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 Steps

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

Build It Workspace

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 Use Centers

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

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

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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 programing during after-school hours.

Maker Spaces

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.

Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA

Stocked with sewing and computer labs, silk screen maker, 3D printer, the latest in video game and app design, inventor’s kits, EV3 robots, and a generous supply of LEGO bricks, Makersville offers classes, parties, and activities.

Museum Art Classes and Workshops

Many musuems offer art classes that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pastels, watercolor and other mixed media.

N. Orange County Community College District, School of Continuing Education

Pencils & Paintbrushes (4-10), Drawing and Sketching ( 5-7 and 8+), Cartoon Drawing (8+), Painting with Acrylics for Kids (5+), Draw and Paint Animals (5+), Anime Drawing (8+), and Art Techniques for Kids (8+).

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.

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.