The Winter Workshop List
With the new year in full swing, it’s time to start on those resolutions. Regardless of what your own goals might be, the new year is all about starting anew and bettering yourself. Thankfully, Pittsburgh’s booming cultural community gives you plenty of options for new opportunities to experience. We feel that art is a fun way to broaden your horizons and add that extra inspiration into your new year. So, we’ve compiled this guide of fun, hands-on workshops around the 412 to engage your minds (and your hands, of course).
Ever wonder how those cards and inspirational prints around your house are made? At Sapling Press in Lawrenceville, you can take a variety of letterpress classes that will teach you how to make your very own printed creation. With courses like Introduction to Letterpress, a Valentine’s Day special, and even a kid’s letterpress class, anyone can learn this unique trade. But you have to hurry up because classes are already filling up! Visit their site to purchase a slot.
Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield has added a variety of classes for the winter term. You have the option to take a multi-week class for those of you who want to dedicate your time to creating a multitude of beautiful pieces. Or, for those of you who would rather go in and come out that same day with a pretty good-looking piece of art, they offer two hour workshops throughout each month. Class range from Embossed Glass, where you can make your very own beer mug, wine goblet, or drinking cup of your choice, to Bodacious Beads, which involves making yourself jewelry with stunning glass beading. Be sure to visit their website to explore the class schedule and purchase a slot.
While their most recent workshop may have passed us by, The Steel City Burlesque Academy is planning several more classes to be offered throughout the coming months at Most Wanted Fine Art in Garfield. We’re not talking about a Pussycat Dolls dance class. These workshops will feature professionally trained burlesque performers and teach you not only how to move, but what to wear and even how to make the costumes. Keep an eye out for SCBA’s new website that will be launching soon.
If you want to turn to the craftier side of things, The Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District has all the classes you could dream of and more. Anything from woodworking, to metal-working, to wire-working, or even Henna Tattoo workshops are available for anyone join. Visit their class schedule to purchase a slot for the workshop of your choosing.
TechShop in East Liberty is the perfect place to hone your techie and creative skills. It is a public facility that allows anyone to take their classes without being members. They have workshops in areas such as machining, textiles, arts & crafts, woodworking, electronics, and even laser cutting. Check out their class listings website to find upcoming class times and to purchase a slot.
This list has nowhere near all of the of workshops in Pittsburgh this year, but it may just be the little push you need to get out and about to beat that cabin fever.