10 Cool Classes You Can Take in Metro Phoenix

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Unleash your creative side this year.
It's a new year, and that means it's also a perfect time to learn new stuff. Whether you're looking to bring back sexy in 2014 or just pick up a hot (and we mean that literally) new hobby, we've got a few places where even old dogs can learn new tricks in the coming weeks.

Bright Beginnings: New Year, New Writing
When: Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe
How Much: $25

This workshop, led by author Stella Pope Duarte, will cover ways you can "stimulate your creativity" to finish (or, let's be honest, start) that piece of writing you talked about all last year. Duarte has won such awards as the American Book Award in 2009 and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award in 2004 and taught at Arizona State University from 1999 to 2008. During the class, she will cover strategies for brainstorming, imagining new ideas, and digging up family rumors. Attendees are asked to bring a pen and notebook. It's open to writers of all levels. Call 480-730-0205.

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Get More From Your DSLR
When: Saturday, January 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Art Intersection in Gilbert
How Much: $95

If you own a fancy DSLR (that's digital single lens reflex) camera but have never taken it off automatic settings, this is the workshop you'll want to attend. A two-hour classroom lecture will cover the basics of camera operation, including a technical explanation of manual exposure -- aperture and shutter speed -- and focus. Attendees will then be able to get out and practice shooting photos before a lunch break. The workshop will conclude with two hours of image review. Instructor Geoff Reed teaches commercial and digital photography classes and workshops at Scottsdale, Glendale and Gateway Community Colleges and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Attendees are asked to bring their camera manual. Registration is available at the Art Intersection website.

Opposites Attract Mandala Group
When: Saturday, January 18, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: R. Pela Gallery in Phoenix
How Much: $55

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy means using the creative process of art-making to "explore . . . feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem." Registered art therapist Lanie Smith will lead attendees in a mandala-making workshop that will allow attendees to "explore and embrace [their] tension of opposites while making time for health and well-being through the the ancient art of the mandala." This class includes lunch. Registration is available online.

Location Info


Changing Hands Bookstore

6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Urban Yoga

3225 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Art Intersection

207 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General


1027 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


6938 E 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Express Mie Studio

6448 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Green Table Gifts

Suite #115, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Southwest Gardener

300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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