FCF Hoosier Holiday Gift Guide Day 4: Arts for Young Hearts and Old Farts

‘Tis the season for giving, right? So we here at in Indianapolis felt that on top of giving you the best we’ve got when it comes to what’s going on in the Circle City, we will give you a little help in trying to find that perfect gift for the special someone on your list. On December 4, and  the next twenty days we will give you twenty ways to show you truly care. In the true spirit of Hoosier pride, we will try to suggest only that which is home-grown or handmade right here in Indiana.

Day 1- the binding bee

Day 2- Tickets for Sports of All Sorts

Day 3- Indy Eateries

DAY 4- Arts for Young Hearts and Old Farts

I have a question for you. What does a quick fire-intro to fused glass jewelry have in common with Ukrainian Egg decorating? Please, take your time figuring this one out. Matter of fact, when you come up with an answer please send it to me, I would LOVE to hear it ( For the need-to-know-now types, the answer is the Indianapolis Arts Center, and our Day 4 gift guide suggestion.

These are just two of the bevy of classes offered at the IAC. Located north of downtown Indianapolis in Broad Ripple Village, the Indianapolis Arts Center has been a part of the Indianapolis arts scene since 1934. Since its inception, the IAC has morphed into the 40,000 square foot  Marilyn K. Glick School of Art, the Cultural Complex and ARTSPARK, a huge studio without walls occupying twelve acres that contain interactive and stimulating sculptures. The grounds in and of itself are a true work of art.

But we are here today to talk about what is on the inside, after all, isn’t that what really counts?

There are so many classes to choose from at the Indianapolis Arts Center, that to try to list them would make my head hurt. Just know that there is something there for everyone to enjoy no matter what his or her interest may be. From one day classes where you can learn to take better photos with your own digital camera during your kids games or while you are away on family vacations, to single sessions of glass blowing and paperweight sculpting.

I can personally attest to just how exciting and fun these evenings can be, for I recently made one kick-ass glass pumpkin paperweight right before this past Halloween. The instructors were fun, easy-going, knowledgeable, and above all patient. In addidtion, two of’s favorite Indianapolis artists are faculty there. Earlier this year we profiled Joanie Drizin of Girly Steel and Casey Jo Ailes of Figaro Studio, and now they could be your teachers!

If you have an artist in your family, whether young and budding with potential, or a seasoned artisan looking to add to their already impressive portfolio, the Indianapolis Arts Center can help further their education. A full line up of workshops lasting several weeks, to a full slate of spring semester classes that will keep them going all season long is always offered. It is all here waiting for you.

Classes range from $20 to $500, so there is definitely something for everyone’s budget and skill level. This can be a fantastic opportunity to ensure you get to spend a few hours each week with someone special, or it ensures you will get a few hours of peace and quiet for yourself while they are off at class. It is amazing how somethings work both ways.

If you are not sure whether this is something you or a loved one would be interested in, at least do yourself the favor of checking out the Indianapolis Art Center’s website for a complete list of classes being offered, you never know what you might find.