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It may seem as if the crafting craze is threatening to take over the world, but thankfully some forums still favor a traditional art experience.

Meet Oil and Cotton, perhaps the area?s most credible source for all things workshop-worthy. With a calendar packed with professionally taught classes--including figure drawing, printmaking and abstract painting--it?s clear this venue has art instruction down to a tee. (Did we mention they offer T-shirt screen-printing classes?) It?s also apparent that owners Kayli House Cusick and Shannon Driscoll (a former piano teacher and art conservator, respectively) place a premium on artistic influence.

That?s why it?s exciting that the business recently formed a collaboration with the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. Professors and staff from UNT will work with Oil and Cotton to provide workshops, adding another dimension to the duo?s mission.

That?s not to say the programming isn?t inimitable already. Take tonight?s class: The ?Kessler Craftsman? Larry Pile will lead a workshop in which students learn how wield a torch while making a silver and glass ring.

Now that?s a craft we?d cotton to.

Oil and Cotton, 837 W. 7th St.; 214-942-0474 or

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