I LOVE the fall in the Pacific Northwest. Sunny days with that crisp bite, squash everything, hot toddies, state fairs, cozy sweaters…bring it!
But of course, it’s only fall for a couple of months, and then we enter the seemingly endless dreary days of gray and damp and yuck.
What is there to do when the weather has you trapped inside, besides binge watching crap TV and dreaming of tropical vacations? Take an art class!
Tacoma has a lot of really great resources for every interest and level, and classes range from casually drinking wine while painting to weekly figure drawing sessions to blacksmithing workshops. Winter is a wonderful time to develop a new hobby or hone your skills.
Below I’ve compiled a handful of places (with links!) around Tacoma offering classes:
- Tacoma Metal Arts Center: Centrally located on 6th Ave, TMAC offers workshops as well as weekly intensive classes on a wide variety of metal arts- jewelry making, blacksmithing, metal clay, chain making, casting, and more!
- Feast Arts Center: This gallery/studio space/workshop in Hilltop is really special. Established in 2015, the gallery space always features interesting, thought-provoking artists, the classes are low-cost, and often there are free community events and demonstrations. There aren’t many offerings on their classes page right now, but at least once a week there is a $10 figure drawing session that’s open to everyone.
- Spun Clay Arts Center: These ladies are FUN. I got a group together to do the party-style (snacks and drinks included!) class and we each ended up with several really….unique pieces, and a nice buzz. For those looking to get more than a misshapen bowl or an ashtray, they also offer actual classes and studio rental.
- Tacoma Glassblowing Studio: Feeling inspired after a trip to the Museum of Glass? (Which, if you haven’t gone yet, is real cool. Sitting in the hot shop watching glassblowers is another fun winter activity!) Try it out at the Glassblowing Studio! There are one time experiences every weekend (by appointment), but also 4 week classes and private lessons if you get really into it.
- Big M Art Glass: Another glass studio, Big M is a shop for stained glass supplies and tools, and also has a workshop and classes for beginners on the weekends. It’s located between Hilltop and the Tacoma Dome.
- Uncorked Canvas: Drink wine and paint along with your friends! (or beer if you make it for one of their collaborations with Odd Otter) On the classes page, you can see what the featured scene will be, and an instructor will guide you through it step by step. Holiday themes! Cute animals! Movie scenes!
As you can see, there are artsy activities aplenty to keep you occupied during those wintertime dog days. Check it outttt!