I bet you can guess my favorite class growing up in schools (elementary, middle, high). Yup, art. It wasn't just because it was a time for creativity, it was the impact of the entire class. It was a veritable craft klatsch. You could feel the cumulative creativity in the air, the palpability of ideas, the functioning imaginations.We would simultaneously create and talk, advise, express, display. There's just something magical that happens when you have a confabulation of artistic people. It definitely inspires; that's for sure. Art brings out the best in others. It's a fact! And furthermore, people come out of their shells. Accomplishment abounds! Art class should be mandatory everywhere. So much is learned, and not just about art in itself. There's psychology involved, philosophy, history. The list is endless.
So, that's why once a week, me and my artsy friends get together and have our craft klatsch. We rotate hosts, and food and beverages are available. Everyone brings their projects and we all just go at it. It's one of the happiest days of the week for me.
In fact, Etsy has a lab called "Etsy Labs In Brookln, NY." Craft Nights at the Etsy Labs are free and open to the public, 4-8 p.m. on Mondays. You see, they're in on the know too!! There's also Meetup Groups; www.meetup.com, where you can find virtually any kind of meetup you like in any town.
So even if you take a knitting class or crocheting class, not only will you learn something new, but the experience in the class setting will bring the learning to new heights. I swear. There's just something about a bunch of artistic minds being in a room together. It's truly magical!