Master the potter's wheel. (Anastasiia Sapon, courtesy of Dusted and Blue)

6 Creative Workshops to Start a New Hobby


No hobbies? No worries.

San Francisco's creative calendar is absolutely packed with beginner workshops where you can learn everything from the Lindy Hop to watercolor, letterpress, shibori, metalsmithing, and more. Have fun!

Learn to Lindy Hop at 9:20 Special

This popular style of dance has been around since the early 1920s. Swing, turn, step, and jump all night long at 9:20 Special, which offers four-week progressive courses ($55-$65) on Thursday nights. Want to get just a taste? Try the new 30-minute beginner drop-in class ($9/adults, $7/students and seniors). // 2460 Sutter St. (Pacific Heights),

Learn Shibori, Sewing, Kombucha Brewing and More at Workshop SF

No clue what hobby to pursue? Get inspired by the many classes ($40-$200) at WorkshopSF. Whether you prefer sewing, metalsmithing, leatherworking, or kombucha brewing, WorkshopSF has something for everyone. They also offer private classes in a variety of skills for group events and parties. // 1798 McAllister St. (NoPa),

Learn Watercolor Painting at Case for Making

Next door to General Store in the Outer Sunset, Case for Making is stuffed with handmade watercolors and thoughtfully curated art supplies from around the world. Learn how to mix your own watercolors and the techniques behind this forgiving medium, and leave feeling inspired to paint en plein air the foggy vistas of nearby Ocean Beach. Classes fill up quickly; sign up for watercolor paint making ($165) and drawing with watercolor ($155). // 4037 Judah St. (Outer Sunset),

Throw Your Own Wabi-Sabi Mug at Dusted and Blue

Learn the foundations of the pottery wheel in a six-week course ($325; check the website for schedule) or a one-off workshop ($85) at Dusted and Blue. In under two months, you'll have the skills to make all the cool tea mugs your heart desires. // 1242 Mason St. (Nob Hill),

Learn the Art of Letterpress at Coffee n Cream Press

Trained as a fine artist, Leah Jachimowicz crafts the cheekiest must-have letterpress greeting cards at her Outer Sunset company, Coffee n Cream Press. Want to make your own? Sign up for one of her workshops ($85) where you'll have access to their design library (no real talent is necessary on your part!) as well as to the flat-bed Vandercook Press. You'll DIY cards and envelopes to take home. // Sign up at

Try Your Hand at Knitting at ImagiKnIt

For those who like to keep their hands busy and yearn for that Lenny Kravitz look, ImagiKnit is a wonderful place. Knitting and crochet 101 courses ($69 per 3-class series) are offered throughout the year. Go on, pick a hobby that will keep you cozy on SF nights. // 3897 18th St. (Castro)

Don't see what you're looking for? Click here for classes in blacksmithing, screen printing, digital animation, and more. Or, learn to cook with our guide to Bay Area culinary schools.


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