Art Venues in Philly & The 'Burbs
Main Line Art Center
Little kids: The preschooler-friendly ARTime storytime pairs tales with simple art projects that relate to the book.
Older kids: Hands-on ArtSee activities sync up exhibits and crafts, while family tours lead visitors on an interactive journey through the collection gallery.
Little kids: Workshops for ages 4-12 focus on topics that range from classic (clay mugs) to wacky (monsters) .
Older kids: Expand your teen’s creative horizon with a beginner workshop that puts him behind a potter’s wheel. The relaxed session teaches kids the basics of the art form — and how to express themselves in a new way.
Little kids: Downloadable Family Gallery Guides provide tips for engaging little ones during your visit. Free Family Arts Academy workshops (think comic drawing and quilt making) offer programming appropriate for the whole crew.
Older kids: Saturday classes for middle schoolers sharpen budding artists’ observational skills as they explore exhibits and create mixed-media artworks.
Little kids: Stroller tours, preschool art classes and family tours let young visitors experience the museum from their point of view.
Older kids: New this month, Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent highlights the medium’s history via colorful landscapes, illustrations and stained-glass designs that spark the imagination.
Little kids: Saturday classes for ages 5 & up teach nearly a dozen types of art. Sign yourself up for concurrent parent courses.
Older kids: Teen Lounge participants collaborate on projects with a professional artist of their choice. They practice teamwork, as well as clay, painting, silkscreen and stop-motion animation.
Little kids: Bring your 3- to 5-year-old to the galleries during monthly art and storytelling classes that acquaint kids with patterns, shapes, form and colors, all found in the venue’s collections.
Older kids: Ages 7-12 hone their craft in painting or sculpture courses, where they’ll make 3D masterpieces out of clay, cardboard and found objects. Teens with a flair for comic drawing can sign up for courses that cover every corner of the skill.
Abington Art Center, Jenkintown
Little kids: There’s plenty to see and touch at the center’s 27-acre sculpture park. Works showcase environmental issues and images, giving visitors a taste of nature and art in one spot.
Older kids: Ages 10 & up cultivate their creative side during advanced drawing and sewing courses that welcome students of all skill levels.
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford
Little kids: Programming for the littlest visitors includes storytime and free First Sundays, complete with arts & crafts and live tunes.
Older kids: Meet Den-Den, the subject of the full-size, lifelike Portrait of a Pig, keep an eye out for swashbuckling pirates in theTreasure Island illustration and search for sculptures throughout the museum.
Community Arts Center, Wallingford
Little kids: Building, sculpting, music and play are staples at the Art Start preschool and after-school Lucky Charms program.
Older kids: All ages can nourish a talent or try something new at after-school classes in painting, drawing, clay, music and photography.
Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley
Little kids: Elementary-age artists discover an array of handbuilding techniques, then try the potter’s wheel during the Clay for Kids courses. Want to experiment with a more esoteric activity? Send them to a puppet-making workshop.
Older kids: Art Explorations classes (ages 10-12) delve into the full world of visual arts: painting, printmaking, drawing and college.
Main Line Art Center, Haverford
Little kids: Families make “messy masterpieces” with glitter, collage, paint and paper mache in one class. In another, use clay to create mugs, snowflakes and snowmen.
Older kids: Middle and high schoolers get imaginative with courses in animation, drawing & painting, glass fusing and metal jewelry.
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown
Little kids: Family favorites include the Family Education Center, an outdoor sculpture garden & labyrinth and the gigantic Wooded Watershed mural, which depicts the Delaware Water Gap.
Older kids: Revel in the scenery of impressionist Bucks County landscapes in one collection, then lounge on classic Japanese furniture crafted by a master woodworker in the Nakashima Reading Room.
Wayne Art Center, Wayne
Little kids: Workshops like Family Day of Clay and the Explore the Masters series are just a few of the offerings.
Older kids: While many workshops are just for teens (drawing & painting, wheel throwing), a handful are open to adults as well, so junior artists can learn from and teach a thing or two to their older classmates.