Practically Creative: A Lesson in Art and Life Skill
Art and its purpose have long been subject of philosophical debate, which brings up an interesting gray area: the types of art that double as functional, practical skills. These are often thought of as trades or crafts, but any craftsman will tell you that there is a huge component of artistry in what he or she does. If these crafty activities serve a quantifiable purpose, can they even be defined as art? These may help you find out.

Heavy metal.

Ever wonder why Smith is such a popular surname? We’re not experts on the subject, but here’s a theory: way back when, people took last names from their professions, and some professions boast a certain romantic success compared to others. So why not try your hand at this most distinguished occupation? During this activity, you’ll learn fundamental blacksmithing techniques while creating your very own unique piece of art. Ah, what a masterpiece.

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Sew me how.

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Okay, so you’ve heard it before -- it’s not as easy as it looks. But once you master the craft, you’ll be one of the sharpest threads in town. This class teaches you about a sewing machine’s cool and unique features, all while you get to learn sewing basics that could very well be the start of your career as the next big name in haute couture design (we can dream, right?). Step aside, Karl Lagerfeld!

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soap

Lather up.

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Soap’s usefulness is severely underrated. Like, I-keep-you-smelling-good-around-your-crush underrated. So why not give a shot at making the stuff? Get a glimpse at how to begin crafting your own soaps during this activity, which will teach you everything you need to know about cold process soap making. Then, use custom formulas to create your very own soaps -- voila! Hey, they say art is all about experimentation, right?

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Wick-it cool.

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Wax on, wax off, as they say. Wait -- what does that even mean? Take this candle making class and you just might find out. You’ll discover a relaxing new hobby while making beautiful, custom art complemented by unique colors and fragrances. You’ll be able to bring your pieces home and show off to your friends, or not. There’s something to be said for the understated artist. Either way, you’ll have a new artful skill to be proud of.

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fragrances

It just makes scents.

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Has anyone you ever told you that you smell -- chill bro, there’s more to the sentence -- “phantasmagorical?” What a compliment! You don’t get smell-jectives like that without a little spritz on the wrist, but pre-packaged essence is so played out. It’s all about making perfumes instead. In this class, you’ll design your own sprayable aroma by mixing together essential and fragrance oils. It’s guaranteed to be better than the stuff your grandma wears. Although we don’t recommend painting with this type of art, feel free to douse yourself in your new creation on the daily.

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Finish strong.

Eggshell, satin, semi-gloss: if you haven’t a clue what the aforementioned phrases mean, this is the class for you. Learn about different finishes while you begin to master furniture artistry during this hands-on furniture techniques and embellishments class. And make sure to bring your apron for this one as you’ll be experimenting with a variety of paints and decorating approaches. After taking these methods home, friends and foes alike will surely envy your chair flair.

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