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The best places in San Antonio for classes to express your creativity

The best places in San Antonio for classes to express your creativity

Southwest School of Art
The Southwest School of Art offers a variety of community art classes. Southwest School of Art/Facebook

Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, visual artist, or novice looking to try your hand at a new craft, here are a few of the ways to get creative in the Alamo City.

Sketching in the Galleries
Pick up a pencil and paper and start sketching your favorite museum piece. Join a San Antonio Museum of Art tradition — Sketching in the Galleries — every Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm. Participants will work as a group and receive individual attention to complete representational drawings that depict works from the museum's collections.

This month, local artist Alba de Leon will give guided instruction to sketchers. This event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. SAMA also offers free admission to the museum Tuesday nights from 4 to 9 pm.

Southwest School of Art
The Southwest School of Art offers adult community art classes in ceramics, jewelry, metals, paper and printmaking, glass, mosaics, and more for beginning and experienced artists. Registration is ongoing and classes run from June 6 through August 15.

Also starting June 6, kids and teens can sign up for Summer Art Studios at the school, choosing from more than 100 diverse one- to two-week classes.

In addition to paid community classes, the Southwest School of Art offers artist talks throughout the year that are free and open to the public as part of the Linda Pace Visiting Artists Lecture series. The next talk will feature renowned artist Richard Tuttle at 6:30 pm on May 20 at the Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall in the Santikos Building, where he’ll present “Love of Humanity.”

Macondo Writer's Workshop
Founded by Sandra Cisneros in 1995 at her kitchen table, the Macondo Writer’s Workshop is focused on bringing together poets, novelists, journalists, performance artists, and creative artists for a four-day conference. This year’s event will be held July 13-17 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. On Friday and Saturday night, the community is invited to enjoy readings by acclaimed writers.

House Paint
Have you always wanted to take studio art classes but never knew where to go? Take an oil or pastel class in the morning or evening at House Paint at the Populux Commissary in La Villita. San Antonio artist Rainey offers classes Monday through Thursday to people of all experience levels. While you’re there, visit the shop’s art gallery, self-described as “a trove of pop surreal and atomic midcentury art notions in historic La Villita.” Call 210-883-4259 for more information.


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