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

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.

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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 programming during after-school hours.

Makerspaces

See STEM.

Museum Art Classes and Workshops

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

Sewing and Knitting Instruction

Locations that offer sewing and/or knitting classes.

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.