You’ve got mad skills (printmaking, jewelry design, flower arranging). Hone them at these top studios and niche schools.
Atwater Village’s sewing classroom caters to novices and experts alike. Learn to make throw pillows, pajamas, dresses, blouses, totes, handbags, and more. Before long, you’ll be known as “The Stitch-uation.”
Sew L.A., 3153 Glendale Boulevard, between Madera and Garden Avenues (323-665-7097 or sew-la.com).
Refine your beat-making, mixing, and scratching skills at this studio co-founded by the late Jam Master Jay (of Run DMC fame).
Scratch DJ Academy, 2324 Cotner Avenue, between West Pico Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue (888-725-5557 or scratch.com).
Taught by native speakers, these interactive classroom courses cover reading, writing, and speaking. Choose from 25 languages, including Thai, Hebrew, Greek, and Farsi.
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute, 439 North Canon Drive, between Brighton Way and South Santa Monica Boulevard, suite 207, Beverly Hills (310-858-0717 or bhlingual.com).
Learn to whip up a specialized five-course meal in a fun, dinner party atmosphere with themes from across the globe (Persian food, Southern treats, homemade pasta).
Eatz, 612 North La Brea Avenue, between Clinton Street and Melrose Avenue (310-824-3586 or eatzla.com).
You asked for a guitar for your birthday for a reason — dust it off and learn how to jam. Classes on offer also include piano, bass, drums/percussion, Dobro, and banjo.
Red Pelican Music, 10982 Roebling Avenue, between Levering and Landfair Avenues, suite 502 (310-893-0776 or redpelicanmusic.com).
Workshops at this multiuse arts space range from ceramics to photography to printmaking. A letterpress tutorial (our personal fave) lets you design and print your own greeting cards, invitations, and postcards.
Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, between East Holly and East Walnut Streets, Pasadena (626-792-5101 or armoryarts.org).
Let your inner Picasso shine. Enroll in an extended series in drawing/painting or take a one-day workshop and complete a masterpiece in one go. All classes are taught by professional, award-winning artists.
Art Works Studio & Classroom, 660 North Larchmont Boulevard, at Melrose Avenue, Hollywood (323-463-2562); 8688 West Washington Boulevard, at Ince Boulevard, Culver City (310-202-1894 or artworksstudio.org).
Sign up for a DIY beading workshop and make your own earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, or schedule a group date and take your bauble-loving buds.
Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Boulevard North, between Chickasaw and Merton Avenues (323-550-1332 or leannalinswonderland.com).
Join the ranks of impressive slash hilarious alums (Ed Helms, Adam Pally) and enroll in a no-experience-necessary improv, sketch comedy, or storytelling class taught by professional actors and writers. Find your funny bone and you could be laughing all the way to the bank.
Hands-on, two-hour weekly sessions have you throwing pots like a pro in no time. Get fired up with decorating tricks like pinching, coiling, and slip trailing.
Echo Ceramics, 2856 South Robertson Boulevard, between Hargis Street and Cattaraugus Avenue (310-815-1525 or echoceramics.com).
Unleash your inner shutterbug at one of the nearly 170 workshops on offer (lighting, fashion photography, salted paper printing). July through October, the monthly Sunday in the City series takes camera-toting students on a tour of L.A.’s most photo-friendly sites. The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, 755 Seward Street, at Waring Avenue (323-464-0909 or juliadean.com).
Owner/instructor Carly Cylinder (Mark’s Garden, Empty Vase) sets up shop at Surfas in Culver City to conduct three-hour, hands-on floral arrangement workshops. No shrinking violet, Cylinder teaches the basics in a lively, entertaining manner (with wine and snacks, it’s a wonder the class doesn’t devolve into a freesia-for-all).
Classes take place at Surfas, 8777 West Washington Boulevard, at National Boulevard, Culver City. For more information, call 310-227-1376 or go to flourla.com.
You know that fantasy of removing your helmet and shaking free your locks in slow motion? Make it happen at this CHP-authorized academy, which offers multilevel classes along with dirt bike and scooter tutorials. Give yourself some room to vroom.
Academy of Motorcycle Operation, 1260 Lincoln Avenue, between Pepper Street and West Washington Boulevard, suite 400, Pasadena (amosocal.com).
Put the pedal to the metal at a jewelry-making seminar in metalsmithing, wax carving, stone setting, enameling, soldering, or wire working at this Santa Monica studio.
Precious Metal Arts, 2510 Main Street, between Ocean Park Boulevard and Hollister Avenue, suite c, Santa Monica (310-581-4844 or preciousmetalarts.com).
Join a band of merry photographers who shoot from the hip and only on film. Take part in weekly workshops and LomoJourney neighborhood treks to get the full-color experience.
Lomography, 7998 Santa Monica Boulevard, between North Edinburgh and North Laurel Avenues, West Hollywood (323-301-1414 or lomography.com).