Craft, art and DIY lovers have more options than ever in Charlotte to get creative. Several small businesses have opened or expanded in the past year, so call your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and make something you’ll love.
Here are 25 options for arts and crafts classes, listed alphabetically. Many offer children’s classes as well, so check their websites if that’s something you’re in the market for.
Anders Ruff Workshop
Pineville: 322 Main Street
Davidson: 120-A South Village Lane
Offers: Home decor classes, such as wooden plank signs, lazy susans and painted canvas pillows.
Art for All Studio
Address: 11025 Monroe Road, Matthews, NC
Offers: This Matthews studio offers painting sessions such as “Paris Sunset” and “Mittens” with BYOB options. Parties also available.
Address: 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Unit 105
Offers: Learn the art of making jewelry, such as “Basic Stringing and Chain Necklace” and “Basic Wire Wrapped Earrings.” Retail location in Dilworth, but classes are only held in Ballantyne.
Address: 9313 Monroe Road Suite C
Offers: Painting classes such as “Landscape,” “Modern Art” and “Creative Figure.”
Address: 20700 North Main Street, Cornelius, NC
Offers: Take a “Sip and Sketch” class with friends or learn techniques such as “Oil and Acrylic Art” or “Watercolors.”
Address: 11116-B South Tryon St.
Offers: Create paintings with themes such as “Queen City,” “Big Dipper” and “Morning Meadow” at this Steele Creek studio. Designed for people of all abilities.
Charlotte Art League
Address: 1517 Camden Road
Offers: Take classes such as figure drawing, printmaking and art journaling.
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
Address: 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 9A
Offers: Try regular weekly painting classes such as watercolors and oils, as well as workshops such as “Painting the Portrait from Photography.”
Charlotte Sewing Center
Address: 5113 South Boulevard
Offers: A range of sewing classes for beginners to advanced. Projects include placemats, pajamas bottoms, pillows and window treatments. Popup and embroidery classes also offered.
Cornelius Arts Center
Address: 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC
Offers: Adults can take classes such as “Ceramic Tile Making” and “Floral Workshop in Watercolor.”
Crowned Sparrow Co.
Offers: These pop-up workshops, often at breweries or other Charlotte hotspots, offer eclectic arts and craft projects, such as skyline nail art and chalkboard signs.
Dish it Out
Address: 7828 Rea Road (Stonecrest) and 1600 East Woodlawn Rd. (Woodlawn)
Offers: Pottery painting studio with drop-in hours, as well as parties and team building events for your company or group.
Donna Downey Studios
Address: 501 South Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC
Offers: Immersive multi-day workshops with topics such as “Abstract Floral” and “Beginner Oil Painting.” Guest instructors are featured in addition to Downey.
The Light Factory
Address: 1817 Central Avenue
Offers: Learn the art of photography with classes such as “Intro to Digital Photography,” “Portrait and Studio Lighting” and “Introduction to B&W Darkroom.”
Modern Craft Collective
Address: Workshops rotate locations, but home base is the Small Hands Big Art Studio at 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Suite 103
Offers: Classes such as creating watercolor desk calendars, watercolor home portraits and ceramic planters.
Address: 1642 SC Highway 160 West, Fort Mill, S.C.
Offers: Wooden sign workshops and other wood crafts.
Address: 229 Main Street, Fort Mill, SC
Offers: Grab a coffee or craft beverage while perusing local art or take classes such as “BYOB Adult Clay or Painting.” Sold.
Organize Create Decorate
Address: 3331 NC 218, Monroe, NC
Offers: Give your house a refresh with “OCD” classes that teach skills such as painting furniture and cabinets.
Painted Lady Paint Bar
Address: 108 Indian Trail, Indian Trail, N.C.
Offers: Projects such as seasonal paintings, dream catchers and more. Private parties and teen nights are also offered.
Painting the Park
Address: 6128 Creft Circle, Indian Trail, N.C.
Offers: Painting classes with themes, as well as open paint nights. Works from local artists are available for purchase.
Painting with a Twist
Address: 4724 Sharon Road Suite J (Charlotte) and 9911 Rose Commons Suite A (Huntersville)
Offers: Painting classes with subjects such as “Zen Tree” and “Colorful Cow.” Nighttime classes are BYOB for adult painters.
Address: 4843 Monroe Road
Offers: Cotswold pottery studio with classes to help budding potters hone their skills such as wheel throwing.
Address: 8155 Ardrey Kell Road Suite 103
Offers: Offers camps, parties and sewing school for kids and adults.
Offers: Creatives have lots to pick from among SkillPop’s classes, including hand lettering, calligraphy, graphic design, interior design and watercolors.
Address: 1222 Central Avenue (storefront)
Offers: Try your hand at powertools with workshops such as building a decorative ladder, outdoor bench and more at TUFT’s Lab space (also available for rental). Owner Danielle Kim, who also runs a retail store and offers design services, is on maternity leave until the end of February, but expect more sessions when she returns.
Cover image courtesy of Becca Bond Photography