Art Steps teaches realistic classical drawing and painting skills for ages four to adult. Get hands on guidance in their Yorba Linda or Mission Viejo art studios.
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.
Kidseum is an interactive, educational, children’s extension of the Bowers Museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures.
Build It Workspace, as an open workspace and skill-building center, incorporates the “arts” in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
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.
Organizations that offer craft classes, workshops or drop-in activities for kids (5+). Class and materials fee may be required.
Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art.
Unleash your inner artist at CSArts Academy! Beginning and advanced classes include acting, animation, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, digital media, fashion, film-making, guitar, instrumental music, musical theatre, production and design, study skills and visual arts.
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.
The summer program provides children (age 5+), teens, adults and professional artists a nurturing environment to explore creativity and performance opportunities. Intensive, practical instruction in all of the visual arts and performing arts is offered in a variety of mediums.
IncrediFlix brings a new element to summer camps. Their stop-motion or filmmaking camps use hands-on activities to expand campers imagination and creativity.
Adaptive Recreation: Therapeutic Builds for Special Needs (6-15), two-week session, $40.
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.
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 25 – August 10, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Many musuems offer art classes that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pastels, watercolor and other mixed media.
Locations that offer sewing and/or knitting classes.
Fun and friendly after-school and evening sewing classes, plus camps and parties, for kids in grades 2 and up.
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.
Kids (grades K-9) can dabble in art and programming and art when they attend a MAKE-It Fun! tinker session which combines art, electronics, and other engineering builds.
Locations that offer studio art instruction, many include drawing, painting and mixed media.