Best Of 2007

BEST ART CLASSES: The Arts Center

Ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of Web design or jewelry-making but just didn’t know where to turn for help? St. Pete’s The Arts Center remains the place to pick up a paintbrush or throw a pot with the guidance of patient, friendly and expert instructors. With classes in everything from glassblowing to digital photography at relatively affordable rates — from just over $100 for members (nonmembers pay more) for a five-week series of classes to several hundred dollars for high-demand workshops with visiting artists — the Arts Center is a dependable venue for folks looking to acquire mad skills without taking a college-level class. As a bonus, members are eligible to take part in an annual exhibit held in September.

719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, theartscenter.org.