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On your next vacation, get creative. Museums, colleges, and craft centersoffer everything from one-day (or evening) classes for beginners toweeklong workshops for experienced crafters. Trading your sunscreen andswimsuit for a lump of clay and a pottery wheel just might bring outyour inner artiste.

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MetalTurncopper and silver into fanciful tree ornaments at the Creative SideAcademy in Austin, Texas. The evening class offers the basics onpiercing and shaping metal. December 10; $75; (512) 799-0589; www.creativeside.orgLearn the art of tinsmithing at the John C. Campbell Folk School inwestern North Carolina. Students experienced in working with metal willcreate their own whimsical coffee pot and lanterns during the one-weekclass. January 18 through January 25; $802; (828) 837-2775; www.folkschool.com
ClayGetcreative with the kids at the Danforth Museum of Art in Massachusetts.Weekend workshops for families teach the basics of making gift boxesand holiday decorations. December 14; $30; (508) 620-0050; www.danforthmuseum.orgTransforma lump of clay into a multimedia sculpture at the Mendocino Art Centerin California. The Encaustic Ceramic Workshop teaches experimentaltechniques (like applying wax instead of glaze) and shows advancedstudents how to add fiber, wood, and metal to clay sculptures. February23 and 24; $170; (707) 937-5818; www.mendocinoartcenter.org
GlassNoexperience is needed to turn plain strips of glass into beautiful beadsat the Hands On Art Studio in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. For a mere $7(plus the cost of your projects), you can get an all-day studio pass tolearn the art of lamp working, which uses torches and rods to melt andform glass. (920) 868-9311; www.handsonartstudio.comTakeyour glassmaking skills to the next level at Diablo Glass School inBoston. The Glass Box Casting class teaches intermediate students howto create a solid glass sculpture. December 27 and 28, and January 3;$400; (617) 442-7444; www.diabloglassschool.com
FiberMakea wall hanging by using punch-needle rug-hooking techniques at FletcherFarm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont. A number ofpatterns are available, and all projects are made with hand-dyed woolyarns. March 21 and 22; $135; (802) 228-8770; www.fletcherfarm.orgKnowhow to sew? Spend a weekend learning to be your own handbag designer.Oregon College of Art and Craft provides instruction on creating apattern, choosing fabric, and adding embellishments. April 4 and 5;$170; (503) 297- 5544; www.ocac.edu