Summer is in full swing as we transition into the month of July, and our surroundings are full of artistic inspiration. Whether you’re taking a walk on the beach, hiking a mountain trail or watching an evening sunset, these moments awaken the senses to the beauty of our natural world.
The connection between nature and art is instinctual and drives us to push our creative boundaries. The art of creatively working with elements found in the outdoors dates back for centuries. From collecting vines and bark for basket weaving to processing clay for pottery or spinning wool into yarn to hand-dipping candles, these traditional skills are a part of our history and should be just as much a part of our future.
Find Connection and Community Through Arts and Crafts
In an effort to preserve and celebrate a way of life that past generations embraced, across the country you will find classes, workshops and demonstrations being offered to individuals interested in learning or honing an artisan skill. These arts and crafts classes are a great way to meet new people, express your creativity and simply have fun.
Explore your creative community while working side-by-side with those of varied experience levels, ages and backgrounds. You will be encouraged to share ideas, learn new techniques and fully engage yourself on an artistic journey. The enthusiastic and talented instructors are excited to share their knowledge and passion for their art or craft. Experience quality hands-on learning in an enriching and educational environment.
Bring Out Your Inner Artist
If you’re curious to learn something new, refine a skill or nurture your creative side, an arts and crafts class is a rewarding experience. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to stretch your creative thinking and discover hidden talents. The essence of art is self-expression, so feel free to experiment and create a piece that is uniquely “You”.
Local Arts and Crafts Classes
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing an arts and crafts class. Local artisans, organizations and craft stores offer a range of options from one-day sessions to week long courses. You have the option to work with various art forms such as ceramics and pottery, painting, fiber arts, jewelry making, photography and much more. To help you get started, here are some popular arts and crafts classes found in most areas.
Ceramics and Pottery
Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Learn how to use the pottery wheel to make beautiful cups, bowls and more. Plus, master the art of manipulating clay through hand-building techniques. Advanced students have the opportunity to go beyond the basics with surface decoration, glazing and high temperature firing.
A fun and informative class that combines both art and science. Experiment with various fragrances, colorants and natural additives while practicing multiple soap making methods. It’s good, clean fun!
A broad selection of options exist in this art medium. Try your hand at weaving, spinning, knitting, quilting, sewing, using natural dyes and more. Explore the endless possibilities of using fabric, yarn and fibers to create everything from clothing to décor.
Learn core techniques essential in jewelry fabrication. Whether you choose to work with beads, wire, metal or glass – making custom jewelry is fun and satisfying. Impress friends and family with your own personalized wearable art!
Rekindle an ancient art form as your instructor guides you through the process of constructing a beautiful and functional handcrafted basket, from start to finish. This class will teach you about the different types, uses, materials, various techniques and care of baskets.
Bring creativity to life! Have fun exploring countless combinations of scents, colors and styles as you choose and design your own custom candle. From basic container designs through votive, pillar and floating candles, discover the age old art of candle making.
Stained Glass and Mosaics
Experience for yourself the joy of working with glass! Master some basic skills that can be applied to many different projects and mediums. Learn to cut, grind, foil and solder stained glass while creating your very own unique piece.
Probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of art is painting. With vast painting styles and techniques, gain a knowledge of tone, color, texture and brushwork to paint your own masterpiece. Lessons range from acrylics and watercolors to oil paintings and include introductory courses to advanced workshops.
Embark on an adventure to find your own personal drawing style. These fun lessons will teach you how to draw with step-by-step instructions, from beginner to advanced levels. There are no rules, so let your imagination run wild!
Take your passion for photography to the next level! Expand your creative potential and gain a deeper understanding of basic camera functions, lighting and image editing. Or, go beyond the fundamentals and learn more advanced concepts so you can photograph like a pro.
Meet other gardening enthusiasts through interactive courses designed around vegetables, herbs and flowers. With so much to cover, from soil preparation and starting seeds to organic gardening and growing heirloom varieties, there’s something for everyone.
Interested in learning the timeless art of preserving your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables? Study a variety of food preservation methods and learn how to keep your pantry and fridge full of edible creations year-round.
Art is for Everyone
Whether you’re a seasoned artisan or a budding arts and crafts enthusiast, it’s easy to find a class that fits your interests and skill level. Grab a friend, your spouse or bring the whole family for a fun and interactive time that everyone is sure to enjoy. A great social activity, crafting allows you to connect with like-minded people while learning new skills.
I encourage you to take a local arts and crafts class this summer! With numerous educational resources available, it’s easier than ever for all ages, abilities and backgrounds to be introduced to the world of art. Visit our Event Calendar to find a list of upcoming classes.