5 Things to Learn This Year in the East Bay


The new year is upon us and the idea of a fresh slate means endless opportunities to focus more on things we wish we did more of, like learning, creating and growing. This year, we’re pushing ourselves to get involved, try new activities and be more in the now. How we spend our time is so important and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it with friends and family, or solo, by turning to our amazing East Bay community and partaking in classes that will not only broaden our horizons, but also are wellbeing. Here are 5 creative classes to take in the East Bay this year — go out and have some fun!

Kitchen on Fire holds intimate cooking classes led by Michelin star and classically trained chefs. From butchery to basics, there’s something for everyone. We’re intrigued by the Winter Vegetarian Cooking Class!


What are some of the dishes you can learn to make?? Baked Parmesan Zucchini Crisps, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, Olive Oil Braised Fennel with Lemon, and Mini Blueberry and Meyer Lemon Cream Pies to name a few!

Learn from San Francisco based textile designer Jen Hewett in this El Cerrito Block Printing on Fabric class. With simple tools and the inspiration from classmates, you’ll walk away with skills that you can continue to master at home!


In this Digital Illustration Online course, you’ll learn how to take your drawings and sketchess and digitize them into artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Bonus: you don’t have to leave home for this online course!


Berkeley’s The Potter’s Studio holds year round Ceramics Classes from beginner course to advanced. You have a access to their studio 7 days a week to practice your craft in between weekly classes. If you fall in love with working with clay, you can become a member at the studio!


Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own cheese? Now you can in Emeryville. Learn how to make 3 cheeses in this 3 hour Cheese Making class. There will be wine!


Still looking for more new things to sink your teeth into? Keep your eyes peeled because there are so many great learning opportunities amongst our creative community we’ll do the same. Some other notable East Bay classes include Women’s Blacksmithing in Oakland and Salsa Dancing on Saturdays in Walnut Creek!


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