Do you really need to see another superhero movie this year?
If so, then go for it. But if you’d like to try something different on your next outing in Boca, consider taking an art class. While they seem intimidating at first, most casual classes are friendly and approachable no matter what your skill level.
Why should you try to make art?
1) Making art is fun.
Maybe you remember art class in high school or college fondly, wishing you had time now to make something with your hands. Or maybe you’ve never taken a formal class but wish you had a creative outlet.
Whether you are looking to improve your skills or just try something new, creative courses allow you to express yourself while having a good time.
Many venues have programs for children, so it can be a fun family activity. Others cater to adults, providing wine or allowing BYOB to make it more of a social event.
2) Making art is relaxing.
“Going to class” might not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking for a calming activity to help you get space from your work or general life drama. But art lessons don’t really feel like class.
Instead, they provide a space for you to see your vision come to reality. And as you focus on a particular brush stroke or color pattern, the stresses of the day tend to melt away. It’s not exactly a spa experience, but it can deliver similar results
3) Creative activities are good for you.
In addition to the fun and relaxation, participating in artistic endeavors actually stimulates brain activity and preserves cognitive function. Art can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, and it’s a great way to improve your mood.
4) You get to take something home when you’re finished.
You might not produce a masterpiece by the end of a session, but you might be impressed with how much you love your new piece.
You can decorate your home with the pottery you craft or the paintings you create. Or you can wear what you make after taking a jewelry class. These works can also be unique gifts for friends and family.
Where can you make art in Boca Raton?
No matter what type of creative endeavor you’d like to try, Boca likely has place where you can experiment. Below are a few of the most popular venues, and each provides all of the materials you’ll need for the class.
6018 SW 18th Street, Suite C4-5
Located in the Shoppes at Village Pointe, Uptown Art provides art instruction in a social atmosphere. The studio provides cups and openers for your favorite beverages and allows you to bring your own stemware if you wish.
The venue is a part of a national chain with the motto, “Meet, Drink, and Paint Happy.” So it’s a great place to host a party. No matter your current painting skills, the staff (and wine) are sure to bring out your creative side.
7491 North Federal Highway, STE C-16
As you can probably tell from the name, Pinot’s Palette is another venue in the “wine + friends + painting = fun” category. It’s a chain as well, with locations around the country.
One big difference, however, is that Pinot’s provides drinks as a part of the sitting fee. That means you don’t have to lug your own wine, beer, or spirits in, but it also means you’ll be limited to their selection.
The venue is open to private parties and public events. And while they specialize in adult-focused events, they also host children’s parties.
Imagine That Creations
1501 NW 2nd Ave.
If you like pottery and painting, you’ll love Imagine That Creations. You can paint plates, mugs, and other items and pick them up after they’ve been glazed. This can take as long as 10 days, though, so be prepared to wait.
The location also has pottery wheels that they use to teach lessons by appointment. It’s a great location for kids and adults that offers art classes, DIY painting, and art camps.
Beads Plus This N That
2247 W. Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach
The next time you’re looking for a fun activity in Deerfield Beach, consider stopping by this art store that specializes in beads and jewelry. In addition to the mind boggling assortment of beads, necklaces, and bracelets, you’ll find a friendly staff who loves to share their love of art.
While they specialize in beading classes, you can also sign up for painting, drawing, and other media.
If you’ve had a nagging desire to do something creative but didn’t know where to start, consider taking a class (or even a series of classes).
You probably won’t create a museum-worthy piece, at least not on your first visit. But it will give you a better appreciation for the process the next time you’re in a gallery or museum.
Please send us a photo of your first creation we’ll post it on our Facebook page.
Marc Jablon, the Jablon Team