Art Hotspots in South Jersey
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
With 270 life-sized sculptures you can pose with throughout the open fields and waterside nooks on this vast spread (bring the camera), there’s no shortage of creativity on display. Kids’ and family workshops add bubble wrap sculptures and story collages to the whimsical mix, while Tots on Tour, for tiny art explorers, features story time, a child-friendly spin around the grounds and hands-on art. $$$
Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville
It’s only appropriate that Creation Station — the hands-on arts activity center that allows families and kids to engage in enhanced, self-directed museum activities, — is located near the Young-At-Art Student Gallery, an exclusive exhibition for student artwork from nearby schools and community organizations. $
Prices vary on drop-in workshops and children’s classes.
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, Elmer
From plaster and papier-mâché, sculpture to found objects, painting to illustration, mixed media to clay, kids, teens and families have ample opportunity to experiment with art through classes and workshops here. Appel’s community projects include the large-scale murals in downtown Vineland and Bridgeton.
Camden County & Cultural Heritage Commission, Haddon Township
The commission hosts the annual Arts 4 Teens Festival, where the community celebrates the talent of kids 13-19 in an expansive variety of visual arts, including sculpture, leatherwork, drawing, painting, computer graphics, clay, jewelry and fabric.
Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, Marlton
As frequent host to exhibitions of kid and teen artwork, the center recognizes the importance of the basics in its art classes, starting students with the basics of drawing before moving on to other media, like pen, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and oil.
Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield
Markeim caters to a full range of artistic callings: Youth classes cover arts from cartooning to ceramics while the MAC pack program introduces preschoolers to art through painting, clay and story time. Adults join the fun at Creative Playtime, exploring open-ended creative activities like printmaking, stamping and building.
Medford Arts Center, Medford
Visual arts aren’t the only medium on display at this volunteer-led community center that also features musical performances and poetry. Children’s programs are a staple of the venue, as evidenced by the puppet shows, storytelling and crafts of Family Funday Sundays.
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown and Collingswood
There’s something for everyone at this Center that features youth studio classes, an exhibition series of local artists, a Summer Arts Program, an outreach that matches professional artists with schools for extended residencies, a Junior Training Artist teen employment program and a Camden-based Murals and Community Gardens initiative.
WheatonArts & Cultural Center, Millville
In addition to the unique glass art creations on display and in progress daily, WheatonArts hosts family and seasonal activities that give kids the chance to get creative. Special events, classes and educational programs offered throughout the year.