6 Reasons to Take an Art Class in the New Year

Some of the student artwork from this year's Student/Faculty Show.

Some of the student artwork from this year’s Student/Faculty Show.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” — Kurt Vonnegut

The new year starts soon, and Winter classes are starting after that, on the week of January 6. There are dozens of classes at The Art League School in ceramics, drawing, fiber arts, jewelry and metal, mosaics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, stained glass, digital art, and even more. Are you signed up yet?

To give you that extra little nudge, here are six reasons to make taking an art class one of your new year’s resolutions:

1. Because you always wanted to.

After all, you’re reading this post, aren’t you?

2. To decorate your apartment/home/self.

That feeling of accomplishment and creative ownership is second to none. — “I love your earrings! Where’d you get them?” — “Oh, I made them. No biggie.”

You don't have to wear your art down the runway, but it is allowed. (From Artfête 2013.)

You don’t have to wear your art down the runway, but it is allowed. (From Artfête 2013.)

3. To meet new people.

Nothing builds camaraderie like the moments after a demo, when we turn and ask each other that age-old question: “How’d she do that?”

4. To rekindle a long-lost passion.

It’s never too late to dig your camera out of the closet. In fact, many artists in The Art League Gallery are people who returned to art — just come to a reception and ask around. As Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Hats optional. (This photo by Jean Schwartz is from the 2012 travel workshop to the lavender fields of Pennsylvania.)

Hats optional. (This photo by Jean Schwartz is from the 2012 travel workshop to the lavender fields of Pennsylvania.)

5. To relax.

Pick up a pencil, or a brush, or a chisel, and feel your worries float away. Some of our classes are even known to enjoy a glass of wine while they work (not the ones with blowtorches, though).

6. To exercise a new part of your brain.

Is the creative part of your brain feeling underfed? An art class could be just what you need to nourish your mind and soul. It’s not just for adults, either — check out this list of 10 skills kids learn from arts classes. (The Art League offers classes for ages five and up.)

New Girl by Sharon Boyle.

New Year’s is the time to expand your mind. (New Girl by Sharon Boyle)

What are you waiting for? Search the catalog now to pick out your next class, or browse by subject:

ceramicsdrawingfiber artsjewelry & metalkids & teenspainting
photographyprintmakingsculpturestained glass, mosaics, & more

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You can sign up online, in person, by mail or by fax. If you need a recommendation, stop by the School office or give us a call at 703-683-2323.

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