Fall is here, people—and as daylight starts to recede and temperatures begin to dip, so can those creative juices. But fear not! We rounded up a slew of classes around town that’ll amp up your motivation and help you acquire impressive new skills in the process.
As part of their mission to help elevate rising fashion designers in the South, Westside “fashion incubator” Factory Girls is a resource of studio space, pattern making, sample production and more for up-and-coming designers including locals Abbey Glass and Megan Huntz. For those looking to dip their toe into the Southern-style pool, they also offer 10-week class sessions such as Draping 101, Garment Construction, Design 101 and The Basics of Sewing.
With a focus on DIY and “exceptional preserved foods,” Preserving Place serves up a ton of culinary courses via canning expert Martha McMillin’s intimate outpost on the Westside. With several classes a month happening this season, you can learn how to brew kombucha, get an intro to fermentation and canning, craft a simple dessert, get acquainted with holistic nutrition, whip up a flavorful fall soup and much more.
At Nelson Street educational facility and lab MASS Collective (which stands for “Musical, Artistic, Scientific and Social pursuits”), ATLiens can try their hand at everything from woodworking and building custom skateboards to crafting their own hand-stitched leather accessories, the latter which will be taught in October by Sarah Green, owner of the local accessories company Cord Shoes and Boots.
The Art Station
From September to November, Kennesaw’s The Art Station will host a handful of multi-week adult class series on pottery, oil painting, knitting, photography and more. We’ve got our eye on the eight-week Wonderful Watercolors course, taught by local illustrator Jessica Durrant, who’s collaborated with big-name brands like Kerastase and Journelle to create whimsical, eye-catching works.
The Homestead Atlanta
For ATLiens looking to hone their green thumb or develop an esoteric new skill, The Homestead Atlanta has you covered. Their workshops—which take place at spots like community gardens, Serenbe and The Goat Farm’s Warhorse—run the gamut, so expect anything from blacksmithing, knitting and creating your own chicken coop to beekeeping, aromatherapy and glass-blowing (handcrafted holiday ornaments, anyone?).
Caroline Cox is a writer and editor in Atlanta. She works at four glossy print magazines and co-runs the local arts website CommonCreativATL. Follow her on Twitter at @carolinecox because she’s funny and "Roses" by OutKast is about her.