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Family Open Studios

Family Open Studios are free art-making workshops for all ages and occur in conjunction with exhibitions at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery.

This year, Family Open Studios will be a virtual experience offering live arts instruction on scheduled dates and free art kits to accompany the corresponding art instruction. Live art instruction will be approximately one hour and be hosted via Zoom. Each art project will be themed to the current exhibit in the Cannon Art Gallery.

Virtual Family Open Studios Schedule 2021

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021  11 a.m. Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman
Saturday, May 8, 2021  11 a.m. Material Pulses 


Join us for upcoming live Virtual Family Open Studios and create an abstract work of art inspired by Arizona artist, Barb Wills.

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. - noon

Virtual Family Open Studios will be a live art event that showcases the artwork of Prescott, Arizona artist, Barb Wills, whose work is also being displayed in the Cannon Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints. This event will also offer free art kits with registration, for curbside pickup at either the City of Carlsbad Library at 1775 Dove Ln. or at the Georgina Cole Library at 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.

At the live Zoom art event, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Watch a live interview with Barb Wills and ask questions
  • Learn about the history of textiles and view work from other artists
  • Engage in live arts instruction for the free art kit project
  • Get tips for creating your art piece and ask questions

Registration opens April 12, 2021 and will close May 3, 2021. Register for a FREE art kit at: carlsbadconnect.org (Library & Cultural Arts tab in pink)

Everyone that registers for an art kit will receive a link to register for the Zoom event as well as all supplies needed to learn about creating an abstract work of art. Learn, work and have fun together while you let your creativity blossom! 

  • Connect to the live art event HERE. (Passcode: 367519)
  • View the Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints art lesson HERE.
  • Check out the flyer HERE.

***Art kits are in limited supply (300 total) and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis

Previous Virtual Family Open Studios

Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman

  • View the Recorded Video of the live Zoom event HERE
  • View the Power Point slideshow from the live Zoom event HERE.
  • View the Four Visions, Virtual Family Open Studios art lesson HERE.
  • Check out the flyer HERE.

Family Open Studios are presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office and are partially funded by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.