9 Awesome Ways to Make the Queen City Your Classroom

9 Awesome Ways to Make the Queen City Your Classroom

By Alicia Renée Thomas
Tuesday, Oct 03 2017

Now that the excitement of back-to-school season has died down, you may have found yourself feeling a little left out. If you’ve been missing the classroom, itching to learn something new, or just looking for a new hobby, don’t worry—Charlotte has plenty of educational options to choose from.

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Learn to Home Brew at GoodRoad Ciderworks
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1. Learn to Home Brew

Interested in becoming a homebrewer? Join Carolina Brewmasters (a non-profit club whose 100+ members enjoy making, tasting, and sharing beer) at 6:30pm the first Tuesday of each month at GoodRoad CiderWorks, where you can listen to educational presentations and enjoy a sampling of home-brewed beer. The organization also hosts monthly brew sessions to educate members on homebrewing methods, systems, and ingredients.

Monthly
Learn to Home Brew
Free   .  GoodRoad Ciderworks   .  Charlotte
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DIY With Modern Craft Collective at Charlotte
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2. DIY With Modern Craft Collective

From painting watercolor pet portraits to sculpting ceramic home décor and beyond, the Modern Craft Collective is constantly hosting unique DIY workshops to help you express your creativity. This team of artists, makers, and teachers provides classes so that allow participants to make something uniquely their own (that they’ll actually want to keep and show off).

DIY With Modern Craft Collective
$$   .  Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Wander Through the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
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3. Wander Through the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

We all know that the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens are gorgeous to visit and explore, but did you know they also host educational workshops as part of their At Home in the Garden Series? You can join them to learn how to properly plant a tree, plant your own bulb pots, create a woodland-style terrarium, and more!

Wander Through the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Free   .  UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens   .  Charlotte
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Dance Like Nobody's Watching at MoveStudio at MoveStudio Charlotte
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4. Dance Like Nobody's Watching at MoveStudio

From ballet to hip-hop to Hawaiian dance, MoveStudio Charlotte offers a variety of dance classes for adults looking to get their bodies moving! Occasionally, they offer social dance series where you can learn how to dance at weddings, galas, and other social functions. You can also hit up MoveStudio to join in on the fun at blacklight Chakti yoga, Pilates, and other educational (and of course, physically beneficial) classes.

Dance Like Nobody's Watching at MoveStudio
$$   .  MoveStudio Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Sharpen Your Cooking Skills at Chef Alyssa's Kitchen at Chef Alyssa's Kitchen
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5. Sharpen Your Cooking Skills at Chef Alyssa's Kitchen +90 fire icon

Take your cooking skills to the next level at a class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. Located at Atherton Mill on South Boulevard, Chef Alyssa’s classes are offered at five different ability levels, so there’s something for everybody. Bonus: you can even bring your own beer and wine to sip during class! Nothing can be that intimidating if it’s BYOB, right?

Sharpen Your Cooking Skills at Chef Alyssa's Kitchen
$50+   .  Chef Alyssa's Kitchen   .  Charlotte
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Learn to Speak a New Language at Language Academy-The Carolinas
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6. Learn to Speak a New Language

If you spent most of your college Spanish class drinking sangria rather than practicing verb conjugation, then the Language Academy of the Carolinas is here to help. This academy offers classes to fit your schedule (whether that means in the mornings, the evenings, or on weekends) in University, Plaza Midwood, and South Charlotte. You can learn Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, or a variety of other languages, either in a group class or one-on-one.

Learn to Speak a New Language
$$$   .  Language Academy-The Carolinas   .  Charlotte
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Learn to Cut, Carve & Finish Wood at Woodcraft of Charlotte
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7. Learn to Cut, Carve & Finish Wood

If you’ve always envied Ron Swanson of Parks & Recreation for his stellar woodworking skills, then Woodcraft of Charlotte has just the right workshops for you. From woodcarving basics to spray finishing and more, there are classes ranging from beginner to advanced to meet your needs and get you working with your hands.

Learn to Cut, Carve & Finish Wood
$$$   .  Woodcraft of Charlotte   .  Matthews
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Channel Your Inner Sommelier & Cheese Monger at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
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8. Channel Your Inner Sommelier & Cheese Monger

Every other Wednesday at the 7th St. Public Market, you can join Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Orrman’s Cheese Shop for a wine-and-cheese pairing and tasting class. You’ll get to taste a variety of cheeses and wines, sourced both locally and from around the world, and learn about each pairing from the owners of each establishment.

Weekly
Channel Your Inner Sommelier & Cheese Monger
$25   .  Assorted Table Wine Shoppe   .  Charlotte
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Sharpen Your Skills at a SkillPop Class at Charlotte
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9. Sharpen Your Skills at a SkillPop Class

To learn about pretty much any other topic you’re interested in—including photography, finances, knitting, car maintenance, hair styling, leadership skills, and more—Skillpop has you covered. Classes are being added to their roster every week, so be sure to sign up for their weekly newsletter to snag your spot for the courses you’re interested in before they fill up!

Sharpen Your Skills at a SkillPop Class
$$   .  Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Alicia is a freelance writer and the co-founder of Work For Your Beer. When she's not on her laptop, you can find her on her yoga mat or playing with her puppy, Luna.
9 Awesome Ways to Make the Queen City Your Classroom
9 Awesome Ways to Make the Queen City Your Classroom