Art Venues in Philly & The 'Burbs
Darlington Arts Center
Learn: Ceramics and Pottery
Abington Art Center, Jenkintown
Muddy hands are the norm during wheel-thrown ceramics courses, in which kids turn mounds of clay into masterpieces.
Allens Lane Art Center, Phila.
Elementary-aged kids and tweens can join Fun with Clay; the class introduces students to the potter’s wheel and the basics of hand-building.
The Clay Studio, Phila.
Ready to get behind the wheel? Weekly classes for families provide a hands-on introduction to pottery. You’ll leave with a new skill and a creation to show off at home.
Learn: Drawing and Painting
Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley
Learn fundamental techniques and concepts such as light, shadow, perspective, form and color theory during drawing-and-painting classes for young artists.
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown
Art-exploration courses are perfect for kids who want to cultivate their creativity, while drawing-and-painting sessions for high schoolers lead to a portfolio of artworks that can be used as a college portfolio.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila.
The illustration class lets middle schoolers explore children’s book illustrations, comic books and graphic novels while experimenting with drawing, design and layout.
Wayne Art Center, Wayne
In addition to learning about printmaking, oil pastels and collage, students in this drawing-and-painting class delve into art history, make art “plein air” style, create portraits and try their hands at still life.
Main Line Art Center, Haverford
Cameras and film are provided for teens in the darkroom photography course that covers lighting and composition, camera settings and the chemistry behind the darkroom process.
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Phila.
The Saturday Young Artists Program offers nearly a dozen classes, including digital photography. Students hone their photographic eye, learn to take pictures that portray their point of view and learn how to tell a story through snapshots. They’ll also use Photoshop to edit and print images.
Learn: Wearable Art
Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham
The beginner-friendly jewelry-making class guides participants through instructor demos and hands-on practice while they learn to sew, solder, file and polish.
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Phila.
Round up the whole gang and sign up for hands-on family workshops. Past sessions have allowed visitors to screenprint and embroider tote bags and pillows, learn about fashion design and make “self-portrait boxes.”
Handwork Studio, Narberth
Students are taught age-appropriate handwork skills, from crocheting and knitting to embroidery and embellishment. Or make trendy pieces during a fashion and machine-sewing class.