New Year’s resolutions aren’t all about working out and eating healthier. Sometimes, they’re about improving yourself in other ways.
If you’re interested in expanding your horizons, improving your expertise, pursuing a hobby, or learning a new skill, then you are in the right place.
Instead of spending another year wishing that you’d done something differently, look through this list, get inspired, and go after your dreams. They’re all waiting for you at the click of a link. Seriously, all you have to do is pick one!
If you haven’t heard of The Wonder Jam before, then you’re in for a real treat. The Wonder Jam is a company that works with small businesses, focusing on product and food photography, helping those businesses with marketing and building a community hub. The Wonder Jam offers classes focusing on photography, which is definitely their wheelhouse.
Upcoming classes include Food Photography & Styling, Photography for Small Goods, and Social Media for Busy Business Owners. The courses range in price from $55 to $200 and include valuable information from finding your online voice for your small business to taking your own product photos. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so if you see something that intrigues or inspires you, don’t hesitate to book it!
Can’t miss class: Food Photography & Styling
This class will teach attendees the best ways to photograph food, tips for both artificial and natural lighting, styling, and tips on the perfect gear. The class will be taught by photographer Allie Lehman and costs $75. Click here for more info.
The Columbus Cultural Arts Center has been in the business of teaching for nearly 40 years. This program, which is offered through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, offers courses that vary from ceramics to painting to weaving and everything in between. In order to register for classes at the CAC, the first step is creating an account with the Recreation and Parks Department.
After that, you can explore the full class list on the CAC’s website. Upcoming classes include Screen Printing, Beginning/Intermediate Jewelry making, Bronze Casting, and Printmaking. The classes vary in price and often require an additional lab fee, which is paid on the night of your first class. To see the full list of classes available, please click here.
Can’t miss class: Beginning Ceramics
Beginners will learn different methods of sculpting ceramics, including the pinch, slab, and coil methods, decorating and glazing techniques, as well as the opportunity to work the potter’s wheel. Class fees range from $58-$65 and a separate lab fee of $15 will be paid at the first class.
Whether you’re looking to pick up a new hobby like blacksmithing or you’re interested in expanding your small business, the Columbus Idea Foundry probably has a class for you. Seriously, there are 3D Printing classes, workshop classes, leatherworking, beginner podcasting, and so much more. The classes vary in pricing and availability, with several classes taking place each month.
If you find several classes you’re interested in, it would be worth it to consider getting a membership to the Idea Foundry, which comes with perks like discounted classes and exclusive events. There are a variety of membership packages. Click here for more info.
Can’t miss class: Workshop Interest Tour
With a class schedule like the Idea Foundry’s, it may help you make a decision to attend a Workshop Interest Tour. The tour will show you the different areas of the Foundry and help you to choose which classes best suit your interests. For more info, please click here.
Stonewall Columbus, the leading voice in the Columbus LGBTQ community offers classes throughout the year that appeal to people from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking to get healthier or learn a new skill, Stonewall invites you to learn with them.
The classes are hosted at a variety of locations and often range in pricing depending on the facility that is being used. For more info about the full list of classes available, please click here.
Can’t miss class: Ballroom Dancing
This six-week class is open to couples or individuals. Both beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome. The Beginners Class will learn the Waltz, Tango, and Cha Cha. The Intermediate Class will learn the Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing, Waltz, Tango, and ChaCha. Prices are $30 for individuals and $55 for couples. For more information, please click here.
Quilting, knitting, crocheting. These are just a few of the classes offered at Sew to Speak in Worthington. If you’ve never touched a sewing machine in your life, you can start out with Sewing 101. If you want something a little more challenging, you can look into higher level classes or even private lessons.
At Sew To Speak, people of all talent levels are welcome. The classes offer a unique way to add creativity to your life, as well as learning a life skill that most people don’t possess! Classes range in price from $10-$80. For more info, please click here.
Can’t miss class: Brooklyn Tweed Knit
If your closet is missing a warm, oversized sweater, you can ditch that trip to the mall you’ve been planning. Instead, you can head to Sew to Speak to make your own. Nikki Hartnett will walk you through the Stonehaven cardigan from Brooklyn Tweed. Fair warning, this is a 7-month long course, so no instant gratification here. But your hard work will be ready just in time for fall! The course is $20. Click here for more info.
Want to get out of your comfort zone this year? Learn to speak up and get some laughs with Nest Theatre. These Improve classes aren’t just for comedians. They can help you be more outgoing, think on your feet, and meet new people.
If you’re just starting your journey, you can take a beginners class. Although the winter sessions have already sold out, there are more available in March, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to sign up. In addition to improv, you can also take elective courses, which range from sketch comedy to writing classes. To view the full list of electives, please click here.
Can’t miss class: Improv Level 1
Everyone has to start somewhere. Improv Level 1 will introduce you to the world of improv comedy. Throughout the class, you’ll participate in exercises, talk basic theory, dive into basic scene work, and more. The course is six weeks and costs $175. For more info about Improv Level 1, please click here.
Hand-lettering has seen a huge resurgence in the past few years. It doesn’t matter if you have terrible penmanship, as long as you can hold a pen, Natterdoodle can teach you how to create beautiful, hand-lettering.
The class will let attendees learn hand lettering ling, the basic strokes of script alphabet, a hand lettering style that is versatile, create a finished design, demonstrations, and more. The class will take place on January 30, 2018, at The Joseph Le Meridien Hotel and costs $75. Tickets can be purchased here.
Can’t miss class: This is a one-off class, so it is the can’t miss class. But here’s a fun fact for you instead. Each participant will get a package of materials, including a workbook, a set of lettering pens, and a personalized thank you gift!
The cooking classes at 1400 Food Lab aren’t just for industry professionals. They’re for hobbyists, beginners, and kitchen dabblers alike. The courses are varied, from different types of foods to cooking processes to business advice.
All classes are held at the 1400 Food Lab facility, located at 1400 Dublin Road. The classes are very affordable, ranging in price from $35 to $50. To view the full class schedule, please click here.
Can’t miss class: Cooking for Dogs
It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I would choose this particular class as a can’t miss event. The Cooking for Dogs class will teach participants how to cook three different meals for pups. Recipes for this class include Sweet Potato Biscuits, Dog’s Wok Chicken, and Pumpkin Ice Cream. The class is $50 and you can register here. But you’d better hurry! This class takes place on January 14, 2018.