Get Creative with these SWMI Art Classes for Kids- 2021

Art Classes for Kids

Make Refrigerator-Worthy Masterpieces With These Art Classes for Kids

My house is covered in crafts.

Whether it’s the latest watercolor painting, a freshly built Play-Doh snowman, or a cardboard house awaiting Barbie’s return, the projects are everywhere.

While I have attempted to organize these mini masterpieces, I’ve realized that my efforts are futile: the crafts always win. I now focus my efforts on how to best display the work of my pint-size Picassos and foster their love of art.

Luckily, my search for art classes for kids was a short one: Kalamazoo is home to many options for kids art classes, from toddlers to teens. Whether it’s drawing, painting, pottery, glass or photography, there are art courses for all interests and ages.

Read on to find the right class for your child (and don’t forget to clear some space on the fridge).

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Directory: Kalamazoo Art Classes for Kids

Whether you sign them up for a series or a drop-in class, it’s a perfect chance for kids to get hands-on with new materials and explore their creativity.

Scheduled Art Classes

Art Bayou | 3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Art Bayou offers scheduled classes in mosaics, glass fusing and clay hand building. Kids will also enjoy their summer camps and birthday parties.

Art Center of Battle Creek | 265 E Emmett St, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Adults and kids can take courses in ceramics, paint or glass. Ages 6+

Colors & Cocktails | 240 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Colors and Cocktails offers a large variety of art classes, from canvas to glass to beads and more. Classes offered for all ages, in person and virtually.

Design Street | 115 W Bridge St, Plainwell, MI 49080

Located in the former Plainwell Fire Station, Design Street is a non-profit Community Arts Education Center that is home to both art classes for kids (ages 4+) and adults. Courses include painting, mosaics, photography, pottery and drawing. Home Schooled programs also available.

Glass Art Kalamazoo | 326 W Kalamazoo Ave #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Glass Art Kalamazoo offers classes in glass blowing, kiln fusing and lampworking. Ages: 10+

Happy Our Art | 5466 Holiday Terrace, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

A mother and daughter team leads Happy Our Art in Kalamazoo, where you can take painting classes and socialize. Evening classes are geared for ages 12 and older; Saturdays offer kids classes for ages 5-12.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center | Park Trades Center, Ste 103A, 326 W Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center hosts in-person and virtual classes for adults and kids.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts starts classes at age 3, with an introductory art class. Older kids can study more advanced subjects including drawing, clay, painting, photography and mixed media.

The Salty Owl Studio | 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Salty Owl hosts workshops, classes and sells art kits and subscription boxes in a variety of media.

WMU SMArt | 2110 Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

West Michigan University’s Saturday Morning Art Classes (SMArt) include seven weeks of art classes for kids aged 7-14. The program concludes with a public exhibition of their work in the Frostic School of Art galleries. Classes meet on WMU’s campus in South Kohrman Hall.

Young Rembrandts | Local School Districts

Young Rembrandts is an after-school program held in local school districts (Portage, Scotts, Vicksburg) with a focus on elementary drawing and cartooning. Ages: 5-12.

Drop-In Art Classes

Art Bayou | 3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Choose from over 400 pottery pieces and make your masterpiece. Expect 2-3 hours for adults; 1 hour for kiddos. Ages: 2+

Kalamazoo Candle Company | 166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Create your own custom scented candle at their shop. Also available for private parties.

Home Depot | 6685 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002, 1227 M-89, Plainwell, MI 49080

Home Depot hosts FREE kids workshops monthly on Saturdays, where kids can build crafts with their parents. In addition to their craft, kids receive an apron, pin, and a certificate. Spots are first-come, first-serve (registration is highly encouraged). Ages: 5-12

Kids N’ Kanvas | 130 N Main St, Plainwell, MI 49080

Drop in to paint canvases with Kids N’ Kanvas at The Calico Rabbit Marketplace & Event Center in Plainwell on Saturdays. These art classes for kids are aimed at children 7 and older, but younger painters are permitted with parents’ help.

Michael’s | 6601 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002, 12765 Harper Village Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014

Michael’s offers crafting activities for a small fee on Saturdays. Parents remain onsite. Registration is encouraged. Ages: 3+

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