Got an artistic itch that needs scratching, or a Hamilton-inspired urge to hit the stage? Or maybe it just feels like it’s time to learn something new. If so, these seven South Florida hubs might qualm these curiosities thanks to their unique classes and workshops that cater to creativity seekers. These craft-centric citadels encourage neophytes, hobbyists, and pros to finesse their imaginative aptitude.
Harbored inside the niche nook that is the Shops at Lakeshore Park, Vintage Rose Home is an enclave of refurbished vintage furniture. The company is celebrated for its bright and bold reimaginations of otherwise discarded thrift pieces, and their regular painting classes show pupils how to do the same. Students can load up a dated side table, bring it to Vintage Rose Home, and then learn how to repaint it. Each class is $96 (plus tax) and includes all needed painting supplies, snacks, and about three hours of instruction and application. Visit the shop’s social media for class dates and times.
Vintage Rose Home
Each month, a new medium is mused on at The Bass Museum’s After Hours Art Classes on the third Thursday of the month, these themed, 21+ classes (because there’s wine!) explore a little bit of everything, highlighting skills like printmaking, fabric design, drawing, collaging, and sculpting. Participants can RSVP for the classes online: Each session is an hour and thirty minutes. The cost is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-museum members.
Got a knack for curating playlists? If so, then Wired Sound Academy–a new music production, recording, and DJ studio–might be the musical outlet you’ve been looking for. The all-star team is led by Daniel Crespo (DJ Crespo) and his business partner and music producer Ryan Landis. Eight classes make up the Academy’s curriculum, including an Intro to DJing course, Mixing and Mastering, and Professional Music Production. Classes range from single-day immersions to multi-week deep dives, giving apprentices a place to sharpen their skills. Wired Sound Academy is located in Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Marketplace.
The University Center for the Performing Arts in Davie is a South Floridian thespian mecca that offers over 75 dance, acting, and voice classes per week. The Center’s classes cater to both novices and experienced performers. Make your Black Swan dreams come true in beginners ballet or perfect your scuff in adult tap dancing. The Center’s courses also boast private piano lessons, acting workshops, and camera work instruction. Classes and programs range in price.
University Center for the Performing Arts
Miami Art Club has operated as a non-profit arts intuition for over three decades. Daily classes are three hours long and cover oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting, as well as drawing and printmaking. The club hits the outdoors for inspiration at least once a month, perching in places like A.D. (Doug) Barnes Park. Visitors pay $45 per class while members pay $100 per month (plus registration) and are allowed one or two classes per week. If you rock it enough, your piece might end up in one of the club’s exhibitions.
Formerly ArtCenter/South Florida, Oolite Arts has evolved into a new home for artists at every stage of their careers. While their larger programs offer free studio and exhibition space to professionals, their workshops and art classes are open to community participation and gives their collective of artists a chance to share their skills with us plebs. Every week their offerings change and range from things like cityscape sketching and figure drawing, to textile and linoleum printmaking. Prices vary.
Miami Art Scene
This charming local art school gives kids, teens, and adults a chance to express themselves through creativity in the comforting streets of Coconut Grove. Art Box‘s art therapy sessions are wonderful, and their adult art nights every third Thursday, are so popular they sell out nearly every time. Things like Live Model Figure Drawing, Abstract Expressionist Painting, Intro to Printmaking and even re-purposing old books into works of art are all classes you can take throughout the month. Prices vary.
Cover photo: The Bass Museum.
Liana Lozada is a writer, storyteller, and social media director with journalism roots. She’s a South Florida native who has been covering the local market for over ten years. When she’s not typing away or exploring around town (i.e., eating), you’ll likely catch her at the gym, perusing a flea market, playing with her dog, or staring at her fridge.