Workshops

Artisan | New American Series | STEM Labs

Craft Lake City is proud to host around fifty artisan workshops each year. Craft Lake City partners with local venues to provide these in-person crafting opportunities in a variety of fun and atmospheric settings. Take a workshop to perfect a skill, kick-start a new hobby, meet like-minded people and support the local maker movement!

Upcoming Workshops

Handbuilt Pottery Candle Holder Workshop

with Neena Plant of Neena Plant Pottery

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $39 

Valley Fair | 3601 S 2700 W, West Valley City, UT 84119

Join local potter Neena Plant for this handbuilt pottery workshop! Using air-dry clay and optional holiday-themed elements like candy canes, we’ll create a custom handbuilt candle holder perfect for gifting to a loved one or setting a cozy vibe all winter long. Learn how to cut, roll, score, shape, and more in this beginner-friendly pottery class! Attendees will have the opportunity to customize their own take-home paint kits working with a variety of colors to paint their finished candle holder once dried. All supplies provided for this hands-on workshop.

 

Mini Botanical Prints Workshop

with Anna Hansen of The Hex Press

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $40 (NHMU members: $36) 

NHMU | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

If you’ve ever been interested in a quick and easy intro to block carving, this is the class for you! Grab a friend and join Anna Hansen in this fun workshop where you will learn the basics of block printing and leave with your own mini botanical prints. These adorable tiny blocks are great for adorning stationary, gift tags, wrapping paper, and more. This class is beginner-friendly & all materials are provided. 

 

Handmade Holiday Gifts: Botanical Sugar Scrubs Workshop (21+)

with Kora Goodman of Kore Herbal

Monday, December 12, 2022 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm MST | $42

Alibi Bar & Place | 369 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Indulge in an evening of D.I.Y. bodycare crafting & herbalism 101 with Kora Goodman, the owner of Kore Herbals! Learn folk herbalism practices as you are guided to create customize holiday themed sugar scrubs using seasonal ingredients. After learning about the healing principles of different botanical ingredients and oils, each student will customize two 2oz sugar scrubs for self-care or gifting this holiday season. We’ll discuss the power of using simple ingredients to create luxurious self-care products & rituals. Participants will each receive a worksheet with resources & recipes for continued crafting at home so you feel empowered to continue your exploration of herbalism all holiday season long (and beyond). Included in the purchase price of the workshop ticket, attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail (or non-alcoholic mocktail!) at Alibi Bar & Place, handcrafted with care by Alibi’s talented bartenders. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to purchase additional beverages during the class if they so choose. This workshop is a 21+ event. No experience necessary and all supplies provided.

 

Mini Botanical Wreaths & Wall Bouquets Workshop

with local artisan Mandy Roberson of All The Colors Floristry

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $39

Valley Fair | 3601 S 2700 W, West Valley City, UT 84119

Learn how to create a beautiful custom wreath or wall bouquet with local artisan Mandy Roberson of All The Colors Floristry at this hands-on workshop! In this class, you will have the opportunity to create either a small botanical wreath or wall bouquet using a combination of dried and fresh botanicals. These beautiful pieces can brighten your living space during the holiday season while also being perfect as year-round decor. All supplies provided for this hands-on workshop.

 

Intro to Henna Body Art Workshop

with local artisan Jawaher Fadhel of Jawaher Designs

Thursday, December 15, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $39

Craft Lake City HQ | 230 S. 500 W. Suite 125, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Learn the fundamentals of henna body art in this hands-on, beginner friendly workshop with Jawaher Designs! In this class you will first learn how to mix fresh henna to achieve the perfect natural orange to red brownish color. You will then learn the right way of holding the henna cones to achieve fine detail work as you pipe your designs. Once your materials are prepped, Jawaher will then teach you how to make simple, eye catching flower designs as you create beautiful artwork on your non-dominant hand/arm that will last a few days. Beginners welcome and all supplies provided.

We’re thrilled to present an introduction to this incredibly customizable art form as part of our New Americans Workshop Series in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, with funding from the Salt Lake Arts Council. 

As part of this six-part series, Craft Lake City is offering three full scholarships to each workshop based on financial need. To apply for a scholarship to this workshop, fill out this application by Dec. 7.

 

 

Color Theory Workshop: Temperature Phenomena 

with Inez Garcia of Inez Garcia Art

Wednesday, December 28, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $39

Valley Fair | 3601 S 2700 W, West Valley City, UT 84119

Learn the fundamentals of color theory in this dynamic, bilingual (English/Spanish) painting workshop with local artist Inez Garcia! Explore how color temperature shifts depending on neighboring hues. You will not be able to believe your eyes as you move back and forth between warm and cool and colors seem to shift in spectrum. In this workshop, we will be borrowing from Josef Albers’ body of work to demonstrate temperature shifts. This color exercise gives an elegant end product that can stand alone as a contemporary art piece. You can even expand this exercise into a larger body of work and display it as a series. This class is beginner friendly & all materials are provided.

¡¡Aprende los principios fundamentales de la teoría de colores en nuestro taller de pintura bilingüe con Inez Garcia, la artista local! Explora el cambio de la temperatura del color dependiendo de los colores vecinos. En este taller de artesanía Inez muestra ejemplos de las obras del artista Josef Albers para demostrar el cambio de temperatura. Este ejercicio resulta en un producto elegante que sirve como una obra linda de arte contemporáneo. Se pueden crear más obras así para expandir a una colección y exhibir las obras juntas como una serie. Este taller es perfecto para principiantes y todos los materiales están provistos.

 

All-Ages Puppet Making Workshop

with Shelby Rickart of Puppets in the City

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $39

Valley Fair | 3601 S 2700 W, West Valley City, UT 84119

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! What’s better than watching puppets? Making your own! Join Puppets in the City and Craft Lake City for this fun sock-puppet workshop, where you will make and take home a wonderfully whimsical puppet of your own design. Participants will use socks, pom poms, felt, ping pong balls and more to make a moving-mouth, rodded-armed puppet. These puppets are great for teachers, librarians and anyone who loves creative fun! Don’t think you’re “crafty?” You may surprise yourself! All ages and abilities are welcome, and all supplies are provided.

Surreal Collage Workshop (21+)

with Hannah Dwertman of holy banana collages

Monday, January 16, 2023 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $42

Alibi Bar & Place | 369 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Learn how to make surreal and dreamy collages at our upcoming workshop with Hannah Dwertman of holy banana collages! In this class you will learn the basic skills and principles of collaging to create unexpected, surreal imagery using a fun mixture of new & vintage paper materials hand-selected by the instructor. Hannah will focus on the surrealism aspect of her work during the instruction to evoke a mood/emotion that will make your collage pop. Experience how collaging can be a way to explore subconscious thoughts and emotions, without getting hung up on difficult skills or artistic blocks. Collaging is an incredibly accessible artform–you’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve with just scissors, glue, and paper! Included in the purchase price of the workshop ticket, attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail (or non-alcoholic mocktail!) at Alibi Bar & Place, handcrafted with care by Alibi’s talented bartenders. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to purchase additional beverages during the class if they so choose. This workshop is a 21+ event. No experience necessary and all supplies provided.

Interested in Teaching a Craft Lake City Workshop?

Click below to submit your request to teach with us or send your ideas to artisancoordinator@craftlakecity.com

Look for These Special Topic Series:

About the New American Workshop Series: Craft Lake City is tremendously pleased to announce a new addition to our year-round workshop programming: The New Americans Workshop Series! In partnership with the International Rescue Committee and through the generous support of the Salt Lake Arts Council, Craft Lake City will present a series of six craft workshops taught by makers from around the globe who’ve made Utah their home due to humanitarian crises in their countries of origin.

About Craft Lake City STEM Labs: If you’ve been to Craft Lake City’s Annual DIY Fest, you’ve no doubt seen the high-tech offerings in the Google Fiber STEM Building. Now we’re bringing that same energy to year-round workshop programming with STEM Labs! Join us for this series of curiosity-oriented makers workshops aimed at connecting science, technology, engineering & math to our established arts & crafts based programming. STEM Labs are designed to make STEM topics approachable, accessible & empowering to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.