Get Schooled In 2013 With These 12 Local Classes

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on December 31.]
Go to the gym more, increase productivity, eat less, drink less — with all the typical sad-sounding promises, it’s no wonder New Year's resolutions tend to get a bad rap. So, instead of setting your sights on activities you’re dreading this year, how about getting schooled at creative crafts you’re totally stoked to try?
Whether you want to take up blogging, floral design, macaroon-making, photography, or mastering your makeup, we found 12 of the best Bay Area classes to satisfy just about every artistic interest. Yes, it is possible to better yourself and enjoy all the awesome activities you’ve been wanting to experience. So, leave the lame resolutions behind, make some moves, and start packing that 2013 schedule. Self-improvement never felt so good!
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French Macaroon Making
Where: Baking Arts, 542 Brannan Street (between 4th and 5th streets); 415-706-7112.
Price: $90
Next Class: Sunday, January 6
Trendiness aside, what could be dreamier than this delicious confection? We wouldn’t have imagined we’d be able to whip up macaroons ourselves, but we can’t wait to try our hands at it. Learn all the meringue-making and batter-folding techniques you’ll need to create these scrumptious treats yourself.

Blogging for Beginners with Meghan Ward
Where: The Grotto, 490 Second Street, Suite 200 (at Howard Street);
Price: $260
Next Class: Four-session class on Wednesdays from January 23 through February 13
Stop talking about how you want to blog and just take the plunge. Learn everything you need to know from instructor Meghan Ward, who has written for a variety of S.F. publications including San Francisco Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

Photo: Via Baking Arts
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Beauty School Rebel: Makeup Mastery — Luscious Lashes and Dark Lips
Where: Workshop S.F., 1798 McAllister Street (at Baker Street); 415-874-9186.
Price: $56
Next Class: Tuesday, January 15
What are some of those mysterious makeup tips from the pros? You’re about to find out. Besides application tips, you’ll also receive a list of worthy drugstore alternatives to the luxury beauty brands.

Introduction to Photography
Where: Peter Diggs, 2711 18th Street #33 (near York Street); 415-272-2137.
Price: $285
Next Class: Three-session class on Wednesday, January 16, Saturday, January 19, and Saturday, January 26
Is that digital camera or SLR collecting dust? It’s about time you learned to use it. Get a solid introduction to light, flash, and composition. This isn’t one of those boring lecture-based classes — instead, you’ll be out and about putting your newfound photog skills to the test right away.

Photo: Via Workshop S.F.
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Calligraphy In The 21st Century From A to Z
Where: Makeshift Society, 235 Gough Street (between Fell and Oak streets); 415-625-3220.
Price: $90, plus $10 starter kit
Next Class: Monday, January 7
You’re in good hands with Instructor Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, a professional calligrapher who has collaborated with the likes of Martha Stewart Weddings, Chronicle Books, and more. Be honest: You’ve always wanted to write super-elegant letters and gift tags using a pen and nib.

Letterpress: Platemaking and Printing
Where: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street (at Jones Street); 415-771-7020.
Price: $200
Next Class: Two-session class on Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, April 13
There’s a reason people go crazy over letterpress printing — when combined with great design, it can make everything from stationery to business cards look luxe and ultra elegant. Learn all the steps involved in the process, from paper preparation to typesetting to printing.

Photo: James Ken Butler
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Introduction to Mixology
Where: Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis Street (near Powell Street); 415-421-8700.
Price: $199
Next Class: Saturday, January 12
Refine your craft, enjoy better drinks, and impress your guests. When you up your cocktail-making cred, everyone benefits. Fun bonus: You get to jump behind the bar to mix up the magic.

Brew It Yourself: Beer Making At Home
Where: Workshop S.F., 1798 McAllister Street (at Baker Street); 415-874-9186.
Price: $85
Next Class: Two-session class on Saturday, January 5 and Wednesday, January 23
Even better than drinking great beer — making it yourself, then imbibing it. Learn the art of mixing malts and hops to create the blend you want, as well as how to craft stronger batches. The best part is you’ll leave with a case of your own home brew. Cheers!

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Sewing 101
Where: Root Division, 3175 17th Street (at Shotwell Street); 415-863-7668.
Price: $125, plus $15 for materials fee
Next Class: Five-session class on Wednesdays from April 10 through May 22, with no class on April 17 or May 1.
Got the fashion-design itch? Get handy with the ol’ sewing machine as you learn to zipper, button, and appliqué your way to hand-crafted clothing. Standard skills get a San Francisco spin, as you learn to repurpose old garments to create new ones.

Jewelry Making 101
Where: Revere Academy, 760 Market Street (near O'Farrell Street); 415-391-4179.
Price: $225
Next Class: Thursday, January 10
Revere Academy is the real deal — lots of now-pros went here to learn their craft. Fashion a lovely brass pendant, and pick up basic metalsmithing skills like filing, sanding, stamping, and drilling along the way.

Photo: Via Root Division
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Wine & Cheese Pairing 101
Where: The Cheese School of San Francisco, 2155 Powell Street (between Francisco and Chestnut streets); 415-346-7530.
Price: $69
Next Class: Friday, March 8
Entertaining is easier (and so much tastier!) when you know what wines and cheeses complement each together. It’s a skill you can put to use at every party, or even unwinding with a glass of vino when solo.

Floral Design: Color Of Your Day
Where: In Water Flowers, 2132 Fillmore Street (between Sacramento and California streets); 415-359-1232.
Price: $125
Next Class: Thursday, January 10
You know how some hues combine beautifully and others fall flat? There’s a serious art to floral arrangements! Learn the basic concepts of color composition, making a hand-tied bouquet and centerpiece design. Best part? You get to take home all of your botanical arrangements.

Photo: Via The Cheese School of San Francisco