Community January 2, 2024

New Year, New Hobby: 8 Creative Classes in Kitsap

Now is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Or, use that new year energy to dig deeper into a current interest. Kitsap County is full of many creative classes. So, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to get you started. These classes will get your creative juices flowing and kick off the new year in a fun way.

BARN on Bainbridge Island

A staple of the arts community on Bainbridge Island, BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), continues to offer a plethora of courses in 2024. They are currently home to 10 different studios. If you’re interested in podcasting, stop by. If you’re interested in the kitchen arts or fiber and glass arts, there’s something here for you. Woodworkers, metal workers, boat builders, writers, and even printers can all find something in this space in 2024. In fact, BARN focuses on mentorship and apprenticeship. Any experience level is welcome.

Creative Warrior Studio in Silverdale

This studio has three different options for those looking to get creative with glass projects. They offer open studio times five days a week and guided classes throughout the month. Or, you can rent out the studio for a private event. And, on Friday, January 12th, the studio is hosting a Jammin’ with Jellies class. After that, on January 19th the studio will guide creative minds in making a Winter Aspens Panel. Check their website for more events throughout 2024.

Heart 2 Heart Knitting and Fiber Arts in Poulsbo

What’s cozier than a hand-knit hat, scarf, or sweater? A circle of friends to make those items together. The Heart 2 Heart Knitting and Fiber Arts store in Poulsbo offers newbies an hour with one of their teachers. Beginners will learn how to knit or crochet. In addition, every Tuesday and Thursday they host an open craft time. Anyone can come in, meet new people, chat, and knit or crochet together. Check out their monthly newsletter and keep an eye on their calendar for upcoming events.

Kitsap Art Center in Silverdale

The Kitsap Art Center provides art classes for children and adults. They offer courses such as drawing with various media, self-portraits, and watercolor techniques. They host everything from teen nights to summer camps to adult art sessions. Furthermore, younger students can enjoy classes that meet weekly throughout the school year. These classes offer the chance to try your hand at something new or encourage kids to do so.

Kitsap Photography Guild in Silverdale

The Kitsap Photography Guild offers a wide variety of activities and meetings for club members. All are welcome to join. Member experience levels range from newcomers to retired professionals. Club members can attend monthly meetings in Silverdale. Additionally, they offer workshops, photo walks, and critique sessions. Also, the guild holds competitions and exhibitions.  And, fun fact: they are members of the Photographic Society of America. For more information, you can sign up for a guest membership account or jump right in with the membership form.

Master Gardener Foundation in Bremerton

A non-profit organization, the Master Gardener Foundation of Kitsap County is dedicated to promoting a love of gardening and stewardship in the community. They host learning garden events and clinics. And, gardeners can submit questions to a master gardener for advice. If you would like to become a master gardener, the Washington State University Extension program begins taking applications in October for courses the following January.

Port Orchard Dance in Port Orchard

Recently nominated as one of the “Best Dance Studios” and “Best Places to Dance” in 2023 in Kitsap County, Port Orchard Dance is swinging into 2024 in full force. For beginners, their January line-up of classes offers many options. You can learn the fox trot, salsa, and East Coast swing. They also host open dance parties. Whether it’s your first time dancing or you’re an experienced pro, this studio is sure to have an exciting way to get moving.

Ted Brown Music in Silverdale

One of six locations throughout Washington, Ted Brown Music in Silverdale is perfect for those who are musically inclined. They offer instrument rentals, repairs, products, and private lessons. The studio offers everything from voice lessons to guitar and tuba lessons. Do you have a piano taking up space that needs dusting off? Have you always wanted to learn to play the drums? Whatever it is, Ted Brown Music in Silverdale is a great spot to start (or restart) your musical journey.


There are so many interesting activities and fun things to do in our area. If you’re new to our community, check out our free digital Guide to Kitsap County. Wherever this year takes you, we hope you’re able to pursue whatever inspires and fulfills you.