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, TEEN Mentorships, Making Labs
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 Private Event options can be customized for your party, fundraiser or other creative idea!

Our Adult Classes and Making Labs 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

Don’t miss out on Summer!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our Summer Creativity Camps and Design Studios!!
Ages 3 - Grade 5
Rising 6-8th grade
AND have opportunities for Assistants in Training and Internships all summer long.

AND check out our NEW SUMMER K-BOOST class for rising kindergartners!


Looking ahead to the fall - we need some new team / family members!

We welcome people of all colors, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and abilities, as we have always been committed to providing a non-discriminatory employment environment.   
We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Apply to work one on one with local artists! Our Summer THINK BIG mentorship program is a unique opportunity for high school students.

Check out all the details below.

All Mentorships start in early June and run through early August - schedules vary with each artist. Sliding scale options!!!



We are enrolling for the 2019-20 school year at all FOUR of our locations! Engaging, nurturing and SUPER fun!
Grades K-5
2:30 - 5:30pm
Financial Aid and Ride Shares available!


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!!

Visual Arts PRESCHOOL enrolling

We are full at the moment, but jump on our 2019-20 wait list…spaces MIGHT open up!
check out our unique K-Boost afternoon class happening THIS summer AND during the 2019-20 school year!!

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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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