The 2019 Art + Mindfulness series is listed below and is offered January, February and March of each year. Be the first to know about art education opportunities by subscribing to our email list by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Art + Mindfulness

creating art with meaning

The Ohio Craft Museum is offering a three month series suitable for the beginner to the professional artist or educator. Take one or all three workshops in the series for inspiration in creating art with meaning. All three artists will offer insight into their creative strategies and guide participants in their mindful process. The workshops are a combination of demonstration and hands on application.
Fee: $40 per workshop, includes all materials. Save by taking all three workshops for $105. Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm.

Please Note!!

Planning is now underway for the
2020 Art + Mindfulness series!


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January 19Workshop Rescheduled to January 26, due to the weather! A few spots are available!
Deborah Griffing

The repetitive nature of hand stitching is a meditative process that provides a way to sort through an ever changing world. This allows for a intimate and thoughtful approach in creating these sculptural forms. Participants will learn a variety of stitching techniques for shaping fabric into house forms, as well as fabric altering approaches. A variety of fabric remnants, felted sweaters and embellishments will be on hand to create a unique piece.

Deborah Griffing has a BFA and MFA from The Ohio State University. She has been a visiting lecturer at OSU and has taught through the Ohio Arts Council As a Resident Artist in the Artist in Education program (AIE). Through this program, Deborah worked at Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio, where she made art dolls in collaboration with artists with disabilities. In 2005 Deborah joined Goodwill Columbus to develop an art studio for individuals with disabilities. The Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery is now a recognized arts program providing income and support for many artists with disabilities and other barriers. Deborah has shown her work in many galleries, has been a keynote speaker and has won many awards including OAC individual fellowship in 2002 and 2013. When not working with artists with disabilities at the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery, she works in her studio at home.

February 16 – Workshop is FULL!
Patty Mitchell

Patty Mitchell is the Founder and Executive Director of Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio. She has worked for more than 20 years as an artist and social innovator, specializing in collaborations between artists with and without perceived differences. Patty is also the CEO of Creative Abundance Consulting (, which provides consultation to-organizations dedicated to advancing community collaborative arts programming.

Patty Mitchell is an artist and social entrepreneur specializing in collaborations between artists with and without developmental disabilities. Her dream is to turn sheltered workshops and day programs into creative art making spaces. Working through the art process, participant’s talents and passions become visible and the core of program design. Creativity and enthusiasm are the tools for developing a new culture and lifting expectations for what is possible. Collaboratively creating art and inviting community participation offers a vehicle for staff and agencies to move away from institutionalized thinking and develop individualized programming. Sewing, painting, photography, sculpture, giant puppetry, repurposed materials, and innovative approaches manifest as on site-specific public artworks. These spectacular installations leave no doubt as to the individual genius of the artists, encourage conversation, connection, and cultural development for the larger community. Product lines designed through the artwork create employment options and funding streams for continued arts programming.

Mitchell founded Passion Works Studio in Athens (1998), Ohio and designed the studio’s signature product “The Passion Flower”. The flower is made of recycled printing plates painted and decorated in bright, bold colors by Passion Works Core Artists. To date the studio has sold over 26,000 Passion Flowers, they are “The Official Flower of Athens, Ohio”, a fountain was designed in Athens, Ohio with the flower as the center piece and they are a . A product line including; jewelry, clothing, tiles, ornaments, stamps, cards, prints… commissions and sale of fine art have generated over $1,000,000 in sales.

As an artist in residence, Patty Mitchell has helped organizations nationally and internationally start up arts programming ventures. Some examples: Our Town Studios, Flor de Arte, Soaring Arts Studio, Pieces of Heart Studio, Up and Away Studio, Hope Studios, Kudos Studio, Kan Du Studio, Colores del Alma, Just Imagine Studio, AccessPoint Studios and others.
Ms. Mitchell has received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Art, an Ohioana Citation for Art and Education, an Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council, a Citizen of the Year Award from Civitan, and the Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service. Patty Mitchell received her BFA and MFA from Ohio University’s Fine Art Photography program.

March 9 – Workshop is FULL!
Michelle Stitzlein

Instructor, Michelle Stitzlein, is an artist and sculptor who utilizes recycled materials in large scale installations. She is also the author of Bottlecap Little Bottlecap and Cool Caps! Her work can be seen at

Michelle Stitzlein was born and raised in the small town of Coshocton, OH, and maintains a studio in a repurposed, grange hall in the rural community of Baltimore, OH. Stitzlein holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and worked with Ohio Designer Craftsmen Enterprises for 10 years prior to becoming a full-time artist. Solo exhibitions titled “Industrial Nature” that feature her work utilizing recycled materials have been exhibited nationally. She has been a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY, and also Denali National Park, AK. She has collaborated with over 100 schools across the country and has written two how-to books for art teachers and parents about creating murals and sculptures with plastic bottle caps. She was awarded Individual Excellence Grants from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008 and 2017.