If you find your walls a bit bare during the spring cleaning, it’s time to start filling the creative void in your life. Whether you’ve been making mud pies since preschool or can’t draw stick figures, visit these local arts and crafts studios near Lincoln to practice your skills or learn the basics of fine art.
Urban Legends Art Studio, 2632 N 48th St.
From canvas art to ceramics, Urban Legends Art Studio has everything to indulge your inner Van Gogh. This craft studio is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but can also be reserved for private parties of five or more guests. Public courses are posted on their Facebook page. If you want an instructor-led option, consider taking a painting class with Bob Ross on the last Friday of every month.
Urban Legends is the perfect place to design your own personalized door hangers, cut to your liking in the studio. Other crafting options include creating glass art on glassware, canvas art, acrylic pours, alcohol-based inks, pottery, and porch boards. If you prefer to craft from the comfort of your own home, there are also art kits with materials and instructions to take with you.
Makit Takit Craft Studio, 4750 Normal Blvd.
If your craft board is piling up on Pinterest, it might be time to head over to Makit Takit Craft Studio to finally brush up on your crafting skills. Makit Takit is open every day except Sunday and offers ever-changing crafts for the seasons. Both reservations and walk-ins are available during open studio hours, with classes listed on their website almost every day. On top of that, there’s a new special every day of the week to save you money on your crafting extravaganza.
Makit Takit is perfect for all your DIY dreams without making a mess in your own home. The studio is complete with a splatter room, craft studio, yarn studio and sewing facilities. From slime and acrylic pours to wine glasses and wood burning, there’s a craft for every avid artist. Come alone or bring your friends to make bath bombs and string art, or maybe plan a trip with your roommates to decorate pillowcases and door hangers.
The Corky Canvas, 3700 S 9th St.
Is there a better combination than painting and your favorite glass of wine? At The Corky Canvas, simply select a date and time that works best for you and enjoy your event with a classic paint and sip. Drinks average $4 to $7 and include wine, champagne, beer, and non-alcoholic options. If you don’t consider yourself to be the next Leonardo da Vinci, these courses are teacher-led to recreate a chosen painting.
Group reservations are recommended, but individual reservations and private parties are also welcome. Classes cost $35 per person and can be reserved on their website.
SayDoSay Pottery Studio, 1527 N Cotner Blvd.
Whether you love that one scene from the Ghost movie or want to indulge in one of the oldest art forms, SayDoSay Pottery Studio opens its doors to novice and experienced pottery enthusiasts alike. Classes are offered Tuesday through Saturday and guide participants through the ceramic art form of building your own ceramic pieces. Private one-on-one sessions, private workshops, and group workshops are available to accommodate each artist entering the studio.
If you’re already into pottery, memberships are available with unlimited access to studio gear. Memberships are available for a single day or for a whole year. Members also have the opportunity to sell their personal work in the gallery. When you visit, make sure to say hello to the owner’s dog. SayDoSay Pottery is owned and operated by Mollie Leisinger, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Paint Yourself Silly, 4101 Pioneer Woods Drive #106 and 1501 Pine Lake Road #24
If you are interested in ceramics but intimidated by creating the artwork, visit Paint Yourself Silly to choose from a selection of pre-made ceramic pieces. There are three simple steps to painting yourself silly: choose your ceramic piece, decide on your paint colors, and have fun painting. After you’ve finished painting your masterpiece, let the piece burn in their kilns and get ready to pick it up in about a week. Specials and events are available on their website every day of the week.
Paint Yourself Silly is open every day of the week at two Lincoln locations. When you’re ready to design your own ceramic piece, the Pine Lake location teaches you how to roll slabs, twist pots, and hand mold weekdays. For $30 you get a pound of clay for sculpting and the first firing. Then return during regular painting sessions to complete your piece. At the Pioneer Woods location, consider looking into glass fusion to combine pieces of glass into a design that can be fused together. Options include creating ornaments, jewelry, sun catchers, and bowls or plates.