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Art Education 

Education is the center of everything we do at Cultivate.  We focus on the whole person - teaching art, but also social-emotional learning, and supporting a student of every age and skill to go to the next level. 
An educational team consisting of trained teachers and professional teaching artists, we share art courses from preschool-aged children to continuing education for adults.  

We are grateful to offer studio-based, fine art courses that actively teach elements of art and design, art history, and critique.  Our students of all ages share that they feel more confident in their art practice, connect with an art-loving community, and find new inspiration. 

No matter your skill level, you are welcome here.  

We are proud to share art courses in three locations in West Michigan 


East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation


Cultivate Gallery


Kendall College of Art and Design


Summer Art Camps for Kids! 

We are excited to offer art classes at camps at all three of our locations this summer.  

Summer Camps are for children ages 6-12, and we still have our regular teen and adult courses. 

What our Students Share

"I love how the instructor made everyone feel comfortable.  Drawing is something I have wanted to get better at for a long time, and I feel like I can do it now.  I feel like I see things differently now.  I see like an artist."  - Adult Student 

Meet our Teachers

Cultivate teachers and education staff are a blend of professional teachers and teaching artists, they share wisdom and knowledge in their fields. 

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ArtPrize Education Days

Student Gallery of Work

Resources for Teachers

Field Trips and Scouting Group Trips to Cultivate

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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ArtPrize Education Days 2023

We are honored to partner with ArtPrize this year to share Education Days 2023. 

We are hard at work preparing field trips for students all over Michigan, curriculum for teachers to teach the work at ArtPrize, art magazines, and art videos.    

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