Jealous of the kiddos going back to school? Or simply want to emerge yourself in a new hobby? The Triangle has tons of ways to get your nerd on and learn a new skill (or 13).
Brighten up your life. Make something to show your place is always OPEN or show your love of anything neon. The six-week class offers beginners an exciting way to get into glassblowing, but not just any glassblowing, neon glassblowing! At the end of the course, show off your creation during their gallery opening show.
Want to wear one of your designs? Check out Lenny Terenzi’s screen printing class in Durham. He’ll teach you the basics of screen printing, and you can take home a cool locally-themed and designed shirt. You can also bring your friends, family or coworkers for a team-building workshop.
Bang some pots out with pottery. Located near NC State, the Pullen Arts Center classes can teach you everything from making a lamp to bowls to decorate your home. Act fast though the center is closing temporarily in November for renovations. If you want to master an art besides pottery, they offer painting, jewelry, glass, fibers, drawing and bookmaking classes.
Beer is basically another food group in the Triangle, and now you can learn to be a brewmaster. The Julia Child themed class will take you through the process of looking at the recipe to bottling in an hour and fifteen minutes. If beer isn’t your favorite, they also have wine making class.
If you miss the on campus feel of school starting and want to learn a new craft, check out NC State University Craft Center. They offer a variety of classes open to the public, including photography, jewelry and metals or lapidary (aka working with precious stones, something you won't find just anywhere). Also, they offer studio space so you can keep up your craft.
Get a green thumb with Logan’s classes. You can learn how to tend your favorite seasonal plants or turn your garden into a destination in 15 minutes to an hour. Also, if you don’t want to get off your couch, some classes are streamed on Facebook Live.
Hand lettering, blogging, cookie decorating and more. You name the skill, and SkillPop has a class led by a local expert.
Tired of sad dinners? Bring a friend. Bring a date. Bring anyone who appreciates food and learn how to cook a tasty meal at Whisk Carolina’s cooking class.
Your bad wine drinking days are over after a Raleigh Wine Shop wine class. Learn what the label truly means, what dishes to pair with a wine and the background of a bottle. They offer specific classes for wine drinkers who say “Cheese please” or crave their bubbly.
Go green, and bring home a pet plant and more. Zen Succulent is branching out from their terrarium building workshops to offer calligraphy, photography and embroidery. Pro tip: sign up fast, they’re popular.
What can make art better? Wine, of course! Sip some wine, eat some snacks and go home with a masterpiece with their Art Happy Hour. Artspace also offers some other awesome (minus the booze) one-day and weekly classes.
Take half a day and come out with something to complete your home. At The Maker’s Space, get to woodworking and leave with a cutting board, a wine bottle balancer or a coffee table. The workshop is well-equipped with all the tools to make a quality piece of furniture to call your own.
OK, not exactly sitting behind a desk and learning, but gym is an important subject. This isn’t normal timed miles though. You can do flips and turns and you'll be a step away from joining the circus.