Expand Your Skills Through Local Workshops & Classes

By: Toni Cunningham | July 24, 2014
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Whoever coined the phrase “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” simply didn’t try hard enough. It doesn’t matter whether you (or your dog) are 12 or 80; it’s never too late to pick up a hobby or learn something new.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, or you’ve been chomping at the bit to take a new kind of exercise class or cooking workshop. Good news! The Metro Detroit area is full of individuals seeking new experiences from knowledgeable folks eager to teach.

Let’s take a look at some upcoming workshops and classes in Southeast Michigan that you can sign up for with the click of a mouse.

Rediscovered Furniture, 3125 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, is a local store that promises to turn your ordinary furniture into extraordinary pieces. Today the store will hold a painting workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All you have to do is bring in a piece of furniture you want to paint (you must be able to carry it in yourself), and you’ll receive paint supplies and assistance with any sort of painting technique you’d like. Be sure to call ahead and reserve a spot for the workshop, because space is very limited!

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The workshop costs $75. If you’d like to schedule your own workshop for a “Girls’ Night Out,” you and up to three friends can set your own date to do so.

Core Sport Fitness, 346 Main St., Plymouth, is a great place to work out, especially if typical gyms give you the heebie jeebies like they do me. Core Sport is far from a run of the mill gym, because it’s a Pilates studio, and the trainers there will kick your butt into shape.

The studio offers tons of classes on a weekly basis, but if you’re new to Pilates and want to ease into things, try the Outdoor Bootcamp & Pilates Mat class, which is free! Held on Saturday, July 26 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the class begins with strength, cardio and core training, and then concludes with full body Pilates mat instructions. Did I mention that this particular class takes place outdoors at Kellogg Park?

You’ll feel the burn afterward, and then you can sign up for additional classes and workshops at the studio or online.

Whole Foods Market, 115 Mack Ave., Detroit, isn’t just a store where you pick up healthy groceries like kale chips and coconut water. This place offers tons of free classes and workshops! On Sunday, July 27, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the art of Capoeira, or Brazilian folkloric dance.

Instructor Kelvin Wyatt will lead the workshop, which runs from noon to 2 p.m., in the Community Room. Capoeira combines fitness and acrobatics with percussion music, and this is a great opportunity to learn a new form of dance.

Additional upcoming classes and workshops at Whole Foods Detroit include Vinyasa Yoga on Sunday, August 10, Meditation for Beginners on Thursday, August 21 and Traditional Chinese Medicine on Saturday, August 23 (where you learn how to implement the techniques into your own life, courtesy of instructor Cheryl Turner).

Grosse Pointe Art Center, 17118 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, hosts more educational art classes than you could possibly take in one summer. Second session summer classes start at the beginning of August and run through mid-September. Here’s a snippet of classes you can sign up for:

  • Basics of Digital Photography, a six week course beginning on Monday, August 4 ($120)
  • Calligraphy, a nine week course beginning on Tuesday, August 5 ($120)
  • Wedding Photography, a six week course beginning on Wednesday, August 6 ($150)
  • Drawing, a four week course beginning on Thursday, August 7 ($85)
  • Children’s Drawing and Painting, a six week course beginning on Saturday, August 9 ($130 plus supplies)

Dr. Sushi, a local sushi catering and pop-up company, is hosting one of the coolest events around. Do you yearn to learn how to craft your own sushi roll like a pro? Of course you do!

On Thursday, August 7, Dr. Sushi will host a DIY Sushi Workshop at Great Lakes Culinary Center, 24101 W. 9 Mile Rd., Southfield. If you attend, you’ll learn how to roll maki, futomaki and temaki style sushi (options for vegans, omnivores and gluten-free diets will all be available). After soaking up all that knowledge, you’ll get to eat what you create!

The 21 and up event includes a cash bar, and tickets cost $35/person.

The Painted Glass, 25543 5 Mile Rd., Redford, features classes every Friday and Saturday where you (and your friends) get to paint your own wine glasses! Have you ever seen those really fancy wine glasses that are sold individually, look uniquely beautiful and cost upwards of $30? Here, you can create your own!

Classes are two hours long and are held every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. During that time, you’ll get a wine glass, painting supplies and instruction, all for just $35. Talk about the perfect girls’ night out!

There are always plenty of learning opportunities in the Metro Detroit area, no matter your area of interest. Take advantage of a fun class or workshop in the D today!