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 Columbus is the place for you.
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 of all kinds, helping with marketing and strategy. They don’t only work with businesses though! Several times through the year they offer workshops and classes on things like photography, branding, taxes, and more.
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: DSLR 101
You can’t go wrong with any of the classes at The Wonder Jam, particularly if you are a creative individual. But their class, DSLR 101, is particularly great. All you need is your camera, one lens, and the desire to get to hone your photography instincts. Get more info here.
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: 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.
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. The range of offerings is wide, and includes 3D Printing, workshop guides, 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.
Quilting, knitting, and crocheting 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, don’t fret, you can start out with Sewing 101. If you crave 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: Crochet 101
This class is perfect for those who are just starting out. At the class, learn the chain stitch to begin and up to three stitches that can be combined to make your very own washcloth. This class can be taken at your own pace and is $40. Click here for more info.
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, improve your ability to think on your feet and give you an opportunity to meet new people.
If you’re just starting your journey, you can take a beginner’s 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.
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: Intro to Hand Lettering
Get started into the wonderful world of hand lettering at this intro-level workshop. Each participant will receive a package of materials to keep including a workbook, practice papers, a set of lettering pens, a personalized clipboard and a thank you gift from the artist. The workshop is $79 and you can snag tickets here.
The Mix is an incredible new state of the art facility at Mitchell Hall at Columbus State. A variety of cooking classes are offered, from basics that teach you how to cook the perfect family breakfast, to more in-depth studies like Fermenting for Health and Wellness.
All classes are held at The Mix located inside Mitchell Hall at 250 N. Cleveland Ave. The classes are very affordable, like most things at Columbus State, starting at around $45. To view the full class schedule, please click here.
Can’t miss class: Natural Soap Making
They don’t just offer cooking classes at The Mix. This soap-making workshop will teach you how to make moisturizing hand soap, an exfoliating work soap, or a scented bath soap using natural essential oils. You’ll create your own custom soap to take home along with recipes and more great ideas. The class is $65. You can get more info here.
What are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see the new and improved you! But don’t do it for us. Do it for yourself, because you’re awesome and totally deserve it.
Originally published 1/2/2019. Updated 1/1/20.
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