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August 26, 2015

Get Your Craft On: Four local arts and craft studios for grown-ups

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Painting With A Twist Painting With A Twist/for PhillyVoice

Painting With A Twist puts a paintbrush in your left hand and a glass of Pinot in the other. Just try not to mix them up!

Once upon a time, your handmade Crayola-crayon and-construction-paper stick figure family portraits covered your parents' refrigerator. 

But somewhere along the line, (who knows why) you grew up, got a job and hid from visitors got rid of your box of Crayola crayons along with your favorite stuffed teddy. 

Well, let's return to the carefree days of yesteryear, grownups, and break out the glitter and glue sticks.

Below are four local businesses that focus on bringing homemade art-making back into the lives of adults.

Mold A Masterpiece

The Clay Studio
139 N 2nd St, Philadelphia

The Clay Studio
A Philadelphia-based non-profit ceramic art organization that provides classes and workshops. (The Clay Studio/Instagram)

Not only is playing with clay known to be therapeutic and reduce stress, it also make a great date activity, according to The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, which hosts weekly date nights around its potters' wheels. 

"Go ahead, get a little dirty on Friday night!" the weekly class description reads. "Our skilled instructors will walk you through a few simple projects, or you are free to make your own creations."
Bonus: Beer, wine, light snacks, clay and tools are included in the event fee.

Paint What You See

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' Plein Air Painting Workshop

Cape May, New Jersey

En Plein Art Painting

Plein air painter Joe Sweeney hosts a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)

If the coming end to summer afternoons spent on the beach is making you depressed, we have a cure. Capture the scene you see from your beach chair, including the rolling waves and pesky seagulls on canvas with an en plein air workshop in Cape May.  

'En Plein Air' is just a fancy and French way to say paint whatever you see before you while out in the elements.  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' plein air painter Joe Sweeney leds a painting retreat in Cape May, New Jersey. 

The next course is being held Sept. 17-20.

Make A Mosaic 

1020 South Street, Philadelphia

Creativity is woven into the walls of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. (Philadelphia's Magic Gardens/Facebook)

If you need a little something to help you feel inspired to make art, how about surrounding yourself by it - literally.  

The Magic Gardens, a mosaic haven and museum on South Street, hosts mosaic-making workshops. Private events can also be booked.

Tipsy Talents

629 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
Painting With A Twist

Painting With A Twist has a location space on Passyunk Avenue. (Painting With A Twist/Facebook)

Some people say they can't dance. Then you give them alcohol and they're doing the Hokey Pokey to the tune of the Macarena. Well, same goes for art and alcohol, it seems. Give a person a glass of Merlot and they may just turn into the next Monet. Or so they will think.