10 Fall Workshops to Attend in Metro Phoenix

Learn how to use three different flatbread presses in Hazel & Violets letter press workshop.
Learn how to use three different flatbread presses in Hazel & Violets letter press workshop.
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Usually, it's the spring that's associated with new beginnings and turning over a new leaf. But why would you wait when all over the Valley fall workshops are offering fresh starts? Of course, there are autumn-themed ones, like Pith + Marrow's fall floral workshop, but there are also more out-of-the-ordinary ones, like Mesa Art Center's shield-building workshop. Basically, there's something for everyone.

So grab your mallets, flowers, silkscreens, and paint brushes, and check out our list of the 10 most anticipated fall workshops.

See also: How to Make Origami Envelopes

Letterpress Workshop Hazel & Violet Custom dates in October and November

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Walk into any gift boutique in town, and you'll see see the card section spilling over with letterpress greetings. Hazel & Violet offers the chance to make your own unique cards, coasters, stationary, and more with a small group of your choosing. Just grab a group of four, pick a date and time in October or November, and you are on your way to learning how to use three flatbed presses and walking away with something that truly has your mark on it. Workshops begin at $200 for a group of four, with a $50 charge for each additional person. For more information on what you can make and setting up a date, visit www.hazelandvioletink.com/Workshops.

The Art of Music: Drawing and Painting Classes Musical Instrument Museum October 5, 12, and 26; November 2

Visual art and music go hand-in-hand for us, and we jump at any opportunity to mix the two. Luckily, the Musical Instrument Museum agrees. Starting Sunday, October 5, students will have the opportunity to learn the art of still life from artist Roberta Kritzia. After choosing an instrument from MIM's Education Collection, Kritzia will teach students ranging from beginners to experts how to capture that instrument using pencil and watercolor pastels. The four-class series will cost $115 with a $10 supply fee. A list of additional supplies, estimated to cost $30, will be discussed during the first class. To sign up and get more information, visit mim.org.

Fall Floral Series - Part 1 Pith + Marrow October 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The only thing better than having guests ooh and ahh over your centerpiece is being able to then tell them that you made it yourself. The ladies behind Pith + Marrow have just the thing to help -- their fall floral series. Students will enjoy some light snacks and wine while learning how to make free-form, fall-inspired arrangements. As you may have guessed from the title, this class is part of a series. So, if you get bit by the flower arranging bug, Pith + Marrow has your back with two more classes this fall. Part one of the Fall Floral Series will cost $225 and take place at Camelback Flower Shop. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.pithmarrow.com.

Hand Embroidery with Heather Heather Hales Designs October 7, 14, 21, and 28

Self-taught designer Heather Hales has decided to open her Tempe home and teach a four-week hand embroidery class this October. Whether you're just getting started or have been embroidering for years but just want to meet like-minded people, this class is for you. Hales will go over everything from transferring your pattern from paper to fabric to the most common embroidery stitches. The course is $80 plus supplies, which you can bring yourself or purchase through Hales for any additional $25. For the supply list and information on how to sign up, visit heatherhalesdesigns.com.

Contact Transfer Workshop Frances October 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.

First things first. A contact paper transfer if a chemical-free way to transfer an image onto a specific surface and is often used to layer two separate images or layer text on top of an image. You've probably seen this technique used on dozens of items throughout Frances. During this workshop, Josie Cirincione will show students the ins and outs of contact transfers using gift tags and greeting cards. The class is $40 with all materials included, a 20 percent discount on items at the store, and snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit francesvintage.com.

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