Creative Clay Transition

Transition tent at Creative Clay Fest at 3 Daughters Brewing in November 2018.

Transition tent at Creative Clay Fest at 3 Daughters Brewing in November 2018.

The Creative Clay Transition Program for ESE students is a partnership with Pinellas County Schools (PCS) to provide vocational arts training for 18–22 year olds with learning, developmental and/or emotional disabilities.

Since 2008, the program focuses on easing the transition from the school environment to post-secondary education that includes the goals of independent living and employment readiness. Creative Clay Transition’s vocational training consists of lessons in art fundamentals, sales, marketing, customer relations, and the over-all business of being an artist. Each student also learns to use the Square point of sale system.

Student artists work with professional teaching artists five days per week in a variety of media. They experience creating, promoting and selling their artwork in Creative Clay’s Good Folk Gallery. Students also participate in two festivals each year, where they learn to prepare and run their own art booth. Additionally, they run their own Holiday Market and participate in Art Finale, an awards and graduation event that includes performances and an art exhibit . Students visit local galleries and museums to learn about art history and contemporary artwork, enhancing the classroom studio experience. Student artists also have the option to apply for internships to work in the Creative Clay Good Folk Gallery, Creative Thrift, and Community Arts Studio.