Best Art Classes for Creative Chicagoland Kids

Pottery, finger painting and more! What medium will your child choose to master?

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

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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 

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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. 

The Paintbrush

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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. 

Sister-Arts Studio

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

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. 

North Suburbs 

All Things Art Studio 

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. 

Bubbles Academy 

  • 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. 

West Suburbs

Kidcreate Studio

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

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. 

SD Studios

Find ongoing art classes for preschoolers to teens at SD Studios. The studio offers private, semi-private and birthday party options, too. 

South Suburbs 

Mucci World Arts and Crafts Studio

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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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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