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HCAC offers a number of regularly scheduled classes and some specialty workshops throughout the year. The classes listed below are part of our regular rotation, but you may find additional classes and workshops in our current course schedule (link below). Supply and material lists are also available in our current course schedule. All HCAC Classes are open to beginners and new students, unless otherwise noted.

Click here for the current course schedule and registration.



Quilting Open Studio

Would you like to hug someone in fabric? Make a quilt! This quilting open studio, for beginners and experienced quilters alike, allows you to learn to quilt while you learn about tools and techniques that make quilting fast and fun! Start a project of your own choosing, or bring a project you are already working on, or if you are undecided, a beginner project is ready to welcome you to the satisfying art of quilt making. A supply list includes the yardage needed for the beginner project. Sewing machines, cutting boards, and rulers are available for your use during class. Supply lists are provided upon registration.

Quilting Journaling Workshop

Journal quilting is a way of quilting that is inspired by emotion. The size is that of a piece of paper, 8 ½” x 11”, but rather than write how you feel you sew it! This small format also makes it easy to try new techniques. Come and be inspired…sew outside the box! Sewing experience is required.

Quilt ’til You Wilt!

Spend a whole day quilting with friends and getting assistance whenever you need it. Bring a project and a dish to share, and sew the day away at the Holyoke Creative Arts Center. (Scheduled on various Saturdays 9:00-5:00 throughout the year.)

Landscapes Workshop

Create a simple landscape letting the fabric and color paint for you. Bring your own ideas or a materials kit is available for a $5 fee. Sewing experience is required.

Machine Quilting

Learn to quilt on your own sewing machine. Students will learn to use a walking foot as well as a free motion foot, proper basting technique, the right needles, and how to manage a quilt through their own sewing machine. Sewing experience is required.

Crazy Patch Holiday Stocking

Make this simple patchwork holiday stocking in time to hang for the holidays! It is fully lined an makes a wonderful decoration or gift. Pattern will be provided. Sewing experience is required.


Want to learn knitting? Already know how, but have a project you’d like some help with? HCAC knitting classes are designed to support beginners and pros alike. Bring your project or get instruction on a beginner’s project by the instructor. Contact HCAC for a supply list.

Knitting Workshops – Afghan Block of the Month, Cord Gloves, (etc.)


We offer a variety of sewing workshops throughout the year: tote bags, zipper bags, and aprons, for example. These one-day workshops are an excellent way to learn a new skill in a short amount of time.


This class is designed to introduce you to rug hooking as you build your skills to create a future heirloom. Only wool cloth will be used in class, whether new or rescued, and can include hand dyed, tweeds, plaids, or solids. Skills will involve learning how to hold a hook and pull up a loop as well as choosing colors that will enhance your final piece. The art of hooking uses a simple stitch that enables you to create unlimited designs and patterns. Designs may include floral, geometric, repeats, or any number of other variations.




Whatever your style of learning may be, in this class you will learn to complete your works to their highest level. Classes are used to maximize extreme light to dark or to enhance color, with an emphasis on drawing, perspective, and composition. A variety of mediums broadens your choice of subject matter resulting in more artistic expression.


This course will explore the elements of drawing – observation, recording, and pictorial organization. We will discuss and experiment with various media such as pencil, charcoal, chalk, and ink. Various drawing exercises and techniques will be discussed and explored.


Learn the basics of stained glass by creating a beautiful window catcher to hang where it can be admired daily.




Don’t throw away that favorite worn-out, threadbare chair. Re-upholster it at a fraction of the cost of a new chair. Chairs must be sturdy and of good structure and not taken apart prior to the first class. Learn to replace webbing and padding, tie springs, make buttons, welt cord, cover in muslin and finishing fabric to produce a quality chair. Items to be upholstered also include dining room chairs, trunks, headboards, footstools, cornices, screens, etc.
Equipment: Bring your chair to the first class and speak with the instructor about the specific tools you will need for the type of chair you are working on. You will measure your chair in the first class to determine your fabric needs before taking it apart.


Do you have a caned chair that needs mending? Or perhaps you want to try a new style of caning on an old chair that needs a refresher? This class is appropriate for both beginners and more advanced students to learn caning, shaker tape, and woven/rush styles.




Learn the art of Wood Carving; chip/sign carving, relief carving, folk figures, or decoy/wildlife art. This is a great class for all levels of experience, from beginners with no experience to those who are looking for a refresher course, each person works at their own pace. Students may work on their own projects or chose one from the instructor’s designs. When completed, each student will have a finished work of art to display proudly. Several students have won awards for their carvings at various wood carving shows.


The Beginners Class is designed for students with no prior jewelry or wire experience. Working with tools, wire and gauges, and basic techniques will be covered at the start of the class. Then students will work on two different pieces with crystal points.

The Intermediate Class is designed for students who have previous experience with information covered in the Beginners Class. The Intermediate Class will be divided into two classes that will focus on various shapes of cabochons and irregular stones.


Keep your eye out for our floral arranging classes.We offer these short workshops throughout the year around holidays or other special occasions.We post these classes early because they tend to fill up quickly.

You will find these special workshops listed in the semester section under “Ongoing 2014-2015” when you click on “Class Search & Registration.”


Let us help you use that bumper crop of herbs from your garden. In this class you will develop a practical knowledge of harvesting, drying, and storing herbs.


Join us in learning how to create therapeutic herbal infused oils and salves.Students will leave with recipes and samples of products made in class


Interested in learning the secrets behind expensive spa treatments?Take this class and learn how to make your own pampering products such as salt scrubs, herbal baths, exfoliants, face masks, and more!


Making soap is not as daunting as it may seem.Come to this class to learn the uncomplicated art of soap making with vegetable oils, herbs, and essential oils using everyday kitchen equipment.


Click here for the current course schedule and registration.



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