Get Creative in Tazewell Co.


Amelia Owdom, Guest Writer


Tazewell County is a hustling hub of artistic activity, from painters and spoken word artists to craftsmen and street musicians. Uncork your creativity with a wonderful teacher at any number of studios in Tazewell. Whether you’re looking to deep dive into a new hobby or try a new one-time experience, release your inner artist at these creative spaces in Tazewell County.

Art at the Bodega  {Washington}   //   If you want a casual and crafty take on a class, be sure to check out Art at the Bodega. The process is simple: reserve a spot, pick from more than 25 projects, and show up to create. The craft menu includes everything from pottery decorating, Bob Ross painting classes, jewelry making, string art to glass and leather work.

Captivation Dance  {Morton}   //   Offering classes for 18 months to ages 18+, Captivation Dance is the place to learn the correct way to bust a move. Classes vary from pointe to hip hop and everything in between. Youth competition classes are available if you’re looking for a challenge.

Clark Music Studios  {Washington}   //   Clark Music Studios specializes in music classes to fit all skill levels, promising both experts and the adept will be able to hone their skills with a thoughtful and supportive instructional atmosphere. Get ready for marching band, learn a new talent, or start your own band.

Classical Dance Academy  {Pekin}   //   Shake your groove thing and learn the right technique! Classical Dance Academy offers classes in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tumbling, and pre-dance classes for those who are just starting out. Classical Dance Academy teaches everything from technique to stage presence and composure during a live performance. 

The Cookery  {Morton}   //   For a date night or a true desire to learn how to cook better, or cook at all, The Cookery is the place to take a class. Each class is taught by a culinary instructor who guides students through the creation process. All ages and skill levels are welcome at classes like World of Wizardry, Homemade Pasta, Princess Tea Party and more.

Creations Dance Studio  {East Peoria}   //   With more than 60 years in the dance business, Creations Dance Studio strives to keep classes affordable and available for everyone. Learn to boogie at any age with beginner and advanced adult classes, private lessons, technique classes and special summer dance camps.

Flores Music  {Pekin}   //   Flores Music offers music lessons for both children and adults, specializing in instruments such as guitar, drums, bass, and piano. Flores is also a collective of passionate musicians and guitar junkies who are dedicated to helping people find their next favorite instrument or repair their current instruments.

Fondulac District Library  {East Peoria}   //   With classes ranging from basic workshops to stand-up, storytelling, DIY crafts, beginner music lessons, improv writing, and photography, Fondulac District Library offers a great outlet for creativity. Come with friends or jump in and meet new people—these classes and atmosphere are perfect for families with children of any age.

Just Jude’s Creations  {Pekin}   //   Offering the latest in fabric, technology, equipment and books, you can find the inspiration and quilting tools to take your creations to the next level. Just Jude’s turns quilters into life-long friends! Just Jude’s offers an array of sewing classes covering a varied array of interests and skill levels.

Leo’s Art Studio  {Pekin}   //   Learn to paint with an acrylic painting class or get together for girl’s night and paint while you sip! Leo’s Art Studio offers an array of sessions in a variety of mediums. This is the perfect studio for beginners and an excellent space for advanced artists to share and express themselves.

Lori’s Kitchen Store  {Washington}   //   Don your Chef's hat and prepare to learn how to make everything your foodie heart desires. With different cooking classes each month, Lori’s Kitchen Store offers Basic Knife Skills, Southern Style Cooking, Cupcake Bliss, Crumble Cookie Copycat, and more. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy any of Lori’s tutorials—you won’t leave hungry!

Peek In Pottery  {Pekin}   //   At this full service ceramics studio, choose from hundreds of ready-to-paint ceramics, made in house. Sign up for personalized instruction, schedule a birthday party, or create a personalized gift for someone special. This studio is a great way to give back to your community as the proceeds fund a number of nonprofit organizations.

The Quilt Corner  {Morton}   //   Aspiring quilters can learn everything from basic stitches to hand-dyeing techniques in these classes at The Quilt Corner. Learn the basics of quilting or build on your existing talents. Once you know your way around a needle and thread, anything is possible. These are excellent classes to meet other quilters in the area.

Touch of Glass  {Pekin}   //   Create gorgeous, hand-crafted, fused glass items in this unique opportunity to design with glass. Keep a lookout for the class schedules to register to make paperweights,  plant spikes, welcome plates, coral bowls, wind chimes, seasonal decor, and more.

Having a creative outlet is important, and you don’t have to travel far in our region to find a fun way for all ages to express themselves. The next time you want to use your creative side, check out the Discover Peoria Calendar of Events for upcoming classes and activities.

Amelia Owdom, Guest Writer
Amelia Owdom, Guest Writer

Amelia has lived in the Peoria area for most of her life. After going to school in Urbana-Champaign, she came back to the area where she now works as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Chillicothe Public Library. When she isn't recommending books for others, she spends time reading romance and fantasy novels, looking for unique finds at thrift stores and going to the movies with her friends and family.

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