Locals and visitors alike may enjoy a host of classes, demonstrations and creative explorations in and around Providence. From cooking classes to the art of steelwork, there is so much to see and do in The Creative Capital.
Chef Walter’s Cooking School
Chef Walter offers a range of options, including a cooking camp for teens, recreational classes for foodies, team building, bridal showers and special events, and total immersion classes that teach complete culinary techniques for the food industry.
Ranging from butcherie and charcuterie to themed menu nights including “Cooking with Julia” and “Downton Abbey,” these classes include two instructors and a maximum class size of six students. Professor Chef offers group classes and private classes that teach you how to play with your food. Molecular gastronomy and crafting olive oil soap are also among the weekly class offerings in this intimate setting.
These demonstration-based cooking classes showcase three different recipes and a sampling of each dish. Classes are focused around seasonally based ingredients and recipes.
Johnson & Wales University
The university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, hospitality, physician assistant studies and more, but what they’re best known for in Providence is their exceptional culinary arts program. Not just for students, locals and visitors alike can sign up and enjoy Chef’s Choice — an intensive, one-day cooking and learning experience offered in a variety of gastronomical topics.
Providence Public Library
The Providence Public Library welcomes visitors and community members with a variety of events, including small business workshops, a history book club, computer classes and story time.
The Steel Yard
For those interested in learning blacksmithing or welding, or simply watching a cool demonstration of the craft, The Steel Yard is the place to explore. Public tours, a jewelry camp and open studio time are also offered in this award-winning Providence industrial arts center.
Community Boating Center (CBC)
This nonprofit waterfront organization is committed to keeping sailing affordable and accessible and offers a range of lessons for beginners and novices, including sailing and kayaking. Choose from youth sailing school, youth summer camp and adult classes. Once structured lessons are complete and adults have passed a class, qualified adult members are free to use CBC boats to sail or paddle at their leisure.
This modern floral studio is known for its elegant arrangements with stunning palettes of color and texture. Studio 539 also hosts design workshops, such as floral arranging and wreath making.
A shop for urban gardeners and agriculturalists, Cluck! offers classes on everything from choosing your flock (of chicks) to proper garden planning. A local feed and garden center, this shop has a gardening library to peruse and garden to wander. While you’re there, stop by the coop and visit Cluck’s resident feathered friends.
Alliance Francaise de Providence
For those looking to learn another language, choose from French, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. Both adults and kids classes are offered. There are also weekly events, including Café Croissant, where conversations are en Français, and a special foreign film viewing series.
Trad Arts Studio
Located in historic Slater Mill, the Trad program includes fiber, textile and maker arts. Set in the birthplace of the American textile industry, Trad classes range from hand weaving to chair caning, natural dyeing, and knitting.
Goat Hill hosts workshops on all aspects of writing, from starting a short story to editing and pitching a finished piece. Goat Hill also hosts author events, such as a recent talk with food writers Ruth Reichl and Michael Ruhlman.