Whether you are interested in knitting and crocheting, or into painting and drawing, or not quite sure what kind of craft you want to do, you can find a class to learn it somewhere in the area. Creating a crafty item with your own hands gives you a sense of pride in your creation. Other people may create an item that looks a lot like your, but no two handmade items are exactly alike unless they are made by the same person. Take a beginners class at one of the venues below and discovery which craft you are most connected to. After that, every item you create will be made with love.

Art Atelier, Inc.
14101 S. Dixie Highway, Suite C
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 432-4034

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This artists studio was established in 2007 as a place where adults and children, with or without disabilities, can come out and express themselves in an artistic way. Painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, mixed media, and drawing are all taught at this location. There are even classes on decorating glassware and making jewelry. The studio also offers seminars on interior design, Feng Shui, mosaics, and more. Prices of classes vary depending on the type of class. The nice thing about this studio is that they hold art exhibitions several times a year where students can display, and sometimes sell, their creative masterpieces.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 563-5393

Historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers classes in art, orchid cultivation, ornithology, and also offers lectures on a variety of subjects. Classes on recognizing the various birds in the area, calligraphy, watercolor, acrylics, and basket weaving can all be taken at the Bonnet House. Several of the classes involve walking around the property so be sure to dress accordingly. The price of the classes can be found by calling 954-563-5393 or by checking the website. Bonnet House also welcomes visitors who just want to come enjoy the scenery and paint or photograph the area.

MIY Ceramics
723 S. 21st Ave.
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 927-7300

MIY Ceramics is an open studio, which means that visitors can come in and work on their art project even if they are not enrolled in a class. There are 15 electric pottery wheels, a clay pug-mill machine, lots of workstations, and many more items that will be useful to artists of all types. Classes offered here are hand building with clay wheel, throwing using pottery wheels, mosaics, painting on glass, and glass fusing. This venue even offers summer camps for children where campers can learn several different artistic methods. Stop in and check out MIY Ceramics so you, too, can release the muse in you.

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9Muses Art Center
7139 West Oakland Park Blvd.
Lauderhill, FL 33133
(954) 746-2055

While this art center was originally designed as an outlet to promote recovery through the arts for clients with emotional disorders and recovering addicts, it has grown beyond that simple designation. 9Muses is now open to anyone who wishes to find a way to release their inner muse in a relaxing environment. Watercolor classes, sculpting with clay, drawing, and painting classes are all offered here throughout the year. All of the classes are small so as to create a relaxing atmosphere for artists. Classes are only offered during the week and prices vary depending on which class is taken.

Raging Wool Yarn Shop
1850 N.W. 122nd Terrace
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
(954) 385-0861

Raging Wool offers lessons in knitting, crocheting, repairing crocheted or knitted items that have been damaged, weaving, and even spinning classes. Classes are taught during the week and also on Saturdays. Some of the classes are free and the student only pays for the materials needed, while other classes require a fee to be paid to take the class.  Free Wi-Fi at Raging Wool makes this shop a great place to go relax and work on your craft. This store sells everything you need to create your craft item. Prices for classes vary so be sure to call ahead.

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