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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    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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    Candlemaking

    Candles are dainty, elegant ways to spruce up any home! Instead of spending tons of money buying candles from that posh furniture store down the street, why not make your own? This class will start with the basics and teach you how to create a professional looking candle. Customize your color and design, as well as try different fragrances and waxes. Throughout the class you'll learn about molds, wicks, and scents -- three components necessary in the process of candle creation. You'll even discuss candle safety! At the end of the class, you will have made a fragrant soy container candle, gel candle and pillar candle. Brighten your home and add a great fragrance to any room.
    Candlemaking

    897 Independence Ave, Mountain View

    • Learn to create beautiful candles in a fun introductory class
    • Choose your own colors and designs for your candle
    • Try different fragrances and waxes to find your favorites
    • Take home your candle and proudly display it in your home
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    Cold Process Soap Making Class

    Learn how to make the wonderful, natural soaps you see at specialty stores and farmer's markets from scratch! Using only vegetable oil, lye, and essential oil and botanicals for scent, create beautiful, creamy lathering soaps that are actually good for your skin. As you begin to understand the cold process, you will become familiar with the equipment involved, and learn about different oils, safety techniques for working with lye (or sodium hydroxide), and how to create your own custom formula. After completing at least one batch, your soap will need to cure for 4-6 weeks, but you certainly won't be leaving empty handed -- take home 3 already cured cold process soap samples to hold you over until your custom-made product is ready to use!
    Cold Process Soap Making Class

    897 Independence Ave, Mountain View

    • Learn how to make the natural soaps you see at specialty stores and farmer's markets from scratch
    • Create creamy lathering soaps that are actually good for your skin using only vegetable oil and lye
    • Become familiar with the cold process, including equipment involved and proper safety techniques
    • Take home precured cold process soap samples to last until your custom-made product is ready to use
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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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    12 positive reviews
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    Painting Workshop

    Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the world around you that beauty and joy just seemed to disappear in the fog of daily chaos? Experience an incredible one day painting workshop that will help you reawaken your creative voice while settling inner stresses. All materials will be supplied, so you can dive right in and bring your creation to life without having to worry about bringing the right paintbrush. With both a morning and afternoon session, you'll learn how to use painting to deal with grief and daily challenges as well as how to connect with other through artistic outlets. Enjoy a lunch break midday or simply continue painting if you'd prefer. This workshop is all about what feels right and learning to be present with yourself in the moment.
    Painting Workshop

    300 Chenery St, San Francisco

    • Paint the day away as you connect to your inner artist in a supportive environment
    • Escape the stress of everyday life as you center in on your creativity
    • Enjoy the company of fellow students as you connect throughout the day
    • Reconnect with yourself through the power of painting
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    Painting Class

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    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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    6 positive reviews
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    Terrarium Class

    Hanging globe terrariums are a very popular decoration right now, but you don't just want to buy one, you want to make your own! In this class you will learn all about the ins and outs of creating a terrarium."¨"¨ You will acquire useful knowledge about succulent plants including care for, maintenance, propagation and transplanting. Then you will plant a 5" hanging globe terrarium utilizing an array of 2" plants that you will get to choose from. You will decorate using a huge variety of mosses, pebbles, sands, and tumbled glass. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty in this hands on class!
    Terrarium Class

    402 Cortland Ave, Bernal heights, San Francisco

    • Learn all about terrariums, the ins and outs of creating them, and then create your own
    • Become versed about succulent plants including care, maintenance, propagation, and transplanting
    • Get your hands dirty as you plant a 5" hanging globe terrarium of your own
    • Understand new tools and techniques, so you can make your own vertical garden wherever you want
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    Clay and Coffee Play

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    Start your weekend off right with a hot cup of coffee and a cool hunk of clay. Enjoy the cup in your hand while you learn to make a new one. You'll learn basic throwing techniques as you craft your own personal coffee mug on the potter's wheel. Or, if you'd prefer, you can make one from a slab. Come unleash your creativity in this fun, laid back class. The mesmerizing practice of sculpting is a great escape from the daily grind, and the fresh ground pot of coffee doesn't hurt either.
    Clay and Coffee Play

    1045 Sutter St, San Francisco

    • Learn the fun, relaxing fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel
    • Craft your own coffee mug as you enjoy a freshly brewed cup yourself
    • Forget the week's stresses as you learn new creative skills
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing way to start off the weekend
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    11 positive reviews
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    Vertical Gardening DIY

    Do you want to take your gardening to new heights? In this hands-on class you will learn all about vertical gardening products and then make a do-it-yourself vertical succulent garden. Get ready to get your hands dirty as you arrange your materials and succulents to create an impressive, unique structure under the guidance of an experienced gardener. You'll learn new skills you can apply to your gardening for years to come. Learn to see the entire world as one big planter waiting to happen, whether horizontal or vertical.
    Vertical Gardening DIY

    402 Cortland Ave, Bernal heights, San Francisco

    • Practice making a vertical succulent garden under the guidance of an experienced gardener and teacher
    • Learn all about various vertical gardening products you can use, so you can make a unique vertical garden you love to show off
    • Get your hands dirty as you work to arrange your materials into an impressive creation
    • Understand new tools and techniques, so you can make your own vertical garden wherever you want
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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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