by Leslie P

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.

Check out our guide below:



Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 South Park Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 349-7775

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. Older kids can choose from a variety of classes on topics including drawing, clay, painting, photography and mixed media. Click here for class descriptions and pricing.


Art Bayou

3306 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo 49008
(269) 375-2600

Looking for a unique gift to give a loved one? At Art Bayou, your children can paint pottery. Pottery trinkets such as animals and princesses are available for purchase. The cost is $6 (plus cost of pottery) for children under 12 and $8 for anyone over 12.


Design Street

115 West Bridge Street, Plainwell, 49080
(269) 615-0884

Design Street in Plainwell offers many different opportunities for students who love art and want to grow their talents. Programs include a Creative Kids Afterschool Program for kids age five to nine and a Workshop Wednesday class for children age 10 to 14. If your kids want to learn even more, some adult classes offered at Design Street allow children as young as 10 or 12 to join. Fall Registration ends September 22. Click here for class descriptions and pricing.



Family Center for the Arts

6136 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, 49024
(269) 321-8385

Family Center for the Arts offers something for every age group. Your kids will have the chance to learn with their peers during classes such as Creative Expressions, Art-Tastic, Basics of Drawing, Teen Art and Art Adventures. Current classes run from September through December. Click here for class descriptions, age breakdowns and schedules.


Happy Our Art

1924 Whites Road, Kalamazoo, 49008
(269) 343-5670

Offering Saturday morning classes, Saturday family paintings, a Kids Camp and a special Kids Party Corner, Happy Our Art has many options for kids. Click here or contact Rebecca at for additional information.


WMU Saturday Morning Art (SMArt)

(269) 387-2450

The SMArt Art Education program is a seven-week program for students ages seven to 14. A fall and spring semester is offered, meeting on Saturday mornings at Western Michigan University. Each semester concludes with an exhibition of the artwork from the students. The fall semester begins October 10. Click here for pricing and registration information.


YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

Maple Branch
1001 W Maple St, Kalamazoo 49008
(269) 345-9622

Portage Branch
2900 W Centre Ave, Portage 49024
(269) 324-9622

The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo offers art classes at both their Portage and Maple Branch locations. The Portage Branch offers an Early Start class with a focus on storytelling. At the Maple Branch, your kids can take an Adventures in Art class where they will learn about different cultures, while using various art techniques. Non-Member rates are available. Fall sessions begin September 8 and October 26. Sign up today by clicking here.


Young Rembrandts

(269) 429-3729

Offered in over 20 schools in the area, Young Rembrandts is an afterschool program with a focus on elementary drawing and cartooning. Click here to see all participating schools. Don’t see your school on the list? Contact Young Rembrandts for their help in establishing a program!




Home Depot Kids Workshops

6685 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage 49002
(269) 324-8100

Home Depot in Portage offers a weekly Kids Workshop on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to noon. All workshops are FREE for children age five to 12. In addition to their craft, kids receive an apron, pin and certificate. Spots are available on a first come basis and can be reserved by signing up here.


Lowe’s Build and Grow

5125 West Main Street, Kalamazoo 49009
(269) 345-2110

5108 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage 49002
(269) 276-0215
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 Saturdays at 10:00 am. Click here for additional information and upcoming events.


Michael’s Arts & Crafts

6601 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage 49002
(269) 321-1794

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. Crafts are typically appropriate for children ages four to 12, with a little help from mom or dad. Upcoming crafts can be found here. Pre-registration is suggested by signing up online, in-store or by calling (269) 321-1794.










By | 2015-09-09T05:11:16+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Kids, Learn, Newly Published|Comments Off on Great Art Classes For Kids

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Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.