Calling all creative adventurers! If you’re itching to dive into a world of vibrant colors, tactile textures, and limitless imagination, look no further. The North Dallas Corridor is bursting at the seams with local places that offer arts and crafts opportunities that are bound to ignite your creative spark. From painting to pottery, and everything in between, here’s a roundup of hidden gems to spark your inner artist.
The Craft Guild
The Craft Guild of Dallas has been dedicated to providing a variety of arts and craft instruction since 1948. The organization offers year-around classes and workshops for adults, and teaches the disciplines of bookbinding, drawing and painting, glass, pottery, metalsmithing and other traditional arts.
These studio workshops offer something for everyone, no matter their skill level. However, if you are an intermediate or advanced student, the Craft Guild also hosts masterclasses taught by some of the most advanced and respected in their field worldwide!
In addition, The Craft Guild offers weekly classes in a variety of mediums, from beading to fiber arts. Join these classes on your own, or register your little one into the Young Artist After-School Program, where artists (all levels) ages 8-17 partake in a creative journey of turning soft clay into hand-built projects using techniques that will help students enhance and give personal touch to their projects.
The Society of Figurative Arts
Transport to the Italian Renaissance with The Society of Figurative Arts. The Society’s curriculum is based on traditional methods of training that began in the workshops of the Italian Renaissance that have been practiced by master artists for over seven hundred and fifty years.
This 2100 sq. ft establishment maintains a fully equipped teaching facility to bring your inner craftsman to its full potential; Model Stand, Easels, Academy Benches, Supply Tables, Stools, Dedicated Form Lighting, an Art Resource Library, and a growing collection of Plaster Cast.
However, classes and workshops are not the only opportunities provided. You can become an apprentice and learn from Michael Mentler, the craftsman who has studied and re-invented those methods to make them relevant to today’s artists. Not only can you create art, but you can be art as a model during figure drawing sessions.
Painting With a Twist
Painting with a Twist is fun art, not fine art. You don’t need to be Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo to enjoy our events! It can be a carefree escape. It’s about relaxing, having fun, and hanging out with your loved ones! Don’t let the name fool you – with over a dozen scents to choose from and step-by-step instructions, Painting With a Twist lets you make your own custom candle you’ll love. You can also add candles to one of their painting events, which include non-toxic paints and a super fun artist who will walk you through creating your very own painting! Along the way, you’ll laugh, sip a glass of wine, play games, and unwind with your best peeps by your side. Most guests have no painting experience — just a passion for fun!
Are you looking for something creative to do during the week? Check out upcoming events, or Pop In & Paint. This freestyle DIY experience allows you to choose whatever art piece you’d like to complete and paint along with the written instructions in the studio at your own pace! Supplies and instructions will be provided. While no reservation is required for Pop In & Paint, you may consider booking a private party.
So, what are you waiting for? Roll up those sleeves, grab your apron, and get ready to unleash your creativity at these fantastic local places for arts and crafts!