The Hive

TheHiveWritten By: Andrew Ketterer

Whether you’re looking to improve your artistic abilities, entertain your friends or host a special event, The Hive in downtown Peoria will get your creativity buzzing!

Located in the Contemporary Art Center at 305 Water St. on the Peoria riverfront, The Hive offers public art classes for all ages. Each class has a “thread of healthy living and/or environmental stewardship” to promote the mission of “living in harmony with the planet.”

Hive Class 


The Hive offers a variety of classes for children, teens, adults, seniors and special needs. From $10 Happy Art to classes for experienced artists, they offer activities to fit every budget.

Kids Introduction To Art: From 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, The Hive will host children between 10 and 14 and give an introduction to various techniques and mediums. This class is a 12-week session that began on January 25th and ends on April 12th. This class is also offered on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. to allow for make-ups. The cost includes all materials and costs $165 for all 12 weeks, but $15 per the remaining sessions for late entries.

hive kidsHappy Art: Beginning on February 28, join The Hive each Friday from 5-8 p.m. for a “self-directed” art session enhanced with background music courtesy of “Live at the Five Spot.” The price starts at $10 and includes all supplies for the activities. Beverages and food is available from Rhythm Kitchen, but feel free to bring your own snacks. According to The Hive’s website, “Bring your enthusiasm and you are good to go!”


Upcoming Classes

Paint The Label (Feb 12, 6-8 p.m.): This is the perfect class for a unique date! Choose from several empty wine bottles and recreate the labels on a canvas. After your finished, grab a flower and enjoy your knew bottle vase. The class costs $25, including all materials.

Sweetheart Night (Feb 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m.): Still looking for the perfect Valentine’s date? The Hive has just what you’re looking for. Each couple will paint two canvases that will be hung together to create one piece, along with a wooden photo frame for the photo taken of each couple during the class. Light snacks will be provided, but food and beverages will also be available from Rhythm Kitchen.

Photography Workshop (Feb 16, 1:30 – 4 p.m.): Stop by for an awesome afternoon designed to help you learn more about your camera. Nick Goodin will teach participants to take better photos and get the most out of the camera they paid for! The majority of the time will be spent actually shooting and reviewing the photos taken.


Private Parties

As I mentioned earlier, The Hive is also a great venue for the special events in your life. When the schedule is opened, The Hive is available for a variety of parties, including wedding showers, bachelorette parties, graduation open houses, offsite meetings and birthday parties.hive private event

The space can accommodate 24-30 people, seating guests at three large round tables. When you reserve the space, a class can be developed around any theme you could imagine. All materials is provided for painting classes. Private sessions are $35 per person, with a 10-painter minimum to remain a private event.

Birthday parties for children start at $150 for 10 people and a theme-related art activity, with each extra guest costing $10. Painting parties are $175 for 10 people, with extra guests being $12.50


Contact Information

305 SW Water St. – Suite 1D
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Phone: (309) 360-4880

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