Paint Pottery and Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time

After having a great time at a recent Girl Scouts event at a pottery studio, I was on the lookout for more places for my daughter where she could create and learn the fundamentals of pottery! We’ve found a really nice assortment of offerings, from places where you can paint pottery, to others where kids can learn the basics of handbuilding and wheel throwing at one of the kids pottery classes below! There are options for preschoolers through teenagers to explore the wonderful world of pottery.

Thrown Elements Pottery
260 N. Evergreen Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 818-1313

Tween classes that include all the skills and messiness of our adult classes, tailored to our younger artists. Camps for ages 5-12 introduce your child to the dynamic world of clay…explore their imagination while learning a variety of handbuilding techniques. Kids birthday parties and scouting events, too.

The Painted Penguin at Fox Valley Center
2244 Fox Valley Center
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 820-0005

Choose from over 3,000 plaster and bisque pieces of pottery to paint. Here kids can take their pieces home the very same day they paint!

Color Me Mine
470 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 655-5882

Bring your young artist and come paint your choice of pottery – an animal bank, mermaid, or special handprint keepsake plate, to name a few. There’s something for every child to enjoy! Kids night out and birthday parties, too.

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If An Elephant Can Paint
6677 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 467-4595

We have bisque pottery that puts the fun in functional for kids of all ages. Choose from over 50 colors and specialty glazes to make your piece truly unique. Birthday parties available for ages 4+.

Penguin Foot Pottery
2514 W. Armitage Avenue
(Entrance on Bingham)
Chicago, IL 60647

Learn and explore the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel! We’ll take them through the fundamentals of wheel throwing techniques, as well as learning to trim and glaze their artwork. Ages 7-14.

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 834-0202

Take a lump of clay, put it in your hands, and experience endless creative possibilities. You’ll learn pottery basics and new hand-building skills to create functional or expressive ceramics to take home and enjoy. Ages 7-11.

Pik A Pot N Paint
915 S York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 832-2308

Choose a piece of pottery to paint and they will fire it for you to be picked up another day.

7502 1/2 & 7512 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(312) 343-2149

Drop in, pick your piece, paint it, leave it with us and we will fire it! Kids learn to work with bisque and glaze. Family drop in hours available.

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Ceramic Art Cafe
26 South LaGrange Road, #100
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-3033

Paint your own pottery in our studio by the hour – includes paint, supplies, personal assistance, glaze and firing. Birthday parties and scouting events, too. Ages 5+.

Village Potters
333 N LaGrange Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
(708) 352-2330

Tween Clay Classes where students from 5th through 8th grade will enjoy learning a number of hand building, decorating and glazing techniques.

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center
740 Front Street
Lisle, Il 60532
(630) 393-2529

Studio, gallery, classes and workshops for adults and kids ages 8-12.

Color Me Mine
2835 Showplace Drive
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 778-1000

Color Me Mine’s Paint Me A Story Program is a fabulous opportunity for your children to enjoy the combination of painting ceramics and reading children’s books. Ages 3-6.

Pottery Bayou
210 S. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 718-9823

Pick your piece of pottery from over 100 decorative pieces, then design your piece, paint freehand or use our creativity center – complete with stencils, stamps, sponges and ideas books. Kids birthday parties and camps, too.

Magical Minds Studio
343 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 948-7934

Our ceramics class is designed for young students and adults. This class is focused on hand building as well as an introduction on how to handle and manipulate clay. Class includes a bisque and fire.

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Terra Incognito
246 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-6228

Join us for a family class where you work side by side with your child and learn the basic handbuilding and wheel techniques. A great way to share time with your child! Private classes also available. Ages 6+.

Riverside Arts Center
32 East Quincy Street
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6400

Learn a variety of basic pottery techniques including a step by step introduction to the potter’s wheel. Students are encouraged to have fun and get creative while exploring form, texture, balance, and color, to make unique ceramic pieces. Ages 4-10.

Salt Creek Pottery
48 S. Villa Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 617-9931

Wheel workshops for ages 9+. Painting pottery for ages 6+ to create wild flowers, turtles, mugs, rabbits or frogs.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

1 Comment on "Paint Pottery and Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time"

  1. Glazed Expressions 1010 Curtiss Street Downers Grove 60515 is also a great place for this fun activity!

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