Make art with us!

TinkerLab Saturdays at Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

You might not know that behind the blogging scenes, I’m also an art educator and make art in a sunny studio in Palo Alto, CA. Our home is tiny and I’m blessed to have a little extra space to stretch into.

The studio is a converted classroom in what was once Palo Alto’s Cubberley High School. After being open for a little over 20 years, it closed in the 1970’s and all of the old classrooms have since converted into community spaces such as preschools, art studios, community college classrooms, dance studios, and even a Chinese reading room. The complex is a rich collection of cultural wonders, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

cubberley high school hallway

Sharing the Space with the Community

One goal of TinkerLab is to create a community that celebrates each of us as makers.Toward this end, I’ve been opening my studio to families as a space for hands-on making. After taking a break for summer, we’re bringing back a series of FREE maker afternoons where families are invited to experiment and explore with different materials and ideas.

The next drop-in workshop will be Saturday, September 26 from 2 – 4 pm and I hope to see you there.

See below for all of the upcoming dates.

Art making workshops with TinkerLab®

Workshop Description

Drop-in Art-Making Saturdays. Think like an artist and get inspired to create new works of art in TinkerLab Saturdays, a fun, interactive workshop for families with children ages 3 and up. Drop into our studios any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to create new projects based on the monthly theme. Presented by artists Ann McMillan and Rachelle Doorley. Free. Just show up! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Find us on the map.

  • September 26
  • November 7
  • December 12
  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 5
  • April 30
  • June 4

Drop me a line if you have any questions or if you’d like to talk with me about hosting a private workshop for your group.

Cheers, Rachelle

p.s. If you’re looking for fun and simple art projects to try with your drop-in family workshop, try rolling marbles in paint (toddlers LOVE this one) or easy homemade stickers.


  1. Kris Swank says

    I remember activities in Palo Alto when I was a kid. There was a park where the library was located and we would ride our bikes to check out books. We moved to Oklahoma in the mid-1960s, I lived on Middlefield Rd way back then.
    This post really brought back good memories…Thanks!

    • Rachelle says

      I’m so glad to hear this, Kris! Palo Alto is a bustling place now and I can imagine how serene and lovely it must have been in the 60’s. Thank you for taking time to share this memory with me.