The Education Guide: Get Your Ass in Class

Take a class, learn something new.

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Greeting Cards Mini Workshop

Never again will you be stuck giving your loved ones a generic, last minute greeting card. In two hours, you’ll learn how to make your own unique cards for any occasion using stamps, papers, glues and inks as well as techniques such as embossing with different colored powders. Sundays, 10am. $45. Craft Foundry, 701 Belgrade St.


Family Arts Academy

Each week, PAFA invites folks of all ages to partake in a fun afternoon of crafting. Next month you’ll have a chance to make Valentine’s Day cards using a unique printmaking technique with textured print from everyday objects and Tiffany-inspired paper window hangings using faux stained glass designs. Sundays, 2pm. Free. Academy of Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St. 215.927.7600.


The Knitting Revolution

What the hell does knitting have to do with women’s rights? A lot more than you think. University of Notre Dame professor Pamela Butler will explain as she explores the legacy of knitting and feminism in order to make political sense of today’s so-called “knitting revolution.” Prior to the event, Rosie’s Yarn Celler will be holding a short knitting demonstration. March 15, 6pm. Free. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. 215.732.6200.

A Taste of Drawing

This introductory workshop makes it easy to understand and simplify shapes and forms. Brief demonstrations provide easy methods for gauging proportions and applying the basics of perspective to several still-life drawings as you learn how to make objects look convincingly real. March 14, 6pm. $20-$25. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine St.  

Sewing: Alterations & Knockoffs

After learning sewing basics like hemming your pants and bringing in waistlines, you’ll move on to recreating your favorite fashions with the help of the instructor. Sewing machines and additional materials will be provided. Thursdays, March 1-April 19, 6:30pm. $165. Fairmount Art Center, 2501 Olive St.


Accessories from Found Paper

During his three-week pop-up residency, esteemed curator Edward Maeder will be sharing his unique techniques for working with silks and found papers during a series of workshops. Open to artists of all levels, you’ll discover uses for your napkins, doilies and tissue paper you didn’t know were possible. On Feb. 12, Meader will also be holding a lecture on the use of color. Feb. 15-16, 6pm; Feb. 19, 3pm. $38. MaederMade Pop-Up Studio, 6819 Greene St.

Make Your Own Spiral Book

You know all those digital photos just sitting on your computer that you’re not doing anything with? Print out the best 10 to 12 photos, grab any other memorabilia you might have and Paper Source will help you create a personalized keepsake book using their Zutter-Bind-It-All machine. They’ll provide extra goodies and assorted papers to complete your project. March 15, 6pm. $30. Paper Source, 1628 Walnut St. 215.732.2324.

Mosaics: From Pieces to Masterpieces

This workshop starts with an overview of mosaic design, terminology, resources, tools and materials. Creating an introductory project, you’ll eventually branch out to a range of other projects of your choice. Planters, tables, wall hangings, mirrors—the sky’s the limit. Tuesdays, Feb. 28-April 17, 6:30pm. $170. Fairmount Art Center, 2501 Olive St.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:28AM

“excellent article, well done.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:25AM

“Those Sauced Education Classes at Philly Wine School are actually $65, not $16.”

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3. Rick Saxby said... on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:59AM

“The Philly Urban Defense looks like a good company. I went on their website and they have some good testimonials. Their Tai-Fit program looks like the class I would take out of all the ones they offer. I know some people think stuff like this is stupid but I always liked classes like these, they remind of tai-bo. (I like tai bo, I don't care what anyone says, its fun).

Rick Saxby,


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