March 5, 2024


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Feed your creativity and make friends through art

Arts+ is launching adult learning initiatives to help people expand their social circles through arts.

Spark your creativity and maybe a few friendships.

Arts+ is launching adult learning initiatives that aim to help people expand their social circles. Classes will be held at the Arts+ Uptown studio (inside the Ascend Nonprofit Solutions building), 601 E 5th St. Information and registration is available at

A study conducted by Next Stage Consulting for Arts+ showed that more than 60% of people surveyed said they hope to gain a sense of community from engaging with art and music. Research has shown a direct correlation between adult friendships and wellbeing, which makes a case for bonding as part of healthy longevity, according to a report published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Socializing lowers the possibility of depression, and stress, while improving contentment and overall life satisfaction.

“Art is always influenced by a person’s life outside the studio; their hobbies and interests, lifestyle and family makeup,” Caroline Tippette, Arts+ director of visual arts programs said in a statement. “This naturally comes out as people create and work on ideas and allows classmates to connect beyond the superficial and through the images and objects they make. That ability to be open and express yourself allows a truly judgment-free zone for collaboration and understanding.”

Classes include:

• Exploring creativity in photography: A six-week course that teaches the basics of composition as well as the technical functions of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and creative editing techniques. Students will leave with an increased sense of camera functionality as well as seeing the world creatively. DSLR cameras are provided, but students can bring their own cameras. No experience required. 6-8 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 20; $250 + $10 registration fee.

• Embellish and adorn: Students will experiment with creating and upcycling jewelry and decor pieces using fabric, paint, wood, metal, glass and other materials with special techniques.

Students will create four projects, including jewelry, a hanging entryway piece or a hanging jewelry holder, a picture or poster frame, and a piece of the student’s choice to upcycle. All supplies are included.

Classes are 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 28. Admission is $250 with $10 registration fee.

• Creating comics: In this six-week course, students will focus on ways to create stories and strategies for generating plot, characters, and setting. The interaction of panel composition, flow, timing, and rhythm will be explored and discussed through contemporary examples.

Students will focus on and practice a different story-making element. All supplies included. 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 29.

Fee: $250 plus $10 registration.

• Gestalt! Open Studio: In the two-hour session, participants will work together to create individual pieces that will assemble into a large artwork revealing a final surprise image. Works will be created with paint, oil pastel, or collage. The Oct. 26 session will have a theme of Spooky Surprise; the Feb. 9 session will be themed around a Love Note.

Admission is $40 per participant, and participants 21 and over can bring in their own wine or beer with identification.