From museums to galleries to colleges, Orange County is a community packed with art and talented artists. This summer, get out with the family and see the many exhibits in all their splendor. You may also visit the local studios and take in an art walk and festival for some hands-on activities. Nurture your children’s creativity while honing their artistic appreciation at these special summer events.
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Art is accessible. Art is for everyone. You and your family can experience it up close and personal at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival. Hundreds of exhibitors are on hand to display their paintings, ceramics, photography, glass works and watercolor. Interact with the artists and watch them create a masterpiece before your eyes. You and your kids can participate in one of the many art classes and workshops. Demonstrations are ongoing and are accompanied by live music on multiple entertainment stages. The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting local art education and appreciation. The festival runs from June 28 through Sept. 1, 2013.
Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604
The Irvine Fine Arts Center wants to help you foster your inner artist at any age, in any and every medium. Youth camps, classes, events and activities will be in full swing at the center this summer. Pick a program and enroll your child now, or drop in, all summer long, for professional, enthusiastic art instruction and expression, enjoyment and development. Young children and families can participate in real studio time. Older children and teens can explore art history, technique and learn about the greats and their work.
Orange County Museum Of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Home to a vast and inspirational art collection, and a stunning rotation of exhibits, the OCMA also features a variety of hands-on workshops and summer events. Get creative with the whole family during all-ages Studio Sundays. Join junior artists from all over the county for the OCMA Project of the Month. These interactive art projects include entertainment, dancing and community interaction. Enjoy free admission every second Sunday, and children 12 and under are free every day.
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Huntington Beach Downtown Art Walk
315 3rd St., Suite E
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Held on the third Thursday of each month, families can enjoy this special event throughout the summer. See, admire and even purchase the talents of world-renowned, local and student artists in the glorious Huntington Beach Downtown Business District. Area galleries are wide open, and the streets are lined with wares, local talent, refreshment and entertainment. Admission is free.
Bowers Kidseum Art Adventures
1802 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Perfect for either a scheduled or spontaneous summer pursuit, Bowers Kidseum is the ideal destination for your crafty children. Enjoy weekend Drop-In Family Art Adventures and create your own unique cultural project. There are new themes and techniques each weekend. Take your tiny artists to Bowers Friday morning Storytelling Art and Music events. Children ages 2 to 6 and their parents interact in art projects based upon weekly songs and stories. Join a tour or guide yourself through the exhibits and learn about ancient art, cultures and artistic evolution.
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