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 hours
We invite you to visit during Open Studio hours 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!
Sunday | 10am-4pm
Monday | 10am-4pm
Tuesday | 10am - 3pm (excluding July 10)
Wednesday | 10am - 3pm (excluding July 11)
Thursday | 10am-4pm
Friday | 10am-4pm
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.
Mandala Spirit Stone Painting | $25 per person
Select the Ojai River rock that calls to you. Then using an array of tools including acrylic paint, dotting pens, and stencils, create your own design that is meaningful to you. Spirit stones can be used to inspire and empower and are a decorative addition to your home patio or garden.
PAPER MARBLING | $25 PER PERSON
Create your own personalized stationery set by using a dynamic foam and liquid watercolor technique to create a marbling effect to letterhead. Embrace your inner abstract artist with this freeing approach to card making.
Room Mist Apothecary Blending | $35 Per Person
An introduction to our Apothecary Creations at the Artist Cottage & Apothecary. Choose from a curated selection of our botanical oils to create a natural environmental fragrance. Your personalized spritz will uplift your spirit and can be used as an aromatic room spray or linen refresher.
Acrylic boards | $35 per person
Enjoy the serenity of the Artist Cottage in classic artistic style. Supplied with a canvas board and acrylic paints, channel your inner master painter with an abundance of scenic inspiration.
Pottery Painting | $35 Per Person
Choose a piece of one-of-a-kind bisque ware, handmade by local Ojai ceramicists of Firestick Pottery, and paint your own creative design onto the surface.
SUCCULENT AND TERRARIUM BAR | $45 PER PERSON
Admiration for nature and composition come together for this activity. Choose from a variety of regional succulents and air plants, to create an arrangement that will bring new life to any corner of your home.
Candle Making | $45 Per Person
Capture and take home the inspiring natural fragrances of the Ojai Valley by crafting your own handmade soy wax candle.
Weekly Group Classes featuring local artists
Schedule subject to change
To reserve the following classes, please contact the Artist Cottage at 805.640.2049.
modern Macrame with Sally England Studio
Mondays at 2pm | 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.
Class With a Glass: How to Uncork your Creativity
Fridays at 2pm | 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 the artist Jeff Sojka loves to call Ojai his home. Using his favorite local locations as inspiration, you will paint the beauty of this special valley and be able to leave with your own finished canvas creation. Sit back, sip, and celebrate the magic of Ojai and the joy of creativity. Paint, drink, and be merry!
Mindful journal writing
Saturdays at 8am | 60-75 minutes | $125 per person
Join Joanne Mennon, Ojai's Spiritual Psychologist and Life Coach in the inspirational morning hours at the Artist Cottage to access and inspire your creative consciousness. In a sacred and nurturing space, Joanne will guide you to explore your current life's path and will customize a journal writing program to help you directly access the wisdom of your soul. The enchanting setting will elevate your senses and awaken your inherent writing capabilities. Beautiful journal and pen are provided.
Apothecary Custom Blending
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays at 1pm, Saturday at 10am | 90 minutes | $120 per person
An experience that will awaken your senses, our custom blending class will rely on your unconscious to create your own uniquely personal scent. Enjoy your signature scent as a classic perfume or have our apothecary specialist, Sherrie Dawkins, blend it into a customized product line. Formulas are kept on file for future replication and class can be upgraded into an Essence in Balance experience including an Aromatherapy massage at Spa Ojai. Ask your reservation specialist for more information.
Artisan Soap making
Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10am | 60 minutes | $65 per person
Create a trio of bath bars with professional aromatherapist, Sherrie Dawkins, as she guides you through the step by step process of the art of soap making. Learn the science of essential oils to create a personal, natural fragrance that you’ll be able to enjoy long after you’ve left the inn.
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 hat or bag. Seasoned artist Georgia Deutsch will enlighten you about the nuances of the medium while helping you create your own custom accessory.
ceramic coaster painting
Thursdays and Saturdays at 2pm | 75 minutes | $65 per person
Experience the tranquility of the Artist Cottage and paint a set of four ceramic tile coasters among inspirational surroundings. Long time artist, Georgia Deutsch, teaches you how to paint some of Ojai's most famous emblems that will commemorate your time in the Valley of the Moon.