Arts and crafts are not just for grade school and camp activities. The whole family can enjoy spending time making things together. Whether you want to try pottery, painting, basket weaving or something else, there are many fun places in D.C. you can try. These are the best places to do arts and crafts for the whole family in Washington, D.C.
Chinatown Community Cultural Center
616 H St. N.W., Suite 201
Washington, DC 20001
The Chinatown Community Cultural Center celebrates, promotes and preserves the Chinese community in Washington, D.C. and the Chinatown neighborhood specifically. Chinese immigrants and locals go to the center to stay connected with the community, learn and more. Everyone is welcome at the center. Your family can enjoy walking tours, language classes and art classes including Chinese Brush painting, Chinese Knotting, paper folding and Chinese Beading.
1507 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
You can make beautiful things with beads. Adorn a dress, jewelry box or keepsake, and make wonderful jewelry. Beadazzled is your one stop shop for all things beads. You will find beads of every color, shape and size, along with special beads. Special beads like Frida Kahlo themed beads and one carved into Maori symbols. You can buy the pre-made jewelry, or you can spend time with your family taking one of their craft classes. Make special handmade gifts that will be memorable.
545 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is one of the best centers for art classes in the Washington, D.C. area. That includes arts and crafts classes. They offer classes for all ages and interests. Including ceramics, spray paint and mixed media classes. You and your family can spend quality time creating lopsided vases, avant garde paintings or confusing art pieces. Or maybe your family is very artistic and will create masterpieces. Whatever your skill level and talent, take a class at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop the next time you want to do arts and crafts.
5520 Randolph Road
Rockville, MD 20852
For over 70 years, G Street Fabrics has been a local favorite, providing fabric and sewing accessories. They offer apparel fabric, quilting fabric, bridal fabric, home fabric and more. On top of their fantastic selection of fabrics for sale, they also offer classes. Classes include construction techniques, home decorating, patternmaking, dolls and toys, a class specifically for kids and teens and more. You can learn how to make your own clothes, clothes for your kids toys, to make pillows and much more. Let your family catch the sewing bug.
105 North Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Art League is another one of the DMV’s best art centers for both classes and galleries. You can marvel at the work of artists of varying genres, or you can make your own. The center offers a large number of classes in everything from photography and drawing, to wax modeling and Raku firing. You can pick a different artform for each month if you really wanted to learn something new all the time. Or you can pick one thing for the family to learn together and master it over time.
Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.