Venture beyond your home’s craft closet and kitchen table turned drawing desk to a local art studio where your budding artist can spread his/her wings. We’ve found fantastic San Diego art studios for kids where young Picassos can get inspired with all sorts of mediums from painting and sewing to drawing and pottery making. Read on for where to take your kids to be inspired to create their next masterpiece.

photo: Global Art San Diego

Global Art San Diego

Global Art San Diego in Rancho Penasquitos, offers a variety of art classes, art camps and birthday paint or craft parties. Their focus is primarily in visual art drawing and they guide kids to be visual storytellers, tapping into their imagination to compose their art pieces. The studio's unique approach enables kids to solidify their skills and techniques before moving to more advanced levels. They also offer a variety of art projects through their spring and summer camps, which are designed for kids of all ages and packed with lots of fun while exploring different mediums and techniques.

Global Art is currently present in 18 different countries worldwide, with over 630 centers established. Join them for a free trial to discover their center and programs.

9926, Carmel Mountain Rd., Ste. G
San Diego, CA 92129


Lux Art Institute

Lux Art Institute is a hub of inspiration for budding artists. Kids art classes are taught by local artists who are experts at mediums ranging from portraiture to jewelry making. There's also a Kids-in-Residence program through which kids ages 4-17 meet with the Institute's current artist-in-residence to learn about the style, technique and ideas behind their work. Click here to learn about their upcoming summer art camp.

1550 S. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

Pachis Art Studio For Kids

Founded on the belief that kids are born creative, Pachis Art Studio for Kids in Liberty Station tops our list for peaceful environments where kids can feel confident expressing themselves artistically. The instructors promote open-ended art creation and support imagination and freedom––which is why they don't offer samples or color by number activities in their classes. All projects are explained and techniques are shown at the beginning of the art project time. Kids are given ideas, resources and enough supplies for them to work on their project as they wish. Owner and founder Juliana Flores credits “creativity spaces” for helping kids think outside the “art box,” encouraging self-expression, building self-esteem, and even cultivating outstanding, creative individuals. From after school classes, to drop-in art studio sessions and camps there are a variety of ways you and your creative genius can experience art at Pachis.  

2820 Roosevelt Rd.
Building 201, Ste. 102
San Diego, CA 92106

photo: Paintbox Studio

Paintbox Studio

'Sew' cool! Winner of San Diego Magazine’s Best Art and Sew Class in San Diego, Paintbox Art Studio is a one-stop shop for a budding imagination. Founded by UCSD grad Jaimee Brant, classes include both art and sewing and teach concepts of specific historical art movement and various art techniques. Students are invited to display their art at a quarterly show where anyone can drop in, look around and enjoy the art and sewn works. Great for kindergartners and up. 

1101 Washington Pl.
San Diego, CA 92103

Art Beat Studio

Teach your favorite creative minds to follow the beat of their own drum when it comes to artistic expression. Kristel Boe, owner of ArtBeat, believes having an artistic outlet helps people of all ages find happiness, so she designed her studio around an instructional based artistic experience with wiggle room for creativity & artistic exploration. You're guaranteed an experience that will leave you and your little one with a full heart and an inspired imagination. Check out their offerings for classes, private kids art parties and camps.

3975 8th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103

Bravo School of Art

Young artists will love the classes, workshops and camps offered at this art studio. Each class has under ten students, which means more assistance for each child. Here's just a hint of what kids can do: paint their sneakers, make a paper mache bowl, or go globe-trotting with fun activities such as stagecraft, shadow puppetry and Kabuki makeup. Check out Bravo's calendar for details on classes, days, times and prices.

2963 Beech St.
San Diego, CA 92102


Drawn2Art is a creative haven where kids can achieve big accomplishments. The thoughtful curriculum is based on the idea that artistic skill is learned and can be cultivated in every child. Whether your child is interested in sculpting or cartooning, Drawn2Art has a class or workshop that will get their creative juices flowing. They also offer a free introductory class for new students.

13173-10 Black Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129


One of the better known art studios in San Diego County, Monart has earned its credible reputation by teaching kids how to draw since 1992. Monart is more than just a studio, it's a specialized drawing method based on the best-selling book, 'Drawing with Children' by Mona Brookes. The method focuses on teaching children how to draw realistically while helping them build confidence and develop skills. Check out their schedule and sign your kiddo up for a free trial class to get started on their art adventure. Monart also offers plenty of camps throughout the county.

2590 Truxtun Rd., Ste 204
San Diego, CA 92106

Art Adventure Studio

Kids classes at Art Adventure Studio are designed not only to teach kids the technique of fine art, but to offer them a calm environment to create and explore their artistic side. The studio's beautiful light, art benches, easels and music will help your sweet pea tap into his creativity. Kids are able to work one-on-one with an instructor in a small group setting, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace. They also get to explore a variety of mediums you may not have lying around the house, like charcoal, chalk pastel, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oils.

605 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

A Colorful Universe

Art aficionados will happily report that local favorite, A Colorful Universe, is out of this world. The full walk-in art studio offers pottery painting, clay impressions and canvas painting for the whole family. With awesome daily specials like Paint Me a Story and Kids' Night Out, the art studio is not only an inspiring outing but an affordable one too. Have a kiddo who wants to give making their own pottery a whirl? A Colorful Universe offers an after school Intro to Clay Wheel class that teaches new techniques and skills each week.

1523 San Elijo Rd. Suite 106
San Marcos, CA 92078

Little Artists

With multiple locations throughout San Diego, Little Artists is earning a reputation as a go-to spot for art education. Kids who sign up for their program will develop a thorough understanding of basic drawing skills and techniques and then move on to watercolors, acrylics and oils. Most kids begin drawing from pictures that are broken down into simple steps. This prepares them for more challenging subject matters such as a photograph or still life. Little Artists teachers are qualified art educators who are trained in all drawing and painting media. Best suited for kids age 4 - teens.

Multiple locations

––Aimee Della Bitta & Beth Shea


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