Artistic talents need to be expressed, and in Connecticut, youngsters have many outlets through which to explore, learn and grow. Whether it’s for fun and adventure or serious instruction, your kids can enjoy the best of the best this summer.
122 Naubuc Ave.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
With a wide variety of age-appropriate classes for preschoolers to teens, TeachArt2Me is a place where there is truly something for everyone all year long. The youngsters can experience the basics of drawing and creating crafts based on fun and stories with a little education thrown in. School-aged kids can enjoy intermediate drawing and painting classes or even work with clay. Teens and adults have the opportunity to request specific instruction. Classes for scout groups, home schoolers and as fundraisers are also available.
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington St.
New Britain, CT 06052
For a family-oriented art experience, the New Britain Museum of American Art covers all the bases. From art appreciation to hands-on classes, activities are ongoing and some are on a drop-in basis for those who haven’t made a plan but need one. Exploring colors and design, stories for beginners, creativity and working with different mediums are all on the menu. With a new art studio ready to go, workshops and classes have never had this much potential to be so exiting.
CreativeWorks for Children, LLC
3 Canal Court
Avon, CT 06001
With a variety of things to do for children up to the age of 12, CreativeWorks for Children, LLC is a fun and inspiring place. There is so much for a child to choose from, including classes that take inspiration from nature, gardening classes, music, dance and yoga. A basic cooking class is available as well as several “mommy and me” interactive sessions. Occasional Parent’s Night Out opportunities delight and entertain children for a couple of early evening hours that everyone can enjoy.
The Pottery Piazza
17 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
You can’t go wrong with classes, open studio time or summer camp at The Pottery Piazza. For those who can’t get enough, even with available open studio time, there are projects that you can purchase and complete at home. Children will work on unique projects using clay, mosaics, paint and their imaginations. There are figurines, banks, ornaments and more to choose from that will encourage children of all ages to create a work of art to be proud of. Groups are welcome and party accommodations are available.
The Little Green Tambourine
166 Albany Turnpike
Canton, CT 06019
Music, dancing, playing and dress up are all incorporated into hands-on art classes for kids up to 12 years old at The Little Green Tambourine. This is a place to learn and grow through artistic expression with the understanding that kids also need to move around sometimes to make the most of any experience. Messy art and messy cooking classes allow kids to be themselves and have a good time. Special events include PJ party nights with different themes and activities.
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