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The Art Station

313 Southwest Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend, OR, United States

313 Southwest Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend, OR, United States
(541) 617-1317


The Art Station is open for youth and adult programs at this time. 

Customer Service Hours:

Mon - Thu: 5:30 am  - 8:30 pm
Fri: 5:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Questions? Contact: Customer Service
Phone: (541) 389-7275
Email: Customer Service

Updates at bendparksandrec.org/covid-19.

See calendar for open studio and program times.

Play at Home

The Art of Play

Creativity equals expression. Art allows each of us to play and express our unique thought and individuality. Situated in the Old Mill District across from the Les Schwab Amphitheater, the Art Station is the perfect studio to learn or perfect your talents!

Image of a kid's hand thrown pottery class at the Art Station.

Clay Studio

Discover the world of clay with hand building and wheel throwing classes. Our Clay Studio has everything you need to get started:

  • Large Studio with Natural Lighting
  • 6 Pottery Wheel Stations
  • Electric and Gas Firing Kilns

See current offerings for youth classes and adult classes.

Image of a With Your Child youth art class at the Art Station.

Multimedia Studio

The Art Station is the perfect place to unlock your creativity, learn how to create and make memories!

  • Drawing, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting
  • Printmaking, Fused Glass and Jewelry
  • Multimedia Classes
  • With Your Child Classes

See current offerings for youth classes and adult classes.

Image of the gas pottery kiln at the Art Station.

Open Studio & Kiln Firing

Artists, new and experienced alike, are welcome to come practice their art and develop skills during open studio times.

  • Large Open Studio with Natural Lighting
  • Weekly Independent Work Times
  • Kiln Firing and Project Storage

Register for open studio online. See the Art Station’s schedule tab above for upcoming availability. Attend the Open Studio time of your choice. Registration required.

Please call if you have any questions or need more information (541) 389-7275.

Got an idea to share? Looking for a particular class or medium? Let us know


Check the Art Station Schedule for upcoming classes, camps and open studio times.


Let’s Party.

Art Parties for All Ages – Please call for availability.
The Art Station is a great place to hold private parties! Paint a masterpiece, create clay projects, make your own collage – the possibilities are endless! We have a wide range of options for guests of all ages – from toddlers to adults.

There is no set-up or clean-up – all you and your guests have to do is show up, relax and have fun. Your party will include a private party room, all the materials for your activity, aprons to wear and a dedicated art instructor. You provide the treats, decorations and party supplies such as plates, utensils and cups.

Art Party: $225.00 in-district / $270.00 out-of-district for 2 hours
Clay Party: $250.00 in-district / $300.00 out-of-district for 2 hours

1 hour for art/clay project instruction
1 hour for celebration


Book a Party

To book a party at the Art Station:

  1. Contact Bend Park and Recreation District at The Art Station (541) 617-1317 to see if your desired date and time is available.
  2. Complete a Art Station Party Request Form and email it to ArtStation@bendparksandrec.org. You will be contacted within 3-5 business days to confirm your date. At that time, payment is due in full to reserve your date.
  3. Invite your guests and plan your treats, etc.
  4. Choose your activity at least two weeks prior to the event.

Important Information for Kids' Parties

  1. At least one parent or guardian must be present during the duration of the party (this is typically a parent of the guest of honor). For toddler (2-4 yrs.) parties, at least one adult per child must be present to assist the child with the art activity.
  2. Since we prepare everything in advance, the chosen activity/painting subject may be changed up to two weeks prior to the event, but cannot be changed afterward.
  3. It is the host’s responsibility to ensure the consent of attendees’ parents to participate, and notify The Art Station of any potential safety or allergy issues related to art making
  4. Please ensure that following your event, all arrangements for on-time child pick-up are in place. It is the event host’s responsibility to supervise children whose parents have not arrived by the end of the party.

Art Station FAQs

What types of events work best?

  • Kids’ birthday parties
  • Adults’ birthday parties
  • Holiday or other celebratory gatherings such as “Girls Night Out”

When should I schedule my party?

The sooner the better!  We will schedule parties up to three months in advance. Schedule your event as early as possible to ensure you get the day and time you desire. Scheduling occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekends tend to fill up quickly. Preview our calendar below.

When are parties available?

We offer weekday and weekend parties. Contact the Art Station for availability. Weekday parties offer a great deal of flexibility with respect to start times, so please contact us for more information and to book your event. Depending on ongoing classes, weekday availability may be available.  Last party start time on Mondays through Thursdays is 6:30 PM.

How many people can I invite?

  • Adult Parties: 10 guests maximum
  • Kids’ Parties (Ages 5+): 10 children maximum, with 10 adult chaperones maximum

What else do I need to know about the parties?

Payment: Full payment is required to reserve your day and time. You can pay with a credit card, check or cash.

Set-up: You may arrive up to 15 minutes prior to the event to set-up. Events end promptly at their scheduled times to accommodate clean up and preparation for subsequent classes/events. Please, no helium balloons.

Clean-up and take-down:  No worries! It’s on us!

What if I have to cancel my event?

  • Cancellations made with a 14-day notice will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations 13-4 days in advance: $50 refund issued as BPRD credit.
  • Cancellations 3 days of less:  No refund.


Ready, Set, Throw!

The Art Station is the perfect place to unlock your creativity, discover new techniques and make memories! Not only will you have fun and learn a skill, you’ll also crate an art piece and functional ceramics or pottery.

  • Pottery, Ceramics and Sculpture Classes
  • Classes for all ages and skill levels
  • With Your Child Classes
  • Homeschool

See current offerings to browse upcoming classes for youth clay classes and adult clay classes.


Color Your Play

Train your eyes and hand to create art inspired by the world around you! Whether you’re learning new skills or perfecting your technique, we have new and engaging classes in:

  • Drawing, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting
  • Printmaking, Fused Glass and Jewelry
  • With Your Child Classes
  • Homeschool

See current offerings to browse upcoming classes for youth classes and adult classes.

Inspired Play

When school’s out, fun is in at the Art Station! Themed-based offer a mix of painting, pastels, drawing, clay, sculpture and mixed media possibilities are endless!

  • Summer Art Camps
  • No School Day Camps
  • Holiday Break Camps for Spring and Winter

See current offerings to browse upcoming classes for youth art camps.

Let’s Create – Together!

The Art Station is the perfect place to unlock your little one’s creativity. We’ll provide the materials and instruction while you make the memories! Not only will you create an art piece, you’ll have fun and unlock the joy of working together. Check the current offerings for classes in:

  • Clay Classes
  • Multimedia
  • Fused Glass

See current offerings to browse With Your Child and young children upcoming classes.


In August 2016, the Art Station and the classes held there faced an unknown future. The non-profit organization, Arts Central, which ran the facility and offered art programs for several decades had dissolved.

With community recreation at its core, the Bend Park and Recreation District saw the need to continue the legacy of providing quality art education, instructors and play in Bend and has committed to restarting the programs. After a short hiatus, the Art Station re-opened its doors in late October and once again offers classes for youth, adults and families.