Artists of all ages and skillsets will be getting hands-on in beautiful Benicia this summer. Known for its vibrant arts community, visitors are invited to spend a great day by the bay tapping into their creativity. Whether you are a seasoned painter or looking to try something new, you can make an artistic statement in Benicia.

Family_Art_DayArtcentric Pottery & Glass Fusing Studio offers everything from mosaics to clay prints. This one-stop-shop provides a mélange of mediums to inspire any artist. Try your hand at glass fusing, painting, or working with clay. Be inspired and entertained with the step-by-step instructions. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Plan ahead or drop in to begin your journey to a creative nirvana. Learn more at artcentricbenicia.info.

Fun for the whole family, Arts Benicia’s Family Art Day is a great way to explore a new world of creativity with the kids. Drop in 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 to participate in hands-on projects that engage and educate. For the more serious art enthusiast, Arts Benicia also offers classes that range from sketching to printmaking.

The drop-in cost for a single class is $55, with the option of using the instructor’s materials for an additional fee of $20. Six-week sessions are available to members for $180 and $195 for non-members. Sign up for your next art experience by visiting artsbenicia.org.

pleinairgalleryTake your craft to another level by participating in the First Annual Benicia Plein Air Gallery Paintout. This one-day competition provides the perfect landscape for painters to demonstrate their talent. Save the date for Saturday, August 27 for your chance to win $200 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place, or enjoy an honorable mention by the competition’s judge John Finger. The fee to enter is $30. Guests can enjoy food, drinks, and music while they watch the artists work.

All paintings entered will be available for sale at the end of the competition. For complete details on how to enter, visit beniciapleinair.com/paint_out.html.

CanvassLearn to create with a paint brush at Once Upon a Canvas. Great for a girl’s night out or kids’ party, everyone has a good time learning to produce a masterpiece. Once Upon a Canvas offers classes, workshops, and free studio space for artists who bring their own painting supplies during regular business hours. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays 12-4 p.m. For more information visit onceuponacanvasbenicia.com.

Make something beautiful for yourself or a loved one at Creativity Unleashed Ceramics. Choose from one of the largest selections of pottery pieces and clay. Make an evening of it by bringing your favorite beverages, snacks, and friends. Creativity Unleashed offers Sip and Paint Canvas Painting for just $25 per person. The studio is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on planning your next paint party visit creativityunleashedceramics.com/default.html.

For all art admirers, don’t miss the Benicia Art Walk 2016 on the Second Saturday of June, July, September and October. Six amazing downtown galleries will feature resident and local guest artists at a variety of venues. Free to the public, this family friendly event featuring live music and small sips, is a great way to see the downtown and meet the artisans. For more information visit facebook.com/BeniciaArtWalk/.

For more information about all things art in Benicia, please visit visitbenicia.org/arts/.