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Kids love to get messy and what better way to get messy than to let them explore their own creativity with paint? Of course, if you do it at home, you’ll have lots of clean-up to worry about and you may not have the background needed to help your kids learn about painting techniques and other skills. That is where the professionals at these great art and clay studios come in. Each offers different hands-on fun for kids that want to learn more about painting pottery and other crafts. Take a look and enroll your kids in something fun today.

Got Paint?
Colorado Mills Mall
14500 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 130
Lakewood, CO 80401
(303) 384-3331

Grab your kids and head down to Got Paint? for fun Saturday Stories classes for kids. The session starts at 11 a.m. and it begins with a story for the kids. Once the story is done, they get to paint an item from the story, helping them bring their visions of the story to life with their own creations. The classes are designed for children ages three to six and run about an hour, so it is perfect for their short attention spans as well. Make sure to check out the different holiday times, as many of the classes offered are themed with the next upcoming holiday.

Ceramics in the City
1912 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 200-0461

If you are looking for a pottery painting class to hold your child’s next birthday party, take a look at Ceramics in the City. This ceramic shop is fully set up to help your child and some of his or her best friends with all of the instruction needed for painting pottery of their very own. The party comes complete with all of the art supplies needed for the kiddos’ own creations plus balloons. You can also bring cake and snacks as you’d like. There are a few different party options that you can select from, so take a look and set up a pottery class for your child’s next big day.

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Spark It Studios
2667 Xanthia Court
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 349-0961

Spark It Studios is home to a variety of classes and workshops for children interested in painting and creating different types of pottery.  This studio has been around since 2008, offering classes, camps and in-school workshops for the entire community of art-loving children. The Artful Process classes at the Spark It Studio is taught by Ansley Young and Pam Peters and is perfect for your four or five year old who is ready to get messy. It is an hour of students getting to explore different types of creation with different media including clay, paint, paper mache and more. Plus, your kids are sure to bring home some great and creative new art projects.

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505 Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 776-2211

If you have a budding artist on your hands, then you simply have to enroll him or her in the ClayDate projects at Crackpots. Each ClayDate class is geared for children from kindergarten through middle school and includes a pottery or clay-based project that is designed to let the child enjoy the art at their own experience level. These classes are perfect for the early beginners who want to play with the clay and even better for the older kids who are learning techniques and want some more practice. Some ClayDate classes have included VanGogh Landscapes and Spoon Full of Love, where children create a clay spoon reflective of their own personality.

Arts on Fire Studio

9358 Dorchester St., Suite 101
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
(303) 470-0530

Spring break is right around the corner, so why not get your kids enrolled in something truly creative and fun? The Spring Break Camp Sessions at Arts on Fire Studio provide three hours per day for three days of different art projects and pottery fun. The price includes all of the art supplies and a snack as the kids learn a variety of painting techniques on different types of media. The camps are for ages six and up, with themes like “Peace Out” which has them creating a colorful word plaque with lots of new painting techniques and skills.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.