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What We Do

Art Factory Studios is a community-centered artistic hub. Facilitating creative experiences through education, and events since 2009, Art Factory Studios creates impactful, artistic opportunities for corporations, adults and children – at in-person, destination and virtual locations. Corporate clients include; Apple, Adobe Systems, Applied Survey Research, Cabrillo College, Premiere Capital One, Safeway, County Park Friends of Santa Cruz County, Live Like Coco Foundation and many more. Whether you are seeking a corporate team building event or youth art instruction we bring you the gift of incredibly thoughtful services that usher you into the vast possibilities of the creative sphere.


We are thrilled to announce that we have a NEW STUDIO SPACE in the Aptos Village Square!


Art Factory instructors bring cross-curricular experience to art education, using art as a medium to explore everything from history to mathematics to science. With an emphasis on art history, technique and creative expression, students will develop or expand their art practice. Our classes are held in a positive, non-competitive environment. 

©2023 Art Factory

Yvette Contois; Founder/Director and Art Instructor


With an early love for Art and Art Education, Yvette began her formal education in Philadelphia, starting as a high school student attending Moore College of Art. She went on to receive her Degree in Visual Communications & Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and soon after, received her BFA & K-12 Art Teaching Certification from Rosemont College, PA.

Yvette has been giving art lessons to adults & children since 1990. Her guiding passion is bringing art into the lives of her students and building strong creative teams in the workplace.

The Art Factory has been Yvette’s creative vision, long before it opened in the Spring of 2009. She enjoys the studio’s continual growth and looks forward to the future expansion of its programs, to serve more of our county’s youth, teen and adult community.

When not in the studio/classroom, Yvette continues her freelance career as a technical illustrator and commercial artist and creative team builder.

Visit Yvette here.

Meet our Staff

Our instructors are professional artists and experienced art teachers that can't wait to bring more creativity into your life.

Because community matters... here at the Art Factory we feel the ripple effect of deep community connections. We believe in the goodness that grows as we join forces to strengthen our neighborhoods, beaches, schools and communities.

Learn more about the Live Like Coco Foundation. A cause near and dear to our creative hearts, and Santa Cruz County's County Park Friends, an organization who we love to develop and deliver content for.

Thank you for donating books to our free little library in the Polo Grounds Park, for recycling pens and markers through our Terracycle box, for joining us on beach clean-ups organized by Live Like Coco and for contributing to our scholarship fund which allows students to participate in weekly after school art classes.

We have donated more than 200 art classes to local school fundraisers since 2009.

Upcoming projects to be excited about: 

Children's Reading Garden at the new Aptos Library

Community Connections

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