New in East Passyunk: Lume Creative Learning Studios
Founded by a teaching artist, the new studio offers programs and classes for kids and adults.
After working as a teaching artist in the public school system, Lauren Parker, the owner and director of Lume Creative Learning Studios in East Passyunk, decided she wanted to use her entrepreneurial skills to do something on her own.
“I thought I’d put all my favorite things together and make it into one big art studio,” she said.
Her idea turned into Lume — a creative studio located at 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave. that hosts programs for kids and adults alike. The studio will celebrate its grand opening on June 3.
During June, the studio will host several one-time classes and events to get visitors excited about Lume. Then, later in the summer, Lume will host eight-week programming for kids, adults, and families, as well as one-week summer art camps.
Eight-week programs for families include Mindful Family Yoga and Chalkboard Story and Song Family Music with instructor Jaime Pannone, a teaching musician. Programs for adults include a book club and Thrift Store Painting, during which participants will use collage, painting, and drawing to update thrift store art. For the kids, classes include Fort-Making Fun, which teaches basic sewing, and Comic Book Super Artists, which teaches kids to draw and write their own comics.
“There’s something quirky and fun for everyone,” Parker said.
Meaghan Paice, Lume’s assistant director, said she’s most excited about Full Moon Figure Drawing at 7 pm on June 9. The one-time class is 21+, BYO, and will feature pole-dancing instructors from Flaunt Fitness posing for a two-hour drawing class. Tickets cost $30.
“It’s nice to do the adult programming, too,” Paice said. “We wanted to do a figure drawing class that’s nice and relaxed and fun, so we hope that’s what that is.”
“Everybody’s into this drag queen storytime,” Parker said. “But I think I’m more into the more mom-friendly things, being a mom.”
She said she’s excited for eight-week programs like Fit Moms/Creative Kids, a class that helps moms get in shape in one studio while their kids make art. She’s also excited for the New Mom Memento Workshop, so moms “can come in with their babies and bond over being exhausted” while making shadow boxes and other crafts.
Week-long summer camps will begin on July 17 with Toys and Games camp for kids ages 5 through 9 — they’ll learn to design their own toys, including DIY fidget spinners. Other summer camps include Rebel Girls camp for budding feminists of all genders and Mystery camp, a mixed-media art and activities program all about looking for clues and solving mysteries.
Summer camps cost $350 per week for full-day camp or $250 per week for mornings only.
The full list of programs and events as well as prices for one-time and eight-week programming can be found at LumeStudios.com.
Photographs by Erin Moran.