While learning may conjure images of desks and backpacks and homework, it doesn’t have to mean school. In fact, these classes are downright adventurous. Here, 9 activities that you never knew existed—let alone that you could do them yourself.
Make Your Own Neon Sign – Because there’s nothing like seeing your name in lights, you might as well learn to make your own neon sign. Practice tube-bending and wiring techniques, then let the folks at Brooklyn Glass fill it with colorful neon gas.
Try Your Hand at Ikebana – Learn the fine art of Japanese floral arrangement with an emphasis on individual expression, free-flowing composition, and natural beauty. The good news: there are no hard-and-fast rules.
Dance to Bollywood Funk – Learn a complete combination during this Bollywood funk dance class that combines jazz and hip-hop with Bollywood beats. You’ll be club (or wedding) ready in 60 minutes flat.
Paint a Human…In the Dark – Grab your significant other (or a trusted friend) and spend an afternoon under the blacklights with some glow-in-the-dark paint. Instructors will provide a quick intro to body painting, then set you and your creative instincts loose.
Read Tarot Cards – Learn the basics of choosing and interpreting cards from Urban Shaman Donna Henes during Tarot 101. She has 30 years of experience reading tarot—and each class culminates in a mini reading.
Do Aerial Silks – Have your own Cirque du Soleil moment, no previous experience required. You’ll gain strength and agility learning beginner poses and drops in this aerial silks class, and feel like you’re flying high by the end.
Whip Up Handmade Gelato – This cold treat is totally delicious—and totally something you can make yourself. Learn to make your own gelato (and get a history lesson to boot) during a hands-on class. You’ll take a handmade pint home for the freezer, natch.
Write Your Memoir – Your life is way more interesting than you think it is. Recount your funny, tender, or complex memories with the finesse of fine fiction during this memoir writing class at Gotham Writer’s Workshop.
Screen Print a T-Shirt – Learn the essentials of silkscreen printing during this one-day intensive workshop. You’ll work on multi-layered stencils and photo emulsion prints, and be ready to tackle printing on a cloth T-shirt by the end of the day.