Summer Art Classes!

“The arts…are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


Grow your soul this summer by participating in one of Practical Art’s 8 artist led summer classes!


Did you know that art can relieve stress, enhance creativity, improve brain connectivity and plasticity, make children better students, ease the burden of chronic health conditions and dementia in patients, and increase empathy, tolerance and love? Whether you are 6 or 96, here at Practical Art, we know that everyone can benefit from practicing a little art– plus, it’s just downright fun! 

That’s why we are inviting you to come down to Practical Art throughout the summer to work with your favorite local artisans. Whether you are interested in designing jewelry, learning to sew, burning wood, or painting ceramics, we have the class for you!  Sign up for one or try them all. The unique creations you make will be yours for the taking. Every Saturday, starting July 9th, visit us from 2:00-4:00pm, get out of the sun, meet a new artist, and learn a new skill. We can’t wait to see you there.



For a full list of classes visit Sign up online, call us at 602-264-1414, or swing by the shop today!


Summer’s Here! … and the kids are home. Every. Day.

It’s just about that time. You know the time: when teachers head off to the nearest kid-free zone and send your little angels back to you for your new three-month-long, kids-all-day-everyday, summer schedule.


Well, y’all will both need breaks from one another here n’ there, so here’s your dose of good news for the day: KIDS CLASSES ARE BACK AT PRACTICAL ART! We’ve got some regularly scheduled weekly shenanigans for your kiddos ages 7-12, and then we have some wily outlier classes that will be popping up periodically at other dates June-August. Stay tuned for those! 

On the docket for regular programming is the one, the only, the amazing, Bergamot Institute back with us for our THIRD year of classes! Starting June 12th, every Thursday from 5:00-6:30pm Shannon, Adam, Dustin and other Bergamotters, will help guide kids through multimedia experiments in bringing their wildest imagination-creations into 2-D or 3-D reality! They often bring along small project ideas to jumpstart the process… though typically the kiddos quickly deviate from those best-laid plans. (My favorite is still one young gal’s project that became a bejeweled doctor’s head mirror– ’cause what adult would ever think to make such a thing?! It was awesome. Kids, kids are awesome.)kids


Read more about Bergamot and what else they do year-round, here.
And solidify your RSVP to one of their kids class sessions at Practical Art, here. *Classes cap at 10 kiddos, so sign up quickly!*
(Purchase all the seats in a session to book for a group class and get a discount!)

As a final note, we also want to remind you to not miss this Friday’s Pie Social Charity Night from 7-9pm! It also benefits the next generation by raising funds for the Madison Education Foundation. (Ooooh! That means one of Karen’s Pie Tip blogs is coming this week!)