Fun Fabulous Summer Art Classes for Children Around Oceanside

Looking for fun, imaginative activities to entertain your kids this summer?  Here are some options for children to channel their inner artist and develop their creative abilities.

Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

The mission of the Nature Center is to promote conservation through education, advocacy, land management and monitoring. One such activity is Joey’s and Johnny’s Clubhouse held the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The seven-year-old sister and four-year-old brother team love to entertain their young friends by hanging out at the Nature Center, investigating the exhibits, reading children’s books and participating in nature-inspired crafts.

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Missus Potts

Missus Potts is a pottery-painting studio encouraging creativity and fun for all ages in a friendly, relaxed environment. The summer class series are a magical experience designed to inspire. Each week features a different color and medium such as clay, ceramic, glass painting and painting on canvas. Students are taught step-by-step how to create their own masterpiece, new techniques and tricks and coaxed to try different things to let their creativity shine through. Lunch breaks are included in the morning sessions and snack breaks in the afternoon ones.

Owner Amanda Stauffer graduated with Bachelor degrees in English and History then went on to receive a Masters in English Literature. During her college years, she worked at an art studio and absolutely fell in love with it. It was then that Amanda decided to follow her passion and start her own art workshop. She returned home to her beloved Oceanside and opened Missus Potts in January of 2013. Amanda explains, “I grew up in Oceanside so this is home. I don’t think I had ever planned to come back, being away at school for so long, but it worked out that way. I love it here. The people and atmosphere have always been welcoming. I can be creative here and I can help people be creative.”

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Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)

OMA is downtown’s premier museum and a preeminent cultural force in town. During June through August, OMA runs a series of day camps called Summer Artquest. These four-day sessions are open to children ages 7-12. Museum exhibitions both old and current are used to teach kids about art. Kids also get to explore various mediums hands on to further encourage their creativity. Music, theater and movement are brought in so that the children can experience different art forms and how they all relate together.

On Thursday, July 21 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Instructor Corinna Stocker will teach a class entitled Creative Kids for children ages 2-5. Using glitter and sparkle, Corinna will guide the children through decorating a starry night sky, dance and read stories about the celestial heavens.

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First Friday Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm transforms Oceanside into a playground filled with art, live performances, music, poetry, food and fun for all. OMA and other venues around town provide fun activities for children of all ages. It’s a great free opportunity to bring your kids out to experience the thriving downtown art scene.

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About the Author

Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and is also the organizer of North County’s premier, annual culinary arts event: Foodie Fest. Her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit

Published: July 18, 2016

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