by Chelsea Lin - 273 Reviews - 109 List
Blame the economy, blame the percentage of creatives in this city, blame our love of all things homemade--whatever the reason, the do-it-yourself ethos thrives and we've got a roundup of some of the best DIY classes in Seattle. To get in on the movement and save a few bucks (or make them), pick up some skills in letterpressing, glassblowing, knitting or cooking at one of these local schools and studios.
Updated: July 14, 2010
OK, so not every one of of this Lower Queen Anne professional school's courses are riveting and exciting--"Google AdWords in a Day" sounds coma inducing, in fact--but for all the marketing and computer literacy classes, there are a pile of workshops in fun, hands-on subjects like letterpress, wood engraving and, for the career-minded artist, graphic design. Classes are almost always held in the evenings, so they won't interfere with your work schedule (supposing you have one).
If you're the sort that needs to accessorize every outfit with baubles and chains, save yourself some dough and learn how to make your own jewelry--and we're not talking about the sort of tacky beaded things you can make at a strip mall--at this small University District studio. Classes (which are limited to 10 people) range from intense beginner series to more advanced technical courses; there are also open studio hours for you to practice your new DIY skill after you learn the basics.
This fire-arts school started in Ballard, but the new Issaquah location provides more space for students yearning to perfect their glassblowing skills. Four-week instructional classes are available for adults, but there are also children's courses offered--a nice hobby alternative to the boring soccer/dance routine.
A temple to DIY culture, this Capitol Hill shop supplies sewers and knitters with any material they could possibly need but also teaches newbies the trades. DIY classes teach you how to knit and sew your own garments, or (perhaps more pragmatically) enroll in the course on alterations and keep yourself from ever having to visit a tailor again.
Sure, it's possible to be an entertaining, gracious hostess while serving Cheez Whiz and cocktail weenies, but we wouldn't recommend it. Instead, opt for a class (or three) through Louise Hasson and learn what it takes to whip up anything from Tex-Mex to truffles, shish kebabs to spinach gnocchi. For anyone whose main meal is regularly cereal or boxed mac and cheese, there's also a nine-class "Mastering the Basics" course.
Seattle students looking to gain credit will appreciate this Capitol Hill art school's affiliation with Seattle University, but novices are equally welcome here. Workshops offer education in digital and film processing for amateur or professional photographers, and those who want to take their skill to the bank will also want to pick up some Flash and Photoshop--also offered.