cultivating creative minds

Roots + Wings School of Art and Design nurtures and encourages the natural creativity within people of all ages through innovative art and design education, community collaboration, and a focus on both local and global impact.

Starting with pre-school through high school and beyond, students at Roots + Wings School of Art and Design learn the principles of design and art expression while applying innovative and creative problem-solving skills to real-life situations within their communities.
Want to know more about the who, what and how of Roots + Wings?  Take a moment to peruse our ABOUT menu. 

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What We Offer


For Little Kids

Our Visual Arts Preschool is a school year program that fosters creativity and promotes early development in problem solving, critical thinking, cognitive concepts, social interaction and increased physical health through art-making and the exploration of the world’s many forms of visual art and design. 

We offer Weekly Classes and Spring and Summer Creativity Camps for our youngest makers to enrich their development outside of school.

We also offer customized Birthday Celebrations and Custom Lessons for children 3 and up!

For Big Kids 

Our After-School Community Design Lab Programs—offered at Claxton + Vance Elementary, and the R+W Creative Campus —engage students in academics, critical thinking and innovation through principles of art and design, community enrichment, culture and movement.

Students, grades K-12, can go deeper exploring a specific medium or honing their artistic vision in our Weekly Art + Design Studios, Spring and Summer Creativity Camps, THINK BIG TEEN Mentorships,
or Custom Lessons.

Birthday Celebrations and Portfolio Intensives are also options!



We are proud to offer Adult Classes and Workshops, along with unique Community Classes and Events for various ages at our Creative Campus.  Our instructors work with students on exploring a variety of mediums, tools and techniques.  Our Adult Celebrations and Private Event options can be customized for your party, fundraiser or other creative idea!

Our Adult Classes are open to people of all experience levels looking to expand their capabilities.  

We also offer unique and customized Teacher Training, Curriculum Consulting and Residencies for schools and organizations.

Upcoming Events

R+W connecting the ANDs Family Book Club

fall 2019

Sunday, Nov. 24th 10:30am-Noon
R+W families, staff & community with childcare options through Asheville Kids Yoga + Art

Saturday, Dec. 7th ALL DAY
Cherokee Experience- Field Trip to Cherokee including Museum tour, storytelling & traditional Cherokee dinner

Sunday, Dec. 15th 10:30-11:30am
Community Conversation with childcare options through Asheville Kids Yoga + Art

Roots + Wings School of Art + Design is pleased to offer a new book club for the whole family! Each season, we’ll select a series of books dealing with social issues, including books for adults, teens, middle grade students, and picture books and host a series of discussion groups and events for various ages, or follow along on your own and have your own book club discussion around the dinner table. 

Join us for one of our adult workshops

Re-discovering YOU.
Slowing Down and Finding Space

Tuesdays in November.

Join Ginger for a four week experience that will offer you time and space to reflect on what makes you you!!

from 7:30-9pm
$65 pp
- all materials included

Make it! Don’t Buy it! SkillShare Event

Saturday, November 23
10-1:00pm and 2-5:00pm, ages 6-14

We’re thrilled to offer kid’s workshops for this year’s Make It! Don’t Buy It! Skillshare event at Warren Wilson College!

We’ll be conducting 4 curated, arts-based workshops for young people that mirror the adult skillshare classes and run concurrently.

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Jump into one of our adult Classes

A One-Of-A-Kind Time
Make Your Own Ornaments

Friday, November 8th 7-9pm

Start celebrating the holidays by making and decorating your very own, one of a kind clay ornament. A perfect Date Night activity!

$30 pp
- all materials included


Community Making Labs

Join us outside the Slavage Station this Fall as we make together and connect with friends, new and old.

We will be offering FREE engaging art activities for all ages as well as art for sale from some of our fabulous staff members.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our fun and unique Art + Design Studio classes.

Serving ages 5 - 14, we focus on exposing students to a variety of art and design mediums as we explore all KINDS of subjects / themes!

IF a class is full, jump on the waitlist AND we have some NEW community classes too!
Check it out!


We have found some amazing ways to make our art + design classes accessible to vulnerable communities across Asheville.

Take a peek at what we are up to AND how you can support our efforts!!

Purchase a Roots + Wings T-shirt, Gift card or Sticker for someone special anytime! Click on image above for more...

Purchase a Roots + Wings T-shirt, Gift card or Sticker for someone special anytime! Click on image above for more...

Roots + Wings Creative Campus

Located at 573 Fairview Rd. in the Oakley neighborhood, our new Roots + Wings Creative Campus is our new home base!  But aside from our own space in the building, we have room for other creative movers and shakers! Check it out...

Looking for an event venue, studio or creative space for your business?

Are you searching for a unique space to rent for yourself, a company or an organization?  Take a look at the spaces we have available at the Roots + Wings Creative Campus.  Amazing facilities in the sweet Oakley neighborhood of Asheville.  We have a few unique and affordable spaces remaining for rent on an hourly or monthly basis! There is even a professional sound studio on site.  Come join our community!  

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