By Mary Wheeler
Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Designed for adults and children of all ages and abilities, the Guilford Art Center is a great place for those looking to experiment with a wide-range of crafts and trades. Weekly classes at their on-site location include: blacksmithing, ceramics, drawing, fiber and metal work, painting, printmaking, photography, among others. The center also offers weekend and night classes, great for those who have full-time jobs or hectic schedules during the week. Some great classes for this year include Introduction to Drawing, Jewelry & Metalsmiting and Claytime, among others. Tuition varies by class.
Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Since 1961, this non-profit organization has been offering a unique blend of courses ranging from basketry, weaving, fiber painting and printing, digital photography, non-toxic silkscreen; among many others (they even offer a Japanese Lampmaking class). Nearly 3,000 adults and children (programs start at 2-years-old) participate in courses each year. Creative Arts Workshops also has their Creative Arts Gallery which showcases works by faculty, students and local artists-so some of your work could get displayed. A variety of weekend workshops for families and holiday-inspired activities are also offered.
Yards of Yarn
80 West Road, Route 83
Ellington, CT 06029
At Yards of Yarn, you’ll get to choose from a variety of great classes from beginners knitting classes to more advanced crochet projects. Past classes have included learning the two-colored knitting technique, crocheting a shawl, and knitting accessories (don’t we all need a cute pair of mittens?). For super avid yarners, private classes are available for $20-an-hour. Stop by Wednesday at either 10am-12pm or 6:30pm-8:30pm for an open knitting and crocheting workshop. Prepayment is required for classes.
Another great spot to check out is Village Wool in Glastonbury. They offers drop-in knitting and crochet classes every Thursday from 6-7:30pm. No reservation required; just a $10 cover fee.
543 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905
Those looking to get their hands dirty will love the classes at Lakeside Pottery ranging from beginning and advanced adult courses, summer day camp, children after school programs, hand building and sculpting. Since it opened in 2002, Lakeside Pottery has had over 7,000 people take courses. A great one day course you won’t want to miss is Mosaics: Color, Shape and Pattern, (April 8th, 2012, 10am-5pm) where you will be able to create a beautiful mosaic using broken bits of ceramic tiles. Private lessons are also available, prices and registration available online.
Another great spot is the Sawmill Pottery in Putnam, CT they offers family fun Pottery Parties and Paint Your Own Pottery workshops where you get to paint dinnerware, holiday items and sculptural pieces; ($10 per hour to paint plus an additional for the bisque ware ($3-$36).