As we bid the last year (and decade) adieu, we create New Year’s resolutions to live better, healthier and happier lives. It is with good intention that we set goals to achieve, even if they are only a faint memory come February. This year, consider this: pick up a new hobby or dust off an old one. Take a cooking class or learn to sew, for example. Develop new skills or flex your forgotten creative muscles. Revisit the classroom to learn Spanish or discuss great American novels. Pick up a pen, but forgo the pressure to write a bestseller. Seek intellectual growth, be active or creative, get inspired and immerse yourself in new subjects through one (or some) of these Nashville adult education classes.
It is hard to keep resolutions, but making time for activities outside of work and home life contributes to your all-around happiness. Nashville schools, art centers, nonprofits and restaurants offer adult education classes that open a window of new opportunities to lifelong learners. In the spirit of the new year, we introduce you to (or remind you of) 17 ways to learn something new this year (listed in alphabetical order).
17 Nashville Adult Education Classes
Bring arts and crafts back into your life at Craft South, a specialty craft supply store, workshop and resource center in Woodbine/Berry Hill. Workshops start at $30 and range from sewing and embroidery to jewelry making and crocheting. There is never a shortage of classes on the calendar as they run throughout the year, so keep an eye out for one that interests you. Learn more at craft-south.com
Connect with other women while learning about new ways to focus on your own wellness and relaxation, through classes at FYI. They offer an opportunity to engage with various health professionals and have honest, open discourse. With topics such as Finding Your Inner Superhero: How to Overcome Your Anxiety; Finding Rest and Renewal Through Movement and How We Fight: An Enneagram Perspective on Conflict, FYI creates an intimate space to have your wellness questions answered. More information can be found at fyi.health.
Goo Goo Chocolate Classes
Entrenching yourself in Nashville’s culinary scene is as easy as visiting one of the city’s many restaurants, but a selection of classes, tastings and tours will only increase your expertise. Might we recommend getting your hands dirty at The Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar during one of their chocolate classes held throughout the year? For $40, you’ll walk away with a deep understanding of the iconic Nashville brand, as well as a satisfied sweet tooth. Wannabe pastry chefs, this one’s for you. For additional information, visit googoo.com.
Harpeth Hall Winterim for Adults Program
A go-to for adult education classes, Harpeth Hall hosts its annual Winterim for Adults Program led by alumni, faculty, staff and local professionals each winter. This year’s classroom-style and hands-on workshops involve taking a closer look at the Kurds and their role in the Middle East, with upper school social science teacher Dr. Art Echerd. You can also receive advice for easy family dinners from alumna, certified holistic chef and cookbook author Laura Lea Bryant. Plus, you can learn bookbinding, beekeeping and yoga — just to mention a few. Classes begin in February and run through March, starting at $10. See the full lineup at harpethhall.org.
Make the chilly months of winter more fun by commanding the skills of cocktail making. Self-identified as a “hands-on, interactive craft beer, wine, spirits and cocktail event space where guests can experience custom beverages like never before,” Liquor Lab serves multiple chances to get behind the bar throughout the year. Mark your calendar to craft iconic cocktails or learn how to pair bourbon and barbecue (with barbecue from Peg Leg Porker). Prices range from $50-$60. Learn more at liquorlabnashville.com.
Little Art House
We learned about Little Art House from our young friends who adore the kid classes, and we were thrilled to hear that they offer options for adults, too. Sisters and art lovers, Emma Bradford and Leighton Lancaster, opened Little Art House in Hillsboro Village as a place for folks of all ages to imagine, explore and create. Try your hand at watercolor, acrylic painting, mixed media or printmaking. Classes continue throughout the year and start at $38. For the full list of courses, visit littlearthousenashville.com.
Miel Restaurant Cooking Classes
If you’re new to the kitchen or curious about the wide world of wine, start with one of the ongoing classes at Miel Restaurant. Build a foundation and develop a culinary repertoire during a range of courses that cover everything from the basics to advanced techniques. Coming up, you’ll find two notable events on the calendar: food and wine pairing with the founder of Cave Springs Winery, Tom Pennachetti, and a fermentation course that looks at the history and benefits of fermentation, plus how to do it at home. Times and prices vary. The full schedule can be found at mielrestaurant.com.
Mud Puddle Pottery Studio
Mud Puddle Pottery is best known for its pottery studio (hand building, pottery wheel and sculpting in clay), but the fun does not stop there. You can also attend jewelry making, metalsmithing, painting and drawing classes. Sign up for an eight-week series as a beginner or intermediate, or have an unexpected date night at the studio. Times and prices vary. See the full schedule at mudpuddlepottery.com.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be more active this year? Instead of enduring a grueling workout at the gym (unless that’s your thing, in which case, go for it!), get moving to the tune of instrumental music at the Nashville Ballet’s Community Division. Practice pirouettes and perfect pliés down the hall from Nashville Ballet’s professional dancers. Don’t worry; previous dance experience is not required. Classes start at $15 and run throughout the year. See the complete schedule at nashvilleballet.com.
Nashville Community Education
Pursue a passion for learning, and connect with others with similar interests, through Nashville Community Education. The adult education classes touch on a variety of topics in the areas of art, career and life, wellness, language, technology, finance and law. Whether you want to explore your skills in creative writing, learn to play guitar, find financial success or understand healthcare, you’ve come to the right place. The offerings are diverse, and the lessons learned will be valuable. Registration for spring 2020 is open now until April. Times and prices vary. For more information, visit nashville.gov.
Nashville Flower Market
Putting together homemade bouquets is a breeze once you’ve mastered the essential art of arranging stems. At Nashville Flower Market, the lineup of winter floral classes focuses on centerpieces, bridal bouquets, floral foam and holiday designs. Not only is flower arrangement fun, but it’s a useful skill. Nashville Flower Market provides materials (and snacks), and each class starts at 5:30 p.m. Plus, private courses are available for groups of five or more. Classes are ongoing throughout the year and cost $45. The full schedule can be found at nashvilleflowermarket.com.
The Porch Writers’ Collective
Perhaps you’re destined to pen the next great novel, or maybe you’re unsure how to string two sentences together. Either way, you’ll be welcomed by The Porch, our city’s very own Independent Center for Writing that inspires and educates the local literary community through one-day workshops ($58) and multi-week workshops ($100). With poetry, creative writing, fiction and non-fiction workshops offered throughout the year, there is something to suit every type of writer. Learn more at porchtn.org.
Sunda Sushi Rolling
Impress your dinner guests at your next at-home gathering, with hand-rolled sushi. While this particular dish is intimidating to many, it is approachable with the guidance of experts. For $50, Sunda’s expert chefs guide you through making maki using seaweed wraps, sticky rice and spicy tuna. You’ll be an expert in no time. Classes run throughout the year. Learn more at sundanewasian.com.
USN Evening Classes
Turn to University School of Nashville’s Evening Class Program for an extensive catalog of adult education classes on a variety of topics. This year’s options cover music, literature, culture, career, family, health, cooking, entertaining, home and garden, art and hobbies, and sports and fitness — such as cooking with Hathorne’s executive chef Joey Molteni, and yoga for first-timers with USN parent Corrine Dennison. Decide whether to update or buy a new home with Ridley Wills of The Wills Company and Jessica Averbuch of Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty, or learn grammar from English teacher Thorunn McCoy. Classes run through March and start at $27. For the full lineup, visit eveningclasses.org.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
There isn’t an age limit on learning, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute caters specifically to those over 50. Lifelong learners take pleasure in partaking in the institute’s educational programs and cultural activities. This January, classes examine six American novels published between 1899 and 1997; U.S. history from the women’s perspective, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and the past, present and future of Fort Negley. Times and prices vary. For a full list of classes, visit their Winter 2020 Catalogue.
Sarratt Art Studio
Sarratt Art Studio is a creative outlet for those interested in jewelry, photography, clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, glass, graphic design and more. With classes led by local artists, the studio art program welcomes beginners as well as advanced artists. Each class meets for 2.5 hours, once a week, for ten weeks. Courses start at $165 and begin the week of January 27, and run through March. See the complete schedule at vanderbilt.edu.
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Community Education
Embrace your creative side by enrolling in a workshop in art, design, film, interior design or photography at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. The non-credit classes start February 1, so you have until the end of this month to decide if you’d rather conquer graphic design, become an expert woodworker or learn interior design skills to apply to your home or budding business. Classes start at $60 and take place throughout the year on the Watkins College campus. For a list of courses, visit watkins.edu.
Whole Foods Salud! Cooking School
We can’t imagine a better way to spend our free time than tasting wine, cooking comfort foods, making pizza, or mastering French macarons. All of this, and more, is possible at Whole Foods Salud! Cooking School. Expand your culinary repertoire during weekday and weekend classes, and have tons of fun along the way. Classes start at $25 and continue throughout the year. Learn more at wholefoodsmarket.com.
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