Kids are boundlessly creative — and Bangkok has a wealth of art studios to help nurture their artistic potential. Below are some of our favourite art schools and workshops for children.
Situated in Sukhumvit Soi 31, the two-storey Attic Studios run a series of painting and drawing classes, including sessions specifically designed for children. Budding artists can try their hand at a range of mediums including graphite, oil, pastel, aquarelle, charcoals and even life drawing sessions. All teachers are either exhibiting artists or art teachers, so kids get the best possible grounding to learn a whole range of valuable skills and techniques.
This trendy art gallery on Sukhumvit Soi 31 exhibits contemporary works from around the world, as well as running two specific art classes for children. In ‘Paint-O-Fun’ classes, children are taught to paint using water-based mediums including watercolour, acrylic and guache, while also learning about the techniques developed by master artists through the ages. The ‘Colour Me A Story’ classes give children the chance to use art as a way of storytelling; each session, students are presented with a new story and art media that acts as a creative stimulus.
Dedicated to helping youngsters fulfil their artistic flair, Paron School of Art runs a range of art classes based upon the British National Curriculum. Their funky studio is situated above the Happiness Cafe (between Ekamai sois 11 and 13) and sessions are aimed at a range of age groups, from young children to teenagers. Paron School of Art only opened in 2014 but their students’ work has already received lofty praise, with some of their pieces being awarded “Top in the World” at recent Cambridge examinations.
Located on Sukhumvit 49 in the Racquet Club complex, Poteri Clay offers the unique chance for adults and children to get to grips with the ancient art of pottery making. Workshops teach visitors the process of handbuilding, which involves moulding the clay using just the hands and a few simple tools. The technique isn’t easy, and patience is required! Students are then taught how to decorate their creations using colour glazing and painting techniques. A great family activity that both kids and adults have a lot of fun learning together.
Originating in Singapore, Studio Miu caters for a variety of age groups, from young children up to adolescents aged 13 and over. Sessions are run by practicing artists and give youngsters the chance to trial a range of mediums including oil painting, watercolour, drawing, design, calligraphy, botanical painting and three-dimensional work. Children aged 10 and over can even enrol in a dedicated Japanese Manga Class.