Instead of a Vacation or Staycation, Try a Craft-cation

DIYing is a relaxing way to spend your spare time. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or a crafting pro who wants to know about the latest trends, check out these adult art schools. 

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Craftcation is an annual four-day conference for makers and small-buisness owners. The event features industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food and craft workshops, along with lectures and panels on creative business.


Craftcation's mission is to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit, strengthen craft and business skills, and builds relationships in the creative community. However, the conference isn't just for craft business owners. Anyone looking to ignite their creative spirit can fill the conference days with hands-on workshops and networking with other creative-minded attendees.

The School of Making

The School of Making is the educational offering of Alabama Chanin, pulling together the best in fashion, design, and craft all under one roof. Students learn from leaders in the design industry as they immerse themselves in slow crafting. 

The School of Making

School of Making students can learn to create their own wardrobe and master sewing skills in one-day workshops, or spend an entire weekend creating a custom garment in a more intensive atmospher. 

Women's Studio Workshop

Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, envisions a society where women’s visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history. The Summer Art Institute at Women’s Studio Workshop is a time for eager artists to focus on their work, become energized and inspired, learn new skills, and meet a new community of like-minded artists.

Modern Quilt Masters

The Modern Quilt Guild is known for their annual QuiltCon conference. They've taken the love for modern quilting one step further with the inaugural Modern Quilt Masters, an intensive, small group, four–day retreat of focused instruction from makers who have honed their craft. Modern Quilt Masters is helping quilters hone in on specific skills while exploring new techniques and approaches. Lead by leaders in the modern quilting movement, Modern Quilt Masters is a hands-on destination for quilters ready to take their know-how to the next level.

The Makerie

The Makerie, host of modern creative retreats, believes that everyone has a creative soul and that when they take the time to make something with their our hands, they connect with themselves and others in the most meaningful ways. 

The Makerie

The Makerie hosts retreats in beautiful locations across the United States with renowned artisans who love to share their talents. Makers of all experience levels are welcome to join. While each retreat has its own unique personality, they all share an emphasis on slowing down, treasuring beauty, the art of self-care and enjoying the present moment. 

Contemporary Craft

At Pittsburgh's Contemporary Craft, regional and visiting artists lead workshops aimed at all ages and experiences at The Studio in Contemporary Craft. Adults can master creating one-of-a-kind clothing for babies while children can try their hands at making unique, frightfully-fun monster dolls.

Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts

A rustic farm in Vermont is the home for the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts. Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts offers a wide variety of arts and crafts skills, from basket making to woodworking and beyond.

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