Craft Workshops

After more than a year of hosting exclusively virtual workshops, Craft Lake City’s in-person art-making opportunities are returning to the community. Browse below for upcoming in-person workshops, and if you prefer to continue crafting from the comfort of home, our pre-recorded online classes or live virtual workshops are available for you to enjoy!

All of our in-person and online workshops are designed in support of our mission to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of Utah. Craft Lake City hosts DIY workshops all year long taught by some of Utah’s most skilled artisans. Workshop topics range from gourmet food to floral arranging to fiber arts. Take a workshop to perfect a skill, kick-start a new hobby, meet like-minded people and support the local maker movement! 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.

Upcoming In-Person Workshops:

 

Marbled Greeting Cards

with Allison Usher of Allison Claire Cards

Register here

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $39

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

Craft your own gorgeous hand-marbled greeting cards (or Valentines!) with local artisan Allison Claire Cards in this hands-on DIY workshop! Using accessible and beginner-friendly tools as well as a variety of stamps and other materials, you will learn how to create unique stationery that you can use to share X’s and O’s with the loved ones in your life! Before the dawn of our current tech era, handwritten letters were the dominant form of correspondence. Love letters, birthday cards, sympathy notes… there was the perfect type of letter for each occasion and it was made that much more personal by being penned by its sender. Join the snail mail revolution as we celebrate the lost art of heartfelt analog communications, all while learning new skills and having fun! All supplies are provided, and beginners are welcome. Attendees will also receive a bonus $10 gift card to one of the restaurants at Valley Fair for their next visit!

 

Constellation Necklaces

with Heather Leeflang of H Works Jewelry

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm MST | $35 (museum members: $31.50)

The Natural History Museum of Utah – 310 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108

In this NHMU Craft Workshop presented by Craft Lake City, local artisan Heather Leeflang of H Works Jewelry will introduce attendees to the art of metal scribing. Attendees will inscribe constellations onto copper and brass discs, and then hand score the patterns to create personalized charms. After the constellation designs are complete, the charms will be attached to a silver chain to create a necklace to wear or share. Materials will be provided and no experience is necessary.

 

DIY Mental Health Journal with collage cover featuring red images on the front and blue images and text on the backBuilding Wellness: DIY Mental Health Journal

with Claire Adams of the Community Writing Center

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm MST | $35

The Salt Lake City Public Library – 210 S 400 E SLC, UT 84111

Mental health challenges often arise in response to a person’s life circumstances and the environment. This workshop will examine the context for mental health challenges and present scientifically-verified coping strategies that can help build resilience through creativity, connection, and guided journaling. Rather than relying on a formulaic, one-size fits all template, this workshop will result in a collage journal that reflects the uniqueness of each individual at the same time as providing a structure to help shape a narrative around personal mental health experiences. Additionally, in order to help this self-care oriented workshop create a community connection, we will be donating 10% of ticket sales to Valley Behavioral Health, a local community-oriented mental health and addiction treatment center.

 

Snowmelt Watercolors:

Paint a Mountain Scene With Snowmelt (21+)

with local artisan Lexi Dowdall of Kapowder

**SOLD OUT!** Register here

Monday, February 21, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $42

Alibi Bar & Place – 369 S Main St, SLC, UT 84111

Use freshly-foraged Wasatch snowmelt to paint a beloved mountain scene from the Cottonwood Canyons with Lexi Dowdall of Kapowder! Attendees will learn basic watercolor techniques, discuss the importance of mindset, and embark on a painting of Mount Superior at sunset using snowmelt to activate their watercolors. Included in the purchase price of the workshop ticket, attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail (or non-alcoholic mocktail!) at Alibi Bar & Place inspired by this specific workshop, 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.

 

Crepe Paper Flowers

with Sarah Dawson of Lively Clementine

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm MST | $35 (museum members: $31.50)

The Natural History Museum of Utah – 310 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108

Join us in welcoming the upcoming spring by learning to create beautiful, realistic poppies out of crepe paper! Sarah Dawson of Lively Clementine will teach you how to cut, shape, and tint crepe paper into gorgeous flowers. In this class, you will create a “lively” 3 flower arrangement to take home plus additional crepe for you to continue on your crepe paper artistry journey. This workshop is beginner-friendly, and all materials will be provided.

 

Clay Beaded Hoop Earrings (21+)

with Nicole Morris of Studio Ramiii

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Monday, March 21, 2022 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm MST | $42

Alibi Bar & Place – 369 S Main St, SLC, UT 84111

Craft your own pair of chic beaded hoop earrings in this hands-on workshop with local talent Nicole Morris of Studio Ramiii! Nicole will show you how to make beautifully marbled beads using salvaged clay in a whole rainbow of colors. Attendees will learn the insider secrets of how to bake polymer clay for the most durable, high-quality, and consistent results. Included in the purchase price of the workshop ticket, attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail (or non-alcoholic mocktail!) at Alibi Bar & Place inspired by this specific workshop, 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.

 

All-Ages Puppet Making

with Shelby Rickart of Puppets In The City

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

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

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. Attendees will also receive a bonus $10 gift card to one of the restaurants at Valley Fair for their next visit!

 

Cold-Pressed Soap Making

with Jen & Derek Williamson of Olio Skin & Beard Co.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm MST | $35 (museum members: $31.50)

The Natural History Museum of Utah – 310 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108

Join Olio Skin & Beard Co. in this hands-on workshop and learn how to create beautiful, high-quality soap using fresh botanicals & wholesome, nourishing ingredients! Attendees will learn how to make their very own 1lb batch of cold-process soap using Olio’s recipe along with organic essential oils, Redmond Real Salt and botanicals, and will learn how to safely work with lye. Attendees will handcraft soap during the workshop and then take it home to cure for 3-4 weeks, making it ready for gift-giving just in time for Mother’s Day! As a safety precaution while handling lye, students are encouraged to wear long sleeves and close-toed shoes for this workshop.

 

Circular Mandala Weaves

with Sarah Liz May of Cyanoweave

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm MST | $35 (museum members: $31.50)

The Natural History Museum of Utah – 310 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108

Join us for an evening of art and connection as artist Sarah May guides you through creating your own circular mandala weaving with bamboo hoops and learning about the ritual and symbolism of the mandala. No previous weaving experience is needed to participate, only a willingness to try something new, and play around with yarns, fibers, and other found objects. Materials and supplies are included with admission and workshop participants are welcome to bring their own yarn, fibers, and cloth scraps if you feel inspired.

 

Are you a local maker who is interested in teaching a workshop with Craft Lake City? We would love to hear from you! Please send us a brief course description sample & product image(s) to artisancoordinator@craftlakecity.com 

WORKSHOP POLICIES

*Please note that policies for NHMU workshops are available on the venue website and may differ from other Craft Lake City workshop policies. 


IN-PERSON WORKSHOP POLICIES:


Attendance

Please note that all workshop participants are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop start time. Upon arrival, attendees will check in with a Craft Lake City representative, gather necessary supplies from the instructor, and select a seat. All workshop attendees must be in their preferred seats no later than five minutes prior to the workshop start time. Craft Lake City strives to provide high-quality making experiences in every workshop, and this policy is designed to give you adequate time to learn, create, and enjoy your craft.

Waitlist Policy
Due to the popularity of Craft Lake City’s workshops, our programs often sell out. However, spots occasionally become available if participants are unable to attend, and those spots are filled by individuals on our waitlist. If you wish to be added to our waitlist, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop and check in with a Craft Lake City representative. You will be added to the waitlist in priority order based on the time you arrive (first come first served). Five minutes prior to the workshop start time, Craft Lake City will begin to invite waitlisted individuals to purchase workshop tickets on site and take the place of absent participants. Please note that Craft Lake City cannot guarantee a spot to those on the waitlist.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy
While we cannot offer refunds or exchanges, your ticket is transferable to another attendee for the same class. If for any reason you are unable to attend a workshop for which you have purchased a ticket, we encourage you to transfer your ticket to a friend, family member, or another individual interested in the workshop by emailing artisancoordinator@craftlakecity.com. The individual attending in your place must arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop start time and present the name of the ticket holder to a Craft Lake City representative on site. Please note that Craft Lake City reserves the right to cancel the workshop and refund the ticket buyer if the class size requirements are not met.

LIVE STREAMING VIDEO WORKSHOP POLICIES:

Before the workshop date, attendees will receive an email with instructions for how to join the workshop. Please note that all workshop participants are asked to join the virtual workshop 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time. Craft Lake City strives to provide high-quality making experiences in every workshop, and this policy is designed to give you adequate time to learn, create and enjoy your craft. Please note that workshop tickets are non-refundable, and Craft Lake City is not responsible for poor internet connection or technological difficulties on behalf of the attendee. However, while we cannot offer refunds or exchanges, your ticket is transferable. If for any reason you are unable to attend a workshop for which you have purchased a ticket, we encourage you to transfer your ticket to a friend, family member, or another individual interested in attending the workshop in your place. The workshop will be recorded and shared with attendees after the class. Please note that Craft Lake City reserves the right to cancel the workshop and refund the ticket buyer if the class size requirements are not met.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Do you have any questions about accessibility, or would you like to request accommodations? If so, please let us know in the space below, or contact us by emailing info@craftlakecity.com or calling 801-906-8521. Please note that while Craft Lake City cannot guarantee that all requests can be met, our team is committed to making reasonable accommodations to ensure that attendees can successfully participate in our programs.