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.

Ceramics Studios

Most studios in our list offer ceramic painting; some offer pottery and polymer-clay sculpting, plus party packages.

Craft Instruction

Arts and crafts workshops for kids are offered at the following locations.

Creative Reuse Centers

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

Gymboree Play & Music

Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities.

Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program

Students can choose from a wide range of disciplines including: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, computer graphics, art and technology, photography and art history.

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.


The following locations offer maker classes, camps and workshops, plus robotics and other maker activities.

Museum Art Classes and Workshops

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

Sewing and Knitting Instruction

The following locations offer classes, workshops and camps for kids in sewing and knitting.

Studio Art Instruction

20 studios offering classes for kids in painting, drawing, ceramics/sculpting and mixed media. Some offer camps and parties.