"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~Pablo Picasso
FIELD TRIPS & ACTIVITIES:
Arts and Crafts
All the Hands
3375 E. Shea Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85028
An independent ceramic clay studio with the look and feel of home, and a small gated play area. Guests choose from a wide assortment of bisque items priced from $9, which includes unlimited painting sessions and use of store tools, paints, non-specialty glazes and firings. All the Hands has an Artist-in-Residence and a full schedule of kid-friendly classes. Homeschoolers and clubs are always welcome. Parties and groups of six or more enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases.
As You Wish
Arizona's original paint-your-own pottery studio provides families with a colorful, comfortable atmosphere in which to create photo frames, mugs, platters, pitchers, ornaments, and other fun pottery objects which you can design, doodle, and decorate - any way you wish! Guests pay for unlimited studio time and their chosen project piece, then return in a few days to pick up their glazed and fired creation. They also offer classes, party packages, and additional gathering options for clubs, scout troops, fundraisers, etc. Locations in Mesa, Ahwatukee, Desert Ridge Mall, and Deer Valley.
Kris Norman's Mesa Art School
2950 S. Alma School Road, Suite 4
Mesa, AZ 85210
Art classses for ages 4 to adult, taught in a comfortable and non-competitive atmosphere with plenty of individual attention. The Monart method has achieved astounding results with children and adults, including those with learning difficulties. Owner-teacher Kris Norman offers homeschool art classes during the day, and can gear the drawing lessons to your curriculum if desired.
Mesa Arts Center
155 North Center
Mesa AZ 85211
The Mesa Arts Center is an award-winning community resource dedicated to promoting greater knowledge of and participation in the visual and performing arts. The Center provides art classes, live theater, art exhibitions, festivals, concerts, films, lectures, and workshops for the public. They also offer classes for homeschoolers. The art blocks consist
of 3 classes that are a mixture of drama, music, dance and visual arts.
Michaels Arts & Crafts Store
Art & craft materials, scrapbooking, stickers, science kits, activity sets, holiday items; in-store demos, classes, and kids club on weekends. Several locations; visit their website to find one near you. Pick up an events calendar at the store or view the schedule on their website.
Mind Over Splatter
64 S. San Marcos Place
Chandler AZ 852251
Located in historic downtown Chandler, Mind Over Splatter is your one stop creativity shop, a paint-your-own-pottery and make-your-own-mosaic masterpiece studio. The center also provides classes and parties.
Monart Drawing School
20165 North 67th Avenue, #101
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: (602) 309-8555
Monart, a world-renown drawing program, has come to the northwest Phoenix metro communities! Just as we learn the ABC's to read, and musical notes and scales to play music, Monart students learn to see and perceive the world in terms of five basic elements of shape and to develop the skills they need to translate that information to paper. Monart is more than a method that teaches people how to draw. Leading educators recognize Monart as a teaching system that helps students to focus and concentrate, make decisions, solve problems, sequence, develop hand-eye coordination, and improve overall academic performance.
Phippen Art Museum (Prescott)
The Phippen Museum's permanent collection consists of paintings, etchings, drawings, bronze sculptures, photography, American Indian artifacts and jewelry that date from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. All materials in the collection are created by artists of the American West.
Phoenix Art Museum
The largest in the Southwest, the museum features about 16,000 art works in its collection of American, European, Asian, Latin American, Contemporary and Western American art. Not to be missed are the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors and the interactive ArtWorks Gallery for children. Take advantage of the audio guide to create your own tour, visit the Museum Store for unique gifts, and attend art classes, gallery talks and family programs.
Shemer Art Center
The Shemer Art Center is operated by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department as a family-oriented art education center and museum. Shemer offers a variety of fine art classes for all ages. Fun and affordable visual art classes are offered year round by practicing artists. Its mission is to provide the community a unique and inviting atmosphere to enjoy, promote and learn about visual art through exhibitions, classes and outreach programs.
Stuffington Bear Factory
The Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix, AZ is one of the few remaining stuffed teddy bear factories in the U.S. It's located at 2645 E. Washington St. Take their factory tour, and you can even stuff your own teddy bear or southwestern animal. For info, call (602) 225-9513 or go to www.stuffington.com.