Sydney's Best Creative Writing And Craft Classes For Kids
Whether your child is already a keen crafter or you’re simply looking to engage them in a crafternoon or two, there’s no shortage of places to indulge their creative expression in Sydney.
Art and craft classes offer kids the opportunity to get messy, try new things and learn how to harness their creative expression, making them an ideal choice for after-school or school-holiday activities.
Here are some of Sydney’s best art and craft destinations:
1. Ally Art Jam
This 'floating' art studio provides a platform for any child to bring out their inner creative side in a fun and happy environment. Founded by Sydney based fine artist Penny Choi, your kids will love putting their Picasso skills to work at Ally Art Jam, with all painting materials provided, set up and cleaned up.
In their Family DIY Painting classes, everyone can create artwork ready to be hung on your walls! They also host arty Kids Birthday Parties. Classes are tailor-made so that painting tasks that are age and skill-appropriate.
2. Art Est. Art School
Located at the heart of the Inner West, Art Est. in Leichhardt is set within a light-drenched warehouse space that boasts four teaching studios, a gallery space and a dedicated ceramics studio. The fabulously fun studio provides classes for kids of all ages during term-time and school holidays. They offer discovery-style classes that encompass all manner of creative pursuits, including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and sculpture in a range of different mediums, from charcoal and oil pastels to watercolours and acrylics.
For teens, try the immersive two-day masterclasses in oil painting and pottery. If you’re after something more specialised, Art Est. also offer pottery, clay sculpture and cartoon drawing classes. Even better, there are a host of family classes at special times throughout the year.
3. Little Ginger Studio
Embracing the messy nature of creative play, Little Ginger Studio in Randwick is the perfect canvas for your little artist, as students of all abilities explore pottery, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, printmaking, process art, art-collaborations, recycled art and a whole lot more.
School holiday workshops and after-school classes provide the perfect environment to bring your child’s imagination to life, whilst building positive relationships, learning new skills and being an encouraging voice to their paint-splattered peers.
4. Story Squad
With a clear mission to help children develop a passion for the craft of creative writing and confidence in expressing their ideas, Story Squad are the best in the biz for all-things storytelling. Their diverse selection of school holiday workshops are all about encouraging children to let their imaginations run wild with mind-bending, imagination-inspiring, storytelling fun.
The workshops have been developed specifically for kids aged 5 to 12, and each day of the workshop has a unique theme—designed to provide an immersive and memorable creative experience that lives on after the day. A combination of craft, drama, creative writing and storytelling, kids will be immersed in stories, inspired to create, and sent home with imaginations flying and tools to keep them going until their next story-tastic experience!
5. Jenny’s Painted Pots
An idyllic location for your child’s next birthday party or just for whiling away a creative afternoon, Jenny’s Painted Pots in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches promises hours of fun as children learn to paint ceramic animals, plates, mugs, teapots and more.
The studio provides all paints, brushes, stamps, tools and stencils, meaning that all you and your little painters have to take is a creative mindset and a willingness to have a whole lotta fun!
(Oh, and if the ceramics alone weren’t enough to entice you, we’re betting that the on-site traditional sweet shop will.)
6. Li'l Crafters
Li'l Crafters is a process-based art, craft and messy sensory play class based in Marrickville. With a philosophy that believes creativity and curiosity should be nurtured from the very beginning, they offer mixed-aged sessions for babies to preschoolers on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-11am.
Crafty kids (and their grown-ups) can enjoy some creative fun as well as develop fine motor skills and build confidence while working independently and in groups. Throughout the term they learn about colours, shapes, size, proportions, using space, taking risks and sharing.
Li'l Crafters also host kids parties and school holiday workshops.
7. Maker's Loft
Maker’s Loft in Cammeray is a local creative hub that aims to inspire designers, artists and tinkerers of all ages, and enhance overall wellbeing through making and creating. They offer a diverse range of hands-on classes and school holiday programs for kids, from ceramic painting, macrame and slime workshops to High Tea packages, after school craft clubs and craft-themed parties.
They also offer a relaxed space for a range of ceramic and pottery experiences, mindful creative workshops for tweens and teens, and adults art, craft and lifestyle classes.
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