Create beautiful art at stained glass class Photo by Connie Mango
Crafting has gained a new popularity among teens and adults, but it's been a long time since some of us attended structured art classes. So where can we learn some new techniques for ceramic glazing or how to make a stained glass window?
Why not take a craft class?
On Long Island the choices are varied and the prices of classes can range from free to much more costly. But no matter what you are into, you can likely find a class that teaches it.
A great resource to use to start you're search is right at your fingertips, your home computer. If you have an internet connection you can peruse the web for thousands of pages featuring local craft classes. Use search terms like "craft classes + long island" to find listings that might fill your needs. If you know exactly what kind of class you want, be more specific. "ceramic classes in Patchogue" resulted in a listing for a pottery store, Ceramics by Denise in East Patchogue. Denise offers ceramic workshops on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, either in the daytime from 10am until 1pm or in the evenings from 7pm until 10pm. Ceramic workshops are a great place to express your creativity and share ideas with others who are interested in the craft.
If the thought of using a computer leaves you cold, then try stopping in at a local neighborhood craft shop to inquire about classes they may offer.
A superior stained glass studio, in Suffolk County, K's Art Glass Studio is located at 1759-D Middle Country Road, Centereach, New York. K's offers a 5 week stained glass course on Monday or Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. It's not too late to sign up for the next session, classes start on February 24th, 2010. Day classes are available, call Karen or Theresa for more information at 631-648-8885. The staff here is friendly and knowledgable. They teach different techniques like mosaic, tiffany and fusing, so if you've always wanted to try stained glass art, this is the place to learn it.
Adult education courses offered by your local school district or college campus are great resources for learning. They offer a variety of classes, in many of the craft fields. Take a Japanese cooking class or learn the art of cake decorating. Want to learn quilting or floral design, most likely they offer a class. If digital photography is your niche, sign up for a night class and click away to discover your hidden Man Ray.
How you choose to pick a class is just the beginning of a great learning experience. Going out one or two nights a week to craft with some new acquaintances, learning new techniques, or just honing your craft, taking a class is a good way to quick start your creativity.