Make Refrigerator Worthy Masterpieces
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 instruction 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 classes 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).
12+ Spots to Craft Kids’ Artistic Skills Around Kalamazoo
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 creative side.
Scheduled Art Classes
Art Bayou hosts scheduled classes in mosaics, glass fusing and clay hand building. Kids will also enjoy their summer camps and storytimes on Saturdays.
Adults and kids can take courses in ceramics, paint or glass at the Art Center of Battle Creek. Ages: 6+
Located in the former Plainwell Fire Station, Design Street is a non-profit Community Arts Education Center that is home to both classes and workshops for kids (aged 4+) and adults. Courses include painting, mosaics, photography, pottery and drawing. Home Schooled programs also available.
Glass Art Kalamazoo offers classes in glass blowing, kiln fusing and lampworking. Check out their fun summer workshops too. Ages: 10+
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.
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.
West Michigan University’s Saturday Morning Art Classes (SMArt) include seven weeks of art instruction for children 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 is an after school program held in local schools (Portage, Scotts, Vicksburg) with a focus on elementary drawing and cartooning. Ages: 5-12.
Choose from over 400 pottery pieces at Art Bayou and make your masterpiece. Expect 2-3 hours for adults; 1 hour for kiddos. Ages: 2+
Create your own custom scented candle at Kalamazoo Candle Company. Kids have special drop-in times during Kids Day Out (ages 12 and under).
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
Drop in to paint canvases with Kids N’ Kanvas at The Calico Rabbit Marketplace & Event Center in Plainwell on Saturdays. The class is aimed at children 7 and older, but younger painters are permitted with parents’ help.
Michael’s offers crafting activities for kids for a small fee on Saturdays. Parents remain onsite. Registration is encouraged. Ages: 3+
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