7 Places In Columbus To Learn A New Skill In 2019

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!


The Wonder Jam

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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, How to Build a Legally Legit Business, and even a class that helps freelancers learn everything they need to know about taxes. The courses range in price from $30 to $75. 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.

Cultural Arts Center

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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 $60-$68 and a separate lab fee of $15 will be paid at the first class.

Columbus Idea Foundry

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.

Sew to Speak

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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: Embroidery Sampler
This class is perfect for those who are just starting out. At the class, you’ll learn and practice 12 stitches, and the culmination of your hard work will be a beautifully embroidered diamond sampler! The course is $45. Click here for more info.

Hashtag Comedy

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Want to get out of your comfort zone this year? Learn to speak up and get some laughs with Hashtag Comedy. These improv 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, with the winter session starting on January 15. In addition to improv, you can also take elective courses, which range from character creation to musical theatre. To view the full list of electives, please click here.

Can’t miss class: Adult Improv, Level One
Everyone has to start somewhere. Level One 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 $200. For more info about the class, please click here.


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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.

There are classes available all across Ohio, so don’t be shy. If you can’t find the one you want to take here in Columbus, it may pop up elsewhere! You can view all the workshops here.

Can’t miss class: Candles & Canvases
NatterDoodle has teamed up with The Candle Lab to create this awesome event. You’ll create your own 8 oz candle, with a little help from the Scent Experts at The Candle Lab, followed up by a session with Natalie of NatterDoodle on creating a gorgeous 12×12 holiday canvas. The workshop is $87 and you can snag tickets here.

1400 Food Lab

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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: Start Your Business: The First 10 steps
Are you ready to show your culinary skills to Columbus? Before you jump off and buy a crazy old food truck, treat your self to this class with Columbus leading breakfast expert, Nick Dekker. The class will teach you all the ins and outs of starting your own food business. Once you take the plunge, let us know ([email protected]) because we’d love to check out your restaurant! To sign up for the class,