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9 Skills to Learn for 2019

9 Skills to Learn for 2019 – Kick your creative energy into gear for the New Year

By Leslie Simon

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to leave behind the things that don’t serve you, and take on new skills and challenges. The arts enrich your life in so many ways, from giving a sense of calm to helping us learn about life, and seeing things in a new perspective. Whether it’s learning the guitar to write soulful songs or using a 3D printer to bring your ideas and sketches to life, the Arvada Center is full of opportunities to learn new skills from renowned and patient teachers. Here are nine classes that can level up your creative energy in 2019.

Classes for Kids

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1. 3D Printing –Turn your 2D sketch ideas into a 3D tangible object using a 3D printer in the Digital Creative Arts Lab at the Arvada Center. –Mon., Jan. 7-Mar. 11, 4pm-5:30pm

2. Cartooning: Anime and Manga –Study the popular cartooning styles anime and manga as students learn the techniques of drawing anime art to create their own comic. –Tue., Jan. 8-Mar. 12, 4pm-5:30pm

3. The Art of Magic –There’s a fine art when it comes to magic tricks, and as students learn the history and sleight of hand tricks, they will find themselves well on their way to starring in their own Las Vegas magic show. – M-F, Mar. 25-29, 9am-12pm

4. Digital Movie Making– The perfect class for those with a little Spielberg in them, get to learn all the ins and outs of making a digital film and using green screens at the Digital Creative Arts Lab. –M-F, Mar. 25-29, 9am-12pm

5. Monsters, Myth and Magic– Using a variety of art techniques to depict legendary monsters, students will learn monster origin tales that will give a deeper knowledge of the world around them. — M-F, Mar. 25-29, 9am-12pm

Classes for Adults

Matt Gale Photography 2018

6. Pilates Mat Class – Imagine a class where you gain flexibility, strengthen your core muscles, improve mobility, perfect your posture, bring vitality back into your life and even get to listen to relaxing music- that’s the Pilates at Class. – Tues., Jan. 29-Apr. 2, 7:30pm-8:30pm

7. Beginning Guitar Lessons –Beginning with fingerpicking and on to guitar riffs, live out your rock star dreams with this beginner Guitar class.–Thur., Jan. 10-Mar. 14, 7pm-8:30pm

8. Beginning Calligraphy –Bring back the art of letter writing with this Calligraphy class, using your skills for party invitations, holiday cards and more.–Sat., Jan. 19, 9am-1pm

9. Easy Crocheting for Beginners –Baby, it’s cold outside!  Learn the basics of bringing hook and yarn together to create fuzzy soft masterpieces in a soothing and relaxing manner. – Wed., Jan. 9-Feb. 27, 6pm-7:30pm


Register for classes on the Arvada Center website. Make sure to register quickly as classes do fill up: