Paid Post: With a mission to develop what the New York Times called, “the next generation of Basquiats and Warhols,” the innovative One River School of Art + Design is hosting its Grand Opening weekend event on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1033 Davis St. in Evanston.

Kids, teens and adults can participate in free art and design workshops, tour the studios and art gallery, as well as meet the instructors and other prospective students. Refreshments and registration discounts will be available throughout the grand opening weekend.

One River School is transforming art education across America,” said director of One River School in Evanston, Cristina Willard. “We are delighted to bring our unique membership-based concept to this central location in Evanston. One River School, with our two hands-on art-making studios and a state-of-the-art digital studio, looks forward to soon be buzzing with students of all ages and experience levels making and creating together.”

Established in 2012 in Englewood, New Jersey, One River School of Art + Design provides communities with creative, project-based learning experiences that are typically only available within major cities.

The curriculum was created by One River’s team of experienced art educators who have developed an expanding program of teaching modules based on art practices of the best contemporary artists working today.

The result is revolutionizing the teaching, learning and practice of art. Also in our beautiful gallery space, One River School Evanston will present exhibitions of emerging and established artists who make work that’s current, relevant and inspiring to our students.

“We want to provide kids with the best local place where they can express their creativity, stretch their pure potential and have fun,” explains One River School founder Matt Ross. “At the same time, One River is a destination for adults looking for new opportunities for personal growth. We serve those who seek the return to an activity they loved as a kid, as well as those who want to realize their dream of learning to draw, paint or design using the newest digital techniques.”

For more information, visit the school’s website.

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