Best Art Classes for Kids in the East Bay - 510 Families

Best Art Classes for Kids in the East Bay

Thank you to our sponsor LIV & CHIU art studio for underwriting this guide to art classes for kids in the East Bay.

I'm excited to share these resources for getting your child started in art classes in the East Bay. From drawing to cartooning, sculpture and collage, there are so many wonderful studios hosting classes for budding artists. In addition to session-based classes, after-school programs, and seasonal camps, even more host drop-in studios, too.

Art classes for kids

Pro tip: I keep sharpened colored pencils and a small notebook in my child's backpack so he can draw when the mood strikes him.

 

What to know about LIV & CHIU art studio (Berkeley)

LIV & CHIU art studio offers art classes and camps for children and adults. Founders John CC Lee and Olivia Chen work together to design workshops that give aspiring artists foundational skills and confidence in various medium such as painting, drawing and comics. John is an Award-winning PIXAR Animator and Olivia Chen is a Fine Artist who has been teaching art to kids and adults all over the Bay Area. Each class helps to develop a student's technical abilities as well as creative ideas. In addition, there is a wide range of workshops taught by other practicing professionals in various artistic fields.
Website to learn more and REGISTER >

Getting started with kids art classes

Art studios with classes for children under age five

Albany Recreation Department (Albany)
Sign up for weekly clay hand building for ages 3.5+.
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Kids ‘N' Clay (Berkeley)
After school & Saturday wet clay programs (wheel throwing and hand-building) for kids 3 through 18.
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The Junior Center of Art and Science (Oakland)
Junior Center offers drop-in art programs for multiple ages with a focus on kids 5-7.  Fees are on a sliding scale.
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MOCHA, Museum of Children's Art (Oakland)
Open studio art opportunities for children of all ages featuring thematic art projects such as, Art + Science. Specialty classes are operating at capacity. Website >

MonArt Drawing Studio (Berkeley)
Early “getting ready” drawing classes are offered for children ages 4 to 6.
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Piedmont Recreation Department (Piedmont)
Sign up for weekly creative art classes for ages 4+.
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Richmond Art Center (Richmond)
Sign up for weekly classes in painting and all-around artistic creativity begin at age 3.
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Twirl (Alameda)
Twirl offers weekend workshops and kids' nights out in addition to their drop-in art options for ages 3 to 8.
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See our round-up of drop-in art studios for great places to make art together!

Kid drawing in art class
Kid drawing in art class | Photo: LIV & CHIU art studio

Art classes for elementary-age kids (K through 5)

LIV & CHIU art studio (Berkeley)
LIV & CHIU art studio offers art classes and camps for children and adults! Fall youth classes begin at age 7 and include age-appropriate figure drawing, cartooning, and portfolio building.
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Albany Recreation Department (Albany)
Sign up for weekly afternoon drawing, painting, or clay classes.
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Brushstrokes Berkeley
Brushstrokes offers camps and after-school classes in ceramic painting beginning at age 5.
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City of Oakland (Various)
Many ceramics, wheel-building, and clay classes to choose from.

The Crucible (Oakland)
The Crucible offers hands-on education in the industrial arts via workshops, classes, and camps starting at age 8. Ceramics, jewelry, and woodworking begin for ages 8 to 11.
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Kids ‘N' Clay (Berkeley)
After school & Saturday wet clay programs (wheel throwing and hand-building) for kids 3 through 18.
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The Junior Center of Art and Science (Oakland)
Junior Center offers drop-in art programs for multiple ages, appropriate for visitors ages 2-12 years old. Session-based classes for ages 5 to 17 begin seasonally, offered on a sliding scale.
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Kala Art Institute (Berkeley)
Kala Art Institute offers summer camps and after-school art programs beginning in transitional kindergarten.
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MonArt Drawing Studio (Berkeley)
Basic drawing classes are offered for children ages 6 to 9; drawing fundamentals are taught to ages 8 to 13.
See schedule on website >

Piedmont Recreation Department (Piedmont)
Sign up for weekly creative art classes for ages 4 to 6 or 7 to 9.
Website then click over to catalog>

Richmond Art Center (Richmond)
Register for weekly classes. Sculpture, stop-motion animation, and drawing classes offered to children ages 3 to 18.
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Studio One Art Center (Oakland)
Studio One offers summer camps, after school artistic enrichment (K through 5) and teen classes in ceramics.
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Twirl (Alameda)
Twirl offers weekend workshops and kids' nights out in addition to their drop-in art options for ages 3 to 8.
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Young Rembrandts (Oakland)
Young Rembrandts' guided lessons focus on stylized art styles in weekly classes beginning at age 5.
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Teen figure drawing class
Teen figure drawing class | Photo: LIV & CHIU art studio

Art studio classes for tweens and teens

LIV & CHIU art studio (Berkeley)
LIV & CHIU art studio offers art classes and camps for children and adults. Fall youth classes continue through age 17 and include age-appropriate figure drawing, cartooning, and portfolio building with professional artists.
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Artistic Home Studio (Alameda)
Learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting in a 6-week session based class for ages 10 to 16.
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The Crucible (Oakland)
The Crucible offers exciting industrial art programs for older kids. 12 to 18 year-olds can begin glass flameworking, metal jewelry, welding, and gigantic kinetic sculptures.
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MonArt Drawing Studio (Berkeley)
Drawing fundamentals classes are taught to ages 8 to 13 while Drawing Studio is available for teens and adults.
See schedule on website >

Art Class Guide for East Bay Kids

Art studios and the artists who run them frequently change their offerings. This post was fact-checked and current as of this minute. Please reach out directly to the class directors to find out current details. Drop a comment here so we can all learn from your efforts.

Thank you to our sponsor LIV & CHIU art studio for underwriting this guide to art classes for East Bay kids. Please support them by checking out their youth art classes!

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