August is typically the signal of all things back to school. Buses are running on regular rotation, back to school supplies are dropped in every store, and there are sales on clothing, shoes and everything else growing kids need. However, this doesn’t have to be a time for just the kids to learn. Now that the children have settled into a routine (and parents too!), it might be time to look into taking a class for yourself.

Houston has some great adult-friendly and creative classes that can shake up your list of hobbies and expand your special set of skills. Between art, cooking, fitness, and a list of unusual classes, there is a place for everyone to learn something new.

Art League School

Art League Houston is for literally anyone who enjoys ANY type of art. The organization hosts classes for both beginners and advanced students. Using their easy registration process and available tuition assistance program, anyone can jump into drawing, acrylic or oil painting, or even jewelry making. Winter 2016 class early registration will begin November 16 while general registration is November 30 – January 3. Go to for more information.

Ceramics Class


TXRX is a non-profit space offering classes, lab space, and support for launching ideas and projects. For more hands-on classes like woodworking, DIY concrete countertops, gardening, ceramics, and making ginger beer, TX/RX is the place to go. These classes are reasonably priced and even offer space if you realize this new hobby is taking a more serious turn! Shared spaces like these offer the best of both worlds: low priced classes taught by passionate professionals who simply love their craft.


Cake Decorating Class

Cake Craft Shoppe

Decorating cakes have become one of the fastest growing industries and every time I see a gorgeous cake I want to give it a try. Practice is one required element of a great looking cake, and this shop offers courses broken down into individual skills so that the students can master one thing at a time. For the focused individual, they offer private lessons and for those who are just getting started, basic baking courses. The best part – most of the supplies are included in the class fee!

Cooking Classes

Various restaurants also offer cooking classes. Sign up to learn from some of your favorite local chefs and learn to cook some of their specialties straight from the chef! These are great for date night, girls night out, or a person who just wants to get more involved with their favorite cuisine. A few favorites are: Pondicheri (Indian), Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen (Mexican) and Quattro (Italian).

Orangetheory Fitness

Fun fact about summer: it is easy to gain weight. Between the barbecues, birthday parties, rooftop drinks, and happy hours, it is a no-brainer that the time between August through the holidays some people fall off of their fitness routine. That is when classes like those at Orangetheory Fitness are great. These fun classes help take your mind off of the mundane treadmill or regular spin class you always take and may be tired of. Feel free to get creative and switch up your regimen with a few of these one-hour training classes aimed at pushing you to burn tons of fat!

Rachel Pierre


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