Across America, there has been a move back to handmade items. The phrase “buy handmade” is heard just as often as the phrase “shop locally”. As can be seen from the book and film, Handmade Nation, hundreds if not thousands of people love being apart of the creative process and creating something they can be proud of and make a living from.
Even if you are not ready to quit your day job, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy crafts and DIY projects. Cities all across the country have organizations, institutions and small businesses that offer courses and workshops in learning or perfecting a new craft. Many individuals trapped in the 9-to-5 grind find joy in unleashing their inner creative and acquainting themselves with a new skill or technique in these sessions.
Baltimore, home to Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, has a plethora of opportunities to offer those seeking a creative outlet. From glass blowing to sewing couture clothing, you can find it here. Visit the link below to begin exploring your inner creative today.
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
The Creative Alliance offers workshops and artist programs ranging from the visual arts to music, performing and writing.
3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224
Baltimore Clayworks offers educational programs for adults, children, and families.
5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209
Baltimore Print Studios
Baltimore Print Studios offers introductory letterpress and screenprinting workshops every month.
18 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218
Lovelyarns offers weekly knitting and crocheting classes.
3610 Falls Road Baltimore, MD 21211
Coradetti Glassblowing Studio
Coradetti Glassblowing Studio offers a variety of workshops and classes for the glass blowing enthusiast.
2010 Clipper Park Road, Suite 119, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
Maryland Academy of Couture Arts
The Maryland Academy of Couture Arts offers couture sewing classes throughout the year for children and adults.
20 East Timonium Road, Suite 312 Timonium, MD 21093
The Sassy Sewer
The Sassy Sewer offers beginner to advanced sewing instruction for children, teens and adults.
9008 Harford Road Parkville, MD 21234
There also a wide variety of credit and continuing education courses offered at various colleges in Baltimore for children, adults, and teens.
• Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
• Community College of Baltimore County
• Baltimore City Community College