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Let's Get Crafty: Fun Art Classes in NYC

Let's Get Crafty: Fun Art Classes in NYC

Art is a great creative outlet for people. It doesn’t matter if you have skills like Picasso or if you can’t draw a stick figure to save your life -- doing crafty activities can be a lot of fun either way. Sometimes, though, just doing mainstream types of art isn’t enough to keep you excited. “Ugh, painting again?” “Sculpting? Yawn.” “Photography? Well, nobody’s ever done that before...not!” If any of those sound like something you’ve said before, maybe it’s time to try a more unique way to get your creative juices flowing:

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    Hand Tool Workshop: Shaping & Forming
    Hand Tool Workshop: Shaping & Forming

    3rd Ward

    This class aims to familiarize you with the vast world of wood. You’ll learn an array of woodworking techniques, such as treatment, cutting, shaping, and sanding. After you design a piece, you will have the chance to actually make it! You’ll get to leave with your own handcrafted utensil to bring home and show off. Best of all, if you’re lucky you’ll smell like rich, fresh wood for the next few weeks.

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    Terrarium Workshop
    Terrarium Workshop

    Twig Terrariums

    What’s a more unique activity than diving into the world of terrariums? This class will teach you how to create your own personalized mini-world -- in fact, you can even include miniature people and animals in your miniscapes. You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn insider tricks that the instructors discovered throughout their extensive experience with building terrariums. This is the perfect chance to express yourself, as you are encouraged to make every container personalized to your identity.

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    Introductory Workshop to Custom Perfumery
    Introductory Workshop to Custom Perfumery

    Scenterprises

    Introductory Workshop to Custom Perfumery: Are you ready for a scentsational class? It’s about time you branch out from Chanel Number 5 or Axe Body Spray. In this workshop (that is designed for both men and women), you’ll learn everything you need to know to create your own personal, unique fragrance. Will your new signature scent be woody? Floral? Perhaps even spicy? Well, that’s for you to find out. This course from Scenterprises will teach you the science and history behind creating fragrances, touching on iconic scents made by companies like Tiffany and Burberry.

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    T-shirt Printing Workshop
    T-shirt Printing Workshop

    Gowanus Print Lab

    Have you ever made a piece of art and thought “I wish I could wear that.” This workshop is here for you. After this class, you’ll be able to stroll around town in style, your style. Bring your favorite design and the number of t-shirts you want printed, and your instructor will show you how to press the design onto a shirt. Who says art should hang on a wall?

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    Precious Metal Clay Workshop: Transforming Clay into Silver
    Precious Metal Clay Workshop: Transforming Clay into Silver

    3rd Ward

    Transforming clay into silver? Sounds dangerously close to alchemy. This 3-hour activity will teach you the secrets behind this magical art technique, going into how to model, carve, and sculpt with this unique metal clay. After you’ve created your beautiful work of art, it gets put into a magical device (or as they call it: a “kiln”) that burns all the clay out of it. Thus, you’re left with an incredible silver model that is perfect as a gift or to keep for yourself.

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    Glassblowing Lesson for Two
    Glassblowing Lesson for Two

    Scanlan Glass

    This is a fun activity to do as a date or with a friend. Few people do glassblowing anymore, even though this art form produces some of the most beautiful pieces out there. This private lesson for two will teach you all you need to know about the ancient art of glassblowing. You’ll have the chance to explore a variety of glassblowing techniques, ranging from simple glass-forming skills to Venetian cane. The instructor will also go into color applications, cold working, and casting.

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