Channel your inner artist at one of Houston's adult-friendly, DIY creative studios
Set in a little art studio, on the edge of Montrose and Midtown, Pinot's Palette, welcomes guests for weekly, adult art classes. The regular events combine local artist-led painting courses with the option to BYOB and snacks. Classes feature specific subject themes like Texas Bluebonnets and the Houston skyline, as well as step-by-step instruction so that even novice artists can keep up.
Attention shutterbugs. The Houston Center for Photography offers more than 250 workshops annually. These open courses in film and digital photography cover everything from beginning basics to image composition. Students of all levels can choose topics they are interested in or follow a curriculum guide. Class schedules are released quarterly.
Make a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or create custom dishes at one of The Mad Potter’s three studio locations. Whether it’s for a birthday, date night or corporate party, the paint-your-own-pottery studio offers guests an array of paintable pottery (plates, bowls, vases and everything in between), as well as endless paints and tools to make it your own. Stop by on Friday nights for date night and enjoy a glass of Chardonnay while you flex your artistic muscles.
Ever watch shows like TLC's Cake Boss and wonder if you've got what it takes to make amazing confections? Try your hand at this specialty skill at Cake Craft Shoppe in Sugar Land. This retail and education shop offers hands-on classes in advanced cake decorating. This isn't how to bake or frost properly, but rather lessons on how to create elaborate cakes taught by guest instructors that have studied with top international sugar artists.
Sculpture and drawing. Two art forms that trace back to the origins of man. If you're trying to hone your skills in one of these ancient mediums, or want to experiment for the first time, check out the classes offered at The Glassell Studio School.This institution, part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, provides multi-week, hands on training in a number of artistic disciplines. From the 4,500-square-foot sculpture studio to the fully-equipped jewelry andenamel studio, Glassell offers the perfect environment to discover your artistic self.
Think you have a story to tell? Three times a year, Inprint Houston, offers non-credit writers' workshops taught by accomplished local authors. Though modeled on graduate-level creative writing courses, the workshops are open to individuals of all skill levels, those exploring writing for the first time and others interested in preparing work for publication. Genres covered in different workshops include fiction, memoir, novel, poetry and more. All workshops are held at Inprint House in Montrose.
From creative journaling to jewelry soldering, the people at Texas Art Asylum offer classes in a number of disciplines that will ignite your creative spirit. This gallery/re-sale shop/classroom is a great spot for those interested in turning yesterday's trash into tomorrow's works of art. Walk their aisles and get inspired.
Whether you're interested in learning the basics of floral design or want to play the piano like Billy Joel, there's a class for you through Houston's Leisure Learning Unlimited. This multi-platform, non-credit academy offers a host of classes in areas such as outdoor activities, arts and crafts, languages, music and much more. Classes happen year-round and are updated regularly on the group's website.
By: AJ Mistretta
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