Boston Area’s Best Pottery Painting Classes For Kids

March 28, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Brookline Arts Center)

Arts and crafts, including pottery painting, are among the best ways for children to develop fine motor skills. As they get older, these skills become ways kids can express themselves. A number of studios and shops in Boston offer pottery painting classes, workshops and walk-in studios for children of all age groups. Some are dedicated solely to the craft and others incorporate other artful expressions with the painting for a more diverse experience.

Made By Me
1685 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-8111

While Made by Me is not strictly for children, even the exterior looks like it is a place that children will enjoy. Plan your child’s next birthday party here. The process is as simple as picking a piece to paint and painting it. The staff is populated by artists who are there to help. There are also books and stencils to help guide beginners. When the work is finished, kids can leave their pieces with Made by Me and come to pick them up post-kiln in about six days.

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(Photo Credit: The Clayroom)

(Photo Credit: The Clayroom)

The Clayroom
1408 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA, 02446
(617) 566-7575

The Clayroom works in much the same way as Made by Me in Cambridge. Hopeful painters come in to the shop, pick the piece they want to paint and then get to work. Staff members are there to explain how to use the materials and give additional tips throughout the process. Party reservations are possible, as is booking private space for a child’s birthday party. All finished pieces are available for pick up within five days of painting. Big Sisters and Little Sisters who are part of the Big Sister organization get 50-percent off studio fees.

(Photo from Brookline Arts Center)

(Photo from Brookline Arts Center)

Brookline Arts Center
86 Monmouth St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-5715

The Brookline Arts Center has several classes that involve pottery painting. Some of these classes are modeled around a concept like vehicles or after-school art. Other classes are specifically about working in this medium. Parents will find a variety of classes for every age group and season at this center. In addition, each season offers a different set of classes and sometimes even camps. Remember to reserve a place in class ahead of schedule, as classes are on a registration basis.



Clay Dreams
183 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 641-3000

Clay Dreams is a walk-in pottery painting studio that is also available for group reservations. Kids can choose little trinkets to gift mom or dad. They can create useful pieces for the home, such as bowls and mugs. They can also make something more whimsical for themselves. The staff can walk each child through their responsibilities as the painter before setting the finished piece aside for firing. It takes about a week before children can come back and pick up their dishwasher-safe masterpieces.

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