If you’re looking for a unique item or gift idea for that special person on your Christmas list, how about making your own? Here are five ways you can make your own gift or work on DIY projects in Wichita, KS: 

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1. Jewelry-Making

CityArts

Get started in the art of silversmithing or take exploration classes to work on basic techniques. Students will learn methods of jewelry fabrication like lost wax casting, forging, forming and others. Classes are $55.  

Mark Arts

Whether you’re a beginner or have experience, you can enroll in jewelry & metalsmithing classes at Mark Arts. Typical class prices range from $165-$245 for non-members and are open to ages 14 and up. 

Mid-America All-Indian Center

Learn Native American crafting like beading for jewelry and other objects. From adding beads to Christmas ornaments to building dream catchers, this unique class will inspire you to create authentic crafts.

Learn to mold, create pottery and run the potters wheel at CityArts in Wichita KS2. Ceramics & Pottery

CityArts

Explore the world of pottery no matter your skill level with classes teaching basic throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel, as well as glazing and firing. 

Color Me Mine

Kids will love going to Color Me Mine to pick out a piece of pottery to custom paint. While you might not make the creation from scratch, you can personalize your gift by painting it and taking it home.

Mark Arts

Learn how to create clay work in a beginner’s class or hone your skills during weekly classes where you can build your technique. Prices range from $85 to $245 for non-members and are suitable for ages 14 and up.

Wichita Pottery 

Learn the basics or work to build up an amazing piece at Wichita Pottery. With pottery, hand-building and sculpture classes, you’re sure to leave with a masterpiece!

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3. Glass-Blowing

CityArts

Experience the art of glass blowing or take your skills to the next level as you work to create the perfect gifts. Classes are $210 each. Students must be at least 16 years old.

Infinity Art Glass

For a great experience for the whole family, head out to Infinity Art Glass for the Holiday Open House where visitors can choose colors and styles of glass to be blown into an ornament right before your eyes! Customers can also check out the studio or purchase pre-blown glass art to complete their perfect gift.

Karg Art Glass

Create your own ornament beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Kart Art Glass in Kechi. For $30, visitors can pick the color combination and style, inflate the ornament and pick up the finished product a few days later. This process is by appointment, so make yours today!

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4. Painting & Masterpieces

CityArts

From watercolor, acrylics, colored pencils, oil painting, mixed media, pastels, oil and charcoal, you can learn to paint in just about any media you can imagine. Classes start at $55. 

Mark Arts

Work on a masterpiece in the media of your choice with classes in abstract painting, oil painting, multi-media creations and watercolor no matter what level of skill you possess. Classes range in price from $145-$210 for non-members and are suitable for ages 14 and up. 

Paint the Towne

Paint with the help of a step-by-step tutorial at Paint the Towne, during one of the paint nights ahead of Christmas. Check the calendar for projects like painting Santas, Christmas trees, snowmen and other holiday-themed items.

Pinot’s Palette

Pinot’s offers several projects for painters, from Keeper creations to holiday themes. Check the calendar for details. 

Tessera Art Gallery

If you’re wanting to learn to paint or learn from professional painters, Tessera Art Gallery offers specific class options from mixed media to oil painting. Daytime and evening classes are available

learn clay sculpture at Mark Arts in Wichita KS

5. Sculpting

CityArts

Learning to sculpt clay is a new offering at CityArts, focusing on students of all skill levels. Tools and supplies must be supplied by the student. Students must be at least 16 years old. 

Mark Arts

Design your own sculpture and learn to manipulate the clay just the way you want in these any experience level classes at Mark Arts. Classes fill up quickly and around $245 each. Ages 14 and up are permitted to enroll.  

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