Have you been meaning to master the art of painting? Or perhaps pottery? Maybe photography is more your speed. Whatever the artsy craft you’re interested in learning more about, somewhere in Western New York there’s a class waiting for you and your impressionable mind. Use the following as a guide to find these crafty classes throughout the year.
117 Elm Street in East Aurora / Southtowns | (716) 655-1015
MUSEjar offers a wide range of kids and adult classes for all skill levels – “MUSEjar is here to inspire and encourage artists of all kinds”. They also host private parties! All of their classes are online and people can register online at musejar.com
Paint on Tap
5762 Main Street in Williamsville or 650 Main Street in East Aurora / Southtowns | (716) 932-7694
Paint on Tap offers a variety of seasonal and Buffalo themed paintings along with beautiful scenery and much more. Most classes run from 7-9pm and are led by knowledgeable artists that have tricks to make your paintings look unique and professional. Especially after a few glasses of wine! Beer and wine are available to purchase during your class. You can register for a Paint on Tap class online for $37, which includes all the supplies you will need to create your pièce de résistance. Remember, no B.Y.O.B. here.
Cheers to Monet
229 Lake Street in Hamburg / Southtowns | (716) 648-2711
Cheers to Monet creates a perfect paint night by offering Buffalo themed paintings similar to Paint on Tap, scenic, seasonal and even family paint nights. The studio offers instructed sessions led by a local artist for $35-50 depending on the date, time and the painting you choose. Their classes are B.Y.O.B. applying to beer and wine only. No hard liquor! This isn’t the Chip strip ladies and gentlemen…this is a classy event! In addition to instructed classes, Cheers to Monet offers open paint nights. Seats are $27 which includes supplies and a 16 x 20 inch canvas. There’s no instruction for this class, so you can feel free to paint what you want while surrounded by other aspiring artists.
9570 Transit Road in East Amherst / Northtowns | (716) 218-8446
Enjoy the impressive selection of scenic, wine and animal themed paintings at Pinot’s Palette. I’m kind of obsessed with the “Pour Me Some More” date night painting! I can definitely envision that hanging up in my kitchen. Classes held in the main room are about 2 hours and cost $35. Friday and Saturday classes are 3 hours and cost $45. A helpful feature Pinot’s Palette offers is assigned seating. This guarantees you will get a spot with your friends without stressing about getting there early. Just tell them the names of your friends that you want to sit with when you register for your class. A bar is located in the studio with wine, beer and soft drinks available for purchase.
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Roycroft Campus Corporation
31 South Grove Street in East Aurora / Southtowns | (716) 655-0261
Craft, create, paint and more at the Roycroft Campus Corporation. Learn to create herbal crafts, culinary goodies and extracts, lip balm, hand soap, body butter, still life paintings, use metal techniques and much more in one of their informative classes. They are generally held on weekends in the morning or afternoon and range in price depending on what they entail. Take a look at the long list of offerings on their site.
138 Grey Street in East Aurora / Southtowns | (716) 655-4456
Ladies Night is every Thursday from 6-8pm where you can stop by with a few friends, some snacks and drinks to learn about glass-etching or glass-painting. The price depends on the project you decide to work on, for example Glass etching wine glasses is $25 and painting pottery costs $5 for paint plus the price of the dish ($ranging from $8 – $72). Give them a call to make reservations.
If you find that you love the classes and would like to learn as much as possible, there are private and group classes available. Nick Napierala has a Masters in Art Education and is egger to assist you with private lessons scheduled around when you have free time (may be mixed with other students if that time works for more than 1) for $25 an hour. Group rates are $15 for an hour and a half.
Cone Five Pottery
1507 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo / North Buffalo | (716) 332-0486
Set out to try some basic pottery techniques including hand building, throwing on the potter’s wheel, trimming and glazing in these two and a half hour long classes that run for six consecutive weeks. The price is $225, which includes all material and firing fees. Classes are generally offered on Monday nights, Tuesday nights, or Saturday morning.
719 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo / Elmwood Village / Downtown | (716) 881-4321
Thin Ice supports the local arts community, so many of the pieces int he shop are hand crafted by local artists. Painting classes are around $20-25 with unique options like their Meditation and Sumi-E class. This relaxing Japanese ink painting class is the perfect way to de-stress after a long day at work. It begins with a meditation before the technique is taught and each person will leave with their own masterpiece along with peace of mind.
Western New York Book Arts Center
468 Washington Street in Buffalo / Business District / Downtown | (716) 348-1430
Learn new techniques to advance your artistic skills with public workshops through WNYBAC. Their talented instructors are available to help you learn and have fun while you’re at it. The cost generally ranges from $40-$100 (less for members) and often depends on the intricacy and length of the class and the materials.
7474 Transit Road in Williamsville / Northtowns | (716) 631-5600
Or 2635 Delaware Avenue, Suites C and D in Buffalo / (716) 877-3317
Learn the fundamentals of photography from Delaware Camera. Choose from Basic DSLR Photography (an introductory class where you learn about the focal shooting modes), Composition (subject placing and focus), Lighting and Exposure (covering how light affects the outcome of the photo), and Introduction to Portraiture (the ins and outs of focusing your picture on people). Classes are $25 per session, and are generally offered twice a week to accommodate your schedule. For questions call or email at [email protected]
Buffalo Modern Sewing
Through these free of charge sewing classes, instructors will work with you to create beginner-friendly projects. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and purchase your own fabric. Class location will change depending on availability. They usually meet at the Audubon Library in Amherst or at JoAnn Fabrics on Transit Road on the weekends. Fill out the sewing application here to get started. Email: [email protected]
Elmwood Village Fabrics
543 Franklin Street / Allentown / Downtown | (716) 881-2866
Elmwood Village Fabrics sells fabrics for items like handbags and clothing, buttons, thread, needles, and even a few sewing machines. Learn how to make wearable items from scratch in their cozy shop for around $20-40. Sewing machines can take some getting used to, so they offer individualized attention in their classes with your personal machine for $30 or free if you purchase your machine from the shop.
Aurora Sewing Center
659 Main Street in East Aurora / Southtowns | (716) 652-2811 / more info
8575 Main Street in Williamsville / Northtowns | (716) 204-8350 / more info
Create a special piece each month in these 6 (for $108) or 12 (for $178) classes or learn to quilt, sew, embroider and at two Aurora Sewing Center locations. They cater to all skill levels and will assist you in choosing the right fabric, pattern and design for the sewing project you’d like to try. Give the location nearest you a call to find out class prices and time details.
[Behind Blue Collar] @ 1378 Hertel Avenue / North Buffalo | (716) 844-8435
To sum it up; Makers Buffalo does it all. Classes in Baking/Decorating, Bike Tuning, Book Binding, Bread Making, Butchering, Camping 101, Craft Cocktail Making, Gardening (indoor vs. outdoor), Interior Design, Juicing, Knitting/Crochet, Makeup Lessons, Painting, Paper Cut Craft, Perfume Mixology, Pottery, Screen Printing, Sewing 101, and Woodworking. You name it; Makers can most likely make it happen. Classes cost about $38 and you can feel free to BYOB. Have a few drinks with friends while picking up on a new talent, learning a new craft or making something fabulous to show off in your home. If you’re a true DIY, you’ll want to check out this awesome Buffalo organization.
Did we miss a cool class opportunity on this list? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected] We appreciate tips. 😉
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