It’s the same story each new year: our list of resolutions gets swallowed by the busyness of day-to-day life by roughly February. This year we want to do things a little differently and just focus on infusing a little joy into our lives through learning. We’ve created a list of local and virtual classes that will hopefully inspire YOU to revisit an old hobby or learn a new skill as well!
Adult Oil Painting
If you would like to dust off your paintbrushes or maybe pick some up for the first time, head to The 402 Lesson Studio. Their Adult Oil Painting class provides step-by-step guides and demonstrations for creating beautiful landscapes in oil paint. Everyone from beginners to advanced students will learn something from expert instructor, Keegan Baker.
Drawing In the Galleries
Take advantage of all the inspiration The Joslyn Art Museum has to offer with this hands-on drawing class. Students will receive instruction and practice time in the studio and then move to the galleries to draw from a masterpiece of their choice. This will also be one of the last chances to spend time in the museum’s galleries before they close their doors in preparation for the museum’s expansion and renovation.
If your favorite part of the Superbowl is the food, then you won’t want to miss this fun online cooking class through Metropolitan Community College! After picking up ingredients and basic supplies in advance, Chef Peter Walsh will walk you through the preparation of a themed menu for up to 15 guests. You’ll be sure to “score” extra points at your party this year.
If you would prefer to learn baking skills from the comfort of your own kitchen, there are many virtual classes to choose from. International Open Academy offers a bread course that will lead you through basic techniques, equipment, and solving problems with the dough or texture of the bread. They also have recipes for over 20 types of bread, so get ready to wow your friends with your French baguettes, chewy naan bread, and pane al cioccolato.
The Omaha Conservatory of Music has long been enriching the community through music education and performance, and they offer a wide range of classes and individual lessons. If you’ve always wanted to play guitar but don’t know where to start, their Guitar Explorers group class is perfect for first-timers. In the class, you’ll learn the basics of guitar technique, chords, and leads. Guitar Explorers is a perfect step into playing guitar before beginning individual instruction (which they also provide).
Virtual Drum Lessons
Maybe you fancy yourself more of a Ringo than a Paul and would love nothing more than to wail on some drums every now and then. The 402 Lesson Studio offers virtual 1 on 1 drum lessons which can be purchased one at a time. This is great for help with a certain technique or for new exercises to challenge you. They work with all skill levels, so even if you’ve never picked up a pair of drumsticks in your life, they will help guide you on your drumming journey.
If your new year’s resolution is to become a bonsai hobbyist then this bonsai workshop is for you. Bonsai trees are delightful to be displayed in your home or office. Whether you are a novice bonsai plant parent or an expert looking to grow your bonsai tree collection, in this workshop you’ll learn from bonsai artist and teacher, Scott Lee. Registration includes pre-bonsai materials, wire, and guidance.
Repotting with Nodest
Hit the bar this winter, the soil bar. Nodest Plants has a soil bar set up for you to get your hands dirty and give your plants the TLC they deserve. Bring in your own pot, or buy a pot, start the year off right with a one-on-one repotting session. Everything you need to keep your plants happy; you can learn at Nodest!
Mind and Body
Reiki-Infused Meditation at Lauritzen Gardens
Tap into your body’s inner healer through a reiki-infused meditation class at Lauritzen Gardens. In this class, you will be guided by easy-to-follow instructions. Start your week off right with deep breathing surrounded by plants, you’ll leave class feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!
Club Pilates Classes
If you are looking to implement a new workout into your routine, or just want to try a new class, then Club Pilates may be for you! Pilates is a great workout for any level of fitness, each class is the perfect blend of calm and intense. You’ll get a great muscle-burning workout while also leaving feeling grounded. Experience your first class for free, with a 30-minute full-body session with one of their talented instructors.
Design It!: Rapid Board Game Prototyping at Do Space
Learn, create, explore and invent at Do Space! Whether you are already tech-savvy or not, Do Space welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of technology expertise. They have a variety of everything from lunch and learns, meet-ups, cyber seniors, to classes such as robot building, coding, and Adobe basics. In their Design It!: Rapid Board Game Prototyping class you will brainstorm game ideas and then prototype them with found household supplies. Check out their full calendar of classes on their website.
Pottery Lessons at Kimbra’s Touch Pottery
Learn your way around the wheel, the pottery wheel! Kimbra’s Touch Pottery offers an atmosphere that generates creativity and learning. The classes are two hours once a week for six weeks as well as access to open studio hours. You’ll learn all the basics about making ceramics. Kimbra also offers free wi-fi with an open tea bar and coffee!
Photography Classes at Rockbrook Camera
Want to become a better photographer, or finally learn how to use the fancy camera you bought? Start with Rockbrook Camera! They offer a variety of classes to choose from to help you hone in on your photography skills and feel more confident behind the camera. You can choose from a variety of classes to accommodate your skill level; photo basics, editing, mastering manual mode, deep-diving into composition, or even one-on-one classes, they have it all! When you take one of their classes you also will be welcomed into their Rockbrook Camera EDU Learning Community Facebook group, and have the opportunity to learn and connect with other community members.
We hope this list inspires you to add some joy to your 2022 through learning. If you’ve taken a class in the Metro area that you loved let us know about it in the comments!
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