Try a Crafting Class
Embark on a little light self-improvement by taking on a new creative hobby or enrolling in some local crafting classes.
1550 E. Battlefield Road, Suite M-2, Springfield
This spot is great for dabblers who aren’t sure what kind of craft they’ll be good at—you know, the crafting dreamers who don’t know how to become crafting doers yet. There are so many project ideas here. You can make a giant cozy blanket, paint some décor for your home, whip up a stylish pet bed and lots more. They even sell to-go kits if you’d prefer to try your craft at home.
802 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark
The Workshop has hosted numerous different types of classes since opening, despite a temporary pause due to COVID-19. There have been lessons in charcuterie, floral design, pie baking, gingerbread house making and more. Whichever you choose, make sure you order some eats at the coffee shop, like marinated mushroom toast or the whiskey and sorghum coffee cocktail.
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1637 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-880-3531
Beginner and more experienced potters can find a class at Creava Studio that gives them a chance to take a break from the grind and throw some clay. There’s even a date night option where you can learn the art of pottery with your sweetie in tow.
4160 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield
Artists and aspiring artists alike gather here for classes and workshops that have been taught by local artists such as Andrea Ehrhardt (whose murals you’ve seen around town), expressionist abstract artist Elizabeth Chapman, watercolorist Alicia Farris and lots more. Women’s artist retreats and open paint nights offer opportunities for support and feedback too.
1423 E. Cherry St., Suite 103, Springfield
If you like your art to be a bit utilitarian, you might try pottery painting. While there are certainly decorative items available to paint at Artistree Pottery, we love the idea of picking out what will become your new favorite mug, then giving it a colorful makeover. Order a glass of wine and charcuterie tray to make it an event.