One of my favorite things about college was registering for classes: the thrill of possibility, the challenge of arranging the best schedule. Yes, I'm just that cool.
So, I got a little thrill this morning when I noticed that the Indianapolis Art Center had posted its fall schedule. Early-bird registration begins July 29.
What's new this season? Try the "Make Your Own Cutting Board" workshop or the Day of the Dead workshops ("Masks and Margaritas" or "Sugar Skulls"). For an alternative to the weekend bar scene, try the series of Friday evening "Clay and Cocktails" pottery workshops.
The wackiness award definitely goes to "Exotic Animal Portraiture," which involves a series of field trips to the Indianapolis Zoo.
Also new this season: Many of the courses are marked with a friendly "beginner" symbol, so it's easier than ever to spot a class that's appropriate to your skill level.
Aside from that, you'll find the usual mix of classes at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in painting, drawing, glass, fiber, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, printmaking and more. As always, there are a few sampler classes, if you're not ready to commit to a full class.
My big decision is whether to enhance an existing skill (like precious metal clay) or do something completely new (like steel sculpture). At least I still have a few weeks to decide.