You're never too old to learn something new. Whether you're an empty-nester or a young professional, there are many creative ways to fill your free time. These Dallas spots offer a range of classes and workshops to help unleash your inner artist.
Creative Arts Center of Dallas
The East Dallas studio offers more than 500 creative classes and workshops for adults and teens, from jewelry making to metal sculpting and stone carving. CAC also has "open lab" sessions where students who are already enrolled can drop in for studio time, outside of regular class hours. When you become a member of the center, you get a discount on classes and workshops, and you are eligible to enter the CAC's annual membership show. Non-members can also sign up for classes online.
Learn how to create exquisite floral arrangements from expert Bryna Morrow, Dr. Delphinium's wedding and special event coordinator. Classes range from vintage garden arranging to color-blocking pave designs and bridal bouquets. We suggest gathering a group of your closest girlfriends, because each class is $125 per person for 10 or more participants or $150 per person if there are fewer than 10. Classes pick up in June. Call 214-522-9911 to make a reservation.
Make + Made
Located inside the Bishop Arts boutique IndieGenius, the Make + Made studio offers classes ranging from sewing basics and silk painting to reupholstery and stamp making. Fees start at $45 and go all the way up to $615. You can find the schedule online and register there. If it is less than 48 hours before the class starts, you must call 469-547-7394 to sign up.
Oil and Cotton
Located in the Bishop Arts District, Oil and Cotton is a creative institution. Owners Shannon Driscoll and Kayli House Cusick offer a variety of classes for adults and children. Some of the workshops include Algonquin basket making, silk screen printing, hand spinning fibers and bottle cutting. Weekly classes are categorized by age group and cover everything from painting to art history. Oil and Cotton also sells handmade toys, gifts, creativity kits and art supplies. The space is also available for birthday parties and other special events.
Southern Methodist University
SMU is a hidden gem for adults looking for personal enrichment. The university offers continuing and professional education (CAPE) classes ranging from business skills, foreign languages, history, literature, food and travel, and the arts. Art courses include figure drawing, landscape design, oil painting, calligraphy, printmaking and photography. Fees depend on the length of the course. See schedule and register online.
We Are 1976
Funky collectibles shop We Are 1976 offers a variety of workshops, from origami to monogrammed coasters to letterpress notes. The only thing you're asked to bring to class is an apron. All of the workshops are held at the Bishop Arts locale, and most are three hours long. Fees range from $45 to $175. Go online to register.