If your child loves to scribble with crayons and make a mess out of crafting supplies at home, help them focus their creative energy by enrolling them in an art class. We rounded up some of the best art classes for kids in Chicagoland, including options for aspiring painters, young sculptors and little artists who want to work with clay, glass and more.
From enriching art classes for toddlers to fine art classes for older kids who want to refine their artistic talents, these classes across Chicagoland will nurture your child’s skills and creativity.
The Beverly Arts Center
- Address: 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago
Beverly Art Center’s School of Fine Arts offers seasonal classes for kids that range from pottery and jewelry making to comic book drawing. Older kids and teens can enjoy specialized classes like hand-sewing, anime and cartoon drawing and ceramics and fused glass making.
The Chicago Mosaic School
- Address: 1127 W. Granville Ave., Chicago
While most of this school’s programming focuses on intricate mosaic classes for adults, they offer a kids course that teaches the basic skills used in mosaic making. Students will create one or two glass mosaics.
Color Wheel Studio
- Address: 2034 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Best for older kids who want to refine and further their artistic abilities, Color Wheel Studio in Bucktown offers intermediate and advanced courses for young adults.
Easel Art Studio
- Address: 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Easel Art Studio offers art classes for little ones as young as 16 months. Young artists will enjoy classes like sensory clay play, Story Art and Sculpture 101. Kids 6 and up can learn the basics of drawing and oil painting.
Hyde Park Art Center
- Address: 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago
Youth art education at Hyde Park Art Center includes after school and weekend classes, year round workshops and a summer Creativity Camp. There are also programs for high school teens.
Kids Clay Room
- Address: 2646 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Little sculptors as young as 5 can learn the basics of handbuilding at Kids Clay Room. Artists ages 10 and up can learn to throw clay using a potter’s wheel. From camps and one-time workshops to longer six-week classes, this kids studio offers plenty of options for your child to get their hands dirty (literally).
Lillstreet Art Center
- Address: 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago
The Kidstreet Department at Lillstreet Art Center offers classes for children and teens ages 1-16. With a focus on enjoying the process and having fun, your child will love trying acrylic painting, drawing, cartooning, pottery, crafting workshops and much more.
- Address: 2446 N. Clark St., Chicago
Go beyond arts and crafts at The Paintbrush. This studio for kids incorporates music and art appreciation in every lesson. Kids will learn about past and current artists as they draw and paint. There are classes for preschoolers and their parents, too.
- Address: 721 W. Wrightwood Ave., Chicago
Ditch the messy art supplies and pick up a pair of knitting needles at Sister-Arts Studio in Lincoln Park. From after-school knitting classes to Fiber Art Summer Camp for kids and tweens, kids will love creating their own fabric projects in this bright studio.
Unicoi Art Studio
- Address: 2059 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Unicoi Art Studio in Roscoe Village offers classes for kids 3-12. Choose from sketching and painting, themed sketchbook portfolios, mixed media and other fun options that artistic kids will love.
All Things Art Studio
- Address: 1106 W. Main St., St. Charles
Kids 4-16 can let their creativity soar at All Things Art Studio. This St. Charles studio hosts art day camps for kids and teens, as well as crafting workshops, art classes in painting, drawing and clay, and open studio hours.
- Locations in Chicago and Highland Park
Bubbles Academy has enrichment classes for babies, tots and little ones. Check out the Art + Music class options at one of their Chicagoland locations.
Hello Art Studio
Little artists ages 3-13 can work on projects over an eight-week class. Hello Art Studio also holds creative Summer Art Camps with themes like Dr. Seuss, Squishmallows, Outer Space and other kid-approved topics.
Thrown Elements Pottery
Thrown Elements Pottery offers clay classes for all ages. Budding sculptors in grades K-6 can learn handbuilding and glazing basics in a four-week Clay Camp. Older artists ages 10-18 can learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing.
- Address: 200 Harrison St., Oak Park
From canvas and clay to cartoons and Legos, this art studio has everything your child needs to create their next masterpiece. Check the calendar of upcoming classes, workshops and camps, and learn how you can get your child’s first class for free.
The Little Bits Workshop
There’s a different workshop every day of the week at The Little Bits Workshop. Whether your child wants to learn to sew, draw, paint or isn’t sure what their medium of choice is yet, there’s a class to fit their interests. Drop in for open studio sessions if your child wants to experiment and explore their options before committing to a workshop.
Magical Minds Studio
- Address: 110 Madison St., Oak Park
After-school workshops for elementary and middle school students and holistic art and learning classes for preschoolers are just two of the great options that Magical Minds Studio has for artsy kids. Make art with the entire family at a Family Open Studio session on Saturday mornings.
- Address: 1502 Home Ave., Berwyn
Find ongoing art classes for preschoolers to teens at SD Studios. The studio offers private, semi-private and birthday party options, too.
Mucci World Arts and Crafts Studio
- Address: 7913, 7911 W. 171st St., Tinley Park
Budding artists can unleash their creative sides at Mucci World. This arts and crafts studio hosts a Toddlers Scribblers Club, six-week drawing and painting classes, and an open studio for making crafts.
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