Best Places to Get Creative

Whether you painted pictures in preschool, made doodles on our notebooks in 5th grade or snapped pics of friends for the high school yearbook, chances are that you did some art growing up. So what happened to that creative genius? It's time to reclaim your inner artist by getting out a paint brush or pulling out that camera.

Updated: February 25, 2010

Where to Get Creative

Corcoran Gallery Of Art

500 17TH St NW, Washington, DC 20006

This museum isn't just about showing new and exciting art. They run a continuing education program (in addition to offering undergrad and graduate degrees in fine arts) for people who are a bit more serious about their craft. Class subjects range from figure drawing to interior design to digital photography.

Utrecht Art Supplies

1250 I St NW Ste F, Washington, DC 20005

It's an unlikely find in downtown DC, but this art store offers all the items to get the budding artist (or weekend art project fanatic) squared away. They often run deals that make art experiments easier on the wallet. Joining their art club is free and gets you another discount as well. So if you get inspired by the National Gallery of Art and think you're the next Rothko, grab some canvas and paints and get going.

All Fired Up

3413 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Painting pottery doesn't have to be only for kids. This is one of the few art projects where participants are guaranteed a useful item with an identifiable shape and purpose. How pretty it is depends on the painter. Grab some friends to participate in their specials, which include Friday night happy hours, when pottery and wine do mix, or get a discount during your lunch break on Mondays or Wednesdays.


1507 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

"Oh this old thing? I made it." Wouldn't that be fun to say? This bead store can get budding jewelry makers on the path to making some unique items. The store sells tools to get a project started and employees can provide guidance about selecting the right crimps and wires. There are also imported scarves and ready-made jewelry for sale in case the task becomes overwhelming. Unlike other bead stores, there's no area to work on your jewelry, but the convenient location (Dupont Circle) is hard to pass up.

Torpedo Factory Art Ctr

105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Producing varied works of art instead of torpedoes (although there is a torpedo still inside the building), this is the place for people to see work from contemporary artists and then try their hand at it themselves. Why not learn claymation or how to make stained glass? There are classes in jewelry making, weaving, collage, and water color as well. And visitors might just garner inspiration from the independent studios that fill the building, especially on Third Thursdays when the art center stays open late.