Kids love expressing themselves through paint, charcoal, crayons, collage and all sorts of media. Let them discover textures, color and artistic creativity at these 12 studios and galleries that offer clases, studio time and family programs.
Artmart | Mid-County Once you've oogled all the art supplies in Artmart's 25,000-square-foot store, drop in or sign up for a kids or family class in charcoal, watercolors or acrylic. Classes are available for kids ages 3 and up. Also check out free demos. Artmart is at 2355 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63144. Call 314-781-9999.
Chesterfield Arts | Chesterfield Learn the basics of drawing, painting and pottery in Chesterfield Arts visual arts classes. The studio also provides classes for homeschoolers and for kids with special needs. Chesterfield Arts is at 444 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, Mo., 63017. Call 636-519-1955.
COCA | University City In addition to your standard arts classes, kids can also explore visual arts like architecture and fashion design at COCA (Center of Creative Arts). COCA is at 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63130. Call 314-725-6555.
Contemporary Art Museum | Downtown Visit the museum at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month for morning play dates. Preschoolers can make art, enjoy music and listen to stories. Your littlest ones can look at art from the comfort of their strollers during stroller tours the same day from 9 to 10 a.m. Contemporary Art Museum is at 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63108. Call 314-535-4660.
Craft Alliance | University City and Downtown Throw clay on the pottery wheel, or try metal working, bead working or other creative pursuits at Craft Alliance. Craft Alliance is at 6640 Delmar Blvd., University City, Mo., 63130, and at 501 N. Grand, St. Louis, Mo., 63103. Call 314-725-1177.
Foundry Art Centre | St. Charles Kids can create mixed media art alongside practicing professionals at the Foundry Art Centre. Foundry Art Centre is at 520 North Main Center, St. Charles, Mo., 63301. Call 636-255-0270.
Glazed and Confused | Oakville Make personalized gifts and keepsakes by painting your own pottery at Glazed and Confused. Glazed and Confused is at 4595 Chestnut Park Plaza, St. Louis, Mo., 63129. Call 314-892-8382.
Jacoby Arts Center | Alton Photography, felting, cartooning, Lego animation and more are offered at Jacoby Arts Center in downtown Alton. A variety of classes are available for kids ages 3 and up. Jacoby Arts Center is at 627 E. Broadway, Alton, Ill., 62002. Call 618-462-5222.
My Handyworks | St. Charles Capture your kids' hand prints in unique works of art at My Handyworks. Walk in for projects or sign up for special programs. My Handyworks is at 104 S. Main St., St. Charles, Mo., 63301. Call 636-724-7337.
The Painted Pot | O'Fallon, Mo. Create your own ceramic, mosaic, glass or clay work of art at The Painted Pot. The studio accepts walk ins and also offers classes. The Painted Pot is at 3772 Monticello Shopping Plaza, St. Charles, Mo., 63304. Call 636-300-4515.
Saint Louis Art Museum | Forest Park Visit the Saint Louis Art Museum on Sunday afternoons for free hands-on art activities and short family-friendly tours through the galleries. Family Workshops are from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour leaves at 2:30 p.m. Saint Louis Art Museum is at One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63110. Call 314-721-0072.
Yucandu Art Studio | Webster Groves Drop in and pick a mosaic, collage or paint project to complete in the Yucandu studio. Kids can participate in art club or workshops. Yucandu Art Studio is at 20 Allen Ave., Webster Groves, Mo., 63119. Call 314-963-4400.
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