Our Philosophy

Every person has a unique vision to share that enhances the richness of our community. The wide range of creative learning opportunities available at Seven Directions help all students realize their potential artistically, academically and socially. We believe that the arts are a crucial part of the human experience, and that art is the best way for young learners to explore and express their understanding of the world around them. Instruction at 7D emphasizes the development of self-esteem through meaningful self-expression, with social emotional skills being valued as strongly as academics. Art and academics are thoughtfully melded with a genuine respect for each student’s creative spirit and celebration of their uniqueness.

Our Facility

Our 2000 sq ft facility is filled with natural light, live plants and over 30 live exotic animals! Seven Directions is centrally located at the Old Sash Mill, between northern and southern Santa Cruz communities. Our studio is equipped with artist-grade materials and tools for students to use, including stretched canvasses, acrylic paints, mixed media, a variety of art technology such as 3D printers, iPads and more, and an extensive library of art and science books and literature for inspiration and education.

Our Name

Around the world, many cultures recognize seven directions: East, South, West, North, Above, Below, and Within. Artistic endeavor can lead us to a greater awareness of ourselves and the world around us. Our studio offers many directions for students to explore themselves and their worlds to achieve this awareness and share their own artistic creations.