• Rose Hill Studios

    Samantha Cook will be offering classes in 2017 through her new workshop, Rose Hill Studio, in Berkeley.

    Rose Hill Studio is a magical place of art and invention, where children and adults are invited to create and play. Curated and led by Samantha Cook, Rose Hill Studio classes and workshops encourage discovery, individuality and a deep understanding of skill and concepts. Through collaboration and community, learning at Rose Hill Studio is meaningful and personal.

    *Registration can be made by emailing sam@rosehillstudio.com. Payment can be made via cash, check, or Paypal.

    * Refund policy: Full refunds are given up until 1 week prior to the first class. Refunds of 75% will be given within the week prior to the first class, and on the day the first class if a child feels it is not a good fit. After the first class, no refunds will be given.

    Prices are based on instructor experience and the material heavy nature of all the classes. A limited amount of sliding scale scholarships are available.

    Sick policy: There is a strict policy at Rose Hill Studio regarding illness. Children who have active symptoms, or who have had fever, vomit or other extreme symptoms within 48 hours of class should not come to class, as they are most likely still contagious and we have kids (and parents) attending who are immune compromised.


    Fall 2017 Session


    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

    Making Through History


    Harry Potter Science


    Feminism & Fairytales


    Puppetry Theatre


    Community Art Collective


    Making Through History: 19th- early 20th Century

    Join us for an immersion of history, seen through the art, innovation, and inventions of the 19th and early 20th Century. Starting with the Napoleonic Wars and into the Victorian Era, we will be working our way to the First World War. We will research, explore, re-create, build, and appreciate 19th and early 20th century technology and aesthetics, while connecting early modern design and ingenuity to modern day influence and function. We will use quality materials and traditional techniques to explore the ways cultures all over the world expressed and advanced themselves in the 19th century. A list of optional support resources will also be provided.

    Mondays 10:30am-12:30pm

    9/11-11/13 (10 weeks) ages 9+



    Winter 2018 Session: Making Through History- 20th and 21st Century

    Spring 2018 Session: Making  Through History- Inventing the Future



    Harry Potter Science

    Magic is just science we don’t understand yet! Join us for an epic adventure, as we explore science through the lens of the beloved magical series “Harry Potter.” Based on the Hogwarts classes of Potions, Herbology, Transfiguration, and more, we will be using scientific inquiry to design and test experiments through chemistry, physics, botany, and other life/physical sciences. Please note that while wand waving is encouraged, kids will be learning and using scientific method, terms, and safety practices. Each class will end with a short project, making an artifact from the series.

    Mondays 1pm-3pm

    9/11-11/13 (10 weeks) ages 7+



    Feminism and Fairytales

    Feminism and Fairytales will take a deeper look at the legends and myths in the storytelling tradition to explore the evolution of meaning and values placed on girls and women over time. Through an age appropriate examination of the feminine roles in the fairytale genre, we will be deconstructing these themes and building our own vision of identity through reading, writing, discussion, and art. This foundation of this class will rely heavily on art and making as a visual and kinesthetic expression of our experience and will include painting, bookmaking, sculpting, and more. This class is mixed age, so we may benefit from a wonderful array of perspectives, but the older group will stay an hour longer so that we can dive deeper into more complex themes and ideas.

    Wednesdays 10am-12pm (Ages 7-10) $325

    Wednesdays 10am-1pm (Ages 11-14) $375

    9/13 – 12/6 (12 weeks) No class November 22nd


    Puppetry Theatre

    Our Spring Marionette class was so fantastically successful that, by kid demand, we holding another session of Puppetry! From start to finish, this class will include creating your own puppet character(s) from scratch, learn to manipulate and move your puppet, build a theatre, learn how to write a play, and produce a performance featuring your script and marionette! This class is perfect for kids attracted to theatre but shy about being on stage, as well as more seasoned actors. This collaborative class will also cover a holistic view of puppetry, the history of marionettes and puppetry, and a keen understanding of materials and skills. The first 2/3 of the session will focus on Marionettes, for a play to be performed near Halloween. The last 4 weeks will be centered on working with hand and shadow puppets, with a performance at the beginning of December. Co taught by Samantha Cook and Dawn Holtan of the Experientialists.

    Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm

    9/13 – 12/6 (12 weeks plus two performances) No class November 22nd

    No specific age limit- Participants must be able to follow directions, listen to each other, work independently and with others, and be excited about creating original puppet theater performances together.

    Performance on the evening of Wednesday 11/1 and Wednesday 12/6



    Berkeley Homeschool Art Collective

    Join us for an open studio of art and community every Thursday! We’ll have specific art projects available, or independent artists can experiment with materials and do their own thing! We also have an older group of tweens/teens who will be working on focused drawing and painting skills. Parents are encouraged to participate in this cooperative gathering and offer their own skills and interests! The season will end with a collective art exhibit in December!

    Thursdays 11am-1pm

    All ages, no drop off participants under 8

    9/7-12/7 (12 weeks)

    $30-50 Cooperative Sliding Scale

    $200 Drop off (no parent participation)



    By request!