To show creativity! Five places to take art classes in Metro Phoenix this fall


Add some creativity to your life this fall with a fun mix of classes ranging from oriental dancing to blacksmithing. Here’s a look at five places to start, whether you’re in the visual, performing, or literary arts.

Mesa Arts Center

1 East Main Street, Mesa

Mesa Arts Center offers in-person classes in the visual, performing and literary arts. The center offers an Arts in Service program offering courses for veterans and military personnel, as well as workshops for military spouses. Fall offerings include printmaking with Ron Brimrose, stained glass with Troy Moody, soldering with Matt Smith, and pottery wheeling with Jesse Armstrong. You can even take blacksmithing, calligraphy, and multimedia collage classes.

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Art by Koryn Woodward Wasson, who teaches virtual art for the Phoenix Center for the Arts.

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Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 Third Street North

Phoenix Center for the Arts offers in-person and virtual classes in two locations, some of which are taught in Spanish. Programming includes visual, literary and performing arts, as well as Arts for Change, which explores the intersection of art and social justice. They even have classes that are offered outside. Fall visual arts classes are offered in several mediums including ceramics, drawing and painting, glass, metal, photography and printmaking. For virtual lessons, your options include an Introduction to Drama Writing with Jessica Marie Fisher, an Introduction to Watercolor with Koryn Woodward Wasson, Color Theory with Edna Dapo, and more.

Scottsdale School of Artists

3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale

Scottsdale School of Artists offers in-person and virtual classes in several types of visual art, including drawing, painting, and sculpture. The fall range includes a mix of colors with Renee Palmer-Jones, expressive colors in figure and still life with Henry Stinson, illustrated letters with Jane Barton, and water-based mediums with Antonio Masi. You can spend a week studying oil painting during Oil Painters of America week in October.

Shemer Art Center

5005 Camelback Road East

Shemer Art Center offers in-person and virtual classes in several types of visual arts, including bookmaking, ceramics, collage, drawing and painting, mixed media, and pottery. The fall range includes artist books with Ludmila Demich, colored pencil techniques with Elliott Everson, mixed media and collages with Sue Hunter, etching (silkscreen, intaglio, woodblock print and print on linoleum) with Larry Nisula and urban sketches with John Erwin. In addition, Danielle Wood is teaching several intermediate and advanced ceramics courses this fall.

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Learn the basics of macrame with Sunshine Craft Co.

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Sunshine Craft Co

700 Campbell Avenue West

Sunshine Craft Co offers in-person and virtual workshops for a variety of crafts including macrame, paint pouring and printmaking. Owner Amy Guerrero posts a different schedule each month and often includes additional offerings like crafting brass wreaths and calligraphy. The studio also sells craft kits for those who prefer to get creative at home or in other settings. If you are into macrame, you will have several great course choices, including small-scale or large-scale wall hanging making. In some cases, workshops last more than one session.

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