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The Armory Center for the Arts, housed in Pasadena’s historic 1932 National Guard Building, serves as the city’s hub for art education in its myriad forms. It originated as the education department of the Pasadena Art Museum in 1947 with classes led by artists whose teaching concepts grew out of the museum's exhibitions of modern art. This education program became known as the Pasadena Art Workshops after the museum closed in 1974. Without a permanent space for exhibitions, the workshops used professional artists as teachers and focused on the development of arts programs that presented alternative forms of learning. By working in partnerships with schools, libraries, parks, neighborhood groups, community centers, and city agencies, the museum’s programs brought the arts to new audiences – a trend that continues to this day.
Opening in its permanent space on Raymond Avenue in 1989, the center underwent a $2.4 million transformation in 2002 to create an additional 6,800 square feet of classrooms and studio spaces for drawing and painting, digital arts, and photography. Today it offers a wide range of programs and studio classes for all ages (in-person and online), as well as exhibitions in its galleries, year around. Galleries are open by appointment Fridays from 3:00 to 7:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Admission is always free.
The Old Pasadena Color Me Mine, just one in a national franchise studio chain, lets patrons channel their inner arts-and-crafts spirit with paint-it-yourself, pre-made bisque pieces. Choose a piece, pay a studio fee, and you can paint all day using more than 60 colors, tools, and the friendly guidance of trained staff members.The studio glazes and fires customers’ creations in onsite kilns and the finished pieces are typically ready after 5-7 days. The paint and bisque are non-toxic, lead free, and can be used with food or drinks after it has been fired.
The Pasadena location of the popular chain hosts numerous social events throughout the year, including 21 and over First Fridays, Shop Classes, and community painting contests.
Pinot's Palette lets you try your hand at painting with the help of expert staff, all supplies, and a little wine! Pinot's offers an unforgettable evening of friends, fun, wine, and painting in Pasadena.