Contrary to popular belief, you have to be neither an artist nor a child to take an art class. You might not be the next Monet, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun honing your painting technique. From sand casting to alternative printing, the art classes in metro Phoenix this summer span an array of artistic disciplines. There are literally hundreds of classes to choose from, but we've selected 10 of the most interesting ones to get you started.
Recycled Glass Phoenix Center for the Arts May 12 through June 9, Mondays 6 to 9 p.m. $89
This class will give you a quick taste of some of the ways you can work with recycled glassware to create something new. If you've been eyeing those recycled wine bottle projects on Pinterest, this is the class for you. Sign up online or call 602-254-3100.
Beginning Painting Edna Vihel Activity Center June 2 through July 21, Mondays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $50
If you're just getting your start with painting, this class will guide you through the fundamentals. Students get to work with oil, acrylic, and watercolor, and will learn to make brush strokes, mix colors, and paint from photographs and still life works. For more info, visit www.tempe.gov. Sign up online or call 480-350-5287.
Blacksmithing Introduction Mesa Arts Center June 5 through July 24, Thursdays 6 to 10 p.m. $192
This introductory class will introduce the ways of forging steel and iron. Students will get to make art inspired by traditional blacksmithing designs. See the full class description and register at www.mesaartcenter.com. You can also sign up by calling 480-644-6500.
Wet Plate Collodion Tintype Workshop Art Intersection June 6 through 7, Lecture Friday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Workshop Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $235
This weekend-long workshop, taught by local photographer and 2013 Big Brain Award finalist David Emitt Adams, will teach the basis of the wet plate collodion process using metal as the substrate. The cost of the class includes materials for creating two tintypes. Images will be captured on a 4-by-5 view camera. See the full class description and register at www.artintersection.com. You can also sign up by calling 480-361-1118.
Jewelry Etching with Salt Water Mesa Arts Center June 4 through June 25, Wednesdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. $77
There are tons of jewelry-making classes out there, but this one stands out among the others. This class covers the basics of etching on copper or brass using salt water and batteries. Each student will need to have his own etching set-up, which can be requested upon registering for the class. See the full class description and register at www.mesaartcenter.com. You can also sign up by calling 480-644-6500.
Ceramics Survey Edna Vihel Activity Center June 3 through July 22, Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $100
We've heard nothing but good things about the ceramics program put on by the City of Tempe. This class gives an intro to hand-building, throwing, surface design, and glazing. For more info, visit www.tempe.gov. Sign up online or call 480-350-5287.
Foundry: Sand Casting Mesa Arts Center June 6 through August 1, Fridays 6 to 10 p.m. $192
If you've ever visited Arcosanti and seen the bell-makers in action, this class might be appealing to you. This class will teach the basics of foundry. You will work as a team with other class members to build sculptural molds for sand and pour metal. See the full class description and register at www.mesartscenter.com. You can also sign up by calling 480-644-6500.
Fiber Techniques in Metal-Basketry Pyle Adult Recreation Center July 10 through July 31, Thursdays 6 to 8:30 p.m. $45
This class will cover methods of twining, coiling, and weaving, allowing students to design and create several small basket and sculptural forms. Students must bring their own 18, 20, 22, and 24-gauge copper or sterling wire, a fine-chain-nose plier, and flush cutters. For more info, visit www.tempe.gov. Sign up online or call 480-350-5287.
Sunshine Oven Workshop Shemer Art CenterMay 3 or May 17, Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $100
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If you're interested in creating something functional, this daylong workshop is for you. The class will result in the creation of a solar oven, which will undoubtedly be useful in the long summer months. Sign up at www.shemerartcenter.org or call 602-262-4727.
Life/Figure Drawing Mesa Arts Center June 4 through July 23, Wednesdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $148
Figure drawing is one of the fundamentals of art. The instructor will guide students through human anatomy while they learn to drawn the human figure. The cost of the model is included in the class fee. See the full class description and register at www.mesaartscenter.com. You can also sign up by calling 480-644-6500.