Getting Crafty: Summer arts and crafts classes for your creative side

Can’t wait until the start of the Craft Show in November to get your craft on? The American Craft Council has a comprehensive list of schools with craft workshops and courses by state (scroll down for Pennsylvania), but we’ll make it even easier for you with a roundup of nearby offerings. Classes often sell out, so sign up, and then check out our Pinterest page for artistic inspiration!

At Museums

• For the whole family, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers the return of ArtSplash. The Museum’s main building will be transformed into a hot spot for kids and their grown-ups, where you can drop in for family workshops that bring the Museum’s collection to life, including explorations of some of our country’s first works of art, arms and armor, and distant lands.

• Just across the street from our Craft Show venue at the Convention Center, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers evening and Saturday courses, one-week intensives and weekend workshops.

• Learn plein air painting, studio oil painting, or printmaking at Woodmere Art Museum in weekday classes that typically run for 5-6 weeks.

At Art Schools

• Browse through the “Adult Summer 2014” courses from the Fleisher Art Memorial, and you’ll find some tempting options, whether it’s figure painting or screenprinting.

• The Tyler School of Art offers continuing education classes in photography, ceramics, glass and more. The courses are designed for teaching professionals, but some accommodate all levels of expertise.

At Workshop Studios

• In addition to its popular lectures and “Date Night” programming, The Clay Studio offers adult classes categorized by technique: general pottery, handbuilding and wheelthrowing.

• The Philadelphia Furniture Workshop has a slew of evening or one-day courses, which are often project-based. Beginners can learn to make step stools or a coat rack; intermediate woodworkers a bureau or a kitchen table.

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