This New Year instead of setting a resolution that feels like work and is destined to fail, try improving skills in an enjoyable way and take arts and crafts classes.
Each year, millions of people will set goals for themselves at the New Year. These New Year’s resolutions will frequently involve better themselves in some way, and in many cases will feel like sacrifice or work. These last factors account for why so many people fail to meet their New Year’s goals, and instead set the same goals for themselves year after year.
This year, instead of setting a goal that feels like work to reach, try setting a goal that is enjoyable and reap the benefits instead. Taking up a new hobby by enrolling in one of many adult art classes can be an easily accomplished goal that can bring the satisfaction of a job well done, along with new skills to last a life time.
Why Take Art Classes?
Finding a hobby that is enjoyable can help to engage the creative side while broadening experiences. Art classes for adults are aimed at all skill levels, and can include practical classes, such as felting – to create hats, mittens and shawls – or classes taken just for fun, such as watercolor or oil painting.
Taking an art class exposes the student to not only a new hobby or skill set, but to other people and experiences. Many New Year’s resolutions are about bettering one’s self; what better way to better one’s self than trying new experiences, meeting new people and gaining new skills.
Types of Arts and Crafts Classes Available
Every area will have a different mix and offering of classes, but between adult education centers, community colleges and artist run workshops, many different styles and types of adult art classes are available. Beyond the most obvious classes such as painting and pottery, look for classes such as jewelry making, this can involve metal work, bead work and even glass work, exposing the student to many different skills and experiences.
If fabrics are an inspiration, try classes in felting, weaving, dying and embroidering. Many classes will offer materials or kits as part of the tuition, or for a discounted additional fee so that beginners can get started right away without wondering what materials they should be purchasing.
If photography has always been an interest, then try getting the most use of a digital camera by signing up for a digital camera workshop. Many photo and camera shops will offer classes designed to help camera owners get better acquainted with their device, thereby getting more enjoyment from its use.
Finding Art Classes
One of the toughest things about a New Year’s resolution is getting started. In this case, locating the art classes in question. The first step is determining what type of class is desired. Fine arts classes may be offered by museums, as well as community colleges. Textiles classes can be found through the same avenues, as well as through stores that sell fabrics and yarns.
If there are pottery studios in the area, these studios will often offer beginner’s classes taught by some of the artists who use the studio at a discounted rate. Or try asking in an art supply shop for a list of studios nearby to call.
If getting out of the house to take a class is too difficult to fit into a schedule, or there are no classes offered nearby, consider taking an art class online. Online art classes may not offer the kind of immediate feedback, or the full array of classes, such as metals of wheel throwing, but they can offer useful tips and feedback to beginners.
An online art class can usually be found through online colleges, and art supplies and kits are part of the tuition. The student logs in when it is convenient, photographs their work and uploads it for critiquing. In some cases, the finished work will be shipped to the instructor for grading. Online art classes can be a great way for art students to get a taste of what is out there, and to see if a art technique is desirable, before enrolling in a traditional class full of other people.
Creating art can help the artist relax, build self confidence and think creatively about a problem. Making a New Year’s resolution to stretch skill sets and abilities by taking an art class and beginning a new hobby can lead to years of enjoyment and satisfaction