Arts and Crafts

Whether or not your little one seems artistically inclined, it’s easy to find fun, low-pressure classes, camps and workshops where she can give new skills a try and develop art appreciation.

All sorts of arts and crafts “count,” from sewing and cartooning, to ceramics, sculpting, painting, drawing, even creative engineering and digital art. Check the offerings at private studios, craft supply and home improvement stores, your parks and recreation department, the neighborhood library, community festivals or Southland museums, which often offer family art programs.

Check out the best local spots for Arts & Crafts below.

Arts and crafts instruction, workshops, classes and camps. Also see: “Museums” and “STEM.” For additional resources, see our current issue.

Art Explorers Summer Art Camp

Join Art Explorers for a summer of fun and creative art projects. Kids (5-14), come dressed to get messy and ready to explore all different types of art and art mediums!

Art Steps

Art Steps teaches realistic, classical drawing and painting skills to kids (ages 4+), teens and adults.

Bowers Kidseum

Kidseum is high-tech and interactive with a focus on, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art and archaeology.

Build It Workspace

Build It Workspace, as an open workspace and skill building center servicing Orange and Los Angeles counties, incorporates the “arts” in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Ceramics Studios

Organizations that offer ceramics for kids. Items such as plates, mugs and figurines are priced individually. Studios charge a sitting fee (costs vary) that typically includes painting, glazing, supplies and firing.

Craft Instruction

Organizations that offer craft classes, workshops or drop-in activities for kids (5+). Class and materials fee may be required.

Creative Reuse Centers

Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art.

Downey Parks and Recreation

Join toddler, youth and teen classes at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center. Including Let’s Paint!, Tumbling, Fun n’ Messy Lil Rollers, Kids Love Music, Fashion Sketching, and much more.

Fountain Valley Summer Enrichment Academy

The Fountain Valley Schools Foundation Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) is offering Fountain Valley and neighboring cities high-quality, STEAM-based (the “A” is for Arts!) learning opportunities for students (K-8).

Galileo Camps

Embrace your inner toy “maker.” Race a custom-built go-kart. Cook up a signature dish. Debut an original movie. Design and print 3-D models. Electrify a canvas. All this and more, at Camp Galileo.

Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach

Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities through painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more

IncrediFlix Summer Camps

IncrediFlix brings a new element to summer camps. Their stop-motion or filmmaking camps use hands-on activities to expand campers imagination and creativity.

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Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Creative Clay (5-12), Knitting and Crocheting, $20-30. Parent and Me Ceramics, $20.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Many Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine parks offer arts and crafts on a drop-in basis with supervised recreation programming during after-school hours.


Makerspaces are locations where people create, invent, and learn, usually with technology wuch as 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.

Model Boat Shop

Kids (7+) can learn how to build and race model sailboats, and participate in a closing regatta as part of the city’s International Sea Festival; June 26 – August 11, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sewing and Knitting Instruction

Locations that offer sewing and/or knitting classes.

Sewing Lab Los Alamitos

Fun and friendly after-school and evening sewing classes, plus day camps and parties, for kids in grades 2 and up.

Sewing with Jane

Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, project-based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers.

Shared Science

Kids (grades K-9) can dabble in programming and art when they attend one- to two-hour workshops featuring Arduino Gemma and other tech activities.

Studio Art Instruction

Locations that offer studio art instruction, many include drawing, painting and mixed media.