Photo Credit: The Children's Art Studio

Photo Credit: The Children’s Art Studio

Keeping your kids busy and entertained during the summer can be harder than expected, especially if you want them to do more than just watch television and eat cuties. Arts and crafts are a great way to keep your kids busy, engaged and learning. Here are a few places where your kids can express their artistic sides.

The Art League
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-5786

Painting and drawing are classic art forms that have beneficial effects on children. But maybe your child would like to learn something different this summer. Along with drawing and painting, The Art League offers interesting art classes like The Art of Cartooning and Clay Animation Workshop. Students have fun creating characters and learning how to make the entertainment they watch and read all the time. Maybe your kid will create the next “Adventure Time.”

The Children’s Art Studio
4723 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 247-1155

You are never too young to explore the world of art. With classes designed specifically for two- and three-year-old children, The Children’s Art Studio understands the value of arts at any age. These very young children learn to make art that some adults struggle with; including wood, clay and water colors. Of course, they will learn basic techniques like cutting and pasting, but even these basic skills will help in their development. The studio also offers classes for older kids and teens. Get your kids started out in art early.

CREATE Arts Center
816 Thayer Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-2787

CREATE Arts Center is a one-stop shop for arts activities, including after-school programs for at-risk youths, camps, parties, classes and art therapy. Children can build friendships and confidence while learning how to paint and draw. If they are bored of drawing, there is even a stone carving class. At the center, they will work with a variety of media and techniques, fostering their comprehension of different types of art and the work that goes into it. Let your children spend the summer exploring creativity.

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Corcoran Gallery Of Art
500 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1700

The first thing that comes to mind when art is mentioned is usually fun, which is applicable, but there is much more to art than that. Art can teach your children discipline, math, critical thinking and other important skills. Corcoran Gallery of Art wants to provide your children with art education and skill building. Highly qualified instructors provide hands-on lessons that allow the students to feel a part of the community while focusing on their individual talents.

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-2145

DC struggles with getting kids to participate in positive after-school activities. Sports and tutoring aren’t going to captivate every kid, as some will want to do something in the arts. Sitar Arts Center has been officially providing quality after-school and summer arts programs for kids for over a decade. Classes range from visual arts to dance and more depending on the child’s age. Your child can learn to paint, write, sculpt and perform, and can even get a chance to perform at the Kennedy Center.

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