You can move from “same old, same old” to “tada” by selecting something that tickles your fancy from a huge array of classes and workshops.

The growing list includes everything from free at-home courses (check out this free lesson from Donna Kato) to intensive retreats at exotic locations (consider the new Polymer Pamper Play on the Isle of Portland, Dorset), to guild retreats (fantasize about Florida’s Fandango).

Eighteen top teachers will conduct studio classes at Cabin Fever in Maryland in late February! Judith Skinner will be awarded the 2011 Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at the event.

Maureen Carlson has unveiled a new lineup of polymer and mixed media instructors in her annual schedule. Her Center for Creative Arts is a cozy, intimate space near Minneapolis that’s perfect for brewing big ideas.

A number of polymer classes are tucked in the sprawling Tucson Bead Show in February. Then in June, the Bead & Button show lists these projects.

If you need to stay close to home, CraftEdu has just added a whole bunch of new offerings on their site.

This is just the tip of the polymer iceberg! PolymerClayWorkshops and the international guild provide free listings for events all over the globe – from online to out-of-this-world. Start exploring and you’ll come up with something that fits your desires and your pocketbook.

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  • reply Dee Wilder ,

    Great post, Cynthia!! Polymer has arrived!!

    • reply tejae ,

      Cynthia, wonderful to see all the new polymer clay happenings! So inspiring!! Thanks for including my new class. 🙂

      tejae

      • reply Marcie ,

        I just love “Polymer Iceberg”

        • reply Barbara Forbes-Lyons ,

          Thanks for the mention Cynthia!

          • reply Janice ,

            Wow – what a fabulous post. So much to do! Thanks for sharing.

            • reply JoJo ,

              Donna Kato is one of my favorite polymer clay people- I have read and learned most of my favorite techniques from her books ( I own two of them and have one constantly checked out so much from the library I am going to buy it, too). I just love the creative spin she puts on her projects . I was thrilled when I saw the free lesson link and disappointed to find it is not free at all- while there is a free preview, it cannot be used to learn to make the rings- To get the lesson, you have to pay 60 dollars. Unfortunately that is out of my price range—:(
              This is a great resource for me and I look forward to all of the great tips, tricks , and links provided here. I just bought two pounds of perm frost thru a store I found by visiting Polymer Clay Central- ty so much for all you all do.

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