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Hands-on art instruction and fun to get crafty in Reno/Tahoe

By: Jen Peng

Want to nurture your inner artist and don’t quite know where or how to start? We’ve got you covered. Luckily, there are several great creative options to get crafty in Reno/Tahoe.

From painting and pottery to wooden creations and home decor, here are the best places to get crafty while having fun, whether you’re flying solo, or have the whole gang together.

get crafty in Reno/Tahoe
Crafted Palette

From painting and pottery to wooden creations and home decor, here are the best places to get crafty while having fun, whether you’re flying solo, or have the whole gang together.

Artsy in the Biggest Little City

Located in the Riverwalk District of downtown Reno, Crafted Palette provides everything you need to create your own painting masterpiece, including some nibbles. Enjoy all-day breakfast, lunch, hand pies, coffee, wine and cocktails as you learn how to paint from an experienced art instructor.

The studio is arranged to promote social distancing and sanitation so you can create while in a safe environment. They also offer special packages for groups, so bring along the whole squad!

At Board & Brush, you can take part in fun and educational DIY workshops to create your own custom piece of home decor. Learn how to design, customize and create wooden signs, doormats, planters, personalized glassware, pillows, tea towels and more.

All supplies are provided and an instructor guides you along the way. Plus you can sip on wine or beer to get your creative juices going. Prefer to craft at home? Kits and virtual classes are also available.

get crafty in Reno/Tahoe
Board & Brush
Getting crafty in Carson City

Play with clay and learn how to make your own functional and artistic pottery at Carson City Pottery. The full clay teaching studio offers short intro classes for beginners looking to learn the craft, while longer sessions are available for more advanced potters.

Open studio hours and quarterly workshops are available so you can really hone your pottery skills and get crafty in Reno/Tahoe. Browse the gallery and shop to get inspired or find the perfect gift with one-of-a-kind pieces.

Try out the arts in Tahoe

Learn to paint on canvas with the guidance of a skilled art instructor or drop in for an open paint session to create on your own masterpiece at Lake Tahoe Paint & Sip. Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe at Ski Run Marina, classes and sessions are available day and night.

All ages are welcome at the afternoon and open paint sessions while adults can enjoy wine and cocktails as they paint during the night classes. Mobile sessions are available when the studio is closed.

All Fired Up! Tahoe

On the north shore, head to All Fired Up! Tahoe in Tahoe City for hours of creative fun for both kids and adults. They offer a wide array of fun projects to get crafty in Reno/Tahoe, including painting on pottery and canvas, and making candles, mosaics, slime, and a succulent garden with fairies and gnomes.

Various idea books, templates, stencils, stamps and accessories let you customize your piece exactly how you want. With no studio fees, all you pay for is the project. Adults can also BYOB at any time or grab wine from Uncorked next door.

With so many options to get crafty in Reno/Tahoe, you’ll be nurturing your inner artist and creating your next masterpiece in no time!