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Where Can I Host My Arts & Crafts Classes? 7 Perfect Venue Ideas

Posted on Jun 01, 2023

“Where can I host my arts & crafts classes?” is one of the most common questions that comes up in our community.

In this blog we’re sharing real-life venue options that our members use to run their classes. 

From converted garages and church halls to libraries and yoga studios - anything is possible!

We hope these examples will inspire you and help you pick a captivating space that suits your personal style, budget, and target audience.

 Option 1 - Clear a Space at Home: 

Teaching arts and crafts classes in the comfort of your own home can be convenient and cost-effective.

You can transform your garage like one of our members Kirsty did:

Or teach your classes around your dining room table, in a converted laundry room, guest room, or office.

Check out Angela's bright and beautiful home studio (she even hosts arty parties outside on the veranda when the weather's good):

The pros of hosting your classes at home include easy accessibility, total control over the environment, and savings on rental fees. 

But, it's important to keep in mind the limited indoor space, potential parking constraints, and the possibility of noise complaints from neighbors.

 Option 2 - Collaborate with a Creative Venue: 

Partnering with established creative venues such as dance studios or yoga studios offers a unique opportunity to tap into their existing artistic ambiance. 

Many of these venues already have equipment available, like tables and chairs, plus storage areas and ample parking for visitors.

One of our members Steph teaches her classes at a yoga studio using lap trays:

The pros of this option include a creative atmosphere, access to amenities, and the potential for cross-promotion. 

However, scheduling may be limited to fit in with the existing business' schedule.

 Option 3 - Share Your Customers with an Existing Business: 

Teaming up with local businesses like restaurants, cafes, craft shops, or boutiques can be a win-win. 

The venue gets to sell food, drinks, or products, get feet in on 'slow days' and have new people visit their establishment.

Plus, you’ll get to tap into an existing customer base and have the venue assist you with marketing your workshops, classes or events.

One of our members Heleen runs her workshops in local restaurants and cafés:

Another member, Camille, runs her kids crafting classes inside a boutique:

The pros of collaborating with an existing business include reduced marketing efforts and the chance to reach a diverse audience.

These venues are also often well-situated in areas with lots of foot traffic, parking, and amenities.

 Option 4 - Run a Mobile Club: 

A mobile club doesn’t mean a studio on wheels… although that’s an option too. Check out Allison’s awesome art van:

Running a mobile club means finding out where children gather in your community and meeting them there.

Think schools, markets, libraries, gymnasiums or community centers.

These locations are perfect as kids are often already there. They can remain at school for an extra hour to attend your class and have their parents pick them up later. Easy peasy.

 Schools: 

Our in-house teacher Lili hosts classes at different schools each day of the week:

 Gymnasiums: 

Mae runs her classes in a school gymnasium:

 Libraries: 

Renishea runs her classes at her local library:

 Community Centres: 

Caroline sets her classes up at a community center:

Pros of running a mobile club include tapping into an existing audience, convenience for customers, and venues already equipped with tables, chairs, parking, and amenities. 

However, mobility requires careful planning, transportation logistics, and additional setup and travel time.

If a mobile club sounds like the right option for you, head over to check out our 4-step process to start your mobile club.

 Option 5 - Parks or Outdoor Spaces: 

Hosting arts and crafts classes in parks or outdoor spaces can provide a refreshing and natural backdrop for creativity. 

Somien hosts her classes and workshops in the garden area outside an Occupational Therapist’s office:

Melanie runs her classes in a nursery garden:

Pros include ample space, fresh air, and a relaxed atmosphere. 

But, it's important to consider weather conditions and seasonal limitations when opting for outdoor venues.

 Option 6 - Go Virtual: 

When you teach online, there is no limit to the number of kids you can accommodate. Unlike a physical space, capacity is never an issue, so there is potential for high volumes and high profit.

You are also not limited to your geographical area and can teach kids literally all across the world.

Pros include no venue rental expenses, no equipment requirements, and the ability to accommodate high volumes of students. 

But, be prepared for potential tech or connectivity problems that may arise.

If teaching online sounds like the right option for you, you can get started by purchasing our Teaching Online eBook. It's a step-by-step guide to start teaching online classes, quickly - without fancy equipment!

 Option 7 - Rent or Build Your Own Studio Space: 

Renting or establishing your own dedicated studio space gives you the opportunity to create a personalized environment, in line with your own personal style and brand.

Helen has an arts & crafts cabin, fully decorated in her club’s branding:

Angela has her own craft shop with a dedicated arts & crafts corner:

Emma runs her classes inside her own ‘crafty coffee shop’:

Pros include full control over the space, customization of equipment and storage, and the opportunity to build a consistent brand. 

However, it’s important to consider the higher cost, commitment, and maintenance responsibilities that come with this option.

 Let’s do a quick recap: 

There are 7 perfect venue options for you to explore.

Each comes with its own pros and cons, so be sure to weigh up all the options and find one that suits your personal style, budget, and target audience. Here are the venue options again below...

Option 1 - Clear a Space at Home

Option 2 - Collaborate with a Creative Venue

Option 3 - Share Your Customers with an Existing Business

Option 4 - Run a Mobile Club

Option 5 - Parks or Outdoor Spaces

Option 6 - Go Virtual

Option 7 - Rent or Build Your Own Studio Space

 Are you ready to start your own arts & crafts club? 

Our CCC Academy will provide you with all the training, resources and support you need to go from dreaming to thriving with your club.

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