Things to Do on Saratoga Dark Days

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Get Creative & Make Saratoga Dark Days Hobby Days

Throughout summer in Saratoga, you may wonder what there is to do on days Saratoga Race Course is closed, also known as “dark days.” The answer is a lot! Despite the nickname, these days are prime opportunities to get out and either discover a new hobby or indulge in an existing one. The Saratoga area is full of places where you can unleash your creative side and have fun learning different arts and crafts.

Are you ready to get creative in the Saratoga area? On the next “dark day” at Saratoga Race Course, discover a new hobby at one of these local art studios and workshops.

Enter a World of Pottery at
Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Explore the wonderful world of clay, creation, and education at Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville. Since 2011, this exceptional studio has introduced artists of all ages to pottery and clay artworks.

The best way to learn a new craft is with hands-on classes and workshops, and that’s exactly what Saratoga Clay Arts Center specializes in.

They have adult and youth classes, summer camps, and workshops with experienced clay artists.

Private lessons and clay parties with friends are options if upcoming events don’t fit into your schedule.

Cheers to Fun and Relaxing
Paint & Sip Classes

Put on an apron, grab a drink and a brush, and experience a memorable paint & sip class in the Saratoga area. Paint & sips aren’t just great birthday activities, they’re also a fun way to paint with friends in a pressure-free environment.

Gather up a group of your best pals and check out Paint-n-Gogh in Ballston Spa. This paint & sip studio is the perfect place to make new memories and masterpieces, and a variety of classes are offered each week.

Recognized as the region’s original paint & sip, Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio is ready to bring out the artist in you. No experience is necessary to attend, and a local artist will give step-by-step instructions for the class’ painting. If a class isn’t scheduled for the day you want to paint & sip, consider booking a private party at the studio with family and friends.

Find Your Inner Artist at
Creative Sparks and Balloonatics

Whether you’re interested in paint-your-own pottery, mosaics, or even fused glass, Creative Sparks and Balloonatics in Saratoga is the place to be. Creative Sparks is a locally-owned art studio where you can walk in and start creating with no appointment needed.

Over 300 items are available, which guarantees visitors can always find a fun project to work on. The studio’s artists will provide individualized attention as you paint pottery, build mosaics, or fuse glass. Head over to Creative Sparks today and find your inner artist.

Breathe Life Into Ornate Artworks at Gregory Tomb Glassblowing Studio

During summer 2019 at The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park, expert glassblower and artist-in-residence Gregory Tomb is offering glassblowing classes at his mobile/temporary studio. Glassblowing is the art of breathing life into molten glass and transforming it into colorful and beautiful glassware.

Each student in Tomb’s glassblowing class will learn about the world of glass art and create their own one-of-a-kind pieces. Some of the options include a glass flower, mini pumpkin, paperweight, vase, and bowl. These classes will run from July 2, 2019 through Labor Day.

Paint Like the Pros at Saratoga Chalked Painting Workshop

Saratoga Chalked Painting Workshop is a home decor-focused art studio in Saratoga Springs that provides visitors with the guidance, inspiration, and tools to revive and customize various furniture pieces. Although you can stop by and purchase furniture, there’s nothing quite like painting your own pieces in the colors and styles you choose.

If you have a piece of furniture you’d like to paint, you can schedule an open paint workshop in which the studio supplies all the tools, paints, and waxes. Want to start fresh instead? Select an upcoming hands-on painting workshop and enjoy working on your own personal project, such as picture frames and reclaimed wood wall art.

Make Your Next Masterpiece
at Arts & Glass

Plan a trip to the Town of Clifton Park and discover how people of all artistic skill levels can have fun making something new. Founded by artist Angela Barrett in 2013, Arts & Glass is a walk-in studio featuring a large selection of pottery pieces and pre-cut glass.

You can paint figurines, dinnerware, decorations, and more, and all the paints and supplies are included with the price of your piece. Or, try a fused glass project and transform a picture frame, bowl, or coaster into a colorful creation. Staff members will guide you through each type of project.

Join a Fiber Arts Community at Common Thread Saratoga

Located near the northern end of Broadway in downtown Saratoga, Common Thread Saratoga is a full-service yarn shop with a fantastic selection of yarns, patterns, books, needles, and accessories. Not only can they fulfill your fiber arts needs, but the store hosts fun and educational classes for all skill levels.

Both drop-in knitting and crocheting classes are open to those who are starting a new project or need inspiration for an existing one. In addition, there are project-specific classes and social stitching sessions where you can meet other fiber artists. Sign up for an upcoming class at Common Thread, or book a private lesson for extra help.

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