Art in Orlando: Where to Draw, Paint, and Play in the Clay

Crealde School of Art
Crealde School of Art | © EvelynGiggles / Flickr
Kelsey Glennon

Orlando’s art scene is often overlooked by visitors, as it hides in the shadow of the city’s entertainment giants. But beyond the theme parks and attractions are tight-knit communities passionate about creating and sharing home-grown artwork. If you’re a cultural traveler in search of unsung art, let Orlando be next on your list.

Polasek Museum

You’d be hard-pressed not to find inspiration on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. The historic home of famous Czech sculptor Albin Polasek is now a proud Winter Park attraction situated on beautiful Lake Osceola. Visit the grounds for a history lesson, or take part in some of the hands-on community art events such as “Plein Air Family Day,” Or “Paint Out Garden Party.”
Polasek Museum, 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL, USA, +1 407 647 6294

Winter Park Polasek Museum | © Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 / GFDL

1. Orlando Museum of Art

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1. Orlando Museum of Art
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Orlando’s art scene is incomplete without the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). Located in culturally rich Loch Haven Park, OMA is home to resident and rotating exhibitions of international acclaim. The museum’s outreach and education program extends to classes, workshops, and lectures for all ages. Hands-on art is open to the public with events like “Art Night Out,” perfect for a date night or unique Orlando experience.

2. Art & History Museums – Maitland

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Maitland Art Center
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Kids, teens, and adults can enjoy art classes in a variety of genres, from jewelry-making to ceramics, amid Maitland‘s historic studios and grounds. This unique and picturesque attraction offers artists residencies and features a woodworking museum, art school, and exhibition space with rotating international artists. Popular short-term workshops include “Sketch Club”—a drop-in figure-drawing class—and a two-day intensive for couples looking to create their own wedding rings.

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