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Best Kids’ Art Classes In Baltimore

May 5, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Credit: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)

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Baltimore is home to a developing arts center called Station North. There are, however, several jewels located outside of that area that cater to the needs and interests of children in the arts. Baltimore has several venues that are noteworthy because they offer services to children in the area of the arts. There is a wide variety of media used and each venue has its own unique features.
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Mitchell School of Fine Arts (Credit: Vickie Lawson)

Mitchell School of Fine Arts
6247 Falls Road, Suite 14
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 296-0077
www.mitchellartschool.com

Celebrating 50 years of art service, the Mitchell School of Fine Arts has been at its current location for 15 years. The owner, Trevor Twist, said that in addition to teaching adults, the school also teaches youth, beginning as early as five years of age. The focus for the school is teaching fundamentals and principles of drawing as well as painting. There is an after-school program for youth.

Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 547-9000
www.thewalters.org

According to the Education Coordinator of Family and Community Programs, Kate Barutha, the Walters offers family programming for children from birth to age 12. The programs fall within the Education Department and are geared to involve children and their parents.
There is a drop-in art class every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which features a free monthly theme. Participants are involved in a different project each week and no prior registration is required. In addition, there is an art cart available Saturdays and Sundays. The art cart is a roving library that allows kids to check out materials such as drawing kits, costumes, puzzles and interactive quilts, just to name a few. Some programs, such as ArtKids, require registration fees. The ArtKids program is for children ages three to five and parents must register their children online. The children go into galleries and look at pieces of art and interact through movement with the work. They then go into a studio and make a project based upon what was seen in the gallery. Six times during the year, the Walters hosts a family festival, during which visual, performing and literary arts are emphasized throughout the museum. Additional programs for children include summer camp, scouts programs and birthday parties.

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Kids will delight in an art project (Credit, Vickie Lawson)

Abrakadoodle Art Studio for Kids
9606 Deereco Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
(410) 561-9220
www.abrakadoodle.com

Abrakadoodle Art Studio for Kids is located in the Lutherville area of Baltimore County. The school offers ongoing art classes for children ages two to 12. Children can learn new techniques and express their creativity through a wide range of media including painting, foil embossing, mosaics and sculptures. According to the website, the programs at Abrakadoodle “engage their minds, inspired their creativity and develop new skills.” There is rental space available for birthday parties and other special events. The studio operates from Monday to Saturday.

(Credit: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)

(Credit: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(443) 573-1700
www.artbma.org

According to employee Jessica, the BMA does not offer formal art classes, but does have an event called Free Family Fun Day. This special day occurs on the first three Sundays of each month and families can engage in art-making lessons. Tours are available, conducted by docents, in which children can learn about patterns, colors and textures.

School 33 Arts Center
1427 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(443) 263-4350
www.school33.org

The School 33 Arts Center offers a twist on art classes for youth in that it makes rental space available for any teacher to have classes for children. The teachers, however, must provide their own materials. This program is not limited to Baltimore City – anyone can attend. There is also a free program for Baltimore City students called Bright Starts, in which participants can receive art instruction workshops for after-school programs already established. The center has a staff of two, and one person who serves as a consultant.

Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.
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