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Feelin’ Artsy? Here Are 9 Creative Workshops and Classes in Orange County

From Pottery to Cooking, We Have Your Next Crafting Adventure Here

Over the bars and the beach? We live in Orange County for a reason, and one of those reasons is that there really are endless activities to enjoy. Tap into your creative side and switch up your normal routine. We’re talking about getting crafty with it. Whether it’s date night or you’re looking for a fun solo activity, we’ve rounded up the best creative workshops and classes that Orange County has to offer. From Turkish lamp-making to a hand-lettering class, step out of your comfort zone for some hands-on activities that are guaranteed to spark major inspiration.


Turkish Lamp-Making at Art Masterclass

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This two-hour mosaic lamp class gives guests the opportunity to make stunning candle holders or lamps. You choose all of your glass colors and shapes to create a beautiful masterpiece! Once you’re finished, the only step you have to do at home is plaster it. This is a unique way to express your creativity while relaxing and taking a break from your screens. Turkish tea and treats are provided so you can immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of this one-of-a-kind tradition.

Location: Tustin



Pottery Class at Hello Pottery

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At Hello Pottery, guests can take part in pottery, painting, phone case decorating or DIY projects. Hello Pottery invites guests to explore their creativity—no matter what that looks like. With over 100 different projects, there’s something for everyone! Make an appointment for pottery throwing, and you’ll learn how to create your own ceramic masterpiece. If you’re looking for a place to host a birthday party or team building party, look no further than this pottery studio in Orange County. 

Location: Irvine


Floral Design Workshop at French Buckets

The most aesthetically-pleasing flower stand in town, French Buckets hosts floral design workshops to bring out your inner florist. Founder Sussanna Davidson occasionally hosts these workshops; make sure you check their website to see when you can sign up. Davidson has over 16 years of experience in the floral industry and curates stunning arrangements for all different kinds of events. And if you can’t make it to an upcoming workshop, stop by their flower stand at Lido Marina Village or in Laguna Beach to quickly create your own dream bouquet. 

Locations: Newport Beach and Laguna Beach



Hand Lettering Class at M.Lovewell

At M.Lovewell in Santa Ana, you can find stationery goods and gifts galore. Founded by two friends, they personally curate what inspires them to share with everyone who enters the shop.  M.Lovewell offers different workshops each month, from hand lettering to embroidery. Get in touch with your creative side and take a hand-lettering class—you’ll never have to buy another birthday card again! 

Location: Santa Ana


Hipcooks Cooking Class

Hipcooks isn’t your average cooking class. They offer a variety of different themed classes, from dim sum to pasta. You’ll learn cooking tips and tricks throughout the class, such as cutting techniques and which oils to use, so you can head back home a better cook. Cocktails or mocktails are given to guests to sip on throughout each lesson. The instructors are full of energy and knowledge, making this a memorable cooking class in Orange County. Every class ends with a dinner party! Guests chat over the delicious meal they’ve just made while connecting with their community. 

Location: Santa Ana



Jewelry-Making Class at The Bead Shop

The Bead Shop in Laguna Beach is the best place in town to make your own jewelry! This seaside town is best known for its art, museums and creativity, so embrace it yourself and make your own piece of jewelry to remember it by. With countless beads to choose from, you can create your dream necklace or bracelet in no time. If you’re in a hurry or needing a quick gift, they also have ready-to-wear jewelry that you can shop. 

Location: Laguna Beach


Paint Night at Soul+Land Lab

Located in Old Town Orange, Soul+Land is an art cafe that has something for everyone. Paint-by-number classes, open mic night, silent discos and other creative workshops and events take place each week. Paint nights offer 30 different art options to choose from. There’s music, good vibes and an opportunity to meet and connect with new friends. Drinks are also available for purchase! 

Location: Orange 


Rug-Tufting Workshop at Soft Land Studio

Rug tufting is a textile craft that involves creating rugs by punching yarn or fabric strips through a backing material. The process typically starts with a plain fabric stretched over a frame or a tufting machine. Soft Land Studio’s Irvine workshop is designed to assist individuals in creating a rug from inception to completion. It begins with an exploration of all the fundamental basics and techniques, providing ample practice opportunities before participants try their hand at crafting their own piece. Throughout the workshop, participants will benefit from personalized 1:1 support from the instructor. You’ll leave with a masterpiece! 

Location: Irvine



Woodshop Course at Urban Workshop

Urban Workshop is the ultimate makerspace. 28,000 square feet await—you can practice your woodworking, work on DIY projects or attend a workshop. A diverse range of courses are available, including the discovery course, laser etching, woodshed, stained glass, metal shop and blacksmithing. The offerings cater to both children and adults, with an extensive schedule that includes 12-week youth programs in the fall and spring, as well as week-long camps during summer and winter breaks.

Location: Costa Mesa

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Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!




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