Do your children enjoy sculpting with Play-Doh, coloring and creating? We are lucky to live in a city that supports the arts! Including our very own Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, there are many opportunities where your budding artists can create their very own masterpieces.
This guide is sponsored by Art Bayou. Art Bayou is a locally-owned paint your own pottery studio offering hundreds of bisque to choose from so you can paint your “one-of-a- kind” piece. In addition to open studio times, Art Bayou also hosts special events, parties and classes. They are conveniently located on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo.
LOCAL ART CLASSES
3306 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo 49008
Looking for a unique gift to give a loved one or some art therapy? At Art Bayou, your children can paint pottery as they have hundreds of keepsake pieces such as animals, princesses, banks, boxes and more available. The cost is $6 (plus cost of pottery) for children under 12 and $8 for anyone over 12. They also offer classes in mosaics, clay hand building, glass fusing and pottery techniques.
314 South Park Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Not only does the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts showcase amazing exhibits, they also offer art classes. Classes begin at age three and go all the way through high school. Younger kids will enjoy learning art basics in their introductory, My First Art Class program (ages 3-4) offers a session starting in March. Older kids can choose from a variety of classes on topics including drawing, clay, painting, photography and mixed media. New this year for Middle/High School Students is The Art of the Story: Creating Visual Narratives. The KIA also has 3-D Printing and Modeling Workshop beginning in February.
Spring break camp is offered in full- and half-day options. Students (Grades K-5) will be introduced to works of art on view in the galleries, from current exhibitions and the KIA collection, to inspire imagination and creativity to create two- and three-dimensional works of art in the studio
115 West Bridge Street, Plainwell, 49080
Design Street is a non-profit Community Arts Education Center located in the former Plainwell fire station. Design Street offers many different opportunities for students of all ages who love art and want to grow their talents. Programs include: daytime and evening art class options for adults and teens, “After School Art” for ages 5-10, an “Early Arts” program for ages 3-9, and several program options designed for Home School students ages 5-18. Try watercolor, photography, stained glass mosaic, calligraphy, drawing, easel painting, and more! All programs taught by professional artists and/or trained art educators.
1924 Whites Road, Kalamazoo, 49008
Offering Saturday family paintings (for children ages 5 and up), a Kids Camp during the summer and a special Kids Party Corner, Happy Our Art has many options for kids. Click here or contact Rebecca at Rebecca@happyourart.com for additional information.
Dalton Center / Dr. David Smith, Program Director (269) 387-4723
The Saturday Music Lab is held at Dalton Center on the campus of Western Michigan University. The two-hour experience involves singing, moving and instrument-playing activities designed and presented by area Master Music Educators with assistance from WMU music education majors.
Each Saturday Music Lab is built around children’s song literature, with K-4 participants experiencing developmentally appropriate classes focused on skills and knowledge development in music. Specific activities vary from week to week, but most will experience singing, moving and instrument playing. Children in grades 5 and 6 develop skills in a pop ukulele format for each two-hour lab. Previous skill on these instruments isn’t necessary, but a willingness to learn is vital!
326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue, #100, Kalamazoo, 49007
Glass Art Kalamazoo is a community-based nonprofit organization founded on the mission to enrich our community by providing exceptional experiences in Glass Art and a premiere studio space for local artists. Classes are offered for Children 10 and older. Glass Art has three separate studios: Classes are offered in three separate studios for children 10 and older. Traditional Glass Blowing is taught in the Hot Shop, where molten glass is gathered on steel rods from a central furnace and then shaped with steel and wooden tools. In the Lampworking studio, students are taught the process of heating and shaping soft moretti or borosilicate glass with a small torch to create beads, pendants, and small works of art. The Kiln Fusing studio involves the process of cutting, arranging, and layering thin sheets of cold glass into different patterns and shapes which are then melted in a kiln to form one plate or piece of glass art.
111 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw 49079
SMAA provides art classes with a focus on artistic development of children and adults with cost effective workshop sessions. SMAA offers an Open Choice Kids Class in early January for ages 10-17. Visit the website for additional information.
265 East Emmett Street, Battle Creek 49017
The Art Center of Battle Creek has 3 galleries for exhibits, 4 working studios that are home to approximately 50 classes each semester and a gift gallery featuring over 150 Michigan artists. Mid-January the Art Center offers the following Saturday classes:
- Pencil Sketching for students ages 6 and older to learn the basics of drawing in an upbeat classroom setting.
- Beginning Ceramics for Kids – students ages 6-10 will explore the basic principles of working with clay.
Register via phone or online.
450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, 49017
From courses in drawing and painting to art history and appreciation to photography and ceramics, there truly is a course for everyone. Courses can be taken on a continuing education basis.
Offered in over 20 schools in the area; Young Rembrandts is an after-school program (meeting once a week) with a focus on elementary drawing and cartooning. The elementary-age curriculum is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary.
ADDITIONAL CRAFTING OPPORTUNITIES
5125 West Main Street, Kalamazoo 49009
5108 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage 49002
Both the Kalamazoo and Portage Lowe’s locations offer Build and Grow Clinics. You can sign up online to be notified of upcoming clinics and reserve a spot. Events are FREE and take place on select Saturdays at 10:00 am. Click here for additional information and upcoming events.
6601 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage 49002
Are your children following in your crafting footsteps? Why not make a craft with them in Michael’s Kids Club? Every Saturday from 10:00 am to noon children can enjoy a craft project for $2. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Upcoming crafts/dates can be found here.
Kidz N’ Kanvas (The Calico Rabbit Marketplace & Event Center)
130 North Main, Plainwell, 49080
Canvas painting sessions held the 3rd Saturday each month, at 11:30 a.m. for children ages 7 and up. $20 per student.