The new year always comes with resolutions, some harder to keep than others. When a goal involves learning to make macarons or creating a unique coffee mug out of clay or practicing the art of improv, resolutions are not too difficult to keep. Here are several places in the Upstate to learn a new skill in 2020.
Learn to create macarons, croissants, bread and pastries at Le Petit Croissant, an authentic French bakery in Greenville. The bakery offers workshops that are typically two hours long and cost $65.
Le Petit Croissant
640 S. Main St., Greenville
Learn the art of fly fishing from outdoor adventure shop Orvis in downtown Greenville. Take a Fly Fishing 101 class for free and up your game with Fly Fishing 102 for a small fee. There are plenty of Upstate rivers in which to practice, as well.
101 N. Main St., Suite O, Greenville
Learn how to make mugs, vases and any number of beautiful items out of clay. Start with an intro class ($50) at Hollowed Earth Pottery at Hampton Station to see if it’s something you enjoy. They also have multiweek classes if you find you love this kind of art.
Hollowed Earth Pottery
1320 Hampton Ave. Extension, Bay 2, Art Up Studios, Space 201, Greenville
Topgolf offers lessons year-round, so whether you’re looking to learn the basics of golf or perfect you’re game, the trendy spot has instructors ready to help. Classes start at $29/person and individual adult lessons start at $89 per hour.
201 Clifton Court, Greenville
Both adults and kids can learn to sew at Sew Creative. Adults take a six-week course for two hours (6-8 p.m.) weekly for a total of 12 hours of instruction. Adult courses cost $180 plus supplies. Classes are also available for kids and teens.
1901-B Laurens Road, Greenville
Learn from artist Kate Furman how to create and cast your own jewelry during a course at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. Sessions start in January and cost $305 (nonmembers) or $285 (members), which includes supplies. Classes are six weeks long.
101 Abney St., Greenville
If you’re interested in learning a new language or advancing current knowledge, Upstate International has flexible and small classes taught by native-language speakers. Courses are from eight to 12 weeks either once a week for regular classes or twice a week for intensive courses. Classes start at $70 for eight weeks and go up to $320 for the 10-week intensive classes.
9 S. Memminger St., Greenville
Learn to make people laugh out loud in real life through improvisation classes at Alchemy Comedy. Their shows are always hilarious but it takes skill to learn the art. Classes are 6:30-9 p.m. weekly for a six-week class and cost $150-$175. Improv classes are held at Next Manufacturing, not at the comedy club downtown.
400 Birnie St., Greenville
From creative and descriptive writing to finishing — or starting — a novel, classes are offered by the Emrys Foundation, a Greenville nonprofit. Classes are at varying times and dates and cost between $35-$50.
201 W. Stone Ave., Suite D, Greenville