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18 Places for Kids to Paint, Sculpt, and Create Art

Fan the creative spark in your kids by trying out a visual art class during the school year or with a summer camp.

Here are places for kids to paint, sculpt, and create art. Perhaps you never progressed beyond stick-figure drawings, and a glue gun in your hands might be a more deadly weapon than crafting essentials. Not to worry. You can fan that creative spark in your kids through a variety of visual art classes around the Puget Sound region. Here are nearly two dozen spots to begin your arts education exploration; remember that many local city- and county-run community centers also offer affordable instruction.

SEATTLE:

Arts Aloft: Kids from ages 4 to 12 can learn to express themselves through engaging, creative art projects using mediums including acrylics, charcoals, clay, and watercolors. Workshops, parties, and camps are also available.

Location: 3302 E Spring St, Seattle, WA 98122

Cost: $170 for five in-studio classes

Coyote Central: Since 1986, Coyote Central has provided middle schoolers with the opportunity to take classes with professional artists. Youths can find and cultivate their creative outlets from fashion design to photography to painting. Nearly 40 percent of Coyote Central’s students receive tuition assistance, and no child is turned away.

Location: 2300 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

Cost: $250 to $315 for an eight-week session

Early Masters: Shelley Thomas, the founder and instructor at Early Masters, blends art history lessons with hands-on painting instruction. Students learn about art icons, including Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci, and they leave each workshop with their work of art to hang up at home.

Location: 7557 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Cost: $45 & up per individual class

Emerald City Fired Arts: With walk-ins always welcome, Emerald City Fired Arts offers the perfect rainy-day activity. Kids can paint a piece of pottery or create a glass fusion piece. Professionals will help them get started, and then they’ll have unlimited time to complete their work of art.

Location: 3333 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Projects vary in cost from $6-$60, with the average cost around $18-$24 (project cost includes unlimited time for completion; all materials, instruction, glazing and firing)

FayezArt Pottery: Faye’s studio is cozy and funky in a house near Salmon Bay School in Ballard. You’ll know you’re there when you see the fence decorated with whimsical masks. Afterschool classes provide instruction in creating bowls, cups, vases, games, fairy houses, using a pottery wheel, and more. All ages are welcome, and you can email fayezart@comcast.net for availability.

Location: 1806 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Cost: $350 for a 10-week series of 1-hour classes.

Gage Academy of Art: Gage’s youth program offers courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, and alternative mediums. Students are encouraged to experiment with various artistic techniques and express themselves through art.

Location: 1501 10th Ave E #101, Seattle, WA 98102

Cost: Youth classes start at $255 for 3-hour classes every Saturday for four weeks.

NeoArt School: Established in 1982, NeoArt School promotes itself as Seattle’s “oldest locally-owned art school for children.” Afterschool, school-break, summer camps and homeschool classes are available, primarily for ages 6 to 12. Held in the Good Shepherd Center at Meridian Park, there are drawing, clay and “sampler” classes that include different painting and drawing materials, wood sculpture, papier mâché, batik, bookbinding and more.

Location: 4649 Sunnyside Ave N #121, Seattle, WA 98103

Cost: Five 1.5-hour classes are $125 for fine art. $150 for drawing and sampler classes, $150 for pottery/ceramics classes.

Pratt Fine Arts Center: Regardless of your child’s favorite art form, they’re sure to find it at Pratt. This nonprofit arts education center offers courses in every medium, from jewelry-making to blacksmithing to painting. Pratt also offers free art classes for children ages 5-13 on weekends during the school year.

Location: 1902 South Main St, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Pay what you can for youth classes ages 5-13. Wide range of prices for teen classes.

Roaring Mouse: The combination of art and play is key to Roaring Mouse’s mission. In addition to classes, there are set open-studio hours and a playroom well-stocked with toys and art supplies.

Location: 7526 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Cost: 5-week drawing and painting sessions are $187

West Seattle Art Nest: The Art Nest focuses on process-based art and welcomes all ages to thrive as artists here. They have a unique outdoor art environment with a heated and lit wedding-style tent called the “magic art tent”. There is toddler time, school-aged art classes, birthday parties, and more. Here is all the school-aged programming.

Location: 2903 SW Cambridge St, Seattle, WA 98126

Cost: $195 for 2-hour three-day classes

Westerly Studio: Julie and Greta are big believers that art and creative expression are more important than ever. This is part studio, and part gallery with art classes. Whether you’re looking for a class for your kids, art parties, or birthday parties, this is the perfect place. Kids classes range from kindergarten age to 4th graders, while tween/teen classes are for 5th grade and older.

Location: 3315 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

Cost: 6-week sessions range from $100-$285 varies by class/ages.

NORTH 

Arts Umbrella: Multiple accomplished artists offer weekly afterschool classes at this art studio in the Bothell Country Village. Sign-up is through the individual instructors for classes in oil painting and multimedia for students ages 5 to 19 years.

Location: 7330 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028

Cost: Starts at $140 for four youth classes per month and $175 for five weeks.

Schack Art Center: Whether your child wants to build a clay castle, decorate a stuffed monster, or take their first drawing or painting class, Schack Art Center has you covered. The teen classes offer even more diverse options, such as jewelry-making, glassblowing, basket-weaving, and picture-book art. Get your kids involved in their summer workshops, and you can email artsinfo@schack.org to get info on classes and pricing.

Location: 2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA 98201

Cost: Prices vary from $65-$400 for individual classes; memberships are available for discounted classes. Please see the website or call for more pricing information.

SOUTH

Open Arts Studio: Whatever your kids’ artistic passions might be — charcoal drawing, pastels, fashion illustration, anime and manga, pottery, sewing — chances are good that this Tacoma studio has an offering for them. After-school and weekend classes for kids age 4 and older; a homeschool program also is available.

Location: 109 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403

Cost: Starting at $125 for six 1-hour classes, $175 for six 1.5-hour classes

EAST

AL Studio: Children ages 4 to 16 receive classical art training from local and international artists. AL Studio offers weekly classes, art camps, and birthday parties. Classes include special outings that allow students to paint outdoors and in Seattle art museums. Many of AL Studio’s students have won state and national awards and can compete in talent shows and contests. You can get

Location: 1425 Market St., Kirkland, WA 98033

Cost: Ages 6-12 for 1-hour classes are $140 per month on weekdays, $145 per month on Saturdays/Sundays; Ages 6-12 1½-hour classes are $175 per month on weekdays, $185 per month on Saturdays/Sundays;

Junior/teen 3-hour classes are $195 per month on weekdays, $200 per month on weekends.

Northwest Arts Center: This center provides year-round recreation and art-focused programming for all ages. The art center provides opportunities for kids to explore painting, pottery, dance, martial arts, and a wide variety of art programs. Here is a list of their winter classes for your kids.

Location: 9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Cost: Art classes for 8 weeks, ages 5-7 are $240. You can find all other prices on the winter classes page.

Kirkland Arts Center: Housed in the historic Peter Kirk Building, this nonprofit group has been promoting the arts since 1962, including offering a range of art classes for all ages. Parents can bring toddlers age 2 to 4 for 1-hour drop-in classes for which they should “dress to mess.” Kids to teens can take classes in drawing, painting, sketching, sculpting, and other clay work.

Location: 620 Market St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Cost: Kids’ classes vary depending on frequency, type of art, and age range. Ages 5-10 pricing starts at $150 for four 1½-hour sessions. There are discounted options for members.

The Bellevue Studio: Preschoolers through teens/adults receive classical fine arts training at the Bellevue Studio, which has locations in downtown Bellevue and the Crossroads Mall. Kids can take classes in groups or one-on-one with instructors. “Parent N’ Me Classes” are available for families who love to create art together. Birthday parties and art camps are also offered.

Location: 1075 Bellevue Way NE #B-3, Bellevue, WA 98004

Cost: All classes require a $25 registration fee. Drop-in classes are $57.75 for any age.

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