Do you ever find yourself coloring with a little kid and then 15 minutes later realize you are waaaay more into the coloring book than the kid is? Because that’s me every time I find myself in front of a pack of crayons and a piece of paper.
The moral of that story: arts and crafts aren't just for kids. We all need to take a break from our daily hustle and tap into the creative side of our brains every once in a while. Especially in a city like D.C. where everyone is always on the go, taking time to practice a hobby outside of work is super important.
I am always looking for a new DIY or art project. My most recent ventures include crocheting and making a vision board, but sometimes it can be hard to step out of my comfort zone and try something new, especially when I don’t consider myself an “artist” by any means. Thankfully, there are many opportunities in the area to unwind from the daily grind, get your craft on and make some new friends.
This place might just be D.C.’s best kept secret and I can’t rave about it enough. In addition to awesome classes, TLC has a wonderful community of creative and inspiring people. TLC offers a wide range of events that go beyond typical crafts, too. For example, they've hosted talks about women’s health or finances, and upcoming classes include abstract painting, candle making, terrarium class with succulents and retirement for millennials. You can check out the complete calendar with pricing here.
Your whole family can find a class that interests them here! The adult-focused classes include photography, oil painting, ceramics and tap dance (if you feel like groovin’). Classes typically last several weeks and you can register for the spring classes here.
There’s really nothing better than an evening of wine and crafts, if we’re being totally honest. On the second Thursday of every month, the National Postal Museum offers a two hour workshop where attendees can make a postal-themed craft and sip on a complimentary beverage. Doesn't that sound way better than just another happy hour with the girls after work?? The next workshop is April 12 and participants will make hand-carved rubber stamps. Tickets for this monthly event are $11.50. Check out their 2018 calendar and register for a class here.
There is something for everybody at this Alexandria-based studio. From watercolors to stained glass, weaving or basic drawing, there is a seemingly never-ending list of ways to expand your creative horizons. Want to dabble in a new art but don’t want to make a weeks-long commitment? You can attend a “jumpstart” session to get a real feel for it. Tuition ranges in price depending on the series of classes. Spring classes are now open for enrollment. Register here.
Based in Lorton, Virginia, the Workhouse Arts Center offers a ton of different classes for people of all skill levels. Cooking, photography, paper quilling, yoga, stained glass, bead making and portrait drawing are just a few of the many classes at this prison-turned-art-studio/museum. Get info and register for classes here.
Happy crafting! We'd love for you to share your finished products with us, so tag us on social using #DCRCrafts.