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. Save $5 with discount code 510ARTS. Offer expires September 1, 2023.

I’m excited to share these resources for getting your child started in art classes in the East Bay. From drawing to cartooning, animation, 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, many studios host drop-in classes as well.

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.

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What to know about LIV & CHIU art studio (El Cerrito)

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 mediums such as painting, drawing, and comics. John is an Award-winning PIXAR Animator and Olivia is a Fine Artist who has been teaching art to kids and adults all over the Bay Area for years.

Each class helps to develop a student’s technical abilities and creative ideas together. There is a wide range of workshops taught by other practicing professionals in various artistic fields. Class lengths range from weekend workshops to 10-session series. There is also an outdoor space where classes can be held safely during this challenging time. Website to learn more and REGISTER >

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Lots of ways for children to build confidence, creativity, and skills in art media | Photos: LIV & CHIU art studio

See our round-up of drop-in art studios for great places to make art together!

Art studios with classes for children under age five

Kids ‘N’ Clay (Berkeley)

After school & Saturday wet clay programs (wheel throwing and hand-building) for kids 4 through 18. Fall class registration coming soon.
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The Junior Center of Art and Science (Oakland)

Even though the Junior Center suffered a tragic fire earlier this year (you can help with the Fire Relief Fund here), they are still offering some virtual classes.
See schedule on website >

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Students create Heart Felt Pouches and sew a Mini Chibi Stuffie from felt | Photo: LIV & CHIU art studio

MOCHA, Museum of Children’s Art (Oakland)

Virtual Field Trips offer one to one-and-a-half hours of fun for groups of all ages over Zoom with themes such as flubber, puppets, or recycled sculpture. Fun for a birthday or a fun weekend activity. Website >

Piedmont Recreation Department (Piedmont)

Sign up for weekly creative art classes for ages 4-10.
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Richmond Art Center (Richmond)

Sign up for weekly classes in painting and all-around artistic creativity begin at age 5.
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Twirl (Alameda)

Twirl offers an after-school art program for ages 4 to 9.
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child drawing a comic
Graphic novel creation is a regular offering | Photo: LIV & CHIU art studio

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

LIV & CHIU art studio (El Cerrito)

LIV & CHIU art studio offers art classes and camps for children and adults! Fall youth classes begin at age 6 and include age-appropriate figure drawing, cartooning, and portfolio building. Save $5 with discount code 510ARTS. Offer expires September 1, 2023.
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Brushstrokes Berkeley

Brushstrokes Studio offers camps and after-school classes in ceramic painting beginning at age 6.
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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 at ages 8 to 11.
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The Junior Center of Art and Science (Oakland)

The Junior Center has limited offerings because of the fire earlier this year but does still offer some virtual art programming.
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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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Kids ‘N’ Clay (Berkeley)

After school & Saturday wet clay programs (wheel throwing and hand-building) for kids 4 through 18.
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Photo courtesy of LIV & CHIU art studio

Piedmont Recreation Department (Piedmont)

Sign up for weekly creative art classes for all ages, including clay, crafts, drawing, sewing, knitting, and carpentry.
Website then click over to catalog >

Richmond Art Center (Richmond)

Register for weekly classes. Sculpture, stop-motion animation, and drawing classes are offered to children ages 5 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, after-school programs, and kids’ nights out in addition to their drop-in art options for ages 4 to 9.
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Young Rembrandts (Oakland)

Young Rembrandts’ guided lessons focus on stylized art styles in on-demand online classes beginning at age 5.
Find a class >

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Teen Clothed Figure Drawing at the studio | Photo: LIV & CHIU art studio

Art studio classes for tweens and teens

LIV & CHIU art studio (El Cerrito)

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. Save $5 with discount code 510ARTS. Offer expires September 1, 2023.
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The Crucible (Oakland)

The Crucible offers exciting industrial art programs for older kids and teens. 12 to 18-year-olds can begin glass flameworking, metal jewelry, welding, and gigantic kinetic sculptures.
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Art Class Guide for East Bay Kids

Art studios and the artists who run them frequently change their offerings. Though this post is constantly fact-checked, 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! Save $5 with discount code 510ARTS. Offer expires September 1, 2023.

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