If you’re aiming to be a bit more frugal this holiday season, or perhaps just more creative in your gift giving, Oak Park has a lot of interesting Do-It-Yourself classes and events leading up to the holidays to help you on your way.
Artist, photographer and designer Jim Nedza will host a Card Printing Workshop at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust on Thursday, November 20. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement from which Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs sprang, this class will focus on drawing and creating simple geometric designs, as well as two-color printing for making cards or small art works.
The Oak Park Art League will hold Holiday Short Session Art Classes at their studio, 720 Chicago Avenue beginning November 24 and running through December 20. These abbreviated class sessions give you the perfect opportunity to brush up on forgotten talents and finish several projects before Christmas.
Kids programs include a 3-week Holiday Printmaking Extravaganza, while adults can hone their watercolors techniques, experiment with abstract compositions and colors or simply take advantage of open studio space to create.
Cicada Pi, the Studio for Decorative Arts, offers metalworking, jewelry and etched copper classes through November. They also offer private classes for small groups if you can’t make the allotted class times.
Fridays and Saturdays November 21 through December 19, jewelry workshop Bead in Hand will offer 3-hour classes on holiday-themed jewelry making, in addition to being your one-stop shop for beading supplies.
For something really unique, holistic health store Pure Reign Eco-Lifestyle offers a Flower Essence class that teaches the technique of creating herbal infusions, which are great gifts for anyone looking to supplement their diet with herbs.
Knot Just Knits offers small group or individual instruction on knitting. What’s more, they participate in charity drives like the Mother Bear Project, which sends hand-knit bears to children in HIV/AIDS affected countries, so your creations can be enjoyed not just with your loved ones, but throughout the world.
It might be a little more time-consuming but these DIY gift ideas might awaken more dormant holiday graciousness than a mere trip to the mall.