About Us

7809 Brodie Lane • Austin, Texas 78745

512-551-3244

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.

Figment Creative Lab’s Core Values:

  1. Design thinking is the center of art making.
  2. The future belongs to critical thinkers.
  3. Create community through making.
  4. Learning through play is essential.

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, makerspace, 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.

Hannah Kelly is a student at UT Austin, where she currently pursues a BFA in Theatre Education, along with minors in Educational Psychology and Disability Studies. Hannah is passionate about how theatre and imaginative play can help young people learn hands-on, emotional, and critical thinking skills for the real world. Outside of school and Figment, she enjoys tending to her garden and cooking meals for her loved ones, including two cats named Zebulon and Sansa.

Claire McCullen is a Graphic and UX Designer with a BFA from UL Lafayette. Design thinking and collaboration has been at the heart of all of her work for fun and professionally. She believes in a hands-on approach to all sorts of learning and practices this with the kids in her life. Claire has spent time mentoring elementary-aged kids and holding craft sessions. When not making art or designing, Claire loves rock climbing and backpacking and generally spending time outdoors.

Brooke Andrews is a native Austinite. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Brooke has worked with children for the past 22 years in preschool settings, fine arts programs, as well as dance/gymnastics/fitness. Her experience ranges from infants thru Pre-k. Brooke enjoys facilitating children’s learning and development through play, art, music, and nature.

Emilie Crimmins is a Houston native that has called Austin home for 11 years. She graduated from St. Edward’s with a BA in Organizational Communication and has worked in a variety of roles including customer service and sales. Emilie’s passions include student mentoring, arts and crafts, and creative entrepreneurship. She has a black lab named Shadow that she loves dearly.

Mari Harford is a recent transplant from the Hoosier state. She is the oldest of six children and has always had a creative and imaginative nature. Over the past several years she has developed a growing passion for working with kids. She was a paraprofessional at Lafayette School Corporation and has experience working with various special education students, especially those diagnosed with ASD. She has plans to continue studying Special Education here in Austin. Mari also enjoys reading, writing, and weaving in her spare time.  

Process Art

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 six 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 a co-author of the book series STEAM Kids.

S.T.E.A.M.

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.

Nature Experiences

We utilize our outdoor classroom where we learn through play, create, nurture @figmentsfurryfriends, garden, and build relationships.

Maker Mentality

Our dedicated Maker Space expands on the foundation of STEAM. Students learn through hands-on and often collaborative projects. This project-based approach builds your maker’s confidence and encourages analytic problem-solving.

Play-Based Learning

Part of our child-directed philosophy is play-based learning. Play is the basis of experimental 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.

Offerings:

Creative Preschool: Monday/ Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Monday through Friday — 9AM to 1PM

After School Classes: Monday -Friday 3:30 to 5:30PM After School Classes are offered on specific subjects throughout the year in six week sessions

Homeschool Group: Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays during the school year — 9AM to 2PM

Mommy and Me Toddler Art Play Group: Tuesdays — 10AM to 11PM $20 for one child $25 for two

Art Birthday Parties: $450. for 2 hours Call 512-775-8687 for details. Limit to 9 kids

Ask about our a AT HOME BIRTHDAY KITS!

Ladies BYOB Art Nights: $35/ person — Call to schedule your group of 9

We also offer Field Trips, Scout Badge Workshops, Holiday Workshops, Year Round Day Camps when AISD is off, and Artist Led Workshops


In the Press

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Awards and Recognitions

2016 Austin Maker Faire

Maker Award for Art Pinball Machine

Austin Maker Faire | Art Pinball Machine | Wee Warhols, Figment Creative Labs, action art