Some children show signs of artistic acumen early on and some do not. Either way, art classes nurture creativity, help build confidence and are fun. There are great summer arts programs for kids, as seen in Best Places For Kids Summer Arts Activities In Washington D.C. But there are also year-round activities that will keep your kids engaged regardless of the season.
1800 S. Bell St.
Arlington, VA 22202
This organization emphasizes getting kids away from the couch and video games and outside being active. Although the fresh air would be good, Synetic Theater is keeping kids active while indoors. The theater’s Active Imaginations! Active Bodies! classes combine theater, education and physical activity to keep kids entertained, learning, creative and active. Classes involve storytelling, gymnastics, mime, dancing and acting. These classes are great for kids who show interests in multiple arts, or need a new creative outlet.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is a huge art-focused complex, comprised of a museum, galleries, art studios, workshops and over a hundred artists. And, of course, you can take art classes here. At The Art League school, you will find art classes you may not have even thought of. Your kid can take classes in clay animation, cartooning and more. Some children are not interested in the usual painting or piano lessons, so The Art League might be the right place for them.
Joy of Motion
5207 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
Youtube has an astounding number of videos of babies and kids dancing, with varying degrees of skill. It shows you that children can learn to dance at any age. Some kids will stop dancing after these videos, and some will go on to dance on stages with superstars. Your child can be one of those kids. Joy of Motion offers dance classes for children starting as young as 25 months. Depending on their age and grade level, children can take classes like street jazz, ballet, popping, modern dance, tap, hip hop and more. Not only is it great exercise and fun, but it can change your kid’s life.
4908 Auburn Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Imagination Stage is where creativity is born, shared and thrives. Children can enjoy family-friendly programming designed just for them. And if they want to express their own creativity, they can participate in the theater’s many programs. From dancing and singing to filmmaking and acting, your child can learn an art form that they can pursue into adulthood. These arts are not only fun for your kids, but can teach them discipline and other important life skills. You never know, your kid could be the next big Disney Channel star.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Some art centers focus on only one or two disciplines of art, which is fine, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop offers a wide variety of arts classes for adults and children. Whether your kid falls into the early childhood age or is a preteen, you can find a great art class for them. Classes for youth include fashion design, photography, ceramics, dance, music and more. And classes for early childhood age children include ballet, visual arts, music and more. You are sure to find an art shop at CHAW that your kid will enjoy.
Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.