Facilitated Workshops

Family Day Workshops

Feb. 8, May 9, June 13 + July 11: 10am-2pm
Subject to change. Workshops take place in Seaport Village.

Our working artist studio

In collaboration with Seaport Village, Studio by the Bay is an extension of The New Children’s Museum’s process-based art practice.Two professional artists are creating
artwork in the studios exploring contemporary themes.

Studio by the Bay provides an opportunity for the visiting community and local artists to interact, consistent with the Museum’s mission to stimulate creativity, imagination and critical-thinking skills in children and families through inventive experiences with contemporary art. Both the Museum and Seaport Village are iconic family destinations in the Marina District positioned near the San Diego Bay. The presence of working artists in this partnership strengthens ties among neighbors and builds the capacity for arts and culture along the port of San Diego.

Along with creating a new body of work, the artists partner with the Museum and Seaport Village each month to host Studio by the Bay Family Days that offer free weekend workshops for children and families.

location + hours

809 West Harbor Drive

Studio by the Bay is located in Seaport Village. Walking and driving directions are included below.

Open studio hours:

Third Thursdays: 5-8pm (postponed)
Second Saturdays: 10am-2pm (postponed)

For artwork inquiries, contact Lani Bautista Cabanilla.

Upcoming Free Family Day Workshops

May 9 | 10am-2pm (may be cancelled)

In celebration of Mother’s Day, learn the artistic technique of color-blocking to create a paper portrait of someone you love with professional artists at Studio by the Bay.

June 13 | 10am-2pm

Discover illustration and design with professional artists and make a custom “shrinky-dink” gift for Father’s Day at Studio by the Bay. Space and supplies are limited.

July 11 | 10am-2pm

Explore sculpture and craft to build your own miniature bead maze with professional artists at Studio by the Bay. Space and supplies are limited.

Past Family Day Workshops

August 10 | 10am-2pm

Explore mark-making with a variety of paint pens, markers and more with working artists at Studio by the Bay.

September 14 | 10am-2pm

Experiment with spray art techniques and practice your artistic skills with working artists at Studio by the Bay.

October 19 | 1-5pm

Time to get spooky at Studio by the Bay! Join working artists at the studio to make glow-in-the-dark art, paint creepy canvases and more.

November 2 | 10am-2pm

Feliz Dia de los Muertos! Celebrate Day of the Dead and honor loved ones with art projects using skulls, paper flowers, paint and other colorful materials. 

December 14 | 10am-2pm

Give the gift of art this holiday season! Design and make wearable “shrinky-dink” and gift card for someone special. 

January 11 | 10am-2pm

Learn about street art from Studio by the Bay artists! Experiment with colorful paint pens, markers and more. 

February 8 | 10am-2pm

Discover the creative process in sculpture and design with professional artists at Studio by the Bay.

The Artists

Kurosh Yahyai

B. 1989

Yahyai received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Painting from Sacramento State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture from San Diego State University. His work focuses on the idea of the self, in which the painted figure is either visually abstracted or representational. Within the representational paintings, Yahyai uses a traditional style of oil painting with a contemporary approach.
@kurosh.yahyai and www.yahyai.com

Matt Picon

B. 1987

Picon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Intermedia from Arizona State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from San Diego State University. He creates unique, cohesive and interconnected forms by manipulating the physicality, color and emotive qualities of objects. Picon investigates themes of immediacy, history, function, time, purpose and personal experiences.
@spicy.picon and www.matt-picon.com


Studio by the Bay is located in Seaport Village at 809 West Harbor Drive. View the Seaport Village Map for more details.

Walking from the Museum:

  • From Island Ave. and Front St., head west towards Harbor Dr.
  • Cross the street towards the Marriott Hotel, then head north (facing the Hyatt Hotel).
  • Turn left in between the Marriott and Hyatt.
  • Turn right at San Pasqual Winery and walk towards the parking lot. The Studio entrance faces the parking lot.

Driving from the Museum:

  • Head west towards Harbor Dr. and turn right towards the Hyatt Hotel.
  • Turn left on Kettner Blvd.
  • The Studio is located next to the parking lot on your left.
  • Parking prices may vary between $5 and up with validation.

Temporary Closure as of 3/16

The Museum is temporarily closed. Click here for information about our closure and cancellations.