13 Ways to Turn The Triangle Into Your Classroom

By Liz Moomey
Sunday, Sep 17 2017

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).

Back to School

Photo by @n8tastic

Neon at Glas

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.

Master the Art of Neon at Glas
$$$   .  Glas   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @heymonkeydesign

Screen Print at Hey Monkey!

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.

Learn to Screen Print With Hey Monkey!
$$$   .  Hey Monkey! Design & Print   .  Durham
Favorite icon
Photo by @gainesbailey

Pullen Arts Center

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.

Get Artsy at Pullen Arts Center
$$$   .  Pullen Art Center   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @bullcityhomebrew

Bull City Homebrew

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.

Learn Brewing Basics at Bull City Homebrew
$$   .  Bull City Homebrew   .  Durham
Favorite icon
Photo by @rdubaton

NC State Crafts Center

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.

Unleash Your Inner Artist at The NC State Crafts Center
$$$   .  The Crafts Center at NC State University   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @katherine_phillips95

Logan's Garden Shop

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.

Perfect Your Green Thumb at Logan's
Free   .  Logan's Garden Shop   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @skillpoprdu


Hand lettering, blogging, cookie decorating and more. You name the skill, and SkillPop has a class led by a local expert.

Sharpen Your Skills With SkillPop
$$   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @christin.king

Whisk Carolina

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.

Take a Class That'll Craft Your Culinary Skills
$$$   .  Whisk   .  Cary
Favorite icon
Photo by @sparklingwinesommelier

Raleigh Wine Shop

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.

Savor a Wine Tasting at Raleigh Wine Shop
$35   .  The Raleigh Wine Shop   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @everyday__magic

The ZEN Succulent

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.

Step Into The ZEN Succulent
$$   .  The ZEN Succulent   .  Durham
Favorite icon
Photo by @artspacenc


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.

Expand Your Skillset at Artspace
$$$   .  Artspace   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon

The Maker's Space

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.

Make Something Awesome at The Maker's Space
$$   .  The Maker's Space   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon
Photo by @cnilsen2466

Cirque de Vol

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.

Take an Aerial Class at Cirque de Vol
-   .  Cirque de Vol   .  Raleigh
Favorite icon