Vacations are a time for doing all the fun things you never get to do at home. They are a time to try something new. They are a time to explore. They are a time to make memories. Better yet, they are a time to make memories and bring home the result. Santa Barbara is full of creativity and there are opportunities to let it rub off on you.
Santa Barbara Art Glass offers classes in glass blowing. Imagine making a vase or other centerpiece for your living room. Whenever friends comment on the piece, you can relay the story of your experience. Make a paperweight for your office that makes you smile even on the tough work days. Saul and Gina mentor beginners the whole way through the process and the finished piece is available the very next day. Standing in front of a hot furnace while working with molten glass is an experience you will never forget.
Savor amazing food while learning tips from a pro on a tour with Eat This, Shoot That! The guides are foodies that know about the undiscovered gems in town. They also love photography and teaching others. Friends will marvel over the photos you post on this tour. Explore eight tastings and locations on the three-hour tour through the Funk Zone .
In town on the third Thursday of the month? Don’t miss the opportunity to experiment at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB). Materials are provided for attendees to explore the techniques used in current exhibitions. Guest artists guide small classes of up to 12 participants in this hands-on activity. Be sure to check out their Curated Cocktails events with signature drinks, music, and interactive art experiences.
Paint and sip nights are wildly popular and Santa Barbara is home to a locally owned studio. The Painted Cabernet has a calendar full of classes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist to paint something beautiful. Many of the classes focus on local attractions. Instead of framing a photograph bring home a painting of the Santa Barbara Mission or the East Beach.
The Woods Art Studio offers classes for adults and children. Every first Friday there is an intuitive painting night. The instructor provides guidance on using different tools including acrylic paint, watercolor pastels, and spray ink. Students then get to make their own unique work of art. A variety of art workshops are schedule on the third Saturday of the month. Construct a three-dimensional fairy house, make a decorative paper collage, or sculpt with clay. The art possibilities are endless. Ask about planning a private art party or team building experience.
Are you traveling with kids and need a fun experience for them? Painted Lemonade has “Art at the Park” classes for children ages seven and up. All supplies are provided and you end up with a work of art created by your favorite artist. The organizers encourage parents to drop kids off and go do something else while their kids create. Discounts are given for pairs of children.