Creative Services for Adults with Disabilities
A Program of Resources for Human Development
FINE LINE STUDIOS
Our studio features a computer lab with large screen Mac computers and PC laptops. These computers are utilized by our clients for digital art, research, creative writing classes, resume and artist statement writing classes, and free time internet exploration. In addition to the computer lab, we have a Promethean smart board where artists can create life-size digital art, and watch videos and presentations!
Fine Line Studios is open to our clients 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday - Friday. We offer a variety of programming choices including fine arts activities, community outings, volunteering opportunities, social skills classes, and more.
From outings to the park and taking landscape photos, to artistic photoshoots at our studio and off-site locations, our artists learn the basics of photography. Artists also participate in professionally documenting their own artwork for their digital portfolios and call for art submissions.
Working their way from hand sewing skills, to machine sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, and soft sculpture; FLS fiber artists create sellable items from headbands, to purses, clothing, stuffed dolls and more!
Artists at FLS design their jewelry first, then assemble each piece by hand. We work with professional quality beads and tools to create unique wearable art. These classes help develop fine motor skills, a better understanding of color schemes, and the opportunity to make money from our jewelry sales.
Our music room is a fully-functioning recording studio! FLS artists write original songs, create their own beats, play a variety of instruments, and collaborate with each other to craft unique sounds. We also press and sell our own CDs. Check out our tunes on Soundcloud here!
Our printmaking studio provides our artists the opportunity to turn their unique drawings into fine art prints. We teach a variety of print making methods from screen-printing, to relief, and mono-printing techniques. Our most popular printmaking class is screen-printing, where artists have the chance to print their designs on T-shirts!
From found objects and recycled material sculptures, to paper mache and sculpey, our artists delve into the 3D realm with a variety of materials.
We are always expanding our art activities and exploring new ways to be creatively expressive. We make soaps, paper, holiday cards, marbled paper, paper weaving, collages, buttons, and anything else we can think of!
We think it is incredibly important for our artists to connect with their community, experience local art, and feel inspired. We visit museums and galleries regularly, as well as local parks, the St. Louis Zoo, The Butterfly House, libraries, art supply stores, and more. We are always looking for new and exciting places to visit and explore!
Volunteering is a great way for our artists to develop job skills, give back to their community, and feel empowered. We volunteer at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the Saint Patrick's Center, the Salvation Army, Hospice Care, and wherever we feel we can help.
Paint is one of the most popular mediums our artists use at the studio. We keep our cabinets stocked with gallons of acrylics, liquid watercolors, paint markers, and loads of brushes. Painting smocks are always an option, but the mess is nothing to fear!
A major motivation for our artists is the opportunity to showcase their artwork in the community, sell their creations, and become more independent through the arts. FLS artists participate in matting and framing their 2D work, labelling and pricing, organizing their portfolios, developing their artist statements and biographies, and applying to Calls For Art within the local art community.
Our studio is supplied with a variety of drawing mediums, adaptive tools, step-by-step drawing guides, reference books, and professional quality papers. Our artists draw independently, and have the opportunity to learn new techniques from our talented staff.
In order to promote healthy lifestyle choices, we offer exercise activities to our artists, both at the studio and in the community. Some of our female artists participate in a ladies fitness class at a local library, others visit the St. Charles Rec Plex to walk the track, use cardio equipment and weights, or go swimming. At the studio, our staff instruct yoga, dance, and fitness classes.
We use two clay bodies in our ceramics area, red earthenware clay and white stoneware. All clay projects are fired on-site in our electric kiln to low-fire and mid-range temperatures. We teach the basics of hand-building with clay including: coil building, pinch pots, slab building, extruding, and sculpting. FLS artists handcraft their ceramics projects from start to finish, and use commercial glazes and underglazes to decorate their work.