The gallery space, boutique and art studio known as Voila packs a lot under one roof, hosting regular art openings, workshops and classes for kids and adults. However, for the very beginner – or, say, the person nervous enough to need a little liquid courage to display his or her artistic skills – the Wickford art haven offers unWINEd. Every Friday night, bring a bottle of wine and a group of friends to have an evening of art instruction (the project changes weekly) and tinkling glasses.
Take baby steps toward your career as a sculptor at Clayground. The East Greenwich pottery studio offers pre-made clay pieces ready for drop-in customers to paint and fire in the kiln at any time. To challenge yourself, sign up for one of their classes, or bring some friends to Diva Night, a monthly evening of wine, art and friends. On the first Friday of the month – upcoming dates are January 6 and February 3 – bring a bottle of wine and your girlfriends and have a painting party at the studio.
Chances are, you already own a digital camera. And chances are even better that you barely know how to use the bells and whistles that it’s equipped with, and you aren’t taking the kind of pictures you really want to. Don’t let the technology win. Sign up for Discover Digital Photography at the Tower Street School Community Center in Westerly. This 12-lesson class runs from mid-January through March, and covers choosing a camera, equipment, software and “the digital darkroom.”