5 unique places near Phoenix to unleash your inner artist

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By Robert Gundran

February 26, 2024

Have you ever wanted to create something? Being creative comes easy for some, while it’s more of a struggle for others.

The Valley has plenty of places that offer workshops or classes in a variety of art styles. There are places to paint, work on ceramics, and even blow glass.

Here are five spots we found in the Valley to unleash your inner artist:


Spin Art Nation


2302 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Price: $39.99

Spin Art Nation is a splatter paint studio that gives creative people a unique way to make a colorful creation.

The process involves putting a canvas on a wheel that spins. Spin the wheel as fast or as slow as you want and toss paint on it to your heart’s content. The force of the wheel spinning flings the paint outward and makes interesting and colorful designs.

Booking an hour at Spin Art Nation comes with a 12-by-12-inch canvas, and you can add things like glitter or a larger canvas for a fee.

Spin Art Nation provides coveralls so you don’t get paint on your clothes, but you’ll probably want to wear something you don’t mind getting a little messy, just in case.


Light + Bark Candle Co.


7227 E. First Ave., Scottsdale
Price: $35-65

Light + Bark Candle Co. is a boutique candle company that specializes in premium scented candles made out of soy.

The company’s store also has a candle bar where you can create your own scented candles.

It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to create a candle, plus another two hours for it to cool down after pouring, so you can head over to a museum or Old Town Scottsdale while you wait.

There are over 70 fragrances to pick from and combine to make your own interesting and unique scent.

The candle bar takes walk-ins, reservations, and private parties.

Light + Bark donates a portion of its revenue to the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control shelter.


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The Painters Lounge


100 W. Portland St., Phoenix

Sip and paint events are a classic and perfect pairing, and The Painters Lounge frequently offers classes where you can come in, pour yourself a glass of wine, and paint.

Each sip and paint event has a different theme. Upcoming themes in March include “Majestic Mt. Fuji,” “Agave,” and “Neon Sky.”

No experience is needed, so don’t feel like you need to be a master artist to start painting.


Phoenix Glass Center


2530 E. Harrison St., Phoenix
Price: $160-$480

Phoenix Glass Studio is a glass-blowing studio and art gallery space that offers glass-blowing classes, team-building events, demonstrations, and private events.

The studio’s glass-blowing classes are made with novices in mind, so don’t feel like you need to know a ton about glass blowing before signing up.

The one-hour private class accommodates up to two people and is $160. The $480 class is three hours long and can fit up to six people.

Phoenix Glass Studio recommends dressing for comfort because the studio gets hot. Closed-toe shoes are also a must in a class with melted glass.


PIP Coffee + Clay


2617 N. 24th St., Phoenix

Pip Coffee + Clay is a ceramics studio and coffee shop in Phoenix that was started by two graphic designers who became obsessed with the hobby.

They offer classes where you can use the wheel or free-build something by hand.

Each class is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes.

PIP has classes for beginners, advanced beginners, and people who are more adept at working with the wheel. So if you take interest in the hobby, you can come back for more classes to develop your skills.


  • Robert Gundran

    Robert Gundran grew up in the Southwest, spending equal time in the Valley and Southern California throughout his life. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2018 and wrote for The Arizona Republic and The Orange County Register.


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