Interactive classes have been a dream of Dwell Local owner Paul Bennett since the get-go. They foster community and creativity. They push his mission onward.
“I’ve been thinking about doing it since we opened. I finally just got around to it,” he said.
Now they’re here: interactive studio classes, geared toward people of all experience levels – even zero. The classes will be taught by different artists in the shop and will cost between $35 and $50, depending on what’s being made. Each two hour event will have a signature cocktail, using Gardenaire products, and will include appetizers. Since materials are also provided, once you pay, you need only bring your creativity and appetite.
“It’s a social thing. I think that’s the big thing with all these classes that people are starting to do, it’s just a social thing,” said Bennett.
The sessions will consist of six to eight people, depending on the project, and, if all goes according to plan, will become a fixture of the shop. As funding for arts teaching in the public sphere dwindles, guys like Bennett are the next line of defense.
“Using your hands gets you out of your mind,” said Bennet, the importance of which we at 507 endorse wholeheartedly. Whether it’s acid etching your own necklace, mud painting an old piece of furniture, or learning simple beading, the act of creation is always valuable to engage in.
The classes aren’t the only new thing buzzing at Dwell; they’re going to have a new architectural salvage room, and Bennett is going to Mississippi in a few weeks to pick for raw materials, but we’ll have details about all that later. For now, get registered for a class by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or head to Dwell Local to pitch an idea for a class. We promise, talking to Paul and taking in the energy of his shop will be a highlight of your day.
Schedule of classes:
March 16 – Cluster Drop Earrings by Pretty Penny Boutique – $38
Pretty Penny Boutique’s cluster drop earrings class gives you the chance to make earrings from mixed metals, glass, and plastic beads. 2 inches long, textured with various materials such as mixed metals, glass and plastic beads. No experience necessary.
March 30 and April 13 – Coil Garden Pot by EarthBound Designs Pottery Studio – $35
A two part class, Coil Garden Pot by EarthBound Designs Pottery Studio’s Carey Shanahan will coach you to a 10” x 6” garden pot, perfect for an herb garden. Then it’ll be bisque fired, and, in two weeks, glazed. The first session takes 2 hours, the second, 1.
April 6 – Old Book Paper Spring/Easter Decorations by Pretty Penny Boutique – $38
Learn to make paper roses and mini spring baskets out of old book pages with Pretty Penny Boutique.
April 27 – Acid etched necklace by LJBlock Designs – $45
Acid is used to cut around protected parts of the metal, leaving a raised image. Rubber stamps help you imprint images and you can polish it too.
All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required via email: email@example.com