Educational Travel: Learning Vacations
Looking for an interactive travel experience in Central Oregon? Taking a class is a great way to learn something new, meet locals, and engage with the community. Bend is home to an eclectic mix of artists and makers who often host events and offer classes on their craft.
Located in Bend’s historic Iron Works building, this space doubles as a shop and studio for local working artists studios. They open their doors for painting, jewelry making, figure drawing and writing classes. When you visit save time to pop into the Sparrow Bakery for their famous ocean roll.
Learn to paint with coffee and beer alongside studio artist Karen Eland. That’s right, you’ll be painting using only beer or coffee at her monthly Sip’n’Dip class!
To see some of Karen’s work just look in the Lara House and you’ll find a few paintings.
Another Studio artist, Marianne Prodehl from Junk to Jems, offers beginner level as well as more advanced jewelry making classes. Learn how to use and recycle various metals, wire, and other found objects in her Recycle in Style Beginning Earrings class. Learn riveting and other cold connections for using different metals without soldering in the Recycle in Style Cuff Riveting Class. Learn soldering and heat connections in a Private Beginning and Advanced Soldering Classes.
To brush up on your figure drawing skills drop in on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00pm for their Drawing Salon. A model is provided, simply bring your sketchpad and drawing supplies. $10 drop in fee.
If you prefer to hone your writing skills attend their writing workshop open the first Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00pm for $25.
50 SE Scott St #6 Bend, Oregon 97702
Layor Art + Supply
In the heart of downtown Bend, and a quick stroll from The Lara House, Layor Art + Supply is an art supply shop and gallery owned and operated by a local artist. They offer a wide range of classes including drawing, pastels, oil painting, and watercolor. Their classes fill up fast, you’ll want to sign up for classes before your visit.
1000 NW Wall Street, Suite 110, Bend, OR 97703
A creative market space and workshop for woodworking, metal fabrication, 3D printers and more. Interested in welding or forging? How about jewelry making, or working with glass? With a robust list of courses circulating monthly, this is a great resource for making something functional!
444 SE 9th St #150, Bend, OR 97702
The Art Station – Bend Parks & Recreation
Ceramics, drawing, painting and more through the City of Bend! Sign up for a drop in class or enroll in a series. Classes are available for all ages and skill levels, and include materials and tools.
313 Southwest Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend, OR
Drop in and make something! Studio Create is a DIY art space for all ages specializing in paint on pottery and self guided canvas painting. Drop in, unplug, and connect with friends and family or relax alone, all while exploring your creativity! Open to artists of all ages.
145 NE Revere Ave A, Bend, OR 97701
Mud Lake Studios
An art studio located in a 100 year old Iron Works building in Bend, Oregon. Mud Lake Studios offers private studios and community studio space for artists of all kinds. Check out their upcoming classes and you might be lucky enough to find yourself dropping into one of their clay workshops!
50 SE Scott St #5 Bend, Oregon 97702
Located within walking distance of the Lara House, Wool Town carries yarns and supplies for avid knitters. They offer classes and workshops as well as casual Knit Night Dates seasonally hosted at the Lara House where you can bring whatever project you are working on and enjoy a visit with fellow crafters.
115 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97701
Fancywork Yarn Shop
This local yarn shop offers a variety of opportunities to get your knit on. They offer classes for fiber fans of all levels – beginner to advanced.
They also offer weekly events:
Makers Night – knit, crochet, spin, felt, weave: Thursday evenings from 4-8 pm
Crochet Social – for the happy hookers: Wednesdays from 10 am-12 pm
200 NE Greenwood Ave. Bend, Oregon 97701
The Kindred Creative Kitchen
Whether you’re learning the basics or advanced techniques, Kindred Creative Kitchen’s cooking classes offer the chance to learn to cook or bake like a pro. Taught by Chef Morris, who is classically trained and has taught at our local culinary school and worked as a consultant for many of Bend’s top restaurants.
Their workshops cover a wide variety of seasonal topics that change each week. Workshops are hands-on and technique-based. These are a great way to spend an evening out with friends; great for date night; as well as great for individuals. Select workshops offer a beer and wine pairing.
2525 NE Twin Knolls Dr, Suite 2, Bend OR 97701
You can learn to cook fresh from the farm at the Rainshadow Organics Farm Store with Chef Travis Taylor. Private cooking classes can focus on any topic of your choice from pickling and canning to fermenting, pie baking, three-course dinner preparation, harvest to table meals and more. You choose the topic and the date and they’ll organize an informational and interactive cooking class for your group! They are a farm to table kitchen run off of what the farm can provide, so different seasons will showcase different forms of food preparation.
71290 Holmes Rd, Sisters, OR 97759
Locavore Food School
A staple for local food and farmers in Central Oregon, this non-profit community center and grocery store promotes ecologically stable and socially just food practices. Check out their Food School & Learning Series for accurate, holistic education about agriculture, nutrition, the environment and how we can all work together toward sustainability.
1841 NE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97701