Ah, yes. The magic of a crafting studio: memories being made, creativity being encouraged, and someone else to clean up the mess. With the popularity of canvas crafting studios taking over Indy, it’s such a wonderful concept, to be able to extend the same atmosphere to kids, to allow them to craft and thrive with each other. I’ve come up with a list of some places around town that let your kids be kids, while getting hands-on experience in the arts.
The Paint Cellar—Located in Carmel, The Paint Cellar offers adult painting classes, along with opportunities for children as well. They offer a Kid’s Summer Art Camp, as well as classes throughout the year. The art camp is recommended for kids aged 6-13, and camp projects include watercolors, pastels, crafts, and canvas. There are camp sessions available in June and July. The classes offered for children throughout the year are available on both Fridays and Saturdays.
Cookies & Canvas—Located at Wine & Canvas on 82nd Street, Cookies & Canvas offers a chance for youngsters to paint their own canvas, and be proud of the work they’ve done. Cookies & Canvas also offers a day camp during the summer months for kiddos, and they make it an all-day event, snacks and lunch included in the cost. Cookies & Canvas is recommended for kids 5 and up. Parents are welcome to join their children in creating a canvas, or are also welcome to observe.
Pottery By You—Tucked into 86th and Township Line Road, family-owned Pottery By You offers kids and adults the chance to craft beautiful pottery, either mud, bisque, or glass (they offer child-safe glass for kids under 8). Birthday parties, summer classes, and year-round fun is waiting to be had in this artsy mecca. All ages are welcome, all the time, and no appointment is needed to drop in and get in on the fun.
Indianapolis Art Center—The IAC is located in north Broad Ripple Village, and offers classes and exhibitions. Kid’s art classes and camps are offered throughout the year. Kids 2-17 are invited to join their peers in class, for any medium offered. The Indianapolis Art Center also offers classes for kids and parents to create works of art together! Pop up classes are also offered, for all ages, in a 2 hour class, where no experience is necessary.
Half-Baked Pottery—Also located in Broad Ripple, Half-Baked Pottery’s motto is “Cheaper than therapy, and way more fun!” We’d have to agree! Pack up the crew and head over to their place for tons of fun with the family. Half-Baked Pottery offers kid’s birthday parties, scout troop classes, teambuilding, and even daycares and schools can participate in classes (calling all PTO moms!). They offer a summer kid’s camp, as well as Kid’s Night Out events.
Garfield Park Arts Center—An Indy Parks and Rec facility, Garfield Park Arts Center offers exhibitions as well as classes. The facility offers more than just visual art classes, they also offer Performance Art instruction! If you have a creative kid, they’ll be in heaven at the Arts Center. Summer camps are also offered in addition to classes, if you would like your kid to be involved in something different this summer. Different camps are offered, based on your kid’s interests, and most camps start at age 6.
Painting With a Twist—Situated on Michigan Road and another location in Carmel, Painting With a Twist offers adult classes as well as kids classes, ages 5-17. Kid’s parties are also available, for a one-of-a-kind interactive birthday party. Parties also start at age 5. Family Day classes are available for the entire family, and once again, recommended for ages 5 and up. Families and attendees are welcome to bring food and beverages into the classes, with the exception of no alcohol during kid’s events.
**Editor’s Note: Katy and Megan have enjoyed crafting at Studio 309 in Fortville, as well. Be sure to check them out for both children and adult-centered crafting nights!