Atlanta’s Favorite Hands-On Spots for Little Artists

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Whether you just need a break from the glitter grind on your kitchen floor or you’re looking to add another layer to your pint sized Picasso’s art abilities, Atlanta is full of places that will delight your little artists. From pottery wheels to canvasses, traditional easels to splatter paint, these spots are for you. Keep reading for our favorite places for hands-on art experiences.

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Brush & Needle

This creative studio in Northwest Atlanta is a playground for artistic kids who enjoy working in mixed techniques and all sorts of materials. Offering a range of classes, camps, workshops and all kind of different events, Brush and Needle has something for every age and every interest.

Good to Know: We love their hand Pop Art work inspired by Andy Warhol. It's definitely worth some wall real-estate in your house.

2225D Marietta Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
470-809-4977
Online: brushandneedle.com

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The Splatter Studio

Channel your inner Jackson Pollock at Atlanta's first contemporary action painting experience. Formerly in Ponce City Market, The Splatter Studio is welcoming the new year in a new space in Va-Hi. Splatter Studio Sessions are one hour long, and the price is $55 per person.​ Private parties are also available upon request.

Good to Know: Parking is tight in Virginia-Highlands, so be sure to plan on 10 minutes before your sesh to park and arrive at the studio.

792 North Highland Ave. NE
Virginia-Highlands
404-487-3820​
Online: thesplatterstudio.com

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Zone of Light Studio

This eclectic space is an art studio first, but flexes for special events and camps, as well. Whether you come for a no-school day or book regular private lessons (they can do these at the Zone, in your home, or arrange another location to suit your needs), this studio has a robust and regular calendar of art.

One Cool Thing: If you can make a Friday Kid's Night ($30/ child), you'll curry extra favor with your son or daughter. They'll enjoy pizza, an art activity, and a movie while you go do your "grownup stuff."

1202 Zonolite Rd.
Decatur
678-948-8059
Online: zoneoflightstudio.com

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The Art Barn

The Art Barn is an experience not to be missed, which combines a fun day checking out the farm animals with art! After you tour the farm, young artists paint a watercolor of a subject they identify on the tour.

Good to Know: This experience is incredible for the preschool set, and their birthday parties are out-of-this-world, but keep it in mind for your entire family on Family Farm Nights.

208 Roper Rd.
Canton
Online: theartbarn.com

Color Wheel

Color Wheel offers camps, classes and an art-based after school program for kids ages 5-18 in the Decatur area. The studio is within walking distance of downtown Decatur, and your little artist has the opportunity to study painting, pottery, sculpture, mixed media and more.

Good to Know: If you're in the area and are looking for an after-school option, Color Wheel provides transportation, art instruction, and outdoor play.

508 East Howard Ave.
Decatur
404-377-9800
Online: colorwheelstudio.com

La Dee Da Studio

La Dee Da is a creative haven for young children where they can escape in a laid-back environment away from schedules and hustle bustle of busy lives. They offer one-time workshops as well as a variety of weekly classes in art, music, and pottery—along with story time and craft activities.

Good to Know: La Dee Da specializes in creating custom birthday parties with your child's special interests in mind.

120 Allen Road
Sandy Springs
404-963-7391
Online: ladeedastudio.com

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—Shelley Massey

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