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The artists and places to help you, quite literally, make something of 2018.


Glass blowing is a difficult solo operation, so Drayton Glassworks extends classes to pairs and groups. Operated by owner Jonathan Poirie—a Rhode Island native who studied glass blowing in Sweden— and his assistant Ronald Martinez, the studio offers a two-hour course during which students make a paperweight, tumbler or ornament. From $160 for two people; 2424 ½ Drayton St., 912.234.8654


With more than 15 years of professional photography experience, Chris Morris teaches portraiture, landscape photography and just about everything in between, including more technical aspects such as DSLR usage, lighting and iPhone photography. From the basics to advanced fundamentals, classes are fully customizable, with Morris tailoring content to suit specific learning objectives. From $250 for a three-hour session; 410.251.4421


A life-long knitter and veteran instructor, Jennifer Harvey opened The Frayed Knot in 2012. Beginners’ sessions are devoted to creating a small piece like a scarf or a hat, and additional classes in needle felting, spinning, dyeing and advanced knitting are also available. A shop as well as a studio, The Frayed Knot is stocked with inventory that changes seasonally, including rare yarn imported from Japan.From $30; 6 W. State St., 912.233.1240

Savannah’s Clay Spot. Photo by Leeann Ritch


Savannah’s Clay Spot is part studio, part educational facility and, as owner Lisa Bradley sees it, part social experience. Her passion for ceramics led her to open the space in 2011, and today she warmly welcomes students to morning, evening and weekend classes. Six-week courses include “Beginning Pottery on the Wheel” and “Try Clay On and Off the Wheel,” with more advanced courses such as “Winter Warm Pottery Forms.” From $160, 1305 Barnard St., 912.509.4647


Christina Taylor’s Dreamcat Studio is a space for students from beginners to formally trained artists, with weekly classes, workshops and guided open-studio time. A jewelry designer and educator, Taylor has developed metalworking curricula for various arts organizations and universities. From $300, 232 Bull St., 912.289.8337


The Studio School offers drawing and painting for all levels. Owner, instructor and figurative artist Tatiana von Tauber enlists a rotating team of artists who also teach at the studio, contributing their unique perspective on specific mediums. Small courses are capped at six people, and weekly open studio time is available on Wednesdays. From $140 for a four-week course, with open studios from $15; 1319 Bull St., Suite B, 912.596.3873

Well known on the Savannah fine arts circuit, Tiffani Taylor has been a professional painter since her undergrad days at Savannah College of Art and Design. She displays her prolific work in her namesake gallery, but it’s teaching, she says, that brings her the most joy. Taylor, who recently taught a watercolor course at SCAD Lacoste and lectured in Paris, gives watercolor and ceramic painting workshops, each with varying themes based on her own work, such as her beloved “Red Poppies” series. From $45 to $250; 11 Whitaker St., 912.507.7860


For The Little Learners …

As the South’s oldest public art museum, the Telfair has been nurturing the Savannah art community since 1883. Its Jepson Center hosts a range of foundational and innovative opportunities for children from toddlers to teenagers. Kip Bradley, the museum’s studio programs manager, has brought together a team of area artists and experienced docents who develop classes, projects and curricula based on current exhibitions. 2 W. State St., 912.790.8800

Scribble Art Studio offers classes designed around foundation-based principles, including drawing, sculpture and sewing. Owner and painter Carrie Christian strives to emphasize each child’s strengths and interests, with a roster of working artistinstructors who promote creativity over perfection. Classes are always small, with no more than six children in each one. From $195 for eight-week courses; 212 E. 37th St., 912.713.7376

With a focus on fostering individual creativity, Savannah’s Clay Spot is a unique place for children to experience pottery making. Owner Lisa Bradley and instructor Stephanie Still tailor classes to kids, also offering special family-focused courses. From $160, 1305 Barnard St., 912.509.4647