Art in Fort Worth is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. We love art here in Cowtown, and between all the museums, Main Street Arts Festival, and amazing art classes, it shows. But you don’t have to be a professional to dive into the art scene.
From clay workshops where you can get down and dirty with a potter’s wheel, to pop art paint-and-sip classes taught by one of the city’s most recognizable artists, there are several great studios around town just waiting to help you discover your inner Monet.
American Ceramic Supply Company
Have the itch to learn how to craft pottery like Demi Moore in Ghost? Head to American Ceramic Supply Company, where classes range from throwing on a potter’s wheel to glass project classes and beginner glass fusing workshops (sexy partner is not included). Interested in opening a paint-your-own-pottery studio yourself? There are three- and six-day intensives for that.
Arts Council Northeast
Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Paul Cezanne all dabbled in watercolors, so why shouldn’t you? The Arts Council Northeast offers adult watercolor classes, oil and acrylic workshops, clay classes using hand-building and wheel techniques for teens and adults, furniture painting classes, experimental painting, and mixed media workshop series. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of creative opportunities.
Art House in Southlake
Just a short distance from downtown is Art House, where you can sign up for a series of two-hour classes to learn the essentials of watercolor, acrylic painting, figure drawing, and more. The classes are fun for beginners and experienced artists alike, and instructors really encourage students to explore their personal style and creativity.
Brad Jensen Art
Sipping and painting at Brad Jensen’s Creationships events is anything but ordinary. Learn how to paint in Jensen’s pop art style and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvre and one cocktail — it's also BYOB — while hanging out with friends or that special someone in an utterly cool space. Jensen leads the Friday and Saturday evening classes himself and keeps them small for quality one-on-one instruction in his signature style. Trust us, it’s about as rock ‘n’ roll as you can get with a paintbrush.
Front Porch Pottery Studio
We love our pottery here in Fort Worth, and classes at Front Porch Pottery Studio are a must-attend. Hand-build and glaze your own piece of pottery, learn how to use a potter’s wheel, or create a whimsical gift for yourself or a loved one under the direction of a professional potter. If you’re an experienced potter yourself, book open studio time where you can use the studio’s tools and wheel without instruction.
The Upstairs Gallery
Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of drawing, how to watercolor, or paint with acrylics, The Upstairs Gallery has something for everyone. Founded in 1967, the gallery is an Arlington staple, and it’s staffed with artists who teach a range of ages — from kindergarten students to adults — how to express themselves through art. Schedule an all-day acrylic painting class on the last Friday of the month for an artistic retreat just down the road.
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