8 Spring Workshops to Take in Metro Phoenix

Start your spring off right by learning a new skill, like letterpress from Phoenix Print Studio.
Start your spring off right by learning a new skill, like letterpress from Phoenix Print Studio.
Evie Carpenter

Out with the old and in with the new, they say. This spring, we're going to go ahead and assume this is talking about hobbies and skills too. While we're not exactly sure it's possible to get rid of old talents, we are sure that's there's always room for improvement, especially when it comes to things like Bollywood dancing, making snail mail, and painting with beeswax.

We've collected eight workshops to help you better yourself or at least expand your interests and abilities this spring. And who know? In a couple months, you could be improv-ing or letter-pressing with the best of 'em.

See also: 30 Best Spring Events in Metro Phoenix

Letterpress 101 Phoenix Print Studios March 28

There's something about arranging the pieces just right, picking an ink, placing your chosen paper just so, pulling down on a lever, and participating in an art that people have been doing for hundreds of years that is exhilarating. Don't believe us? See for yourself during Phoenix Print Studios' two-day introduction to letterpress workshop on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop costs $195 and you can register by emailing hello@phxprintstudios.com. For more information, visit www.phxprintstudios.com.

Project Archipelago Workshop MADE Art Boutique March 23

It's not often that you get the chance to make a piece of art that will be in view at the Phoenix Art Museum. Well, for most of us anyway. But MADE Art Boutique and Nic Weisinger of Project Archipelago are offering just that with their Project Archipelago workshop. Participants of this free workshop will become a part of Project Archipelago by spelling out words from a John Donne quotation in a non-permanent way, photographing them, and then later seeing them printed and pieced together to create the complete quote again. The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting at MADE, 922 North Fifth Street. Find more information at www.madephx.com.

Platinum and Palladium Printing with Scott B. Davis Phoenix Art Museum March 28

Photography has changed drastically in the past ten years let alone the past 140 years or so since William Willis made the first platinum photographic print. On Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m. get in touch with a little bit of photography's history with master platinum printer Scott B. Davis. Davis will teach participants to create their own platinum print using either a digital or analog negative and offer tips on setting up a simple darkroom at home. Space is limited for this workshop ($100, including all materials) and ticket sales close on March 20. Visit www.phxart.com for more info.

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