If You're Going to San Francisco... Check This Flower-Themed List of Fun Spring Classes!

March 18, 2016

You don't refer to yourself as an artist -- that would be pretentious. But you can safely say that it’s true; artists do view the world differently. However, sometimes the ‘artistic lens’ can be downright depressing.

So -- in the spirit of spring and in the spirit of San Francisco (the song and the city), ditch your dreary perspective, start looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, and make some art to match. Plus, with those sweet new spectacles and a pair of bell bottoms, you could bring the sixties back in a big way.

There’s nothing quite like San Francisco in the spring to shake you out of your funk and thaw those creative juices. These classes will make sure that your artistic talents blossom along with the flowers.

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    Paint & Sip

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    Put on your finest beret, your favorite smock, and prepare your paints and palate -- Or throw on a pair of dirty jeans and just show up. Grab a complimentary glass of wine and follow along with your instructor as you recreate a masterpiece stroke-by-stroke. The reproduction will be of such a high quality you could send it off to the Louvre and they would be like, “Mon Dieu! How did we not notice this was missing!” Ok, probably not -- But this is a great way to get in some creative time, while also picking up some painting fundamentals. By the end of the night you will have created a thing of beauty, a real work of art. Who knows how it will look in the morning . . . Bottoms (and brushes!) up!
    Paint & Sip

    1888 S Norfolk St, San Mateo

    • Paint your very own masterpiece with the help of an experienced instructor
    • Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine to get the creative juices flowing
    • Learn to express your creative side in a fun and relaxed environment
    • Hang with your friends and make something to hang up at your apartment (maybe)
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    Painting Class

    Dab, sip, stroke. Repeat, til masterpiece status is reached. At Canvas and Cabernet, you'll combine 2 of life's pleasures: Painting and wine. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll emulate the night's painting of choice, while still putting your own unique spin on your work. As the night progresses, both in terms of your developing technique and the wine you've been consuming, don't be surprised if your painting starts to look pretty good. The next morning though? Who knows.
    Painting Class

    1421 Locust St, Walnut Creek

    • Learn to paint by creating a facsimile of a beautiful work, all the while drinking fine wine
    • Let the alcohol loosen up your creative muscles, and see what your art skills look like while uninhibited
    • Take home an artistic masterpiece that bares your distinct style
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    Pottery Workshop

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    Not all pottery classes are all they're cracked up to be...but this one is the real deal! In this all-skill-levels class, you'll be taught how to make beautiful, handcrafted pieces using an authentic pottery wheel. Adding to the appeal, you'll work in a small class setting of no more than six fellow students, meaning you'll get lots of personalized attention tailored to your skill level to really hone your craft. In less words, this is a perfect way to learn the fundamentals of this soothing, creative outlet! It's gonna be 'wheel' fun!
    Pottery Workshop

    7523 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito

    • Learn to work a pottery wheel like a pro and create beautiful, handcrafted clay pieces
    • Get individualized attention from a professional teacher in an intimate studio setting
    • Enjoy crafting complete creations from mounds of clay, with the option to possibly take them home later
    • Feel the joy of spinning and shaping cool, wet clay to bring your creative vision to life
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    Ceramic Pottery

    Explore a hobby that will definitely let you get your hands dirty. In this fun introduction to throwing or hand building with clay you'll learn basic techniques as you craft your own personal coffee mug on the potter’s wheel or, if you’d prefer, you can make a canister out of a slab. Come unleash your creativity in this fun, laid back class. The mesmerizing practice of throwing is a great escape from the daily grind, and your mug will be perfect for steaming cup of freshly ground brew.
    Ceramic Pottery

    1045 Sutter St, San Francisco

    • Learn the fun, relaxing fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel
    • Craft your own coffee mug on the potter’s wheel or out of a slab
    • Forget life’s stresses as you learn new hands on creative skills
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing creative outlet
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    Perfume Making

    You don’t have to be a celebrity to create your own personal fragrance! During this class, you will enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide as you begin to understand the design and construction of a fragrance. Once you’ve learned the basics, begin designing your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends, and including as many elements as you desire. Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks, as your perfume will be made up right then and there!
    Perfume Making

    897 Independence Ave, Mountain View

    • Learn how to custom make your own personal fragrance during this perfume making class
    • Enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide to learn basic fragrance design and construction
    • Design your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends
    • Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks
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    Metalsmithing 101 – Beginners Workshop

    This 3 hour introductory workshop is the perfect place to begin your journey into the world of metalsmithing. With the help of a professional artist, you'll learn the technical and creative concepts behind making beautiful metal jewelry. Solder metals and see how heat and force impact your creation. Discover new design ideas and begin to develop some of your own. Feel the creative energy radiate around you as you take your class at Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, the largest artists colony in the country. What better environment is there to bring your inner artist to life?
    Metalsmithing 101 – Beginners Workshop

    379 Hunters Point Blvd, San Francisco

    • Learn to manipulate metals into beautiful works of wearable art
    • Try your hand at soldering as you play with various design concepts
    • Experience a timeless art in the largest artists colony in the country
    • Build foundational skills to perfect your jewelry making technique
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    Blown Pumpkin Class

    Nothing says “autumn” like pumpkins. During this glassblowing class, you will learn how to shape your very own customized glass pumpkin to take home as a keepsake! Under the guidance of an expert instructor, you will learn the basics of glassblowing and decorating. After a group overview of the process, you will work one on one with your instructor to create the body of the pumpkin. Practice gathering hot molten glass from the furnace, coloring the glass, and ultimately molding and blowing it into your own lovely fall inspired creation. An assistant will add the stem for you. Your pumpkin will cool in an annealer overnight, and then there's nothing to do but show it off to your friends and family. Praise the gourd!
    Blown Pumpkin Class

    12341 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay

    • Shape your very own customized glass pumpkin
    • Learn the fundamentals of glassblowing with one on one guidance from your instructor
    • Practice gathering hot molten glass from the furnace, coloring the glass, and molding and blowing it
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    Express Makeup Lesson

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    No matter how hard you try, there's always that one little detail of makeup that’s never quite right. Maybe it's how to blend foundation, or getting your lip liner less sketchy. Whatever your specific concern, your own expert instructor is there to help. In this 30 minute lesson, you'll get step-by-step guidance in how to round out your repertoire of application skills. Walk out with the confidence that you look darn good, from base to blush and lips to lashes.
    Express Makeup Lesson

    236 8th St, San Francisco

    • Master priority makeup techniques unique to your look
    • Receive focused, one-on-one instruction from an expert in the field
    • Round out your repertoire of skills and gain more insight into cosmetics
    • Work with a patient, knowledgeable instructor
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    Pencil, Charcoal, and Conte Drawing (2Hr)

    The pen may be mightier than the sword, but a picture is worth a thousand words! This professional 2-hour drawing workshop is your chance to add to your creative arsenal that’s sure to conquer hearts and minds! You'll be developing your drawing techniques in a laidback arts studio, as you learn to use the standard supplies of pencil, charcoal, and conte to creative vivid works. Under the guidance of a professional artist, you'll build your understanding of elements like value and contrast and get personalized instruction to take your drawing ability to the next level. Using plaster molds and live models, you'll also be getting hands-on experience in developing your understanding of proportion and anatomy. If you have artistic aspirations, this is your chance to get things in line!
    Pencil, Charcoal, and Conte Drawing (2Hr)

    28 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo

    • Develop your sketching skills under the guidance of a professional artist in a low-key, social, 2-hour drawing class
    • Enhance your understanding of essential drawing techniques, such as shadow, contrast, proportion, and more
    • Work with plaster molds or live models to refine your ability to create lifelike works
    • Unleash your artistic side and create your next masterpiece in an inspirational studio environment
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    Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation

    You know what they say: one man’s trash is your treasure! In this 3 ½-hour class, the rules are simple: you bring in a small piece of furniture (think a jewelry box or chair) that needs a little work (i.e., that you found buried in a thrift store or attic), and use all the tools of a professional studio to get it in tip-top shape! With the help of experienced professionals, you'll bring both your vision and your furniture to life with all the necessary paints, tools, and techniques used by industry insiders. The best part? You can be as messy of an artist as you want without having to clean up the studio! All you have to do is take home your new finished, fabulous furniture!
    Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation

    1419 Park St, Alameda

    • Enjoy personally fixing up a piece of furniture from your own home or collection in a professional studio
    • Bring your artistic vision to life with professional guidance, as well as a wide collection of high-quality paints, tools, and techniques
    • Take home a fantastic piece of finished furniture that you’ll want to brag to all your home guests about
    • Work in an open, supportive, and friendly studio environment where your creativity will be encouraged and inspired
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