15 Art Classes to Boost Your Creativity in 2018

Ofelia Montelongo
Explore flash memoir writing with Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemary Dambrowski.
If getting creative is on your 2018 bucket list, you’ve got some impressive options in coming weeks and months. Several visual,  literary, and performance artists are teaching classes and workshops on a diverse range of topics, including flamenco dance, painting gaming miniatures, and writing flash memoirs. Some classes are free, but most have limited space. So if something catches your eye, go for it.

Improv to Sketch Comedy
Kevin McDonald of The Kids in the Hall will share strategies for generating ideas, then translating them into sketch comedy. Participants will write and perform during the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. workshop on Sunday, February 4, at The Trunk Space. The cost is $175. Get details on the The Torch Theatre website.

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Piece choreographed by Jenny Gerena, performed at Breaking Ground 2018.
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The Digital Realm, Part 1
For her workshop called The Digital Realm, Part 1: Filming & Editing, Phoenix-based artist Jenny Gerena will share filming and editing techniques using Final Cut Pro software, and help participants explore their own film design aesthetic. The workshop meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 6, to March 20. at Mesa Arts Center. The cost is $60. Julie Akerly will teach the Part II workshop starting in late March. Learn more on the [nueBOX] website.

Painting Gaming Miniatures 101
Phoenix artist Dain Q. Gore will share a brief history of gaming miniatures and techniques for painting the miniatures, with a focus on painting armor. Everyone will get a single miniature to paint, with supplies provided, at the Sunday, February 11, workshop happening from 1 to 4 p.m. at Puppet Pie. One purchase required for each participant. Find more information on the Puppet Pie website.

Jewelry Making with Gem Stones
Learn how textures and patinas transform metal and gemstones into wearable works of art with Phoenix-based artist Alex Ozers, founder of a creative enterprise called From the Reliquary. His Saturday, February 17, workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $50. Get details on the Practical Art website.

Emily Ritter will be teaching participants how to make paper from recyclables, as well as various methods for hand-making paper. Her Saturday, February 17, workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $60. Find more information on the Xico Arte y Cultura website.

Creative Collage
Learn to create collage art using paper, paint, stamps, and stencils during this class taught by Sue Hunter. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from March 6 to April 17. The cost is $245. Learn more on the Shemer Art Center website.