Hands-On Studio

The Hands-On Studio is open to the public and offers a full complement of creative workshops. We have the ability to create a workshop around your group’s needs—or make the space available for your art group’s events.

Hands-On Studio also has open studio time. The studio is located next to the Photo Arts Club at Toledo Botanical Garden and can also be accessed off Olimphia Dr. between TBG’s main entrance and Holland-Sylvania Rd.

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Creative workshops include:


No experience required! Includes instructions, supplies, tools and safety equipment. Make pendants, earrings, magnets, pins and more.


Batik & Rust Dyeing
Use layered dyes and melted wax to explore ancient fabric patterns of batik. Learn the art and techniques of making dyes from natural and synthetic materials!

Wool & Spinning
Learn every step of the process from fleece to yarn. Try a spinning wheel, and make a simple drop spindle to create your own yarn.

Knit and felt a bowl! Students should already be able to knit with double pointed needles, increase, and knit in the round.

Needle Felting
Use a felting needle and wool roving to make bright-colored pins, pendants or ornaments.

Nuno Felting
A wet felting process that combines wool roving and silk fabric for beautiful results!


Make a stoneware rattle, ocarina, rainstick or drum, in a series of one-session workshops.


Altered tins & cigar boxes, paper & fabric stitched collages & fobots are all examples of collage workshops at Hands-On.


For beginner to intermediate potters. Learn to mix glazes, using simple and affordable materials. Learn chemistry basics, make glaze tests, and then make and keep your own bucket of stable, food safe glaze. Recipes provided!


Use alcohol inks, stamping, image transfer and collage techniques to create your own journal of artwork.


Make stone-like vessels and sculptures using this lightweight, weather-resistant mix of vermiculite, potting soils and cement.


Learn techniques such as copper etching, fabrication, bead weaving, bead making, glass fusing & enameling to make earrings, pendants, bracelets and more!


We can help you custom design your own workshop—perfect for groups, clubs, seniors, teens, and scouts! Along with the workshops listed, we can also explore glass etching, beading, printmaking, tile making, soldering basics, turning wood on a mini-lathe, and scout badge work. Call Kelly at (419) 902.6800 or email ksavino@bex.net.

Open Studio Hours

Stop by and watch teachers and students work on some of their interesting, ongoing projects!
Thursdays, 12:30 – 4:30 pm.

New classes are added all the time! To register, call Kelly at (419) 902.6800.

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  • Jeff Savino
  • Connor Savino
  • Molly Savino
  • Tyler Savino
  • Cap & Doris Averill
  • Ann Hymel
  • Alissa Cox
  • Pamela MacGregor
  • Stephanie Scigliano
  • Leah Semrock
  • Jada Clingo
  • Amy Pollman
  • Michelle Breitner