There are millions of creative things to do from home, but we’re not talking about those, we’re talking about the kinds of activities that are offered in classes all across NWA. Always wanted to know about the fine points of baking or maybe you’ve wanted to pursue an interest in painting or pottery, NWA has these opportunities and many, many more Check out the Top 10 creative things to do in Northwest Arkansas.
600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700
NWA is very fortunate to have Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In addition to free admission provided by Walmart for its permanent collection, Crystal Bridges offers many additional educational programs to the people of NWA including art-making classes and workshops for the entire family, Drop In Fun in the Experience Art Studio, and guided art-making and drawing sessions with artist-educators. In addition, adults 21 and older can experience WOW – Crystal Bridges. WOW (Wednesday over Water) is a monthly tasting event led by Case Dighero, the museum’s Culinary Director. Call 479.657.2335 for information on WOW. Check the museum website under Education for classes.
There are several different places in NWA where you can go to learn to paint in a casual, fun atmosphere. While all offer the opportunity to learn to paint, some also offer wine and, painting on pottery and canvas. Check out Painting With a Twist in Bentonville and Fayetteville, Rogers Experimental House and Imagine Studios in Rogers.
Eureka Springs School of Arts
15751 Highway 62 W, (479) 253-5384
Offering art education opportunities in Eureka Springs in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Ozark Mountains, the school provides students of all ages the space and instruction to explore and evolve their creativity in many mediums including glass, painting, photography, acrylic, leather and jewelry.
Cutting Edge Glass and Frame
12458 W Hwy 62, (479) 595-0535
Ever been intrigued by how stained glass is made? Cutting Edge Glass and Frame offers beginner, advanced, and specialty workshops in the art of stained glass. Classes teach three different ways to decorate with glass. Mosaic, fused and stained glass.
12103 Hazel Valley Rd, (479) 643-3185
Terra Studios offers both children and adults fun mini workshops across many mediums including clay, wire, and dyed silk. Each workshop is finished in no more than one day, and yields a treasure to take home.
Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson St, (479) 443-5600
Being the primary center for the arts in NWA, Walton Arts Center offers theater, music and dance and also plays host to Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Theatre Squared. The Community Creative Center located at the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios also offers art classes for adults and children.
Arkansas Public Theatre
116 S. 2nd St, (479) 631-8988
Being NWA’s only all-volunteer community theatre, it produces classic, cutting-edge and fresh from Broadway musicals, plays and special events. If you’ve always wanted to know more about the theatre, join the 1000 strong volunteer base at APT, and help with the next performance. You won’t find a friendlier group of people.
Cooking Classes in Downtown Rogers
The Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers offers catering and monthly cooking classes where you can watch while food is being prepared and cooked, and then you can take the recipe home where you can prepare the featured dish for yourself. Lunch is offered from 11 – 2 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the space can also be rented for special occasions and more.
Honeycomb Cooking Shop has high quality cooking supplies and cookware from A to Z, and it also offers frequent creative cooking classes in its full kitchen located right in the shop. This is a super place to learn cooking tips and tricks from the professional chefs and bakers in the area.
Junque 2 Jewels
210 W New Hope Rd, (479) 877-3188
Offers classes in handmade and vintage, painting, creating things like door hangers and frames. Great for a birthday event, girls night out, or other special occasion. Come, create and have fun!
Creative Corner on Broadway
122 S Broadway St, (479) 228-1236
If you enjoy or have ever wanted to scrapbook, Creative Corner on Broadway is just the place where you can learn how to scrapbook and meet other scrapbookers in the process. Just bring your pictures, they’ll have all the rest. Classes are offered each month, and they also offer an all day crop on each.
Arts Center of the Ozarks
214 S Main St, (479) 751-5441
Arts Center of the Ozarks provides NWA with art education, cultural arts opportunities including musical performances, theatre productions and visual arts education. This is a terrific place to introduce your child to the world of performing art. The performances are near professional in quality, do yourself a favor and attend one of the theater productions or musical performances.