'Tis the Season

This December, we have some events planned to help emphasize the “giving” aspect of the holidays. Take a look at some of what we have coming up.

These hand-crafted hand-crafted snowmen will make perfect gifts!!

These hand-crafted hand-crafted snowmen will make perfect gifts!!

MAGICAL MONDAY: Never-Melt Snowman

Dec 17 @ 4pm-6pm - This whimsical project is constructed from freshly-cut Christmas tree slices! While the paint dries, kids can make ornaments, coasters, or other keepsakes using the “wood cookies”. All materials provided. Ages 7+ (or younger with accompanying adult). Click here to reserve your spot.


FUN FRIDAY: Gingerbread Houses for Camp Fire Relief

Dec 21 @ 10am-12pm - Don your PJs, enjoy some hot cocoa, and let’s build some gingerbread houses… while doing our part to rebuild Butte County. Instead of charging a workshop fee, we will accept $$ donations to be applied towards the Camp Fire Relief Fund. All ages, and all materials included. Click here to reserve your spot.

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Derek & Jen’s Holiday Tunes for Butte County Schools

Approximately 5,000 students have been displaced by the Camp Fire and on December 3rd, schools reopened at temporary sites. But the work is far from done. Art Center owners, Derek & Jen have a collection of seasonal songs available online for purchase. All proceeds will go towards helping these young minds at a pivotal moment in their lives! Simply visit http://thezhp.bandcamp.com to listen and purchase.

Gift Cards Now Available

Looking for a creative gift for a family member or beloved friend? Buy them a gift card for classes at our Center! They will make new friends, learn various techniques, and have a fun time exercising their creative brain. Our gift cards are wonderful for any age and any level! Pick them up at the front office, or have them mailed to your recipient.

The Center will be closed from Dec 23 to Jan 1 in celebration of the upcoming holidays.

All classes and lessons will resume on Wednesday, Jan 2. If your child will be absent, please remember to give us 24-hour notice in order to qualify for a make-up class by emailing us at office@camcenter.org or by calling (916) 791-6407.

Thank you for a wonderful first year! Best wishes to you and your family, from all of us here at Creative Arts & Music Center!

Derek & Jennifer

Summer Recap (Gallery)

Enjoy this gallery - a small sampling of the excitement we had this summer. From standard art staples such as Canvas Painting and Clay Sculpting, to refreshing workshops in Printmaking and Theater Improv, it was our goal to expand our definition of Art - and provide new means of self-expression for your children. Thank you to everyone who joined us the last few months. We look forward to doing it all over again next year!

A Word from our Co-Owner


Most of you who know me well are familiar with my work as a music instructor at the Creative Arts & Music Center. It has been a privilege over the near decade of lessons to meet so many wonderful families and guide their children along the gratifying path of musicianship. More than just a workplace, the Center and the people around me have gotten me through the most challenging experiences in my life and also provided me with some of my most gratifying moments. The place has really become a second home.

It is with this in mind that I'm so excited to finally announce that - as of January this year - Jen and I have become the owners of this wonderful place. We are so appreciative of this position and we're honored to foster love for The Arts within the wonderful community that is Granite Bay.

On behalf of our family, I'd like to thank everyone that has supported us through the years for bringing us to this point. We know the road won't ever be easy, but we're motivated to make you proud and we're bolstered by your belief in us.

Thanks so much for everything! If you know anyone interested in nurturing their passion for art or music, please send them our way!

Lots and lots of love,


Introducing "Me Time: Art for Adults"

We are so excited to announce the latest addition to the Creative Arts & Music Center's wonderful programs: Me Time: Art for Adults!



Have you ever wished to rekindle your love of art?  Get hands-on assistance with your own creations while learning new skills and techniques from an instructor.  Hone in your artistic abilities and reawaken your creative side in a class designed for adults. Discover new mediums, new talents, and new friends while enjoying some time to yourself.

For more information about Me Time, please click here.

Earth-Friendly Tips from the Art Center

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In honor of our wonderful planet, here is a list of fun and easy ways you can celebrate Earth Day as a family!

  1. Ride your bikes together, instead of drive.
  2. Go on a scavenger hunt, complete with a list of nature-related things to find, and a magnifying glass for added fun.
  3. Pack a picnic and eat outdoors; enjoy your surroundings (this is why we want to preserve the environment for our kids and THEIR kids too!).
  4. Grow a home garden together, complete with fruits and veggie seeds of their choosing.
  5. Buy your kids re-usable drink-ware, and reduce the need for plastic water bottles.
  6. Visit your local park and have a litter pick-up-party; remember to wear gloves!
  7. Donate your kids’ old clothes and toys to another family, instead of throwing them in the trash.
  8. Grow your own butterflies at home, and when they emerge from their cocoons, release them in your flower beds.
  9. Spend a family day free of electricity; no phones, TV, media, or lights. Play board games or enjoy the outdoors!
  10. Make some Earth Day crafts with your kids! For bird feeders, cover pine cones with shortening and smother in oatmeal and corn meal. Or gather your paper scraps, cardboard boxes, and take some paint to make a creative collage. Maybe bring your kids outside to sketch the beautiful scenery, and remind us all why Earth Day is so important - to preserve our world’s beauty!

This Fun Friday (April 20th), we are also hosting a fun project using recycled materials to create adorable animal planters. For details on that workshop and to sign up, visit this link.

FREE Arts & Music Class for Toddlers

We are excited to announce our new Junior Renaissance program!

Starting in March, the Creative Arts & Music Center will be kicking off our new class for kids ages 3-5 with our new teacher, Miss Karen. We would love to have you come and experience the joy your children will have in the class and so we will be hosting a FREE Open House! Come explore our vast farmhouse property, meet our amazing credentialed instructor, and help us usher in this new arts and music program for little ones at our Center.

Here are the details:

Tuesday AND Thursday, March 6th and 8th @ 9:30am-11:30am
Creative Arts & Music Center
6210 Douglas Blvd
Granite Bay, CA 95746
Price: FREE!

If you are interested in joining the fun, please register here.