Who says painting and molding clay is just for kids? Thanks to the bounty of creative minds living in the Sacramento region, art classes for adults are taught daily and offer a variety of fun and colorful ways to pass the time while satisfying the urge to create.
Verge Center For The Arts
625 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 448-2985

This active downtown art gallery houses some of Sacramento’s most talented and creative professionals like Jose Luis Di Gregorio, Gioia Fonda and Sandra Hernandez. When Pigs Fly is a class where students decoupage and customize their very own piggy banks with decorative paper and glue. Drop-in classes are also offered for $25 each on drawing, ceramic work, clay sculpture and screen printing. But classes like Pysanka Galore, which explores the traditional art of Ukrainian Easter eggs, and the Handmade Textiles Camp, which knits and weaves colorful expressive fibers into personal and practical works of art, are what really sets Verge in a class of its own.  

2325 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 476-4121

If you’ve ever had the urge to channel Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze’s pottery scene from the movie “Ghost” with your loved one, MyStudio’s “date night” art class, The Ghost Experience, will make that daydream a reality (Whoopi Goldberg not included). For $30, couples try their hands at the pottery wheel to create a unique piece of art to remember the romantic time spent together molding clay. All the difficult steps are assisted by MyStudio staff members who also lend tips to couples to ensure their date night is a success. This class also comes with a free glaze session two weeks after the piece has dried properly, so couples will have a permanent memento that symbolizes their special evening forever.

Learning Exchange
1111 Howe Ave., Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 929-9200

The Art of Painting on Silk is just one of dozens of creative classes offered at Learning Exchange, like beginning acrylic and oil painting, portrait, chalk and figure drawing, intro to sculpture and more. Membership at this artistic establishment costs $29 and comes with great perks like $5 discounts off all classes. During the painting on silk course, participants will use abstract and watercolor techniques to create a small silk painting that can be matted and framed. Students will also create a silk scarf to keep or gift to a fellow artist in the family.

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Sacramento Art Glass
2500 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 743-1446

Fire and glass may sound like an intimidating combo, but classes at Sacramento Art Glass are for every level of learner. Under the instruction of owner René Steinke, sessions of four to eight students who sign up for Class I will watch demonstrations and learn how to gather glass from a crucible, a container where the glass is melted at high temps, and create one piece of original artwork. Steinke, who has more than 20 years experience in the glass blowing industry, will also spend one on one time with his students who will create a multicolored, glass paperweight by the end of the session. Class II offers students the chance to craft two original pieces, a paperweight and either a small vase, bowl or plate. After the pieces are allowed to cool for up to 14 hours, they’re ready to take home or give away as one-of-a-kind gifts.

The Painted Cork
1624 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-2675

Sip on a glass of cabernet or chardonnay and paint what’s in your mind’s eye. Whether you prefer red or white wines, all are welcome at The Painted Cork during its sip and paint-style art classes. The two to three hour relaxed paint sessions are led by professional art instructors every step of the way, and all art supplies like brushes, paints, canvases, easels and aprons are all included and a part of the overall experience. Participants are encouraged to pack their favorite wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and munchies to help channel their inner Picasso.

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