Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: There’s something out there for anyone who wants to learn a craft — woodworking, weaving, pottery, quilting, painting and more. You don’t need permission to get crafty!

Amava Take: We aren’t making this up just because crafting is fun. Participating in the arts has positive cognitive, social and emotional benefits. If you’ve always wanted to learn to be a builder or a maker, do it! Not only are there many ways to learn these skills and join groups of enthusiasts, there are people who enjoy their crafts so much they want to teach them to others in formal and informal settings. We know, because they’ve told us. 

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of people enjoy tactile, fine and industrial arts?

All kinds of people. There’s something elemental and human about working with your hands.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Try out different classes or groups and stay open to alternatives.

What if I want to teach or start my own group in my community?

Awesome! Go to your My Amava page and try a Go Local listing to get you started.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of learning a new craft?

It’s so fun to get to know other enthusiasts. There’s no competition, it’s just a way to bond with others over mutual interests. 

How would you describe the hard parts?

If losing track of time and realizing you missed lunch because you were so obsessed counts, I guess it could be seen as a hard part. But, really, it’s fantastic to be so immersed.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

I had no idea there were so many people as curious about creating as I am. 

Special Requirements: Zero. Zip. Zilch.

Finding a Position: If it’s woodworking that you’re interested in, try this free online course. If you enjoy it, look for the nearest Maker space or community organization that gives classes near you. If you’re all about clay, here’s a listing of the best places across the country to give it a try. Are you a dream weaver type? There are some renowned weaving schools across the country and you can also start online. Join a quilting circle, take a painting class or learn to knit. Check out this cool all-things-crafts website if you’re not sure what to try first. Make things yourself!