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

8 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 Tahitian hula, and the arts of pottery, macramé, floral arranging, and more. Have fun!

Learn to Lindy Hop

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-$60) 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),

DIY First Fridays

No clue what hobby to pursue? Get inspired by the many classes ($40-$200) at WorkshopSF. Whether you prefer floral design or beer brewing, WorkshopSF has something for everyone. On First Fridays, the shop becomes an open house party (admission is free)—a perfect chance to preview classes, see the space, and just hang out. // 1798 McAllister St. (NoPa),

Paint With Watercolor

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. Sign up for the basic watercoloring class ($85) or the Watercolor Make & Paint Mashup ($135). // 4037 Judah St. (Outer Sunset),

Macrame Forever

Little Paper Planes is like a year-round West Coast Craft. They feature many of the same artists, and with one look at the knick-knacks and zines, you'll be wishing you were part of the creative circuit. Luckily, there are tons of workshops, ranging from macrame plant hangers to silk scarf painting and craft camps for kids during the summertime. // 855 Valencia St. (Mission)

Throw Your Own Wabi-Sabi Mug

Learn the foundations of the pottery wheel in a six-week course (check the website for schedule) or a one-off workshop ($85 on July 20th) 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),

Knit With It

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 spring and summer. Go on, pick a hobby that will keep you cozy on SF nights. // 3897 18th St. (Castro)

Do the Tahitian Hula

This ancient dance is both a beautiful art form and fun at parties. Imagine as island breeze as you sway your hips to the music of the Pacific at Purusha Yoga, where Friday night classes (starting at $18) are open to all levels. // 3729 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond),

Arrange Flowers

If you're suffering from writer's block or still searching for a reason to get crafty, Spark Arts has weekly talks on ways to restore your creative soul. While you're there, sign up for a jewelry design class or a flower arranging workshop. // 4229 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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