Creative Process Framework


In the EMPOWER phase, we tap into the positive power of the creative process – cultivating empathy – the better understanding of self and others. We offer reflection and outreach opportunities for artists to align their personal vision and mission with others in their personal, community, and global spheres. 

Artists connect their art and experience to the real world, other artists, occupations, local and global issues, core values and beliefs, and/or their own hopes and dreams. 

Ages 14-15 will spend the most time in the phase, eager to find ways to be advocates, activists, and allies. 

“Knowing my creative process empowers me to give myself permission to be outwardly curious, to more courageously engage with myself to make more meaningful art, expand more fully in new and established relationships, to not shy away from sharing myself and asking others to share with me, and more vibrantly express myself while walking through daily life. It has given me vocabulary to move through the world when words are not usually easy to come by.

The main way I’d like to use the creative process to empower others is to help them move away from perfection, engage with art and creating from a learning perspective or a playful perspective so making art is more accessible and not something someone can fail at.” — Jes

“I learned that with a bit of planning, organization, and patience, I can create better work with less struggle. Taking that time in the beginning makes the “making process” smoother and way more fun.

The Creative Process makes me an ally and cheerleader; it takes away (or at least diffuses) the jealousy and imposter syndrome, and puts me in a place where I can genuinely encourage others because i am secure in myself. It’s essentially a shift into abundance mindset.” — Jaime

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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