The DiY movement continues to grow, and as it does more and more of us are becoming interested in taking up a craft or hobby that involves a little skill and some hand-eye coordination–other than Wii bowling, of course. But with hectic work schedules, commuting, or just sheer laziness (here!), sometimes it's hard to set your nose to the grindstone and actually make it happen. We want to learn some new skills while having a little fun too, you know? Enter Workshop, the new DiY classroom brought to you by the folks behind Indie Mart's monthly shopping events.
This October, SFMOMA will launch a new free-to-the-public educational program, Pickpocket Almanack. Under the direction of independent curator Joseph del Pesco, temporary faculty from the Bay Area arts community will build curricula around lectures, workshops, screenings, and other scheduled Bay Area events. The course will result in a new framework for each event, allowing the public to engage with the topic on a higher contextual level. Faculty include Megan and Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library and filmmaker Les Blank.
If there's one thing this recession has taught us, it's that it's always a good idea to keep learning and bettering yourself in order to remain relevant in this ever-changing job market. If we've learned two things, the second is that you've gotta get your fun while the gettin's good. So, if you've ever wanted to try a craft you've never done before, like sewing, screen printing, or letterpress, or if you want to brush up on some new skills to add to your resume, there's no time like the present. Here are our picks for summer school craft and design classes that are happening around the city - we promise they'll be way better than that SAT practice course you took in high school.
The ART Weekend: August 13th through the 15th