How many times have you said you wanted your creativity back this year? Whether you are looking to channel your inner artist, try something new with your children, or have a fun time with your friends, we have options for you. Here are nine creative workshops in Edmonton that will get your inner artist excited again.
1) Paint Nite by Yaymaker Events
Yaymaker hosted their first Paint Nite in Boston in 2012. Since then, they’ve hosted hundreds of thousands of events in thousands of cities across North America. Discover upcoming in-person Paint Nites hosted at some of your favourite spots around Edmonton, including The Pint, The Canadian Brewhouse, and more. Yaymaker also offers virtual Paint Nites. Supplies are provided for in-person events but not for virtual ones. Bring your friends and get ready for a fun night!
2) The Paint Spot
Located in South Central Edmonton, just off of Whyte Avenue, is The Paint Spot, offering both in-person and online creative art workshops. Learn everything from acrylic to oil painting. Most of the materials will be provided. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you (and your friends) are welcome. Check out the classes offered online to see how you can ignite that inner artist inside of you.
CLAY AND CERAMICS
3) Viva Clayworks
Have you always wanted to get your pottery on? Viva Clayworks offers adult pottery classes that run for six sessions. You’ll get your hands dirty straight away and learn all about the art of pottery through practice—you’ll even get to sit at the wheel in your first class. If you aren’t sure if you want to commit to six sessions, the Pottery Night Experience is a night with an instructor where you can make a piece on the wheel with step-by-step guidance. Check out the website to learn more about how to register.
In the heart of Old Strathcona, Crankpots Ceramic Studios offers the perfect environment for friends, family or dates to socialize over ceramic painting. All you have to do is choose a piece and some paints. Then you’re all set! It’s that easy. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome, and you’ll get unlimited studio time and paints so you never need to feel like you are rushing against the clock. All glazes are non-toxic, which is always a win in our books!
5) Off the Clock Studio
Rally together your friends or family and enjoy some quality time through art! Off the Clock Studio offers classes that feature different types of art projects. Whether you’re a long-time artist or a complete beginner, there is fun for everyone. You can check out the calendar online to see types of class offerings, like macrame or art journaling. Off the Clock also has take-home kits that you can use to channel your creative side whenever and wherever your inner artist calls you!
6) Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts
Celebrate and learn about Ukrainian culture with the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts! There are a variety of workshops offered regularly to introduce you to the world of Ukrainian arts and crafts. These workshops may include activities like stitching, basket weaving, water marbling on silk scarves, and acrylic painting. Check out the website to see a list of all the possibilities.
7) Fern’s School of Craft
Whether you’re new to the world of textiles or are already a pro, Fern’s School of Craft is the place for you. It offers creative workshops “for the semi-serious crafter” in West Central Edmonton, not far from Oliver Square. A variety of textile-based activities are available. These include embroidery, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, sashiko, and shibori, to name a few. Online workshops, such as Floral Embroidery, are also offered for folks who want to stay in the comfort of their own homes.
FOR THE KIDS
8) Canvastone Studio
Canvastone Art Studio is made for the little artists out there. They offer painting, soapstone carving, and drawing classes. Classes run every second week for an hour and a half or once a month for three hours. The painting classes are suitable for ages 5 to 16, while the soapstone carving and drawing classes are suitable for ages 8 to 16. Canvastone also offers summer art camps for your little ones to look forward to this summer!
9) Creation Space
A family-friendly studio that combines art education with child-led discovery and family connectivity. Creation Space celebrates the curiosity, imagination, and creativity of your little ones and believes that providing a space for creation is beneficial for their growth. They offer classes like Art Play, and Explore & Make, as well as open studio time and workshops.