7809 Brodie Ln Austin TX 78745
Whether you’re looking to develop your toddler’s fine motor skills, expand your grade-schooler’s creativity or build your young artist’s self confidence, we’ve got you covered.
Figment Creative Labs features a kid-friendly art studio, STEAM-centric maker space and creative preschool. Just off Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, we also offer one-of-a-kind art birthday parties, toddler art play groups and day camps.
We believe the process of making art is more important than the outcome. Adults are there to guide children by providing the right materials, teaching technique and assisting along the way. Children take charge of their own creative process, practicing critical thinking, making their own decisions and building their confidence along the way. As our artists get older and more interested in new mediums and techniques, we work on skill-building.
Figment owner and founder Amber Scardino began teaching process art classes five years ago. These classes, held in her garage studio under the name Wee Warhols, were a natural extension of the art explorations she’d been leading for her young sons. Amber is also the coauthor of the book series STEAM Kids.
Heard of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)? We believe that adding Art to the equation increases interest and fosters creativity. This hands-on approach to learning gets kids excited about learning and working together as a team.
Our dedicated Maker Space expands on the foundation of STEAM. Under the direction of our Maker Space Lead Ana Josephson, students learn through hands-on and often collaborative projects. This project-based approach builds your maker’s confidence and encourages analytic problem-solving.
Ana has taught STEAM for over 15 years, both in Austin and internationally in Costa Rica and Hong Kong. She is the co-founder of Maker Ready, a consulting company that specializes in Maker Education and Design Thinking that trained hundreds of Austin ISD teachers and presented at SXSWedu.
Part of our child-directed philosophy is play-based learning. The Discovery Lab offers something to engage everyone. It’s a place where your child can be anything, a fashion designer, an engineer, a scientist. They can also just grab a book or play a game with friends.
Toddler Mommy and Me Art Play Group is based on the same idea. We offer a multitude of sensory and art-based activities to help develop your little one’s fine motor skills and confidence.
About the Staff
Amber Scardino is the founder and owner of Figment Creative Labs. She opened the process art studio Wee Warhols in 2013. Along with a name change has come huge growth, from a studio that doubled as a garage to our new location at 7809 Brodie Lane, which includes an art studio, maker space, discovery lab, creative preschool and toddler art play group space as well as an outdoor play area.
A mother of two and coauthor of the book series STEAM Kids, Amber believes that art should be a stress-free process that promotes self esteem and confidence. She hopes that Figment will inspire creativity in people of all ages, bring families together through art and encourage learning through play.
Ana Josephson has taught S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) courses for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Science Education, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
In 2010, she began teaching at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, where she and her 10th grade engineering students renovated a 1977 Airstream travel trailer into a teacher’s lounge. Ana and her students were invited to speak at the first PLTW Summit Conference in Indianapolis and were featured on KLRU Central Texas Gardener.
Ana co-founded the Maker Education consulting company Maker Ready in 2015. In her free time, she volunteers as a gardening teacher and serves on the steering committee at the Becker Green Classroom. She also dabbles in woodworking and visual art, and feeds her spirit by continually working on her personal yoga and mindfulness practices.
Ariel Hedstrom has six years of experience in early childhood education. Children are immediately drawn to her soft, loving presence and her education philosophy is rooted in kindness, empathy and creative play.
Her Waldorf-inspired approach encourages imaginative play and focuses on play-based creative learning.
From the parents of a former student: “Ariel has the innate gift of teaching children art all while they are learning, growing and having fun. Children naturally flock to her fun-loving methods of exploring and creating art. She has fostered our daughter’s natural interest in art, and her methods kept our child highly engaged and interested.”
Weekly Drop Off Classes:
Creative Preschool Mon./ Wed., Tues./Thurs., or Mon.-Thurs. 9am-1pm
After school Open Studio 3:30-5:30pm
Friday Homeschool Class 9am-2pm
Mommy and Me Toddler Art Play Group: Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-11pm $25 for one child $30 for two
Art Birthday Parties $525 for 2 hours Call 512-775-8687 for details.
Ladies BYOB Art Nights $30/ person Call to schedule your group.
Summer Camps (Join email list to be the first to know when we release dates!)
Girl Scout Badge Workshops
AISD School Closure Art Days
Artist Led Workshops
In the Press
Awards and Recognitions
2016 Austin Maker Faire
Maker Award for Art Pinball Machine