Visual Arts Instruction

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” ~Pablo Picasso

Also check with your local arts council to find out about arts programs for youth – see Arts Councils & Commissions in this section. For summer art camps & programs see the Summer Camps & Programs section.


Art in The Park; Chico. Art instruction for children ages 3+ during the Plaza’s summertime Friday Night Concerts. Children create a variety of fun art projects. Sponsored by Chico Art Center & the City of Chico. Fridays, 7-8:30pm, June-Aug. Free. Chico City Plaza. 500 Main St., between 4th & 5th Sts. (530) 895-8726.

Chico Art Center; Chico. Weekly art classes for all ages are offered year-round. Students learn the basics of drawing & painting using different mediums, with an emphasis on fun. Open everyday–drop-ins welcomed. 450 Orange St. Ste. 6. (530) 895-8726.

Chico Art School & Gallery; Chico. Art instructor Janet Lombardi Blixt offers classes year-round for ages 7-adult. Children’s classes teach the basics of drawing & painting, with an emphasis on fun. Art birthday parties available. Children’s art camps offered in summer. 336 Broadway St. Ste. 20. (530) 570-3895.

Preschool Art; Chico. Creative parent-child art activity offers weekly for ages 2 & up. Drop in Thursdays between 10-11:45am. Free. Apple Blossom Baby, 1372 Longfellow Ave. (530) 345-1617.


All Fired Up; Redding. Offers a wide variety of projects for hands-on, walk-in fun with painting your own ceramic masterpiece. Art classes for all ages during the school year: watercolor, charcoal, 3-D art, Chinese brush art, mosaics & more; includes art history. Art parties, canvas painting nights, & field trips. Custom paint line. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530) 226-1638.

Blue Giraffe Studio; Redding. Children ages 5-12 learn the elements of art & build fundamental skills in classes emphasizing confidence & understanding there are no mistakes in art! Drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage & 3-D projects expose students to past & contemporary art, & encourage critical thinking & problem solving skills. Call for summer class schedule. 4287 Spicewood Dr. (530) 776-5788.

Queen Bee Studio; Redding. Offers popular classes & camps for children & teens, taught by a skilled art instructor. Students have a fun & creative time while exploring a variety of styles & mediums. Ages 5 & up. ARTsMART Boutique ,244 Hartnell, in Cobblestone Court. (530) 921-0680.

YourArt Studio; Redding. Fun art lessons designed for different age groups. Classes include parent-tots (18mos-3yrs), preschool (3-4.5yrs), homeschool & after-school classes for grades K-8. Older students learn art history & vocabulary as well as style & technique. Offers camps & parties too. 660 Azalea Ave., Ste. B. (530) 605-0430.


Bella Art Works & Ice Cream Parlor; Yreka. Offers glass-fusing classes & ceramics painting (glaze your own pre-made ceramic pieces). Mosaics & canvas painting classes. Great for kids’ parties or girls’ nights out. Ice cream parlor, gourmet grilled cheese, salads & 117 W. Miner St. (530) 842-5411.

Clay Dance Studio; Mt. Shasta. Offers pottery classes for all ages, including children, teens, & child & parent together. After-school classes, summer camps & art parties. (530) 220-4356.

Drawing Classes; Mt. Shasta. Held at the Mt. Shasta Library. Call for more information. 515 East Alma St. (530) 926-2031.

Painting & Drawing Classes With Aleksander Balos; Mt. Shasta. Learn drawing & painting using an atelier method, from old masters to contemporary techniques. Classes for all ages (mature children) at Snow Creek Studios, 416 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530) 926-3000.

Recycled Art Classes; Mt. Shasta. Artist Glenn Shiring offers unique art classes where participants learn to make art from recycled “stuff.” All ages invited – families encouraged!  Free; call for times. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530) 926-2031.

Shasta Clayworks Pottery Studio; Mt. Shasta. Offers memberships for experienced potters & classes for all ages. 612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530) 925-3792.

Siskiyou Arts Museum; Dunsmuir. Art gallery & gift shop with space for art workshops & events. Offers various visual arts classes for all ages. 5824 Dunsmuir Ave. (530) 235-4711.

Snow Creek Studios; Mt. Shasta. Offers series of watercolor & drawing classes for adults & mature youth, as well as one-day workshops in varying art media. 416 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530) 926-3000.


Green Room Community Art Studio; Red Bluff. Offers ongoing creative classes & workshops for youth & families, including “Zentangle,” wheel-thrown pottery classes, polymer clay workshops, & open art studio times for ages preK-1st grade. Watch for special events like calligraphy, fairy-house making, & fly-tying (taught by a teen). Annual spring youth art contest, children’s holiday craft-making, & fun summer kick-off events. 331 Oak St. Contact by email:

Red Bluff Art Gallery. Offers open-session multi-discipline art classes for all ages & skill levels that include time to work on personal projects. Taught by UC Davis studio art graduate Anastasia Nelson with the assistance of world-class instructors. Current students range in age from 3 to 92, all working together! 601 Walnut St. (530) 529-1332.

Updated December 2016 LS
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Updated: Dec 28, 2016 @ 9:19 pm