New tricks for old dogs
Because back to school is more fun as an adult, here’s a roundup of classes to take this fall in and near Tulsa.
Owl And Drum
Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa 101 E. Archer St. | ahhatulsa.org
The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa offers a variety of art classes at the Hardesty Arts Center in the Brady Arts District. The Black and White Photography Workshop is offered the third Saturday of every month from 12–5 p.m. Pieced Together: Stories Past and Present Workshop with Jane Dunnewold is a two-day quilting workshop that explores “the contemporary storytelling possibilities of unfinished or damaged quilts.”
Tulsa Technology Center | 3240 S. Memorial Dr. | tulsatech.edu
Continuing education in specialized disciplines like education, business, technology, construction, transportation, and more is easier with the flexible part-time classes at Tulsa Tech. Many refresher or recertification courses are available in classrooms and online. Also available are professional certification programs and licensing at state and federal levels. Most part-time classes begin August 22, and there are several locations in and surrounding Tulsa.
Owl & Drum | 2814 E. 15th St. | owlanddrum.com
Owl & Drum offers affordable sewing classes on a regular basis, in addition to project-specific classes, macramé, shibori dyeing, and wheel yarn spinning. Absolute Beginner Sewing and 3-Hour Open Sewing classes both cost $45, plus materials. In the beginner class, Mary Perisho teaches students how to use a sewing machine and sew a simple envelope pillow cover. Material lists are given the day of class and students receive a 10 percent discount on all supplies purchased that day. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can rent one for $5.
Multidiscipline Online Classes
Tulsa City-County Library | tulsalibrary.org
A library card is your key to a variety of online courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills taught by dedicated instructors. If you need to prepare for your educational goals, LearningExpress Library has practice tests and study materials for occupational exams, GED, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, and more. Want to learn a new language? Mango Languages has interactive lessons taught by native speakers in more than 60 languages. There’s also ArtistWorks for Libraries, which has self-paced video lessons on music, voice, and visual art.
Gun Safety Courses
2A Shooting Center | 4616 E. Admiral Pl. | 2ashootingcenter.com
2A Shooting Center is an indoor gun range and store that also hosts firearms safety courses. Instructors Wolf and Jerome teach a concealed-carry licensing class every Saturday where you can learn about firearm safety, shooting fundamentals, and self-defense laws. In the AR-15 Build Class, you can learn how to build an AR-15 rifle, if you can pass a background check. Course prices vary.
Studio Fitness Classes
StudioHop | Multiple locations | studiohopfitness.com/studios
A membership to StudioHop gives you access to classes at Sculpt Tulsa, Revved Fitness, Balance Pilates of Tulsa, Barre3, Pure Barre, Be Love, Zen Body, The Yoga Room, Physiques by Monique, and Title Boxing Club, among others, so you can take new classes and experiment with different routines until you figure out exactly what your body needs.
Non-traditional Dance Classes
Studio 7 Tulsa | 812 E. 6th St. | studio7tulsa.com
We know you’ve always wanted to take a twerk class. Learn how to “pop, drop, shake, clap, and isolate” at Studio 7. Pole dance classes will teach you how to strut, spin, climb, and more, all while improving your flexibility and balance, strengthening your arms and core, and making you look badass. Single classes begin at $10, packages begin at $50.
Parenting and Relationship Classes
Family & Children’s Services | 650 S. Peoria Ave. | fcsok.org/classes
Family & Children’s Services of Tulsa offers classes to help parents improve relationships with their children and with one another. Other classes are for specific family issues, such as ADHD Parent Coaching and the 13-week Anger Management course. Helping Children Cope with Divorce is a required seminar for parties involved in any lawsuit regarding custody, paternity, visitation, or support of a minor child in Tulsa and surrounding counties. Some classes are also offered in Spanish.
Coffee Geek Classes
Topeca Coffee | 1229 E. Admiral Blvd. | topecacoffee.com
If you have an interest in specialty coffee that goes beyond simply consumption, Topeca’s Coffee Geek class is for you. You can learn the basic skills toward becoming a barista in the Barista Fundamentals workshop. Other workshops and classes available: “Roast Your Own,” where you can learn how to roast coffee beans, and “Seed-to-Cup: A Journey in Quality and Flavor,” which takes you on “the journey a coffee bean takes all the way from the farm to
3rd Street Clayworks | 3121 Charles Page Blvd. | clayworkstulsa.com
This eight-week class at 3rd Street Clayworks costs $175 and is flexible to fit your schedule. The price of a class includes a 25-pound bag of clay, instructions and demonstrations, tools and equipment, and unlimited access to the studio. Before you know it you’ll be making your own mugs that you can fill with liquids of varying viscosities and alcohol contents. Pro-tip: Sign up this fall and make all your holiday gifts in class.
Farm & Fiber Classes and Animal Husbandry Class
Shepherd’s Cross | 16792 E. 450 Rd., Claremore | shepherdscross.com/classdetails.html
Shepherd’s Cross is a farm near Claremore with a museum, wool mill, Bible garden, educational silo, and other attractions. Fiber Fest Weekends are hosted three times per year, with the next class on August 24–26, priced $74 for an individual day or $179 for the whole weekend. Learn how to process any kind of wool or animal fiber, including washing, dying, wet fitting, carding, packing, spinning, needle felting, and weaving. Another class, “Spin ‘n’ Knit-in,” teaches weaving and other fiber arts the second Saturday of every month from 1–4 p.m. An Animal Husbandry class takes place on September 2, and is all about vaccinations, feet trimming, tail cocking, bloodless castrating, and other flock and heard practices.
Cherokee Heritage Center | 21192 S. Keeler Dr., Park Hill (near Tahlequah) | cherokeeheritage.org/cultural-outreach
This series of classes in Tahlequah is designed to promote Cherokee art by providing traditional and practical information. The upcoming classes include Flat Reed Basketry on August 12 and Blowguns and Cherokee Marbles on September 16, both of which take place on Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and cost $40. Make a dress without scissors in Tear Dress Making in this two-day class, October 14 and 21, priced at $65.
Women’s Self Defense Training Warrior Sisters
Locations vary | warrior-sisters.org
Warrior Sisters offers free, empowerment-based, trauma-informed, women-centered self defense education to women in Tulsa (and soon, Edmond). Besides physical training, the seven-week courses teach verbal and awareness skills, boundary setting, confidence building, and de-escalation techniques, as well as promote discussion of strategies to build a community resistant to violence.