By Michelle Ventress

If you’ve ever considered a craftier calling, but haven’t had the time to pursue your inner Martha
Stewart, there are plenty of options in the Sacramento area that can teach you the basics of any number
of artistic skills. Sewing, painting, cake decorating and jewelry creation are all excellent opportunities to exercise your creativity and any one of these local businesses would be a great place to start.

(credit: Capital Arts Center)

Capital Arts Center at S12

1200 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 397-8958
Hours: Vary per class

Capital Arts Center at S12 is an artist’s paradise. If you’ve been to a Second Saturday Art Walk, you might have seen artwork or even some of the talented artists painting or drawing in the Capital Arts Center studio. Painting and drawing classes for beginners and more experienced artists are offered on a weekly basis and start at just $10 per session. Sessions for children are offered by the class or by the week for creative kids who want to let their imaginations run wild. Classes change regularly, so be sure to call or check their website in advance for more information.

(credit: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Facebook page)

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft

3130 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 481-6650
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jo-Ann stores offer a variety of classes for beginners and more experienced crafters. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to sew or decorate a cake like a professional Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft has a class to fit nearly anyone’s needs. Class fees start at $5, depending on the length of the class and materials needed and Jo-Ann often runs half-off class promotions. Kid-friendly courses are also offered for children to create simpler artistic masterpieces.

(credit: Crocker Art Museum)

Crocker Art Museum

216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-1182
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $10; Seniors (65 and older) $8; College Students $8; Youth (7-17) $5, Children (6 and under) Free

Crocker Art Museum is a fantastic resource for artistic culture and diversity in Sacramento. Did you know that the museum also offers art classes? From beginning drawing and Chinese brush painting to cartooning and sculpting, the class styles and mediums will fits just about anyone’s taste and skill set. Classes are offered throughout the week and at various times during day. They tend to fill quickly, so please sign up in advance either by calling the museum or through their website.

(credit: Bead Fetish Facebook page)

The Bead Fetish

1729 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-7979
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’re not into painting or sculpting or the traditional arts, you may want to try your hand at beading. Once you master the art of basic stringing, you’ll be well on your way to creating all kinds of beaded or wire jewelry. Classes are held constantly and fill up quickly. If you can’t make one of their scheduled classes or would like to have a beading party, the good folks at The Bead Fetish would be happy to set up a private class. Check out their website for a full list of class offerings.

(credit: Michaels website)


3400 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 485-1006
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are four Michaels locations in the greater Sacramento area and all offer courses for beginner and experienced crafters and artists. All Michaels locations offer weekly classes that often go hand in hand with current specials. Most classes are held in the evenings and on weekends to fit a variety of schedules. To check out current class schedules, please see your local Michaels website.