Springing into Creativity

Springing into Creativity
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Part of my “resolution” this year was to try some new, creative things. In my career and generally in life, I’m data and information centered, so I don’t feel as though I exercise my creative side often enough. I’m vowing to change that and have five ideas to share with you.  

  • Guitar Lessons:  Let me preface this with I have never, until now, picked up a guitar in my entire life! But learning to play guitar is something that has intrigued me. Even though I have zero skills, I decided to step out of my comfort zone for a lesson. I found private lessons at Vinings School of Art. By the end of the 30 minute instruction, Miss Kat had me playing 3 chords already! Great teacher and great place. I’m going back for my 2nd lesson tomorrow, btw. (Note: It’s helpful if you do have your own guitar for the lessons.)  More interested in piano or voice lessons? They have those too!  
  • Painting: The husband and I did one of these paint and sip nights a few years ago as a date night. At first I was skeptical, because I was convinced there was no way I’d be able to paint anything on my own. But I did, and it was such a fun, unique experience.  Want to find a place? Google paint and sip + your part of town and you can read reviews of several places. 
  • Craft Classes: Get your craftiness on by attending a craft class. Michaels and Hobby Lobby both offer classes, ranging from scrapbooking, sewing, beading, Cricut and more!  Find a store near you to view their calendar of in-store class offerings.  
  • Nature Events: In January, I attended a birding event hosted by Park Pride and the Atlanta Audubon Society. It was so fun (and educational!) to learn about the different birds that inhabit our part of the country and to be outdoors in nature, enjoying the scenery. Atlanta Audubon Society has regular field trips that are free and open to the public.  Want something more accessible to the little ones? Dunwoody Nature Center has “Free First Saturdays” with different themes each month.  
  • Building/DIY Classes: The first Saturday of every month, The Home Depot offers a DIY workshop for kids where they get to build and keep something for FREE! My husband has been taking our daughter to this for over a year now, and I cannot tell you how much she looks forward to it. I love that she’s learning how to use tools and build things on her own. Visit their site and find a location near you to see their class offerings! 

What are your favorite ways to get those creative juices flowing? Share your favorite spots with the village!  

Editor's Note: This was written prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please be advised that some workshops, classes, etc. may not be taking place currently and will resume later this year.