By Christina Dagnelli

For some, being crafty is just part of who they are, and for others, it may be a new interest. Whether you are a seasoned artist or just someone looking for a new hobby, or way to spend a Saturday there are plenty of classes available in the Philly area.  Painting, ceramics, sewing we got you covered. Here are the top 5 crafty classes in the Philadelphia area.

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Butcher’s Sew Shop
800 South 8th
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 309 -1866
www.butcherssewshop.com

You can learn to sew.  If this is something you did not have the opportunity to ever learn, don’t worry if you have no skills. The instructors are patient and enjoyed by many customers. Butchers’ offers both adult and youth classes, and has multiple levels for advanced sewers who want to learn new skills. Classes are about 3 hours and meet once a week for 4 weeks. Costs are just under $300. If you aren’t ready for this type of commitment, they also have workshops, which are one- time events. They offer embroidery, scarf and bra making as well as many other types of workshops for a one day 3 hour class for $80.

Neighborhood Potters
2034 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-1617
www.sandiandneil.com

Maybe you’re interested in trying your hand at making pottery. Classes run most of the year and begin and end with the seasons lasting 6-10 weeks depending on the class you select. Prices range from $210-$350 and include all the materials you need.  Customers who have tried the class’s rave that they are very are fun and laid back. Neighborhood Potters owned and operated by two neighborhood potters actually, with years of experience and a love for the art they are bringing new people together. Classes are set up to be a social experience, so this might be a good choice for someone looking to enjoy time out with friends or make a new one.

The Expressive Hand
622 South Ninth St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19147
(267) 519-2625
www.expressivehand.com

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The Expressive Hand is another option for ceramic classes but with a twist. Here you can enjoy a very casual evening with some friends, ceramics and the adult beverage of your choice with their BYOB policy. You can stop in, or take a private workshop with 5 friends minimum; cost is $30 a person. Call ahead to reserve this. The studio is described as bright, airy and relaxing (and pet friendly if you want to make Paw prints from clay). They also offer jewelry making from a selection of beautiful pieces of glass that are fused together.

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Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-9914
www.paintedbride.org

Glass blowing is a skill that has been around for centuries and a fun craft for those who use it as a hobby. You can learn more about how to create beautiful pieces of art and functional items at the Painted Bride Art Center. This crafty art center has been in Philadelphia for almost 50 years and is committed to a full artistic experience for students. Workshops and classes are happening year round for members in photography, dance, writing and visual arts. Classes change based on the members and artists in residence, however Painted Bride is a well respected Art studio in Philly.

Portside Arts Center
2531 East Leighton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-1514
www.portsideartscenter.org

Portside Arts Center covers numerous types of crafty classes all year long. They offer their variety of  different courses for people of all ages. Just a few of the unique options are stained glass, 3D animation, and sewing.  Classes range from long 10 week courses to short one day workshops. Great options for homeschoolers as well, since they are open all day during the week, and many of their courses teach practical skills. Portside Arts center believes art strengthens discipline and problem solving skills. They are opened year round weekdays 10-6.

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