Are you looking for a drop-in arts and crafts spot around Phoenix where your little artist can let his or her inner creative genius loose without necessarily committing the time and/or money for a full session of classes? You are in luck because there are creative options, including canvas painting, paint your own pottery, painting, jewelry making and more all around the Phoenix area! So, pick the day and time that works for your schedule, head to one of these fun places with your kiddos and see where the artistic spirit leads your crew!
SunDust Gallery Paint and Pottery Studio
Erin P.: Drop in at SunDust Gallery anytime they are open and enjoy their open studio! You can select from among an extensive assortment (over 250!) of paintings to create on a 16 x 20 canvas, and will receive step-by-step instructions along the way! It is just like an art class, but on your own time. If you don't finish your painting in one sitting, you can return at any day to finish it for free. You may bring in snacks and drinks.
Ages: Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
As You Wish Pottery
Erin P.: As You Wish Pottery invites drop-in artists to come in and create a special piece. Young artists can stop in anytime, or they also accept reservations. The little artists can select from among the extensive collection of pottery to paint. There is a 3-5 day turnaround time if the piece is glazed and fired. If you would like to take it home on the same day, you can paint with acrylic paints.
Cost: $7.50/studio fee per painter plus the cost of pottery. The studio fee includes paints, supplies, glazing and firing of the piece. Free studio fees for kids under 2! Pottery ranges from $4-$50.
Carrie Curran Art Studios
Erin P.: Carrie Curran Art Studios offers a variety of options for little artists to experiment with art in a variety of mediums. Check their calendar for these opportunities, which include drop-off workshops in which kids can explore drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture projects as well as Family Art sessions in which parents or guardians can paint right alongside their child.
Ages: 6 and up for Family Art
Cost: $35 per person for Family Art
My Painting Place
Erin P.: My Painting Place offers open paint hours. They also offer classes that are three hours, and the cost of the class includes all materials and instruction to complete a 16x20 painting. Teaching artists provide step-by-step instruction to guide the young artists as they complete their painting. All skill levels are welcome.
Cost: Studio time free; materials vary.
Erin P.: Rachel's Young at Art strives to use art to help grow children's confidence, sense of accomplishment, and overall identity. They offer a variety of drop-in classes. Mommy and Me classes are for a parent and tot and offer a great opportunity for little ones to discover new media, like clay and paint. Kids who are a bit older might enjoy the Mini Monets After School Art Program, where teachers will present art instruction and projects using professional media.
Cost: $15 - $36/Single drop-in session; Multi-session discounts available.
ASU Art Museum
Erin P.: ASU Art Museum offers a variety of programs for children and families each month. During their Family Days, your family can spend a full day making, learning and playing. Stations are set up throughout the museum for children ages 4 - 12, in which the activities revolve around the current exhibits. Many of the activities are led by local artists.
Be An Artist
Erin P.: Be an Artist invites all aspiring artists to come and paint with them during open paint hours. Everyone can select their own painting, and they will provide artistic instruction along the way. Reservations are required as their hours depend on them. All ages are welcome. In addition to their open paint hours, they also offer drawing and painting classes for tweens and teens.
Cost: Prices range from $12-$28.50 for open paint pottery/canvas.
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Erin P.: The Children's Museum of Phoenix offers a variety of drop-in classes for little ones, including several art classes. Be sure to check their calendar for upcoming opportunities!
Phoenix Art Museum
Erin P.: The Phoenix Art Museum offers Make It! classes for all ages and abilities. Artists and museum staff feature works of art from the Museum's collection or current exhibitions as they design this class. Make It! occurs twice a month, and each session focuses on a different object and artistic technique.
Cost: Free for Members; included in General Admission.
MudPie Studios: Pottery
Erin P.: MudPie Studios offers drop-in pottery and ceramics painting. They carry a wide variety of pieces to fit your budget and tastes. Options include plates, bowls, platters, mugs, figurines, boxes and banks. You can choose to take your piece home that day or pick it up in a few days after it's been fired in the kiln. They also offer Cookies and Canvas classes, where little ones can enjoy step-by-step instruction from the Studio Artist as they create their own canvas painting.
Cost: No studio fee; costs vary by piece chosen.
Erin P.: If your little fashionista would love to create her own wearable art, consider a visit to Raincharmer Beads. This is a little bead shop which began out of a love for this form of creative expression. They carry a variety of beads and offer classes from beginners through advanced. They are proud to offer guests the opportunity to create their own jewelry while staying within their budget. You can create your own wearable art, and all you pay for is the materials so you control how much money you spend. Open beading is available during their business hours.
Cost: No studio fee; varies by beads.
Color Me Mine
Erin P.: Color Me Mine is a paint-your-own pottery studio that offers a wide selection of ceramic pieces to paint as well as 60 colors to paint with and a variety of tools and techniques to create your own personal masterpiece. After you finish painting, the experts at Color Me Mine will hand glaze and fire each piece and let you know when it's ready for pick up!
Cost: $8/studio fee per painter plus the pottery; Pottery pieces start at around $16.
The Spotted Owl
Erin P.: The Spotted Owl is a great destination for the little artist in your life! They are a family-owned and operated paint-your-own pottery studio. No reservations required--you can drop in anytime they are open and select from among their collection of traditional, seasonal and unique pottery pieces to paint. Stop in and let your kiddo create his or her own masterpiece that you will both treasure!
Cost: $7/studio fee per painter plus the cost of the pottery piece. Pottery pieces start at $10.
Primary photo: Children’s Museum of Phoenix
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