art classes for kids

You’ve found the right spot for our art classes for kids and families, joyfully weaving academic subjects into creative exploration and play, every day.

5-Visit No Plan, No Problem Drop-In Pass
This pass can be used to drop-in for single visits in art classes and lessons including:  School-Year Crafternoons (Monday-Thursday 4pm-6pm), May The Craft Be With You (Wednesdays 430pm-545pm), Pincushion Social Club (Fridays 430pm-545pm) Merry Pop-Ins Marvelous Mornings (Saturdays 10am-1045am), and Stitched Together (Saturdays 1115am-1215pm).

Winter I 2017 classes begin January 9, 2017. Click here for a printable PDF   of the Winter I schedule.  [These same funordinary art classes are part of our Crafter-School after-school program. Want to learn more?]

Click on a class name to register for a children’s or family activity, or use our calendar to view the complete schedule of activities at the workshop. Listed first are classes in the current session.

Fleece Academy Mondays 430pm-545pm   Machine-sewing cozy accessories with wondrous fleece. 6-week course. Ages 7-12. Open to all experience levels; no experience required.

Bookworms Tuesdays 430pm-545pm   Story-telling artists make mind-bending books. 6-week course. Ages 5-10. Open to all experience levels; no experience required.

May The Craft Be With You Wednesdays 430pm-545pm (or choose a date from the calendar to register for individual days).   Space + adventure-inspired art + craft. 6-week course or individual workshops. Ages 5-8.

Lounge Pants Thursdays 430pm-545pm   Pattern + machine-sew a pair of comfy drawstring pants with designer details. 6-week course. Ages 7-12. Open to all experience levels; no experience required.

Pincushion Social Club Fridays 430pm-545pm (choose a date from the calendar to register)   Open-studio for machine- and hand-sewing. Make a small project in one day or something larger with multiple class meetings. Ages 8-12. Open to all experience levels; no experience required.

Merry Pop-Ins Marvelous Mornings Saturdays 10am-1045am (choose a date from the calendar to register)   Arts exploration + play  for ages 2-5 with a parent/caregiver. Babies are welcome to attend class when worn by a parent/caregiver.

Stitched Together Saturdays 1115am-1215pm (choose a date from the calendar to register)     Various art + craft workshops for families. Adults + Ages 5-12.

Classes are offered as 6-week courses or single-meeting classes (with some courses open to single-meeting registration). Registering by the course is encouraged if you’re really excited as learning can be amplified with larger projects and your per-class price will be lower. Our policies can be found on this page– please read them before registering. We keep it small on purpose and we think you’ll be glad we did. Class prices vary (click on an image for the price and details.)

  • Register for a course– After creating an account, select a course name from an image or the calendar. Use the “register for group” option.
  • Register for a single-meeting class—  After creating an account, choose that activity from the class meeting date on the calendar. Use the “register for session” option for a single class meeting.
  • Drop-into Merry Pop-Ins Marvelous Mornings, Crafternoons or Festive Friday–  After creating an account, choose a single date from the calendar (or use a No Plan, No Problem for week-day Crafternoons.)

 Most of our classes include a STEAM component (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and it starts with the art™). Students may qualify for Chicago City of Learning digital badges.

Click on a date using the calendar below to find offerings by date. Click on an offering to register.

Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Badge Central

innovative art and sewing classes for girl scouts that that build skills and celebrate creativity while applying math, science and art.

Brownies and Girl Scouts looking for an outing or an opportunity to learn and earn (a new badge, that is)? Contact the workshop to plan your troop’s creative adventure.

Private and Small-Group Lessons

Do you know someone with a sewing machine that doesn’t know how to use it? Just need a 30-minute refresher on how to cast-on? Or someone who would love to start and complete a project with a little help and support?  Our sewing lessons include an overview of the basics taught within the context of a project. Prices start at $35.

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