There are many opportunities for those who want to hone their skills, or even learn a new craft. They range from ongoing classes at local studios to online workshops and travel-study tours. Here in Beacon, we have Hudson Beach Glass, which offers a wide range of glass-related classes, including glass blowing and lampworking.
Recently, a private studio near my home, owned by textile designer Gwenno James, has begun offering a range of classes and workshops in silkscreen and digital fabric design - Fabrication Beacon.
The Garrison Art Center, where I currently teach, offers a wide array of classes and workshops in a range of areas, including painting, sculpture, bookbinding, printmaking, and glass, as well as ceramics.
For total immersion-why not try a study/travel tour? Next spring, the 92nd ST. Y will be offering a jewelry tour of Japan!
Increasingly, more and more learning opportunities are offered online. This past spring, I enrolled in a class aimed at practicing potters and advanced students, which focused on surface design. The class was led by a potter in San Francisco, and 129 of us from around the world viewed an online tutorial each week, then posted images each week of our completed assignments on Flickr. We continue to share news and information through a Facebook group.
creativebug.com, an online site which offers a wide array of classes. For a flat monthly fee, subscribers can access unlimited lessons! Of course, there are many more classes around including from suppliers-i.e. yarn and bead shops -offer instruction and/or workshops.
Virginia from Ceruleanblue