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Best Places For Kids' Summer Art Activities In Detroit

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Hoping to get your children involved in a productive and artsy endeavor this summer? Look to the Motor City to satisfy your kid's arts and crafts needs for the months of June, July and August.

Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900

Offering five sessions featuring painting, wood sculpture, printmaking and clay use, kids will gain the knowledge of working with a variety of art media at the DIA. An added bonus to this program is that summer participants will get to explore in a museum environment allowing them to peruse the galleries occasionally during the learning process. On the last day of camp, they will host an art show for their family and friends. Interested parents should reserve a space with haste since class is limited to 20 individuals.

The Bead Gallery

311 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 663-6800
While the summer class schedule is not yet online, The Bead Gallery will be offering classes in which children as young as nine years old can participate. Beading, wiring, glass and stone usage and other jewelry-making tasks will likely be on the table of activities. Get an idea of what the activities may look like from previous events and be sure to check back at the website for updates on the timing and frequency for each class or activity. Materials may cost extra.

Pewabic Pottery
10125 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 626-2000

This program may just be the best option available for ceramic education geared toward youth. Workshops and classes are centered around making pottery and may even involve wheel throwing. Participants can get their hands dirty while creating something practical for the home. Pewabic may be suitable for families with busy schedules as it provides half-day workshops and is accessible to most budgets.

Related: Best Casual Art Classes in Detroit

Art in the Park
46642 Arboretum Circle
Plymouth Township, MI 48170
(734) 454-1314

In a celebration of art, food and fun, Art in the Park is Michigan's second largest art fair and is likely the more enjoyable option for children this summer. Of course, the general slew of arts and crafts are available with the added bonus of being outdoors. Musical artists and songs geared toward kids will also be a part of the experience for attendees. What could be better than getting artsy while enjoying the sunshine? The event takes place July 12-14.

Fine Art For Kids
17051 Kercheval St.
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
(313) 821-1848

Young artists can enhance their motor skills through sketching, painting and jewelry making at the Fine Art For Kids this summer. According to the website, "students will have a brief snack break in the middle of each class, and at the end of each week, they will play games and win prizes." Completed artwork will include collages, sketches and mixed media pieces as well as necklaces and earrings using silver, copper, crystal and glass. This program will likely be a good opportunity to make some jewelry to add to the collection at home.

Related: Best Art Fairs Near Detroit

Sakina Al-Amin writes regularly for an accumulating number of online publications, but has dreams of one day being a spokesperson. She resides in the metro Detroit area with her husband. Her work can be found at

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