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The Cool School
Instructor Jo Abellera (left) leads a macrame workshop

Sure, you want to be more creative and crafty, but around your home, it seems as if there?s always a stack of bills to pay and laundry to put away. The solution? Get thee to the Cool School.

This new Glendale art school is a boon to aspiring artists and crafters, providing a large, lofty space where you can truly focus on painting, drawing and more. Held on nights and weekends, the eight-week class series are small (no more than 12 students), ensuring lots of individual attention.

During the three-hour printmaking class ($300, including materials), starting February 13, artist Rachael Pease will demonstrate monoprinting (the onetime-image-transfer method Brit artist Tracey Emin used here), linoleum printing (in which you carve your own printing plate) and other skills that will have friends asking, ?How did you do that?? 

In the figure drawing class ($400), beginning February 11, portraitist Roni Feldman will group his students around a model to draw while he offers suggestions. (We?re relieved that unlike so many art classes, this one features clothed models.)

The class we attended inspired giggles as well as eureka moments in which we felt we?d unleashed a little of our inner Picasso.

The Cool School Los Angeles,1800 S. Brand Blvd., Ste. 110, Glendale; 213-864-9575 or

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