The Studio Program was inspired by the education of artist, Karl Abramovic. Upon reflection, he realized he had learned more about art, life, and applied knowledge while working with other artists than at art school or college.

During his twenty-five-year career as a fine art painter, muralist, scenic artist, and public art project manager, Karl worked in art studios and scenic design shops in Portland and Los Angeles. He also facilitated art workshops and creative summer camps for at-risk children. In 2012, Karl partnered with Kathryn Muller, the director of the Sheridan Japanese School, and merged his two favorite endeavors into an innovative youth education model—one based on the education artists acquire when collaborating with others.

While working for two years with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Karl took his learning model from concept to reality. He helped raise funds for, and then manage, Oregon’s first major Native American mural project. His plan utilized young tribal members as part of his art team. The selected students worked and learned alongside four professional artists. The mural workspace also functioned as an open studio where all tribal members were welcome to create art of their own. The project was so successful that two additional years of project funding was allocated through the Tribal Council. 

The Studio Program now works with schools and youth organizations in the Portland metro area. We design specific projects to integrate with regular school studies such as: reading, writing, math, science, history, social sciences, and geography.

Contact: To discuss or schedule a project, please contact us at:

or 323-304-9048.