Art Parties

Custom Art Parties at the Evanston Art Center

Party space is available from 1:30-3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a maximum of 15 children. If a party goes beyond 15 children, we charge an additional $15 per child. Parties take place in one room only. To use additional rooms at the Art Center you must pay a $100 room rental fee. Because we only have so much space in each studio, we like to limit parties to a total of 20 people (youth and adults).

The Art Center provides space, art supplies, a teacher, and a teaching assistant. 

Time is divided between art making and celebrating a birthday. Parents supply cake, refreshments, forks, plates, and decorations. A table for these things is located in the same room.

Email is the best way to inquire about art parties. No phone calls please.

Teaching Assistants (TA's)

TA's provide extra support to teachers. All art parties include a teaching assistant to help parties run smoothly.

Party Times:

Due to space and schedule limitations for our regular session art classes, we prefer a party be held on a Saturday or Sunday from 1:30pm-3:30pm as the center closes at 4pm on the weekends. Email is the best way to inquire about art parties. No phone calls please.


Regular Art Party: $360

Ceramics Art Party: $390

Payment: The Evanston Art center Accepts credit cards over the phone and in-person (expect a $5 processing charge). We also accept cash and checks payable to the Evanston Art Center.


Step 1: Contact Mairin Hartt to secure a party date (mhartt [at]

Step 2: Sign a contract from Mairin

Step 3: Return your completed contract and pay a deposit (half the amount)

Step 4: Youth Art Coordinator Mairin Hartt will discuss art party ideas / activities with you (mhartt [at]

Step 5: Mairin will find the best teacher and TA to facilitate the party

Step 6: Show up for your Art Party!


Art parties are great for any occasion and for any age group. Our experienced staff of teaching artists can customize an art lesson for any event. Children can create an art birthday party theme based on their own personal interests. Projects are geared for both fun and skill building.

Planning Your art Activity

For preschool age children

For children age 4 and 5, we recommend a 1.5 hour party with 2 activities planned to keep little hands and minds busy and active. Limit 15 kids. If your party goes over 20 kids then there is an dditional $30 charge to cover the cost of an additional TA. 

For Adults

Adult Parties are unique and require more preparation and therefore pricing is on a case per case basis.


Art Center Main Facility:

1717 Central Street, Evanston IL 60201

(847) 475-5300


Monday – Thursday: 9am–10pm

Friday: 9am–5pm

Saturday: 9am–4pm

Sunday: 9am–4pm