Creative Process Framework

We believe that the Creative Process Framework (CPF) is a universal learning process essential for everyone to know, personalize, and develop, based on six phases: Explore, Engage, Express, Expand, Exchange, and Empower. These phases support creative problem solving, idea development, and project presentation.

Illustrative E Words: explore, engage, express, expand, exchange, empower

What is the Creative Process Framework?

CPF is an educational framework that encompasses the essential elements of play, skill development, challenge, purpose, reflection, and social interaction. We provide a comprehensive approach to learning that allows for a holistic understanding of the creative process. Our complete curricula includes themes, outcomes, concepts, processes, content, and activities that promote art excellence and experiences.

CPF teaching and learning is designed to be inclusive and in-depth, offering multiple entry points and expansive exit products and possibilities. We believe in fostering a sense of inclusivity and ensuring that every individual can engage with the creative process in a way that suits their unique needs and aspirations. We firmly believe that commitment to one’s creative process cultivates empathy and connection. These are the ultimate goals of education and the foundation for innovation and positive cultural change.

Join us on a transformative journey through the six phases of the Creative Process:

  • EXPLORE: Discover the limitations and possibilities that spark your imagination and creativity.
  • ENGAGE: Consider the connections between ideas, concepts, and perspectives, fostering a deeper understanding of your creative endeavors.
  • EXPRESS: Show and shout your unique voice, communicating your ideas and emotions through various artistic forms.
  • EXPAND: Embrace change and growth, pushing the boundaries of your creativity and exploring new avenues of expression.
  • EXCHANGE: Dare to share and care, collaborating with others and embracing the power of collective creativity.
  • EMPOWER: Present and represent your creative achievements with confidence, becoming a catalyst for change and inspiring others through your work.

Social Studio is passionate about empowering individuals to embark on their creative journeys, unlocking their full potential and making a positive impact on the world.

Explore, discover the limitations and possibilities. What if? Can you? What is the same? What is different?

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.

Happy Parent

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.

Diana B.

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!

Happy Parent

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.

Happy Parent

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.

Art Student

Being a student in your class is a gift that we are so thankful for.

Grateful Parent 

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.

Proud Parent

Thank you for being a wonderful art teacher! I loved art classes with you!

Happy Student


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