Black Bird Studio

Black Bird Studio

Hello! Thanks for viewing our programs! Please visit to learn more about what we do and view work samples from our past programs!

*We are available for workshops and residencies M-F from 7am-5pm.*

We work with classes of all sizes. Please contact us to receive pricing based on the number of contact hours, students and materials required for your program of interest.

Based out of Charlotte, NC, Black Bird Studio offers unique art education experiences for students of all ages. Our teaching artists are professional creatives who are passionate about making an impact while sharing what they do best. We offer one-day workshops and multi-day residencies in a variety of mediums that connect to k-12 core curricula. We value high quality final products and we have that vibe that the students just love! We are a multifaceted mobile art studio.

Grant funding from the Arts and Science Council enables us to offer free programs to students across Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools who would not otherwise have access.
Our partnerships with private schools, libraries, cultural centers and community events allow us to reach thousands of students annually.

Connect with us today to receive a quote or get your program on our calendar! Contact Jen Crickenberger at 704-575-0006 or

Our Team: 

Jen Crickenberger, Founder/Creative Director/Lead Teaching Artist
Laurie Schorr, Teaching Artist
Mert Jones, Teaching Artist







  Plaza Midwood, Charlotte, NC 28205



Preschool Art Explorations (Pre-K)

Program description

Students will love this laid back program that focuses on literacy and art exploration. Class will start with the reading of a book and a group discussion on how the artist who illustrated the book created their artwork. A variety of stations will offer students the opportunity to play and create as they use similar mediums and processes as the artist from the book. Themes from the book will also be carried out into creative stations. Programs will build vocabulary, social skills and allow students the opportunity to build motor skills. While the format of the workshop is quite open and free; these workshops will prepare students for Kindergarten by building skills in the following areas:

Shapes and Colors
Cutting & Gluing
Writing & Drawing
Letter Recognition
Number Recognition & Counting
Following Directions


Booking / scheduling contact

Jen Crickenberger


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, Asian, European, Latino, Middle Eastern, Multicultural, Native American, Other, Pacific Islander
Program type: Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Pre-K
Subject: Literacy, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact Black Bird Studio to book your preferred dates. Programs may take place M-F between 7am-1:30pm.

Available times:


Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

 Classroom with enough space for at least 3 creative stations. Access to a sink is preferred. 


 Your school

Fees / Ticketing:

Each session is $200 for up to 18 students. Multiple groups can be impacted in one day. All materials are provided. 


NC Standard Course of Study:

Goal LDC-2: Children participate in conversations with peers and adults in one-on-one, small, and larger group interactions.
Goal LDC-8: Children develop interest in books and motivation to read.
Goal LDC-4: Children speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

NC Essential Standards:

Goal APL-4: Children demonstrate creativity, imagination, and inventiveness.
Goal APL-6: Children use a variety of strategies to solve problems.
Goal HPD-5: Children develop small muscle control and hand-eye coordination to manipulate objects and work with tools.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

 A minimum fee of $100 will be charged for a program cancellation. If supplies were purchased in preparation for the program, the school will be required to reimburse Black Bird Studio.