Mud Pies for Grown-Ups
via Eugene on the Cheap
I loved to do art projects as a kid. I don’t know many adults who wouldn’t say the same. I started with the classic mud pies and worked my way up to coloring inside the lines. It didn’t take long for me to realize how much I liked to draw. There was no right or wrong….no epic fail for coloring the sky purple instead of blue. As with most things in life it seems, I found less and less time to draw…..to expand my artistic palate. Writing has been the catalyst to finding my artistic side again. If you long for the days when you were an amazing macaroni artist or avid wielder of a paintbrush, long no more. Here are some places to get crafty on the cheap.
The EMU Craft Center on the U of O campus, offers an impressive list of workshops to students as well as the community. Among them are $12 intro classes such as glass etching, custom name plates and ceramic mug and bowl making. Still staring at that sewing machine that you’ve never used. Get introduced to it by taking the sewing machine use workshop. Confidently patch your jeans and shirts, hem a skirt and more. Studio passes are not required for the introductory workshops. However, if interested passes are available to the public for $35/term.
If you’ve grown up in Eugene (like I have), then you’re probably familiar with the Willamette Stationers building on the corner of 5th and Oak Street. This longtime Eugene business is a must stop for scrap-bookers and the generally crafty alike. I recently discovered they also offer workshops ranging in price from $12-$25 respectively. If you are still unsure of what will tempt your artistic side, Willamette Stationers offers Make-N-Takes. This gives you the chance to learn new skills, techniques and meet other crafters. Make-n-Takes are free and available every Thursday from 11am – 2pm.
Emerald Art Center in Springfield (yes..I know this is EUGENE On the Cheap) offers teen and adult art classes. Stop in on a Wednesday for Open Drawing with Linda Kaye from 6:30-9pm. This is not an instructional class, but an open drawing class for those that may not want or need instruction. A live model will be in the class (yes they may be nude) for drawing. The course is $4 which pays for the model. Not ready for nudes yet…that’s okay. Emerald Art Center also has a Drop In Clinic from 1-4pm on Saturdays and is only $4 for non-members. If you’d like to get crafty with your kids, EAC holds Family Art Sundays from 2-4pm, for children and their families (check their calendar for dates).
With the wealth of artists and galleries that reside in Eugene, there is no shortage of places to explore your creative side. Local community centers usually offer a range of art classes for all skill levels. Oregon Art Supply and Maude Kerns both offer up a variety of workshops, but are a little pricey for this budgetista.
So the next time your feeling a bit crafty, stay out of trouble and go take an art class instead!
EMU Craft Center
U of O Campus
510 Oak Street Eugene, OR 97401
Emerald Art Center
500 Main Street Springfield, OR 97477