Spring for an Enriching Class This Season

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Culture Issue: March 2016
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Courtesy Adobe / NeyroHave you got the itch to do something creative, but are not sure where to start? There are countless opportunities across the Valley of the Sun to learn how to cook, play an instrument, make art, write the great American novel or cut a rug on the dance floor.

We’ve rounded up a few places for you to check out and try a class or two. Who knows? You might be surprised at your hidden talents.

Art for Fun Studio and Gallery
3508 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
Art for Fun owner Barbara Becker, an accomplished artist, teaches adult open studio classes, including one-on-one instruction in ceramics, silk painting, mosaics, watercolor, acrylics, mixed-media collages, fused glass and painting on glass. The classes run for 2½ hours and cost $45 per session, including materials, with the exception of glass, which has an extra charge. She also offers classes and art parties for children and teens, as well as art parties for adults.

Linton Milano Music
38 W. Main St., Mesa
Did you play the piano as a child, but abandon it when your mom got tired of fighting with you to practice? Maybe it’s time to get back to the bench and take a few lessons. At Linton Milano Music, you can take half-hour or hour-long private lessons ($26 and $48) and pick up where you left off. But be prepared for Mom to say “I told you so.”

Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
If you’ve always had a hankering to learn hip-hop, instructor Andrew Palma will show you the moves during Mesa Arts Center’s hip-hop class, running from March 22 to May 10. The class is designed for ages 13 and up, and music is screened for appropriate lyrics. By taking the class, you’ll not only learn the hip-hop dancing, but you’ll also be improving your coordination, endurance and control. The eight-week class costs $57.60 for Mesa residents and $64 for everyone else. Register online.

Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School
10749 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
For those of you who can never seem to plan ahead for dinner, Sweet Basil has the perfect class for you. Chef Eric Naddy will teach “Make Ahead Meal Mastery” from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Scottsdale cooking school. Learn how to make cheesy broccoli lasagna spirals, white chili with ground turkey and cannellini beans, and bacon-wrapped, spinach- and feta-stuffed chicken breasts along with several other entrees you can make ahead. The class costs $55. No cooking experience necessary.

Virginia G. Piper Writers Studio
450 E. Tyler Mall, Arizona State University – Tempe
No matter your age, there’s no time like the present to start writing your memoir. The Virginia G. Piper Writers Studio is offering “Windows: The Art of Writing Memoir,” a four-week class starting on March 30 and taught by acclaimed author, activist and educator Stella Pope Duarte. The class meets from 6-8 p.m. and will cost $225 for four sessions. Students will participate in writing exercises and learn helpful tips about memoir writing.