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A lot of people probably wish they were better at things like drawing and painting. While it’s better to learn art techniques when you’re young, you’re never too old to learn new techniques and get better at art – no matter the medium that you choose. Whether you’re looking for art classes for yourself or your kids, you’ll find whatever you want with these places that offer art classes.
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Aspire Art Studios
15455 Jeffrey Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 857-1688
www.aspireartstudios.com

Aspire Art Studios is a great place for kids to learn the techniques of drawing and painting. Here you can sign your child up for either weekly classes or art camps. This studio will take kids as young as four, but you are required to get on the wait list if you are going to enroll your preschool child. The entry-level drawing and painting class is for children ages five through seven, and the studio teaches children up to age 18.

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Mission: Renaissance
4606 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 551-5883
www.fineartclasses.com

If you’re interested in art at any age, Mission: Renaissance is a good place to visit. This studio offers classes for all ages – including adult classes. Classes for children begin at age five. The classes here are small so the instructor can focus on teaching each child. Classes begin with charcoals and pastels, then progress though watercolors and oils. Teen and adult classes also begin with the basics and build from there. Check the website to see the schedule for art classes.

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The Art House
1380 S. Harbor Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
(714) 870-7119
www.thearthousekids.com

For any child who is interested in art, The Art House is a good place to go. Here you’ll find classes starting with the pre-K age group. The younger students will be introduced to all media except oils, and will learn a basic history of art. As students get older, they are introduced to more things like color mixing, shading and realism. If your high school student is serious about art, The Art House offers a course specifically to build a student’s portfolio. 

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Froshay Fine Art
4092 Salacia Dr.
Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 551-1987
classes.froshay.com

Classes at Froshay Fine Art allow a lot of freedom. In these two-hour classes, students get to choose their own medium and subject. Along the way, students learn the basics of realism, color, mixing and even which supplies to buy when you work on your own. Classes are small, which allows for a lot of attention from the instructor, Wendy Froshay. Classes here are a truly enjoyable and profitable experience. A portion of the profits from Froshay Fine Art go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Orange County Fine Arts
3851 S. Bear St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 825-0592
www.ocfinearts.org

Orange County Fine Arts is an art collective where classes are available for both adults and children. One of the classes for kids ages 7 to 12 provides a well-rounded curriculum where kids receive some classical training while they practice their art. Another class – also for kids ages 7 to 12 – focuses strictly on painting on canvas. Visit the website for schedules of upcoming classes and fee information.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.