During these slower winter months, it’s the perfect time to try out a new hobby and learn some skills. Whether you’re outdoorsy, an artist, food lover or yogi, there’s something new for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Check out these workshops and classes along the lakeshore this winter!
Take an interactive cooking class at Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars. Its School of Cooking in its Holland location teaches everything from the basics to the most advanced cooking skills, targeted to anyone interested in making the most out of cooking with oils and vinegars. You can also learn to cook a variety of cuisines and dishes, including Mexican, Indian, Asian, French, vegan options, appetizers and steak.
The talented Sue Chef shows off her culinary skills and teaches them to others at Isabel’s Market & Eatery in Douglas. For the immediate future, all cooking classes will be demonstration-style. Class sizes are limited to 24 people, so the experience is very personal! It’s a great way to relax and spend time with friends. While you sip on a glass of a perfectly paired wine, beer or cocktail, you will learn a bunch of new culinary facts and skills from Sue Chef and her guest chefs. And make sure you come hungry because there will be hearty samples of each dish.
Embrace your creative side at Armory 2 Art Studio in Grand Haven. The studio provides art classes and workshops for every age and ability. Botanical printing, string art, wrap bracelets, Christmas cards and Thanksgiving signs are just a few of the classes you can try your hand at!
Looking to up ramp up your Instagram game? The Camera Shop of Muskegon is your one-stop shop for everything photography related. The shop offers a variety of classes and webinars for novice and skilled photographers. Classes cover storytelling, creating strong compositions, editing, time-lapse photography, night sky photography and much more.
Your love for art will be reignited at the Holland Area Arts Council. Since 1967, the Holland Area Arts Council has supported local arts initiatives, organized exhibitions, and provided arts education for lakeshore area residents and visitors. You can check out a wide variety of workshops, lessons and classes, including ceramics, dance, painting, fiber arts, wood burning lessons, private drawing lessons and printmaking.
Holland Area Arts Council 150 E. Eighth St., Holland 616-396-3278 hollandarts.org
This winter, Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck is offering one- and two-week in-person and online classes. With programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow serves as a haven for the creative process through instruction, immersion and community. You can explore a handful of topics, including photography, painting and drawing, print, science and ceramics.
Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck 269-857-5811 ox-bow.org
Urban St. magazine is distributed to residents and visitors of the lakeshore communities of Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville, Muskegon, Nunica, Port Sheldon and West Olive at numerous pick-up locations including attractions, retailers, restaurants, hotels and salons/spas.