Make your own work of art, learn a new sewing technique, become a master in the garden, create a tempting new meal, or begin that novel you’ve been pondering. Classes in art studios, classrooms and local businesses allow you to indulge your creative side (or learn if you have one). Among the many options:
Painting & drawing: Daily classes at For the Love of Art, Sylvania (www.forloveart.wordpress.com); learn a wide range of artistic styles (pastels, acrylics and even letter press work) at Fuller Art House, Sylvania (www.fullerarthouse.com).
Art & a tipple: Learn to paint in a group class with detailed instruction and gentle guidance, rewarded with drinks and snacks! Some of the best opportunities include Uncork the Artist (www.uncorktheartist.com); Wine & Canvas in Toledo and Adrian (www.wineandcanvas.com); and Drink & Draw at Art Supply Depo (www.artsupplydepo.com)
Other art types (pottery, glass, wood, fabric, etc.): Art on wood at Board and Brush, Sylvania (www.boardandbrush.com); decorating a ceramic piece at Peace Love & Pottery Studio, Sylvania (www.peaceloveandpotterystudio.com) or at Simply Stated & Painted in Maumee (www.simplystatedandpainted.com); work with fused glass at Zyndorf Glass & Arts in downtown Toledo (www.zynglass.com) or Copper Moon Studio in Holland (www.coppermstudio.com); make cards, clay flowers and other items at Sunshine Studio in Maumee (www.sunshinestudio.org); learn woodworking skills and create custom wood pieces at Woodcraft of Toledo (www.woodcraft.com/stores/toledo); get started or skilled in everything sewing with classes at Joann Fabrics and Crafts (www.joann.com), Sewing Express (www.sewingexpress.com) or The Quilt Foundry in Maumee (www.quiltfoundry.com)
Build creative & tasty things: Create fresh pasta, build your knife skills and make beautiful meals at Foodology (www.foodologytoledo.com); learn about everything cakes (and decorating) at Cake Arts (www.cakeartstoledo.godaddysites.com)