Painting, Pottery and Jewelry Making: Art Classes in Metro Detroit

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | February 10, 2015
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It is so easy to admire a person with artistic ability. It is pretty amazing what artists can make with paint and a canvas, scraps of metal or even something as simple as a pencil and a sheet of paper. I’m pretty envious of people with that brilliant talent because I do not possess it.

Some of these works of art can leave you awestruck and take your breath away, but thanks to 21st century thinking (let’s be honest, probably even 20th century thinking), there have been several classes created in the art realm to teach beginners the ropes and develop the talents of those looking to pursue art as a career or hobby. We’re not all art majors, so these handy classes and events can do wonders for a person looking to expand his or her knowledge and abilities. Some of these classes even add an element of fun to it with a little creation known as alcoholic beverages.

Of course, the following list of classes won’t get you a degree in art or make you an expert in the field, but it is a start—and maybe if you find it enjoyable, you can consider going further into your education. Drum roll please….

Painting Classes (classic)

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Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady St., Northville, has a simple mission: “to bring the best of the arts to our community through exhibits and education.” Northville Art House offers several classes in painting and art. Such classes include: watercolor, acrylics, and even a “Paint Like the Master” class where students can try to create their own masterpiece by mimicking a famous piece of art. Classes are available for all ages and skill levels. Take a look at this flyer for class types and the schedule.

Grosse Pointe Art Center, 17118 Kercheval Ave, opened in February 2008, but the Grosse Pointe Artist Association roots go as far back as 1938! The GPAC has a strong team of instructors with expertise in many mediums. Classes are held at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe. In terms of painting, courses offered are oil, watercolor and acrylic, to name a few. There are also drawing, photography, water media and other classes.

Painting (with the previously mentioned added element of fun)

Paint and Pour events frequently happen all over the southeastern area of this mitten-shaped state of ours. In fact, this week I participated in this—let’s just say I’m not the world’s best painter, but it still turned out (somewhat) nicely. There are events daily, and there are several paintings to choose from. These programs are beginner friendly as participants are guided step-by-step to replicate a painting. The best part is that you can drink while you do it!

Painting Escapes, 827 Penniman Ave., in quaint Downtown Plymouth, is a perfect place to “escape.” Much like Paint and Pour, it is a judgment-free painting zone where you can provide your own snacks and beverages. You’re guided by experienced artists and absolutely no painting experience is needed. Painting Escapes is a perfect venue for a date night, group event or private party.

Also check out: Pips Painting PubPaint Party Royal Oak and Painting with a Twist


Pewabic, 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit, is a nonprofit ceramic studio. It is extremely rich in art culture and was founded way back in 1903! The Education Studio is a community artist-centered studio, and offers classes and workshops for adults and youngsters of any skill level. The Winter Catalog provides information on available classes and schedule. Hand-building, wheel-throwing sculpture, jewelry/bead making and tile-making are a few options.

Jewelry Making

Fritz and Friends, 32722 Franklin Rd., Franklin, offers jewelry making and metalsmithing classes showcasing both basic and advanced techniques. Fritz and Friends has both regular technique workshops, as well as 10-week general class sessions for all skill levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Here is the calendar to keep you up-to-date.

Ann Arbor’s The Bead Gallery is also worth checking out.

Glass Blowing

There are a few places that can teach you how to make a glass object into a fine piece of art. Instead of just highlighting one, here are three to consider: Baron Glassworks in Ypsilanti, Harold Eberhart Glass in Ann Arbor and the Michigan Hot Glass Workshop and Gallery in Detroit.

As illustrated throughout this story, there are several classes and venues to choose from. This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as Metro Detroit offers plenty of other options. If you’re an aspiring artist, seeking a new hobby or just looking for something fun and challenging to do, then these classes come highly recommended. Also, if you have a passion for art, check out our recent story on arts and crafts supplies stores for all of your artistic needs!