Arts & Crafts Workshops

Learn a new skill, make new friends, and create a project to put on display in these various arts & crafts workshops.

Let's be creative! We offer various arts & crafts workshops at our Puri and Northeast locations for all ages through partnerships with local artists. Whether you're a beginner or experienced crafter, these sessions are sure to help you create an at-home decoration or gift to display!

Join us for adult workshops as The Urban Art Studio, AR Workshops, and other local artists lead adult sessions using a variety of different mediums. These courses are designed for beginner to experienced level painters and crafters. All necessary instruction and equipment is provided. Costs vary by project sessions.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

DIY Heart & Gnome Wreaths
Puri Family YMCA | February 12, 6-8pm Register

Crafting For the Ages is offered for free to our Active Older Adults (ages 55+) for free through partnerships with Humana and Members Alliance Credit Union. We offer sessions monthly led by local artists at our Puri Family YMCA from 1-3pm. No experience is needed and all necessary equipment is provided.

UPCOMING SPRING 2024 SESSIONS:

February 14: Yarn Heart Wreaths
We'll be making a simple heart-shaped wreath for your home that's suitable for displaying all year round. Choose your color and spend some time visiting while creating this fun, Valentine's or everyday decor.

March 13: Paper Flower Shadow Box
Learn to roll or assemble beautiful flowers made of paper. You'll choose your types and colors of flowers, roll or assemble them, and arrange them in a 6" shadowbox frame for display or gifting. (Bring your readers!)

April 10: Lavender Bouquet Painting
Follow along, step-by-step with Catherine from The Urban Art Studio to paint your own bouquet of lavender sprigs on a 12x16” piece of stained wood. This is beginner friendly, and participants will be encouraged to mix up their own color palettes for painting.

Registration opens one month prior to the start of each session. Register

Unleash your artistic talents through a variety of different mediums, where imagination knows no bounds. Our Creative Minds Art Club is more than a workshop, it is an opportunity to make and build lasting friendships! Activities allow youth to channel creativity using a variety of different mediums, including: tie-dye, beaded backpack pets, pour painting and yarn pumpkins.


This club is available to tweens ages 7-12 years old from 6-7pm on the following nights:

  • Tuesdays at the Northeast Family YMCA
  • Wednesdays at Puri Family YMCA
  • Thursdays at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA

Monthly Cost: 
$25/member
$50/program member

Registration starts at the begin of each month and is ongoing. Questions? Contact Brynn at bkutz@rockriverymca.org Register

Join us for youth workshops led by local artists. Participants will experience painting or crafting using a variety of mediums. These workshops are designed for beginner and experienced crafters ages 6 & up. All supplies and necessary instruction are included with registration.

Cost: $15/Member; $30/Program Member

Upcoming 2023 Sessions:

Tote & Tassel
August 26, 9am-10am
Participants will paint a canvas tote bag and attach a tassel to create a perfect back to school accessory.

Wall Hanging
September 16, 9am-10am
Participants will create and paint an 8x10 canvas wall hanging using designer paints.

Halloween Character Blocks
October 21, 9am-10am
Participants will create and paint a 3x6 wooden monster block customized with a choice of paint colors. Learn More & Register