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Take an Art Class!

Are you looking to try something new? Why not take an art class? Life can be hectic at times - slow it down a little by exploring some creative pursuits. The benefits of taking an art class are numerous: self-expression, relaxation, slow down, awakening other parts of your mind and discovering new talents are just a few.

From absolute beginners to individuals with prior training, there are several opportunities in Genesee County where you can stretch your creative muscles. Here are seven locations where you can "get your art on!"

 

Oatka School of Glass

56 Harvester Avenue, 2nd Floor, Batavia, NY

This place is known as the little studio with a big reputation. Artists and students come from around the world to learn and teach at Oatka School of Glass. And you too can create your own glass masterpiece at this highly revered place! The school offers a variety of classes and instructional demonstrations. Experienced glass-workers guide you through the steps to create a unique glass project such as a glass paperweight, flower, beads and pendants, wind chimes, plates, coasters, or even a sun catcher.

Go Art! 

201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY

Go Art! is the main arts advocacy and promotions organization in Genesee & Orleans counties. In addition to supporting artists and producing events, the organization also hosts art classes throughout the year. Artist Jill Pettigrew teaches classes in many different mediums. Visit their website to see their offerings.

Fired Up Ready to Paint Ceramics 

216 Ellicott Street, Batavia, NY

Here are some fun projects to undertake. Visit Fired Up and pick out one of the countless three-dimensional items which you will use on your project. Using special paints, you then paint your item which is eventually placed in a kiln. A few days later you come back and get your ceramic masterpiece.

Country Cottage Gift Shop & Gardens

10448 Harper Road, Darien Center, NY

In the rolling countryside of Darien Center is this very neat gift shop, gardens and art class complex. Classes take place in a small cottage or in the loft of a barn. The classes and projects here tend to focus on a country theme. A delightful place to purchase a gift too!

Karen's Yarn Paper Scissors 

550 East Main Street, Batavia, NY

Just like the name of the business implies, you can find art supplies here - especially those involving paper and yarn. Karen's also offers a few unique art classes throughout the year. There have been recent classes involving mixed media, inks & metals, decoupage and drawing techniques and more.

Jade Pottery

10115 Creek Road, Pavilion, NY

Tucked away in the south-eastern most corner of our county Jade pottery offers custom pottery, handprint art, paint your own pottery and more! Drop in during their open hours, or sign-up online for one of their many public classes.  Private classes, birthday parties and children’s camps are also part of Jade Pottery’s many offerings.

Art Ah La Carte

39 Jackson Street, Batavia, NY

Art Ah La Carte is a teaching art studio for all ages.  Kim Argenta, the school’s owner teaches in many mediums, including acrylics, oils, mixed mediums, chalks, pastels, pencil and much more. The school offers weekly classes, open paint nights, and parties for all occasions.