9 Drop-in Art Spots in Atlanta
Check out these open studios and drop-in art classes in metro Atlanta where your kids can unleash their inner Matisse.
Drop by for a drawing, painting or pottery class at this Smyrna studio. Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are for parents who want to get creative with their child. Saturday morning classes and more are also available.
Choose from over 700 pottery items to paint including cups, plates, bowls, kitchen items and a great range of kids’ pieces at one of their three locations (Alpharetta, Decatur and Marietta). There is no extra charge for materials, so simply choose your piece, purchase and get painting.
This pottery studio in North Dekalb Mall in Decatur has drop-in availability Wednesday-Sunday. (Monday and Tuesdays are by appointment only.) They also just charge for the piece you pick. Choose from a selection of kitchen items and figurines among other pottery pieces.
The Little House of Art offers the chance to draw, paint, sculpt and delight in making mini-masterpieces in varying mediums. Open Studio time is available to parent/child duos at both their Chamblee and Downtown locations. Be sure to check the calendar for their open studio times. Or you can arrange drop off (ages 4 and older) with Little House of Art’s resident artist while you run a few errands.
Farmhouse in the City offers oodles of natural inspiration in its charming Roswell cottage with farm animals on site. Paint and Play (held during the week) allows for your child to care and feed small animals, create pottery, jewelry or a canvas painting and even dress up in the playrooms. They do require reservations for Paint and Play so sign up online before going.
This whimsical toy store (with location in Atlanta and Athens) offers drop-in art classes on Saturday mornings. They have a session for 2-4 year olds and then one for 5-10 year olds. While they are “drop-in,” it is best to reserve your spot online, just to make sure you get a spot. In the classes they craft, paint draw and sometimes sculpt. It’s different every week.
Award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie’s studio in North DeKalb Mall invites children of all ages to come by and draw or paint. GAS stands for Gregarious Art Statements and is designed to be a space where everyone can come and appreciate art and then create it themselves. Make a different project each week with their Drop-In and Draw class which are held on the weekends from 12pm to 3pm.
At this “Kids Imagination Studio” in Stone Mountain, parents and children can experience art and play during their open play times (Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm). Activities and crafts change monthly and they offer things like cookie art and puppet art.
At this art school in Tucker, kids truly learn about art with concepts like color theory and art history. They work with chalk, pastels, charcoal, sculpture, clay and many other mediums. The classes are ongoing so students can join at any time, making it easy to drop in and try it out.
– Jennifer Hutcheson and Elsa Simcik