For kids three, five, or somewhere in between, storybook characters can feel as real as their imaginary friends. Chelsea Center for the Arts has a special program just for them. For its winter session, the Young Artist Club starts each meeting by reading a picture book; then, kids make a craft inspired by the story. For instance, after reading The Three Bears, participants, assisted by their parents, used kid-friendly materials to create bowls that were “just right.” Instructor Tiffany Rouech, an experienced art educator, also likes to use an artist or genre as a starting point. “Young kids and abstract art are a great fit,” she says. “We did some Jackson Pollock-inspired paintings in the fall, and the kids loved it and created some very cool art.” Classes take place in a beautiful historic building, the former St. Ann’s School, which features a gallery showcasing the art of local youth and adults. You can pop into the gallery after class to inspire your little ones — and yourself — even more. $5 per child; pre-registration required, as classes fill quickly.
Fridays, January 25 to May 10 (no class April 5), 11:15am-12:15pm. 400 Congdon St., Chelsea. 734-433-2787. www.chelseacenterforthearts.org.