They say that creativity fills the soul, and with so many cultural and creative spaces in the Berkshires, there is plenty of creativity on display. But what if instead of watching, your group wants to be creating? Luckily for them, the Berkshires provide hands-on options for group and individuals all year long.
IS183 is a local non-profit community art school that encourages people of all ages, means and skill levels to enrich their lives through hands-on experience in the visual arts. They offer classes from Williamstown to Stockbridge including Easy Intro to Painting, Intro to Screenprinting, The Potter’s Wheel and Multi-Media Sculpture where students will construct of 3D objects, figurative or abstract, using materials and tools like wire, wood, wax, cardboard, fabric, tin, and there will even be the option of working with plaster. All of IS183’s classes are open to the public at all skill levels and available for children and adults, which means everyone can get in on the fun!
The Berkshire Museum, located in downtown Pittsfield, hosts a creative class on select Saturday mornings, each month, year-round called Learner’s Lab. For the price of admission to the museum, you can take classes include such diverse topics as knife skills, beekeeping and maple sugaring, beer making and coffee brewing, holiday baking, Halloween makeup applications and even how to book bind. It doesn’t get much more creatively diverse than that.
Is your group looking to take a class but also want to have a fun night out while they are in the Berkshires? Look no further than Berkshire Paint and Sip in Pittsfield. Classes are held most days other than Monday and Tuesday and are open to the public. For groups, you can also book private events. The cost of admission includes all paint and supplies.
If your group is looking #tasteberkshires then the Berkshire Co-Op Market in Great Barrington offers a wide-range of classes for both adults and children. Kids cooking classes take place nearly every Saturday morning, and they also offer a range of DIY Kids classes throughout the year. Be sure to also look into their Shopper’s Workshops on topics including home canning, vertical farming, home heating efficiency and healthy shopping. Learn more by visiting their event calendar.
Whatever creative experience you want to add to your itinerary you will find it here in the Berkshires. So get on the bus and come visit us.