Whether you’re in the “please don’t color on the walls” phase or your tween in serious about honing her painting skills, you’ll find a creative and enriching art class available in Westchester. The best part? There are classes for any and all interests—from painting and cartooning to clay-making and silk screening.
We’ve rounded up places in our area where kids can get creative. Have a writer or musician instead? We’ve got them covered too. Check out our full Classes Guide for even more picks.
1. Young at Art - Scarsdale
Kids as young as 18 months can get in on the creative fun at this Scarsdale studio. Toddler-aged artists can unleash their inner Picasso's in Art Sensory Play, a parent-and-me class where they can start to get a feel for paint, glue and other supplies. At Art Exploration, meanwhile, the little ones will graduate to using stamps, beads and more. Older kids have a slew of classes to choose from, including Anime & Manga, Sketching & Painting, and Expressive Art Techniques, which covers everything from cubism to pop art.
2. The Rye Arts Center - Rye
While they’ve got the fundamental painting and drawing classes at this Rye studio, kids can also take their interests a step further and try classes in everything from cartooning to making clay jewelry to paper engineering. Harry Potter fan? There’s even a class called “Harry Potter” Ceramic Arts. Classes usually run per season—so spring, summer etc.—and they also have workshops and gallery shows to check out as well.
Scribble Art Workshop in Dobbs Ferry offers a variety of classes for kids.
3. Scribble Art Workshop - Dobbs Ferry
Toddlers (“miniscribblers”) will use everything from watercolors to fabric, while preschoolers (“pre-scribblers”) will learn techniques from sculpture to printmaking in the young kids classes at this Dobbs Ferry studio. Elementary and middle schoolers can try their hand at drawing, painting and even Creative Engineering. The studio also offers drop-in Sensory Open Play sessions for kids from 18 months to 4 years old and various events.
4. Katonah Art Center - Katonah
Creatively inclined kids can get super specific about the type of art they want to make at the Katonah Art Center. Case in point: Middle and high school students can take classes called Equestrian Painting, Fantasy Illustration and Stained Glass. There’s lots to choose from for younger kids too, including drawing and painting, sculpture and sewing—and kids as young as 3 can start using clay. The Center also offers summer and school-break camps.
5. MADE: My Art + Design Experience - Mamaroneck
If you're not quite ready to commit to a long-term art class—or if find yourself with a free afternoon and some climbing-the-walls kids—check out MADE. This art studio which welcomes walk-ins and offers drop-in rates for their after-school art workshops. It has painting, mosaics and even a pottery wheel, while after-school mixed media workshops cover all the bases, from paper mache to silk screening. (It also has sculpture and drawing-specific workshops.) Toddler and preschool-aged artists can take part in “Little Doodles,” which combines books and art.
As part of "hipster week," students in MADE's summer art workshop learn to screen print with David Krinick (MESH print studio). photo courtesy of the venue.
6. Daydreamer Studio - Cross River
Little Dreamer workshops offered at this “creative and event space” in Cross River run the gamut from creating donuts out of clay to making paper puppets and painting Harry Potter-inspired canvases. Workshops usually take place on Friday afternoons and there’s a fee per class. Birthday parties can even be hosted here.
7. Westchester Art Studio - Pleasantville
Started by a pair of art teachers, this studio, housed in the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, offers Kids Create classes on Mondays and Saturdays for elementary schoolers. Kids will use various materials, including charcoal, watercolors and pastels. For tweens and teens interested in drawing and painting, classes are taught by Alan Reingold, an artist who has taught at Parsons and the Rhode Island School of Design.
8. Pelham Art Center - Pelham
Almost every day of the week offers a different type of class for kids at the Pelham Art Center—from using clay on Tuesdays to knitting on Saturdays. For the very youngest kids, it has a parent-and-child clay making class open to kids as young as one. Camps and birthday parties are available, too.