About Social Studio
Welcome to Social Studio!
Social Studio is an all ages creative space for all kinds of art. We offer art classes, afterschool programs, workshops, art parties, sketchbook club, open studio, portfolio development, and space for meetings and events. Social Studio is a place where community creates, creating community.
Learning and growing is a social project. At Social Studio everyone is both a teacher and a learner. Our educational model, the Creative Process Framework, includes the essential elements of play, skill development, challenge, purpose, reflection, & social interaction. The 6 phases: Explore, Engage, Express, Expand, Exchange & Empower, facilitate and support idea development, creative problem solving, communication, and personal expression. When you know where you are, you know what to do.
At Social Studio we make more than art. We create confidence, inspire self and social awareness, and establish habits that lead to positive action. Social Studio believes commitment to one’s creative process cultivates empathy and connection – the ultimate goals of education and the basis of all innovation and positive social change. At Social Studio, we teach people to see people (and themselves) through art.
Social Studio was founded in September 2019 by Genie Arnot, owner and director. Genie has her Masters from Bank Street College of Education, New York and studied visual arts at Bowdoin College, Maine. Before opening Social Studio, she taught at Bryn Mawr School, Ross Global Academy Charter, and The School at Columbia. Genie is passionate about education and believes that in an ideal world, the ideas we have as children become the work we do and the ways we serve as adults. To make the ideal the real, it is important to have a place for everyone to be creative – a place to explore, engage, express, expand, exchange, and empower!
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!