AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home decor from raw materials. Join an instructor-led workshop where you can make custom wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, lazy susans, centerpiece boxes, canvas tote bags, and more! AR Workshop® will help you take your home decor to the next level and have fun while creating it!
Meet Leigh Douglas and Michelle Bentzen! The owners of AR Workshop Fresno aren’t just friends and new business partners, they are family! Leigh and Michelle’s grandfathers were brothers, and the two cousins have always been good friends. Both were born and raised in the Central Valley and graduated from Fresno State University. When they saw an opportunity to marry their shared love of DIY projects and home decor into an AR Workshop franchise, they jumped at the chance! Leigh has been an elementary school teacher for over twenty years, and Michelle’s background is a mix of sales, marketing, and Community Relations, and she has also owned a photography business for the past six years.
The girls both bring creativity, enthusiasm, and the perfect combination of skills and experience to the table (literally!). Leigh and Michelle are so excited to introduce the Boutique DIY Workshop concept with Fresno and the surrounding areas. A definite asset to the community! The duo is thrilled to share the ever-changing decor trends, stylish graphics and techniques, and DIY experiences with the city of Fresno and beyond. Leigh and Michelle can’t wait for you to visit soon!
From Sunday through Wednesday, our private party minimum is 18 people and a 24 person minimum Thursday pm / Friday pm /Saturday pm. Can’t meet our minimum? Ask about booking a table for your friends at a regular scheduled workshop or just register for any workshop and include your friends names so we can seat you together!
Most adult projects range from $45-$70 and children’s projects start at $37.50. Contact us for specific pricing. Gift Cards! Need a gift? We offer gift cards for sale online here!
A non-refundable $100 private party fee is required to hold private workshops and parties. This ensures you have the space to yourself to enjoy the workshop! (And that we can hire the coolest most talented staff for your group!)
We provide all of the materials, tools, and instruction! Choose from our Project Portfolio with a variety of mediums for your group. Choosing from our decor line of eco friendly stains and paints to customize your projects in the workshop!
Choose your preferred date and time for your private workshop. The workshop is available 7 days a week for private parties, with exception of scheduled classes as shown on our calendar.
Private workshops last from 2-3 hours depending on the project. Children’s parties include 2 hour workshop timeslot.
AR Workshop is BYOB. You may bring in small snacks or appetizers to enjoy.
Once you reserve your private workshop date and time, you will receive a customized party link for the hostess to send out to the guests via email with instructions on registering.