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Best Kids Art Classes In Minnesota

May 5, 2014 7:00 AM

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Minnesota is a cultural center of the country and an inspiration for creativity. With all of the beauty surrounding Minnesota, it’s no wonder that there are so many opportunities for locals to get involved in art. Art classes for kids are a popular activity, and with so many cool places to introduce children to art, parents would be crazy not to get their children involved. Check out these local art classes to spark some creativity in your child.

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(credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Edina Art Center
4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 903-5780
www.edinamn.gov

The Edina Art Center has been promoting art and creativity in the community for over 30 years. With classes that are tailored for all age groups, including teens and adults, Edina Art Center offers something for everyone. Children can take classes that vary in art forms. Some of the most popular classes include photography, pottery, painting and drawing basics. Local artists volunteer and teach at the Art Center and a gallery displays community art for all to enjoy. Check out the summer programs and events held year round.

Artrageous Adventures
2121 W. 21st. St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 423-7554
www.artrageousadventures.com

Located a block away from the chain of lakes in uptown Minneapolis, Artrageous Adventures holds creativity classes for children and adults of all ages. Focusing on less structured curriculum and more on allowing children to express their creativity, Artrageous Adventures encourages children to just have fun with art. Directors Michele and Amanda host weekly classes for preschoolers and school-aged children as well as camps, events and birthday parties. When the weather is nice, kids go outside and enjoy play time while being inspired by nature. Classes are reasonably priced and everyone is welcome.

I Heart Kids’ Art
2822 W. 43rd. St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 202-3989
www.iheartkidsart.com

I Heart Kids’ Art is an open studio dedicated to encouraging creativity in the youth of the community. Classes are structured for ages 8 and under and focus on childhood development and motor skills. The studio houses easels, art tables, numerous art supplies, and a wide variety of materials for children to explore and create with. Classes are drop-in and fit easily into busy schedules. There is even an area for parents to hang out while children enjoy the class. I Heart Art also offers a weekly story time with an art project that ties into the story and a yoga class for young yogis.

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Kiddywampus
1023 Main St.
Hopkins, MN 55416
(952) 926-7871
www.kiddywampus.com

A kid-centered environment that focuses on childhood development, creativity and fun, Kiddywampus offers art classes throughout the week and summer for locals. The weekly art classes typically include those for children as young as 1 and other classes for older children. Parents participate in the classes designed for the younger population and help to encourage messy play and creative exploration. An open studio is available throughout the week for ages 18 months to 10 years to come in and make use of the studio’s art supplies. Check out the retail store for fun books, games, clothing and other materials for kids.

Abrakadoodle
Many Twin Cities Locations
(612) 605-8379
www.abrakadoodle.com

A program that is put on in community centers and local schools, Abrakadoodle offers classes and camps year-round for children to create and learn about art. What’s unique about Abrakadoodle is the emphasis on art education and the study of important artists and creative techniques that have been employed throughout history. Classes are offered to preschoolers, school-aged children and even littler ones in the mommy (or daddy) and me classes. Check out the website to see if any Abrakadoodle classes are being held at a location near you.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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