New Year's Resolutions: take more classes

New Year's Resolutions: take more classes

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From drawing to dancing, and singing to stitching, build your skills

In the spirit of trying something new for 2015, we thought we’d point out a number of classes and events which go on all year round in the Central Belt and which allow participants to get actively involved.

So what do you want to do? Art’s a good one to start us off, because it’s very therapeutic and relaxing, right? Unless you’re at the Edinburgh branch of Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, a life drawing class with a vivid burlesque theme. Similarly off the wall is All the Young Nudes, with music at Glasgow’s Flying Duck club, while both Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art run short courses.

Down other creative avenues, the Inky Fingers spoken word night in Edinburgh also runs writers groups and workshops, while Seeds of Thought in Glasgow is a well-respected spoken word event with an open mic element. It’s held at the CCA, which hasn’t announced its 2015 programme but is also a dependable stop for writing classes, talks, dance classes and the like.

Speaking of dance classes, Dancebase on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and Dance House in Glasgow should be your main stops if you want to try them out, while Barrowland Ballet has a participatory element. Elsewhere, there are a huge number of community choirs operating across Scotland now, singing pop hits, religious music and everything in between. If you want to join in, the Big Big Sing site has more contacts than we can list here.

Finally, honourable mentions for classes go to The Stitchery in Glasgow for sewing, My Bear Paw in Edinburgh for craft, Edinburgh Printmakers for printmaking techniques and Edinburgh New Town Cookery School for … well, it should be obvious.

A The Stitchery
24 Sandyford Place, Glasgow, G3 7NG
The home of creative sewing classes in Glasgow. Practical courses and workshops taught by respected designers and artists. A place to make, to learn and to relax. Our regular courses cover a variety of subjects, including the basics of sewing…
B Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ
Glasgow School of Art is Charles Rennie Mackintosh's greatest achievement and it continues to intrigue and inspire visitors from all over the world. Still a working art school, regular guided tours let you experience this famous and fascinating…
C Dance House
20 St Andrews Street, Glasgow, G1 5PD
D Edinburgh College of Art
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
With an international reputation as one of the most successful art colleges in the UK, Edinburgh College of Art is based in the centre of the Old Town and many of its studios have breathtaking views of the skyline dominated by Edinburgh Castle or out to…
E Edinburgh New Town Cookery School
7 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
One of the smartest and most elegant cook schools around, ENTCS takes up five floors of a Queen Street town house. This gives tastings and demos a dinner party feel – watch owner Fiona Burrell, once principal of Leith's School of Food and Wine…
F Edinburgh Printmakers
23 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR
Tucked away in Union Street towards the top of Leith Walk, Edinburgh Printmakers was established in 1967 as the first open-access studio in Britain dedicated to the promotion of contemporary printmaking. The studio is well-equipped, with facilities for…

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All the Young Nudes

A relaxed life drawing club with music and a bar to aid the flow of inspiration.

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Where cabaret meets life drawing – the models are burlesque divas, strapping hunks of manhood and circus freaks. Win alcohol and fancy art supply prizes at this antidote to solemn, lifeless classes.

Seeds of Thought

Diverse live performance and spoken word night, including everything from traditional African 'mbira' music to comedy, dramatic sketches and visual presentations. Open mic for those who want to share in the easy-going spirit of the evening. Ages 18+.

Big Big Sing Day

Big Big Sing is a UK-wide singing project that aims to inspire thousands of people through singing. Join a choir of hundreds for an evening of song, including workshops with inspirational choirmasters. No experience needed.

Dressmaking for Beginners

Jump right into sewing by creating your own dress using a flat pattern, basic stitches and foundational techniques. With designer and Stitchery founder Cassandra Belanger.

Seeds of Thought Writing Group

An informal group for writers of every level, facilitated by writer Tawona Sithole.

The Tee-Shirt Workshop

Beginners' workshop designed to introduce you to the basics of garment construction. Learn foundation techniques and apply them to making the simple Scout Tee by Grainline in a fabric of your choice.

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