Learn a new hobby, create a one-of-a-kind gift or something nice for your own home. There’s a workshop for everyone here in San Francisco.
Arts & Crafts
Three Fish Studio
4541 Irving St.
Learn printmaking from the artists themselves at this tiny studio in the Outerlands. Husband and wife duo Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin will walk you through the process of relief printmaking. Over the course of two evenings—spread out one week apart—you’ll learn to transfer an image onto block of linoleum, carve it out, apply ink and put it under one of their Conrad printing machines. You’ll leave with 10 8”x10” prints, which make great gifts or the start to your own gallery wall. The class fee is $150, but includes all the materials.
Case for Making
4037 Judah St.
From neon watercolors to paper marbling to video art, Case for Making thrives at creating workshops that pique the interest of the most creative people you know. Each workshop is lead by an artist in that particular field and supplies are always included in the class fee.
Wood Cut Maps
1777 Yosemite Ave.
In just two hours, you’ll make a beautiful in lay wood map to hang on your own walls or give as a gift. Just pick your favorite corner of the earth and use their online mapping tool to specify. They’ll then pre-cut all the wood for you so all you have to do is put the pieces of the puzzle together. Our tip? Play with the map tool before you book the class to make sure your design ideas will gel with their capabilities.
853 Fell St.
Telephone: (415) 358-0739
If you’ve ever dreamed of making your own apron, dress, or the full outfit, Craft Haven is the place to start. They have a range of beginner classes—from the “Uber Basics” to “Basic Hems”—which are followed by a series of more advanced classes like the Basic Skirt pattern making class or the yoga pant-making class (yes, really).
Alamba & 19th Streets
If you fear the sewing machine needle, try one of the embroidery workshops with Jenny Lemons. In her Mission studio the clothing and textile designer will teach you the proper hand-stitching techniques. You’ll go home with a new piece of art plus an embroidery hoop and instructions so that you can continue your hobby at home.
3897 18th Street
Telephone: (415) 621-6642
Knitting is not just your grandma’s pastime. Learn to do it yourself at Imagiknit. They’ve got beginner workshops for knitting and crochet, as well as intermediate level classes like brioche knitting or fixing mistakes. Both the beginner classes take place over three two-hour sessions, so make sure to make room on the calendar.
While this studio hosts workshops for all kind of crafts (sewing, beer-making, screen printing), they thrive at the plant-based classes. Learn how to build out a beautiful bouquet with Home Sweet Flower’s founder Lorena Diane, make your very own macarame plant holder with Jenny Lennick, or build succulent and fern terrariums. All make great gifts or work just as well to help keep your own home a warm and welcoming space.
SF Cooking School
690 Van Ness Ave.
Telephone: (415) 346-2665
Whether you just want to learn proper knife skills or you want to learn how to make your own dim sum dumplings, SF Cooking School has a class for everyone. They have classes that detail dishes made at the city’s best restaurants (The Progress class is coming up on November 6) and how to use local cookbooks (like the Chez Panisse class on October 28). Classes are usually four hours long and conclude with a group meal around the table with wine. If you’re truly inspired, you can apply to become a culinary student.
With classes all over the city, this business is actually run by individual chefs, each who will teach you their favorite dish—from mastering macarons to perfecting pastas—in the comfort of their own restaurant kitchens.
Chef Joe’s Culinary Salon
16 B Sanchez Street
Telephone: (415) 626-4379
Souffles are Chef Joe’s speciality. And he’ll teach you how to make it pouf perfectly in the comfort of his own kitchen. If you’re after something a bit more practical, Chef Joe also offers a Thanksgiving Rehearsal Dinner, a Holiday Dessert Shop, and beer-specific classes. Oh, and there’s of course some wine to go with your cooking.
Clay by the Bay
1242 Mason St.
Telephone: (415) 416-6475
If you want to throw pottery but have no idea what you’re doing, Clay by the Bay’s Intro to Wheel class is your answer. You’ll learn about the firing process, how to properly throw and glazing techniques. You’ll come out of the class having made a few items, and you can use the studio during open hours throughout your tenure.
1750 Armstrong Ave.
Telephone: (415) 671-4916
Glass works are complicated. But Public Glass has a class for every level. There’s the classic 5-week glass blowing basics and then the next level intermediate classes. But if you want to just stop in and make a mug for Father’s Day or flowers for Mother’s Day or pumpkins for the fall. There’s also slumping and fusing workshops
2240 Palou Ave.
Telephone: (415) 647-2529
If you have some experience, or none at all, this beginner’s ceramics class is for you. The 8-week course gives you plenty of time to get comfortable behind the wheel. It’s also great for those who want to master their hand building techniques, it’s a great revisit.
If you didn’t find the perfect workshop here, head over to the website Verlocal. You can type in your city, your particular craft you want to explore and—Boom!—there are plenty of options all across the city. It’s like Yelp, but just for craft workshops.