About ArtShop

ArtShop provides opportunities for children and adults with cognitive, developmental, emotional and physical disabilities to participate in the creative process and develop as artists.  Through therapeutic art lessons designed with adapted steps for individuals with disabilities ArtShop utilizes the process of creating art to promote and develop self expression and empowerment.

Danelle Griner specializes in art education adapted for individuals with disabilities.  She has worked teaching art for many years in individual settings, day programs, rehabilitation facilities and schools and understands the needs and challenges of adapting the creative process for people with disabilities.  All ArtShop art lessons are based on insights and techniques developed and successfully used with children and adults with various disabilities and challenges.

Individual sessions are offered in the comfort of your home and are customized for each student’s interests.  Art sessions explore the elements of art, develop imagination and teach fundamental art skills.

Group classes are also available for your program.

To view artwork created by ArtShop students go to http://artshopartists.com/


About Danelle


  • B.A. Art Studio-Painting emphasis
  • B.A. Art Education

Awards and Accomplishments

2015 ASD Certification from Autism Society of Minnesota

2008-2015 Director of ArtSpeaks:Rise Inc. Developed art exhibition opportunities and taught adapted art classes for participants with disabilities

2013 Metropolitan Arts Council grant panelist for Creative Intersections Arts Grant

2013 Partner with South Washington County Schools Community Education: Elements of Art Class for Children with Disabilities

2011 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council panelist for Community Arts Grant

2010 Arts Activities support Grant throuh the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for Rise ArtSpeaks art program

2010 Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Presenter: ”Everyone Is An Artist:  Bringing Art Into Your Life” in partnership with Rise Inc.

2009 Panelist and partner with Symposium on the Arts and Disability through the Weisman Art Museum, University of MN Center for Community Integration

2009 COMPAS Community Arts Program Grant in partnership with Rise ArtSpeaks

2004-2008 Creative Arts Coordinator Courage Center:  Coordinated and taught adapted art classes for adults with disabilities

2007 Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Presenter “Neurologic Music Therapy and he Arts:  A Collaboration Toward Success” Partnership with Courage Center and MacPhail Center for Music

2007 VSA Arts of Minnesota Arts Access Award-Outstanding  Arts Educator of Students and Adults with Disabilities This is a statewide award funded by VSA arts to recognize outstanding accomplishments that help make the arts  more accessible to people with disabilities.

2006 Rise Support Partner of the Year Rise is a non profit rehabilitation agency which provides career planning, vocational training, employment, job placement and support services to adults with disabilities

Regular Writer for Special-ism online publication for parents and professionals

Along with being the founder of ArtShop, Danelle is also an artist who has shown her art work in various locations including the Phipps Center for the Arts and the Bloomington Art Center. http://danellegrinerartist.com/








Client Testimonials

I am an elementary school Art teacher. One of my first grade classes has two students with autism that I was challenged by how to include. I have been really pleased with the Abstract Face lessons because they were designed for students with disabilities. Yet by combining two of the levels in a lesson I could allow the other children to build on skills they already had. I found that the the lessons were very thorough, well written and easy to implement. I'm looking forward to using more of Danelle's lessons in my teaching because her approach allows students and their teacher to create projects that help build confidence in the artistic process.

Heather Barbour

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