Art

Where to Take Art Classes This Fall in Phoenix

Try taking a fused glass class to get your creative juices flowing.
Try taking a fused glass class to get your creative juices flowing. Phoenix Center for the Arts
Add a little creativity to your life this fall with a fun mix of classes from belly dance to blacksmithing. Here’s a look at five places to get started, whether you’re into visual, performing, or literary arts.

Mesa Arts Center

1 East Main Street, Mesa


Mesa Arts Center offers in-person classes in visual, performing, and literary arts. The center has an Arts in Service program featuring classes for veterans and service members, as well as workshops for military spouses. Fall offerings include printmaking with Ron Brimrose, stained glass with Troy Moody, welding with Matt Smith, and wheel-thrown pottery with Jesse Armstrong. You can even take classes in blacksmithing, calligraphy, and mixed-media collage.

click to enlarge Art by Koryn Woodward Wasson, who teaches virtual art classes for Phoenix Center for the Arts. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Art by Koryn Woodward Wasson, who teaches virtual art classes for Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Lynn Trimble

Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 North Third Street


Phoenix Center for the Arts offers in-person and virtual classes in two locations, including some taught in Spanish. The lineup includes visual, literary, and performing arts — as well as arts for change, which explores the intersection of art and social justice. They’ve even got some classes that are offered outdoors. Fall visual arts classes are being offered in several mediums, including ceramics, drawing and painting, glass, metal, photography, and printmaking. For virtual classes, your options include introduction to playwriting with Jessica Marie Fisher, introduction to watercolor with Koryn Woodward Wasson, color theory with Edna Dapo, and more.

Scottsdale Artists’ School

3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale


Scottsdale Artists’ School offers in-person and virtual classes in several types of visual art, including drawing, painting, and sculpture. The fall lineup includes color mixing with Renee Palmer-Jones, expressive color in figure and still life with Henry Stinson, illustrated letters with Jane Barton, and water-based mediums with Antonio Masi. You can spend a week studying oil painting during Oil Painters of America week in October.

Shemer Art Center

5005 East Camelback Road

Shemer Art Center offers in-person and virtual classes in several types of visual art, including bookmaking, ceramics, collage, drawing and painting, mixed media, and pottery. The fall lineup includes artist books with Ludmila Demich, colored pencil techniques with Elliott Everson, mixed media and collage with Sue Hunter, printmaking (silkscreen, intaglio, woodcut, and linoleum printing) with Larry Nisula, and urban sketching with John Erwin. In addition, Danielle Wood is teaching several intermediate and advanced ceramics classes this fall.

click to enlarge Learn macrame basics with Sunshine Craft Co. - AMY GUERRERO
Learn macrame basics with Sunshine Craft Co.
Amy Guerrero

Sunshine Craft Co

700 West Campbell Avenue

Sunshine Craft Co offers in-person and virtual workshops for various crafts, including macrame, paint pouring, and printmaking. Owner Amy Guerrero posts a different schedule every month, and often includes additional offerings such as making brass himmeli wreaths and calligraphy. The studio also sells craft kits for those who prefer to get creative at home or in other settings. If you’re into macrame, you’ll have several great class choices including making small- or large-scale wall hangings. In some cases, workshops last more than a single session.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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