Awaken your creativity at the Ojai Valley Inn's haven for self-discovery and expression. Join us as we learn, explore and create artful interpretations of the world we see. Walk-in activities are available for guests of all ages during
Open Studio hours. You may also reserve a featured weekly class with one of our local artists. Private or group sessions are available upon request.

open studio

We invite you to visit during Open Studio to explore your creative side in the inspiring Artist Cottage. Please stop by during your visit to let your inner artist emerge and allow the meditative properties of art making work their magic!

Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday | 10am-4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday | CLOSED
Saturday | 10am-3pm
Hours are subject to change

The following activities will be available to walk-in guests during Open Studio hours. No reservation needed, activities range from 20-30 minutes, $25-$45, open to guests of all ages.

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Mandala Spirit Stone Painting | $25 each
PAPER MARBLING | $25 EACH

ACRYLIC BOARDS | $35 EACH
POTTERY PAINTING | STARTING AT $35 EACH
CANDLE MAKING | $45 EACH
SUCCULENT TERRARIUM BAR | STARTING AT $45 EACH

BODY BLENDS | STARTING AT $25 EACH
ESSENTIAL OIL CONSULTATION | STARTING AT $25 EACH
ROLLERBALL essential oil BLEND | $45 EACH


Weekly Group Classes featuring local artists

Schedule subject to change

Reservations are required for the following classes, please contact the Artist Cottage at 805.640.2049 to finalize your booking. Group Classes are recommended for adults. A 20% service charge will be added to the cost of each experience. Please provide a minimum of 6 hours of notice to cancel a reservations without penalty.

Modern macramÉ with sally england studio

by advance appointment only - 2 guest minimum | 90 MINUTES | $125 PER PERSON

Join renowned local macramé artist, Sally England, as she instructs you on how to make your own beautiful macramé wall hanging for your home. Enjoy the therapeutic knotting process in an idyllic setting using natural 100% cotton rope. All levels. Minimum

ARTISAN SOAP MAKING

MONDAYS & FRIDAYS AT 11 AM | 60 MINUTES | $65 PER PERSON

Create a duo of bath bars with Apothecary Specialist, Sara Ocenasek. Learn the step by step process of soap making and customize your soap by using natural fragrances, dyes, and plant materials.

vibrational aromatherapy by ixchel

THursdays & Saturdays AT 11 AM | 45 MINUTES | $75 PER PERSON

Meet prominent aromatherapist Ixchel Leigh who will share information about the body's ancient system of energy: chakras and auras. Through Ixchel's guidance, allow your inner-self to direct you to your perfect Chakra Synergy. Take away expert knowledge and a 10ml Elixir of your selected blend of therapeutic essential oils.

Wellness with essential oils

THursdays & saturdays AT Noon | 45 MINUTES | $95 PER PERSON

Experience the blending of essential oils to renew the body, mind, and emotional state. Using aromatherapy and the healing properties of essential oils, aromatherapist Ixchel Leigh will focus on your specific concerns of the season, while you create a customized body oil that will soothe and rebuild your energy for the year ahead.

Fundamentals of fragrance, blending with intention

thursdays & saturdays AT 1 PM | 60 MINUTES | $120 PER PERSON

Compose your own natural perfume from the Apothecary's custom selection of pure essential oils. Acclaimed aromatherapist, Ixchel Leigh, shares the basic principles of a balanced scent, as well as her professional secrets. Focus your desired intentions in creating your own personalized multi-layered fragrance.

mindful jewelry making

thursdays AT 2 pM | 90 MINUTES | $120 PER PERSON

Enter the relaxing, creative flow of metalsmithing in this session led by Alix Camp, a Mindful Craftsperson with Jewelry Making as her specialty. In this class, Alix will teach you how to utilize simple tools to make two beautiful pairs of earrings, while guiding you back to the present through working with your hands.

introduction to floral design

FRIDAYS AT 10 AM | 60 MINUTES | $75 PER PERSON

Join our resident florist, Sarah McDaniel, to learn the basics of floral design and arranging. Sarah will share tips and tricks of the trade to assist you in making your own floral arrangement. Not only will you walk away with a beautiful bouquet, but you'll also take home the skills and knowledge to be able to create professional level arrangements to adorn your next dinner part.

Class With a Glass

Fridays at 2 pm | 90 minutes | $75 per person

Learn to paint with passion and find your inner artist. Regardless of skill level, learn the step-by-step methods to create your own masterpiece. Enjoy the wonders of wine, and hear why local artists love to call Ojai their home anytime of the year. Using favorite local destinations as inspiration, you will paint the beauty of this special valley and be able to leave with your own finished canvas creation. Paint, drink, and be merry!

Silk Scarf Painting

Saturdays at 10 Am | 90 minutes | $75 per person

Gliding a brush over the silk, you will create a brilliant design on a silk scarf that can be treasured around your neck or used to embellish your favorite hate or bag. Seasoned artist Georgia Deutsch will enlighten you about the nuances of the medium while helping you create your own custom accessory.

first thursdays at the artist cottage

first thursday of each month at 4:00 PM | 2 hours | complimentary

Visit the Artist Cottage on the first Thursday evening of each month to meet our local featured artists and practice your creative wellness. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and admire the stunning scenery surrounding the cottage.

Hours subject to change. Reservations not required.

First Thursdays Schedule