Studios are in-school arts workshops tailored towards eighth and ninth grade students, assisting in the transition from middle school to high school.

We facilitate two distinctive tracts of non-professionalized artistic engagements with students. These workshops emphasize the humanistic, historical and cultural roots of these mediums in order to prepare students to be well-rounded, well-prepared, and self-aware future artists, professionals, and citizens.

Creative Writing

The fall semester of our in-school residency is a creative writing workshop focused on shorter forms of writing like poetry, flash fiction, and memoir. Students will engage with the entire process of writing, from brainstorming techniques to completed works.

This Studio will end with an anthology of student writing that students will edit and organize with the assistance of our  instructor, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) faculty and students from CMU’s Department of English.


In the spring semester, students write, perform and produce a set of songs based on a self-organized theme. Our lead instructor will guide students through lyric-writing exercises as well as choosing instrumental tracks for accompaniment.

This Studio will culminate with the production of an “EP”, which will be produced, mixed and mastered by the students with the assistance of our instructor, as well as faculty and students from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music.