Arts and Crafts Classes for Kids on LI
Lucky enough to have a potential Picasso on your hands? Perhaps a little Salvador Dalí in the making? There are few things quite as inspiring as discovering your child’s artistic soul, and thanks to these local arts and crafts studios, the current climate doesn't have to stifle creativity.
You can cultivate your child's artistic vision on Long Island at one of these art spots that offer drop-in classes, private play dates, virtual classes, and more creative fun. Long-term commitments are often unnecessary, so kids can pop in for arts and crafts fun and get those creative juices flowing.
Check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Opportunities for Long Island kids for more fun options.
Call for an in-person session at Cool Crafts.
Arts & Crafts Studios in Nassau County
Artrageous – Rockville Centre
5 North Village Avenue
Drop into Artrageous and design a piece of pottery. Each item acts as a blank canvas, and you can choose your colors and embellishments, then get to work on your masterpiece. Items take up to two weeks to be glazed before they are ready for pickup. Try your hand at glass fusing, mosaics, canvas painint or even clay creations.
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As You Wish – Merrick
59 Merrick Avenue
This party place offers drop-off and mommy-and-me canvas painting sessions. Themed mini camp sessions and drop off events are also scheduled monthly. Parties boast options from spa day and dress up to kid cave and gaming.
Casa de Spin — Massapequa
81 Grand Ave.
Get spinning at this unique art studio. Offering after school art, parties and other private events, Casa de Spin lets artists create works of art using giant SpinArt machines.
Cool Crafts – Wantagh
3443 Merrick Road
Kids can create plaster crafts, combination banks, cork boards, piggy banks, mini-lockers, stuff-a-teddy, and more at Cool Crafts. Call to inquire about party information and their daily walk-in schedule. Both are by appointment only.
Not Just Art — Oyster Bay
183 South Street
Children ages 20 months and older can attend classes at Not Just Art. Class selections include Art Together parent & classes, crazy concoctions and more. In the summer they have drop off mini camps and workshops, as well as science and music classes and lessons.
South Shore Arts Center — Bellmore
218 Pettit Ave.
A cozy art studio in bustling Bellmore village, South Shore Arts Center offers classes in cartooning, clayworks, fashion drawing, canvas painting and more. During the summer and school breaks, they host four-day project-based workshops such as build your own ukulele, metal embossing and more.
Inspire your little ones with creativity at Key to My Art.
Arts & Crafts Studios in Suffolk County
Art & Soul Studio — Nesconset
127-21 Smithtown Blvd.
Offering themed camp sessions, kiddie drop off events and family workshops, Art & Soul also offers birthday party options and virtual classes. In person classes include mommy and me classes, painting, cartooning, scultping, mixed media and more. Kiddie and tween drop off night projects include embroidered art, beading, resin fun and more.
Key to My Art – Amityville
10 West Oak Street
Key to My Art hosts character-themed, drop-off paint nights for kids, as well as camps, classes and art therapy sessions. Certified art teachers guide children through different character drawings and paintings, from Star Wars to Super Mario Brothers. It also offers baby-and-mom art classes and hosts camps and birthday parties.
Mini Monet — Sayville
122 & 128 Main St.
Infants to teens are able to take classes at Mini Monet. From drawing, painting, sculpting to printmaking Mini Monet has lots of options to learn. They also offer birthday parties and family paint nights, using a step-by-step method.
The Village Artist — Huntington
630 New York Ave.
The Village Artist offers mommy and me, fine art studio, fashion design, special needs and more classes. The Yogart program combines art and yoga, with new themes each week. Weekly, four-day art workshops keep kids creative in the summer as well.
Arts & Crafts Studios on the East End
East End School of the Arts – Riverhead
141 East Main Street
Kids can tap into their creative spirit through painting, photography, music, and more at this 45-year-old fine arts nonprofit. Some classes offered this winter include comic illustration, oil painting, and multimedia art. Register for a multi-class session or pay per class.
Guild Hall — East Hampton
158 Main St.
Guild Hall hosts several Family Days throughout the year, geared at artist interaction and education. Their year round Stories & Crafts program guides families in engaging hands-on workshops. Their summer KidFEST series is for theater performances and workshops. For the budding directors in your family, their summer film camps give children a unique opportunity to collaborate, develop, write and edit films.
Take a pre-recorded virtual class/tutorial after you pick up your art kit at Pinot's Palette.
Photos courtesy of the venues
This post was originally published in 2017. It has since been updated.