Sometimes you just want to make stuff.If the inspiration grabs you, get out your crayons and try some of these DIY art classes.
• Lillstreet Art Center: Most classes last 10 weeks but if you're not sure where to start, they also offer 5-week "First Time Artist" courses that will give you a taste of printmaking, metalsmithing, and more. Sign up for ceramic arts and you'll have the honor of working in what Lillstreet claims is the largest ceramics studio in the Midwest!
• Chicago Hot Glass: You don't need an easel for these classes but you will need safety goggles. CHG offers courses in glass blowing, bead making, fusing, and how to make holiday ball ornaments. Classes are small (under 10 people) and the fees can get pricey (up to $645) but the chance to work with molten glass doesn't come around everyday.
• National Museum of Mexican Art: Located in Pilsen, NMoA puts out a number of Saturday art classes and workshops. You'll have to contact them for the current course listings and fees. We hope they offer Self-portraits in the Style of Frida Kahlo again!
• Evanston Art Center: Lots to choose from with this well-rounded curriculum. They even offer Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting as an adult workshop. Class fees depend on where you live because Evanston residents get a discounted rate.
• TOJO Gallery: If you simply want to test out your skills, try the figure drawing sessions at this Chicago art gallery. Every Tuesday night, the gallery hosts a few hours of open studio time and one (nude) model. You must bring your own materials and feedback is limited but the meet-ups are only $10 a pop.
Top photo is of Nicole Copel's "Emerge" from the Lillstreet photo gallery. Middle photo is Steven Webber, on staff at Chicago Hot Glass. Bottom photo is a drawing by Mark A. Verwoerdt, from TOJO Gallery.