Pottery painting became a craze a couple of decades ago in the City of Angeles and remained popular, especially among the younger generation. From a way for kids to artistically express themselves to a way for empowering youth to learn about the fine arts, putting all kinds of hues on all kinds of ceramic surfaces is a fun way to educate while involving your children. That said, following are five places that cater to these artistic wishes.
Paint N Glaze
3960 Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
Children six and up who enjoy arts and crafts will have fun painting pottery at Paint N Glaze. Even the names of the classes cater to the whimsy, like Give A Dog A Bone, Fun in the Sun and Owl Always Love You. With a new project every week during the summer, when students are allowed to use as many colors as they want to decorate their creations, your little ones won’t be bored. And with snacks served during the time of instruction, they won’t be hungry either. Register as soon as possible. Classes are limited to 10 kids each and fill up quickly.
Paint N Play 2
418 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
This is the place to really dig in and have fun with ceramics. Not only can you learn to throw if you’re that advanced, but the little ones can paint everything, right down to the impressions of their hands and feet. What a great way to spend the day in the old town district of Monrovia where parents can peruse the tiny shops as their little ones take over Paint N Play 2 for an art session of their own.
7451 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
An array of in-house pottery glazes and a number of different clay bodies are on hand at Bitter Root, a place fans call “the ultimate clay experience.” Kids classes include one and a half hours of instruction where your tots will learn about firing and will be able to choose their glaze color, which will be done by staff in-studio. This is the perfect forum for beginners since no experience is needed. Classes are open to children ages six to 12, with a spring break camp also on offer.
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Alixandra Pottery and Glassworks
4505 S. Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
This art haven encourages individual expression. The younger set will most likely have the most fun and get the most out of this experience by taking part in a special party that includes their friends and the chance to find out how pottery glazes work. These three-hour get-togethers accommodate a maximum of 10 and a minimum of five so one-on-one help is at a maximum. At the end of the day, this is a great way to celebrate a birthday for your young teen, especially if he or she wants a quirky yet artsy party that produces cool results.
Peach Tree Pottery
3795 Boise Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Not only will kids as young as four get to paint their pottery, but these little ones will also get to understand the full scope of making their own ceramics. Group lessons are available, as are private lessons. For children ages four to seven, one one-on-one session lasting 45 minutes will provide an idea about how clay can be formed, what tools are used and how glaze is applied. A second visit will allow the student to return for the glazing part of the procedure. Meanwhile, for ages eight and up, a series of four classes will have these avid students knowing just about everything possible about coloring pottery as well as how to get to that stage and beyond.
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