Many children are naturally drawn to art, always interested in exploring with color and texture. Art is interesting, educational, creative, and usually, the messier a project, the more fun it is. If your kids are visual or sculpture aficionados and ready to delve into a class, here's a list of options we found for families in Eastern Connecticut. For even more after school fun, check out our Classes and Actvities Guide.
A cultural art center in downtown New London, Expressiones offers classes in visual arts like painting, performing arts, and language arts. Adult classes are available also.
84 Bank Street, New London 860-501-9278 (9ART)
TDP Art Studio
Every Sunday, TDP opens for family "mini artist" classes, where TDP staff walk each student through creating a masterpiece on canvas. Past subjects include a sock monkey, peek-a-boo giraffe, and Dottie the Fish. Appropriate for kids ages 3 and up. All skill levels are welcome.
259 State Street, New London 860-326-7246
1586 Boston Post Road, Westbrook 860-391-8989
Mystic Museum of Art
From toddlers to teens, the Mystic Art Center helps all kids explore the artist inside. Classes meet weekly and help kids discover their love for art with activities that nurture creativity and imagination.
9 Water Street, Mystic 860-536-7601
Lyman Allyn Museum
The museum offers a unique opportunity for homeschool students, ages 5-13, to participate in comprehensive art classes that teach artistic techniques, to explore the museum, and to make new friends.
625 Williams Street, New London 860-443-2545
Wee Little Arts
Classes are designed specifically for preschool aged children and focus on a specialized curriculum that covers the basic elements of art, painting, drawing, and three dimensional art projects.
213 North Main Street, Marlborough 860-295-9389
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Originally published 09.16.2013