of the week! Genie opens the session with a group warm-up that is both fun and instructional. Then, the participants can work on projects of their choice. If you're not sure what you want to do, or how to do it, Genie guides you. As you work, you feel supported and by your fellow artists. The sense of community is second only to the spirit of creativity at Social Studio.
Elated Adult Student
It’s so much more than an art class. She had them engaging with science, nature and geography. They were singing songs. My daughter was bubbling over with pride after class. When she draws with us she is easily discouraged that she can’t draw like an adult. With social studio the projects are age appropriate and she is able to engage with peers. As a fellow arts educator I’m super impressed.
Love that it was interactive. I wasn't sure if my daughter would be allowed to talk during the class because of the size but, she was able to talk and show her art work. I was very impressed. The teacher is very enthusiastic and you can tell she genuinely loves her job.
Lila has absolutely loved this class! Being exposed to different types of media and techniques while getting to explore an inspiring artist has been a wonderful experience for her. Genie is awesome and — even at a (Social) distance — has built a relationship with all of the students and a sense of camaraderie. What a fabulous experience!
Go to Social Studio Baltimore for all your kid and adult art making needs! R made this treehouse playground in a mere two hours this morning. Genie Arnot is such an amazing teacher and she has put together a beautiful studio that makes art accessible to everyone.
Genie, congrats on accomplishing a such meaningful feat. With art, we can feel the ground move beneath our feet and the air more oxygenated. You’ve given the community a dedicated place to grow and daydream. You’re amazing!! Go on!
Social Studio Enthusiast
You taught me negative space, how to draw faces and many more really cool things! Most of all you showed me how to connect to other people and things and that is really powerful.
Being a student in your class is a gift that we are so thankful for.
I could not let this year end without telling you how grateful I am that you were Avelynn's art teacher for four years. She sees herself as an artist and a problem solver because you expect them all to be.
Thank you for being a wonderful art teacher! I loved art classes with you!