Places to take classes in NOVA/DC
So many challenges stand in the way of our creative development. Many of us have a lot of responsibility and little creative energy left at the end of the day. Once in a while it is a good idea to take a formal class to enhance your current skills or to learn a new one.
The community of learners and having a skilled teacher can challenge and inspire you when you are in a creative rut. Thankfully, the NoVA area has plenty to offer in adult education. Here are some places you can take classes and workshops at in the area.
The Art League in Old Town Alexandria has classes taught by artists working out of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. Many of these classes are several weeks long and provide in depth instruction.
Down 123 in Lorton the Workhouse Arts Center offers a variety of classes in art making, cooking, and dance. Some classes are just one day workshops which is great for those who have time constraints and the prices for most classes are quite reasonable.
Your county might offer classes that are often very affordable but vary greatly depending on who has decided to teach. You will find art, cooking, and dance in Fairfax through their Parktakes program and the Arlington Arts Center offers a few adult classes as well.
George Mason University has a community arts division that offers art and music classes in addition to private lessons. Adult classes are limited and fill up quickly at Potomac Academy.
If you want to brush up on your sewing or quilting skills a few local stores offer classes that may be worth looking into. G Street Fabrics has one day workshops occasionally at their Falls Church and Centreville locations. Joann Fabrics in Fairfax, Woodbridge, and Falls Church has classes for all ages in crocheting, knitting, sewing, and much more. Also, The Quilter’s Studio is a new favorite of the ladies who have taken the Creative Chicks quilting class. They offer classes and open sew time in their Fairfax store.
Or you could try taking a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. They both offer one day classes at moderate prices that would be a fun date night! If you’re looking for something more challenging try Hill’s Kitchen in DC where you can learn from master chefs or CulinAerie near Dupont Circle.
If you need to move your body, Metropolitan School of the Arts in Kingstowne and Lorton has dance, fitness, and acting classes in the Fall and Spring. All levels of ability are accepted at each class. Some morning classes have babysitting for $3/child.
If none of these work with your schedule try taking a class online through Craftsy. You can purchase a class and view it whenever you like. You are able to chat with classmates and your instructor as needed. The class never expires and you can always go back and take it again. I strongly recommend you find someone to take the class with you for accountability. Its easier to work with a buddy than on your own and you’ll have someone to share ideas and help solve problems.
Whatever you do, I hope you are able to make something great! The feeling of completely a project or learning something new is so important to your creative growth. And you’ll be so happy to have something to talk about aside from your child’s accomplishments.