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Amy Guerrero with one of her macrame wall hangings.EXPAND
Amy Guerrero with one of her macrame wall hangings.
Practical Art

Get Creative: 15 Art Classes to Help Beat Summer Boredom

Never fear if summer boredom is beginning to take hold. The slower pace makes summertime the perfect season to explore new activities, including creative classes that give you a way to meet new people, release stress, and perhaps even discover your own hidden talents. Here's a look at 15 classes well-suited to beginners, where you can learn everything from how to make your own jewelry to how to create a garden mosaic.

Paper Marbling


Xico Arte y Cultura
1008 East Buckeye Road, #220
Thursday, August 8


Sam Fresquez, a Phoenix intermedia artist whose work often explores how beliefs are transmitted between generations, will be teaching this class at Xico Arte y Cultura. Participants will learn how to create designs on water using alcohol ink, then transfer the ink onto paper. The August 8 class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $35.

Introduction to Calligraphy


Shemer Art Center
5005 East Camelback Road
Saturday, August 17


Scottsdale mixed-media artist Linda Arandas is teaching this class at Shemer Art Center, which will focus on learning to write lowercase letters in italics calligraphy. Students with some experience can work on capital letters and words using italics. The August 17 class runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $50, plus a $10 materials free.

Beginner’s Knitting


Oh One Eight
3933 East Indian School Road
Saturday, August 17


Learn knitting basics including how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Participants will make a simple swatch using these techniques. This August 17 class at Oh One Eight runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15.

Checking out Mucho Más Art Studio.EXPAND
Checking out Mucho Más Art Studio.
Lynn Trimble

Ceramic Llama Mug


Mucho Mas Art Studio
1736A East McDowell Road
Sunday, August 18


Make a llama mug at Mucho Mas Art Studio, the creative home for artists Kathy Cano-Murillo (the “Crafty Chica”), Emily Costello, and Patrick Murillo. You’ll get to paint and customize the mug, then return to pick after it’s been fired in Cano-Murillo’s kiln. The August 18 workshop runs from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $35.

Barrel Blooms


Carrie Curran Art Studios
8300 North Hayden Road, #A100
Wednesday, August 21


Create a watercolor barrel cactus painting while learning about supplies, drawing, composition, and watercolor techniques at Carrie Curran Art Studios. The August 21 class runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $45.

3-D Printing


Create Makerspace
600 East Washington Street
Saturday, August 24


Participants will learn the basics of 3-D printing, and create their own object using a 3-D printer. The workshop will also explore 3-D printing as a strategy for sustainability. The August 24 workshop at the Create Makerspace at the Arizona Science Center runs from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $50.

Macramé Plant Hangers


Practical Art
5070 North Central Avenue
Saturday, August 31


Crafter and entrepreneur Amy Guerrero will be showing participants how to make macramé plant hangers, which can help transform houseplants into fun design elements for living spaces. This August 31 class at Practical Art runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40.

DIY Papermaking


Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main Street, Mesa
Saturday, September 7


Emily Ritter, whose artwork is currently on view inside the gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, is teaching this papermaking class at Mesa Arts Center, which will introduce participants to the basics of making their own paper. The September 7 class runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35.

Nissa Kubly transfers Polaroid images onto various surfaces.EXPAND
Nissa Kubly transfers Polaroid images onto various surfaces.
Practical Art

Polaroid Transfer Workshop


Practical Art
5070 North Central Avenue
Saturday, September 7


Nissa Kubly, a Phoenix artist specializing in metalworking and photography, will teach participants to lift images from Polaroid photographs and transfer them to other surfaces. She’ll also demonstrate how to hand-color images transferred onto watercolor paper. The September 7 class at Practical Art runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40.

Intro to Bookbinding


Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main Street, Mesa
Saturday, September 7


Emily Ritter is teaching this class at Mesa Arts Center, which will introduce students to bookbinding techniques that can be used for making homemade journals and other books. The September 21 class runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $44.

Southwest Gardener is a fun place to take art classes.EXPAND
Southwest Gardener is a fun place to take art classes.
Lynn Trimble

Agave Mosaic Mandala


Southwest Gardener
300 West Camelback Road
Sunday, September 8


Mosaic artist Dave Jarvinen will be teaching mosaic techniques including nipping, fitting, and gluing during this class at Southwest Gardener. Participants will be using porcelain and glass tiles to create a circular artwork with an agave as the central design. This September 8 class runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $120. Lunch can be purchased for $13.

Solarplate Etching


Thunderbird Arts Center
1106 East Grovers Avenue
Saturday, September 14

Artist Wendy Willis, a member of the Five15 Arts collective, will be teaching participants how to transfer images or photographs to transparencies, and create etchings using a photopolymer plate. The September 14 class at Thunderbird Arts Center runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $115.

Ring Making


Practical Art
5070 North Central Avenue
Saturday, September 14


Alex Ozers, a Phoenix artist who specializes in creating hand-wrought jewelry using mixed metals and stone, will be teaching participants how to make rings using techniques that give jewelry an antique appearance. This September 14 class at Practical Arts runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $50.

Alcohol Ink and Collage


Sunshine Craft Co
700 West Campbell Avenue
Saturday, September 21


Participants will start by making artworks using alcohol ink on YUPO paper, then learn how to use these pieces to create their own collage. The September 21 class taught by Lana Nguyen runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunshine Craft Co. The cost is $58.

Hand Embroidery Basics


Shemer Art Center
5005 East Camelback Road
Saturday, September 21


Ever admired a hand-embroidered artwork and wish you could make something similar at home? Linda Arandas can help you get started during this class at Shemer Art Center, which will include learning a few basic stitches and making a desert botanical design. The September 21 class runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $55, plus a $10 materials fee.

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