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!


Practical Art’s HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (Vol.4): Oh, hey! The Kids! (Of, course.)

Okay, if you’re following along, we’ve had gift guides for:
—  Your delightfully Nerdy Noel
—  The Kringle of the Kitchen
—  Jinglin’ Jewelry
and now…hmmm…gosh…. it feels like we’re forgetting someone important…. who might already be talking about the winter holidays… non-stop….

Well, I’m willing to bet you already know this answer if you live with a youngin’. (Or, if you read the title of this blog.)

IT’S THE KIDS! Of course, they’re already excited. The chill is in the air, the smell of roasted veggies, pine, ciders and nog…. they know what time it is.  And our artisans have been thinkin’ of them too– we’re stocked up!  Gifting your kiddos handmade wares from artisans in the community is how the holiday used to happen in the villages. It infused the event with a certain extra warmth and emphasized neighborly values.  Here’s what your community of artisans are offerin’ up for your homes this year:

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Wooden Toys by Jim Esdon


 Monster Beanies by Elise Leutwyler


Yeti Toys by Jennifer Campbell

Night lights by Marnie Brookins

Baby Sweaters by Cobi Benton

As you can see, there’s bits for babes and toys for tots and teens– from infants to well, even our young-at-heart customers (we, too, believe that crocheted monster hats and yetis are for everyone, 9 or 90!). And, yes, there’s more of a selection of all. You can pick any of these items up from the webstore by clicking, but if you venture into the shop, you’re liable to find much, MUCH more!

**And remember, we’re open 10am-8pm EVERY DAY until the holidays, weekends too. We have snacks, bevvies, gift wrapping, and a cozy atmosphere— we make it easy and enjoyable to shop local. Ask about returns and layaway.**