Enrolling your child in a class setting is a great way to encourage socialization and provide differing environments outside of school. While many parents tend to favor sports classes for their children, it’s important not to overlook the importance of promoting creativity and imagination. Pottery painting classes for children are a great way to allow your child to embrace the messy experience involved in the process while leaving the mess in class. Chicago has a number of pottery painting classes to choose from that are geared towards children of all different age groups.

(Photo Credit: kidsclayroom.com)

(Photo Credit: kidsclayroom.com)

Kids Clay Room
Park West Ceramics
719 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 416-4511

Park West Ceramics was established in 1997 in the Lincoln Park area as a pottery class geared for adults. However, it has expanded its classes to include children’s pottery services. Kids Clay Room features camps, workshops, classes and birthday events. Unlike some other pottery painting classes, Kids Clay Room teaches children to make ceramic pieces from raw clay. Kids are encouraged to use their creativity through molding and clay tools. Spring Break Camps are available for late March and early April for children ages five years and older. The camps are $40 per child and allow children to make and glaze their own clay projects to take home as keepsakes.

Clay Monet
745 W. Main St.
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
(847) 540-7772

What makes Clay Monet a standout from other pottery painting venues is the fact that it doesn’t have any studio, sitting or firing fees. This small but cozy studio is great for those looking to create and paint while choosing from a wide selection of pieces. All clay classes include two separate sessions: one focusing on the sculpting portion while the other focuses on painting your creation. Classes range from $12 to $60 for children, with a number of different themes to choose from. Check out the website to find a class to suit your child’s interests.

(Photo Credit: Lillstreet Art Center's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Lillstreet Art Center’s Facebook)

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-4226

Lillstreet Art Center is more than a venue that offers classes in pottery. There are a number of different classes to choose from and even different pieces available for purchase in the gallery. Lillstreet Art Center also offers a membership opportunity to obtain discounted prices on classes throughout the year. The children’s classes promote personal creativity without any competitiveness among the students. The spring classes begin March 31 and run through June 8. Enroll your child today.

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Ceramics at Ridge
Ridge Park
1817 W. 96th St.
Chicago, IL 60643

Instead of going to a designated pottery storefront venue, the Chicago Park District offers a number of pottery and ceramics classics for all different age groups. The Ceramics at Ridge class is geared toward children ages six to eight years old. The class will be held April 4 to June 6, 2014 on Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Non-resident fees are $70 and residents pay $35. The class teaches children the basics of molding clay, learning wheel techniques and glazing to add color to their creations. This is a great alternative for those looking for more than just one or two classes for their child, with a less expensive fee requirement.

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