The holidays are basically HERE. We’re never as prepared as we’d like and there’s always last minute giving to be done. Our motto is “Experiences Over Things” – this year give your loved ones (or yourself) the gift of future memories. If you still haven’t found the right something for your loved ones, there is nothing better than an experience that introduces a new (or loved) skill and supports the local community. And you’re just in time, because no shipping required.
At Madelife we’ve compiled a list of awesome things we want to do (and give) in early 2018 that will provide lasting joy and be shared in no time flat. Cooking, ceramics, printmaking, movies, writing and more – truly something for every creative in your life. These classes and events will be perfect for the discerning artist, foodie, even that yogi in your life. Here below find our picks of local creative experiences to start the New Year off right!
Whiskey, Tea & Succulents / Wine & Mud Clay Night
with Bridgett Dorr
A Friday night or a Saturday morning clay class is a wonderful way to unwind after a long week. Learn how to build basic cups for your favorite wine (or preferred libation) and more.
With Michelle Miller
Learn how to make hand-cut stencils and utilize a variety of printing and layering techniques to create numerous beautiful printed designs for paper, canvas or fabric. Leave with your own original hand-pulled screen prints and the knowledge needed to begin making prints at home with basic materials. Here at madelife.
Introduction to Classical Technique
At the Boulder School of Fine Art
In these ongoing weekly classes, students learn how to draw with charcoal and pencil and paint with a limited palette using the sight size method.
The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Adding to the BIFF experience are events featuring nationally renowned chefs, filmmaker happy hours, multiple opening night Galas, talented musicians and much more.
Learn to Quilt
In this comprehensive three-part series, you will learn all the quilting basics. We’ll cover the progressive steps of quilt-making, from creation to finished product. Students will explore principles of design as well as the mechanics of rotary cutting, piecing, machine quilting and binding. At the end of class you will have completed your own unique quilt and will have gained the confidence to sew many more.
Nature Writing course
With Ph.D and author Jim Mcvey
In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore the craft of nature writing by looking at its distinguishing features, reading passages from professionals, and developing our own stories through a series of writing exercises.
Come join us in this intensive, hands-on introduction to nature writing. All levels welcome.
Japanese Small Plates Cooking
With Food Lab
Japanese Cooking is so much more than sushi and fried rice. Come learn how in this hands on class.
Jewelry Class: Introduction to Metalsmithing
With Boulder School of Metals
This introductory class is intended for those with no previous experience. It provides a great opportunity to explore, experiment and develop the basic jewelry-making skills essential for building a lasting foundation for this craft.
Mindfulness Movement & Art
With the TinkerArtStudio
Lead by Dominique, certified yoga and meditation instructor and artist, each class begins with a guided sitting mindfulness practice, followed by movement through a yoga practice, before putting mats away and closing the class with an open ended artwork creation time.