Crealdé School of Art

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 600 St. Andrews Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792 USA

Mission: Crealdé's mission is to stimulate the creative process inherent in each individual through hands-on education in the visual arts and to cultivate a lifelong aesthetic appreciation.This mission is realized through comprehensive studio art instruction and interaction with professional working artists; presentation of gallery exhibitions and lectures; related art activities that stimulate art exploration and specialization including an extensive outreach program that services at-risk minority youth, individuals with disabilities and seniors; and fostering cultural diversity and understanding of pluralism and preservation of our cultural heritage. For the Galleries and Sculpture Garden the primary focus is to present thought-provoking, quality exhibitions and programs. Installations reflect a variety of media and represent the work of local, regional and national artists. As an extension of the community-based school of art, the Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Showalter Hughes Community Gallery, and Contemporary Sculpture Garden are committed to providing educational experiences to students, members and Central Florida’s diverse population. The Hannibal Square Heritage Center In partnership with the community and the City of Winter Park, Crealdé School of Art will operate the Heritage Center as a tribute to the past, present, and future contributions of Winter Park’s African American community. Through innovative programming in the arts and humanities, The Heritage Center will become a neighborhood focal point, archive, and home to The Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park. Through exhibitions and diverse educational programs, the center inspires all Central Floridians and visitors to our area to become more aware of, respect, explore, and participate in their own community’s history and heritage.
Geographic areas served: Central Florida
Programs: Free Art Sampler classes for children and seniors are just the tip of the iceberg. Crealde also conducts impactful special projects with intergenerational groups which produce exhibitions and/or lasting public art through Storytellers documentary photography program, Neighborhood Pride mural program, and Monument Builders public sculpture program. In addition, Crealde provides scholarships to over 100 children annually and has an emerging artist and work/study program for adults that supports 50 adults annually in the pursuit of their creative voice.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A Great small Art School, with a that friendly approach to Teaching.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Crealdé has a lot of quality classes taught by professional artists. The school also has a gallery that features really great artists.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Before my untimely due to my surgery to remove a broken disc in my neck, i had the time of my life helping out whenever needed . i really hope to return someday to my volunteer and sculpture department's studio artist position i held before my neck surgery. simply said i just really miss all the comradre everyone has there. it is and always will be my favorite arts venue.they offer so much and open minds of all ages. i love the feeling of excitement when students say" WOW i never thought of that in that way. " To me, everyday was almost as exciting as someone getting picked for a mission to space.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

As a student at Crealdé, I can only give rave reviews. The school is fantastic! The teachers are wonderful. Every teacher I have encourages their students to find their artistic style.
I admit I was nervous when I first started classes, because I didn’t know how the school would be, and if I would fit in. I quickly found out that every artist fits in at this school, and I must say that I love Crealdé!
The classes are small so when individual attention is needed the teachers can give it. The teachers truly enjoy art and sharing their expertise, and they help develop people as an artist. They don’t reprimand you for having style and at times they feel more like guides. They help you learn the rules and structure of art, but also let you blossom as an artist.
My experience with Crealdé is so great that I will continue to take classes with them!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

After my husband passed away in Feb.2000 and I was trying to recuperate from the loss, I started to look for something to get me out of the house and in touch with the world again. I volunteered planting trees for Orange County. When this job was finished, I had to find something else. Some news paper articles about the Crealdé School of Art had attracted my attention. I have always been into drawing, painting and creating mixed media characters. I decided to check it out in Oct.2000.

I signed up for a water color class with Helen Hickey, and took a second class with her. Wanting to try out different media, I took a live model class in oil painting with Don Sondag, Wheel Throwing and Hand Building with Susie Vey and Surface design with Susan Bach. I liked all my teachers.
Then I came to David Cumbie's sculpture classes. And ...I never turned back! This was where I belonged. After a while I started volunteering and now I help David cleaning, organizing and monitoring the studio. And I also volunteer every year to help him with the Kids' Summer Art Camp for 2 months straight which I LOVE to do !

The Crealdé School of Art was just what I needed. It's not an enormous campus where you're only a number. It's more like a family. I never had so many friends ! I participate in the annual student art shows. And the ever-changing exhibitions in the 2 galleries are also an education. I recommend taking classes and voluteering at The Crealdé School of Art to anyone, but especially to those that lost a loved one, are caretakers, as I was, or have to deal with an illness. Maybe it will also become your home away from home.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love how nurturing Crealde is for artists at all levels. Beginners can find their baby steps here. Advanced artists can keep their edge sharp and honed. Artists encourage each other to stretch and reach for that next level of artistry. It is a wonderful place to learn and enjoy practicing art. We love having Publix so close - easy to pick up lunch and enjoy picnic tables and lake at the back of the school.

Kids don't get enough arts in schools. Our kids classes are usually packed. I love seeing their finished pieces - sooo fun and fresh and full of life.

Crealde School of Art hums with volunteers. I gladly volunteer at Crealde like so many others. We have fun helping make Crealde's wheels, phones, openings, festivals, registrations, etc. happen every day. There are only a handful of paid administrators. It is the team spirit that keeps it moving. Just aren't enough dollars to keep nonprofits fully staffed so volunteers take up the slack.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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