Alameda offers a wide range of activities for all ages, all levels, and all interests. Look for some of the best classes in Downtown Alameda — art classes, jewelry workshops, ballet classes, martial arts instruction, and more.
You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Downtown Alameda‘s historic Park Street District. Whether you want to explore a new hobby, get more physically fit, or turn an interest into a profession, there’s something for everyone.
Spring is a new beginning and it’s a terrific time to learn something new.
Art Classes & Hobby Workshops
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Instructors at Artistic Home Studio teach easy techniques for decorative furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass, and fused glass. Popular workshops include “Pinterest Unplugged,” “Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation,” and “Drop-in Fused Glass.” Youth summer camps and after-school art classes are also available.
Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Find out how easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. Bead Inspirations offers a number of one-day classes, along with a plethora of jewelry-making materials. Learn to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants out of everything from beads to metalwork.
Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street
Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource. Look for scheduled flower and art workshops that are held at the shop or other locations.
Jo Anne Yada @ Redux, 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Studio M
“Ms. Y” loves teaching art to all ages, particularly kids. Students paint, print, cut, and color original art projects while learning new art-making techniques. Summer art classes are taught in conjunction with the Alameda Recreation & Parks Department (ARPD).
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Rhythmix Cultural Works brings together people of all ages for high-quality arts experiences in music, dance, theater, visual arts, and cultural arts education. Rhythmix teams up with various organizations and instructors to offer classes on theatrical performance, belly dancing, Zumba, Taekwondo, and more.
The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Avenue
The Sewing Room offers a nurturing and creative environment for kids to learn a wonderful, practical skill that will last a lifetime. Whether the interest is in pattern making, designing apparel, sewing doll clothes, or creating unique and useful things for the home, instructors are there to help students through the process.
Twirl, 1424 Park Street
Twirl nurtures creativity through its thoughtfully designed play gallery and art studio. Children are encouraged to let loose, use their imaginations, and conjure up creations of all sorts through the act of making and playing. Drop-in with your child for open studio or sign them up for one of the art camps.
Starland School of Music, 1631 Park Street
Starland is committed to helping people express themselves through music by providing quality music education in a nurturing, safe environment. Starland also carry\ies a full selection of instruments, sheet music, and instructional videos for self-learners.
Martial Arts & Fencing Classes
Pacific Fencing Club, 2329 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 300
Pacific Fencing Club is one of the oldest fencing clubs in the Bay Area. Placing its emphasis on education and enjoyment of the sport, as well as serious competitive training, Pacific Fencing offers one of the most thorough introductory courses in fencing available anywhere.
Team Silva, 1502 Park Street
Learn self-defense, improve your fitness, lose weight, or boost your confidence by practicing the world’s most effective martial arts… Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ is a gentle art utilizing coordinated, leveraged arm and leg techniques. Classes at Team Silva consist of functional fitness, warm up, stretching, technical instruction, and positional sparring.
USA Kung Fu Studio, 1828 Park Street
USA Kung Fu Studio is dedicated to offering the most comprehensive training and life enhancing programs available in the martial arts today. With more than 8,000 square feet, their school is the most spacious and best equipped martial arts training facility in the Bay Area.
West Wind Karate, 1429 Park Street
West Wind Schools has been the leader in Bay Area martial arts for 45 years. West Wind offers three different types of instruction: Martial Arts, Boxing, and a state-registered private school.
Alameda Ballet Academy, 1402 Park Street
The instructors at Alameda Ballet Academy offer quality dance education for both youth and adults. The school strives to present quality community-accessible ballet performances while providing young dancers with valuable experience performing alongside professional dancers. Classes are also taught through ARPD.
Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
Studio D offers classical ballet classes for adults, beginning – intermediate levels. All body shapes and skill levels are welcome. Instruction is provided by owner and former Oakland Ballet Principal Dancer David Bertlin and Oakland Ballet Founder Ronn Guidi.
Search our business directory to find more things to do in Downtown Alameda and the historic Park Street District: www.DowntownAlameda.com
Save the Date! This year’s Park Street Spring Festival in Downtown Alameda takes place May 7 & 8, 2016. Enjoys arts, crafts, wine, beer, and live music at one of the best cultural events in Alameda!
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