Hobbies have no pressure attached to them — by definition, they’re purely for enjoyment and expression. You can’t always say the same about life, which is why having a creative outlet (dare we say escape) is so important.
With just a little time and effort, you can learn a new skill — or pick up where you left off on a past passion no matter how long it’s been. Though the list of hobbies you can pursue in Portland is long, here are some ideas to get you started.
From Multnomah Arts Center to High Low Art Space, there are plenty of opportunities to brush up on your artwork and add a splash of color to your palette. There are classes for a variety of media (acrylic, watercolor, oil) and at every experience level. Bringing your friends to an event at Bottle & Botega is a great way to get started (they also have at-home paint kits).
If you can’t get enough of the outdoors and love being more in-tune with the natural world, get involved with Portland Audubon. The nonprofit offers free outings, paid ecotours, and online classes where you’ll learn to spot and identify birds and gain in-depth knowledge of our region’s feathered fauna.
Pottery and ceramics
Throwing a lump of clay on the wheel and shaping it into a vase seems like it’s one of the most satisfying/frustrating/rewarding things a human can do. At Elemental Studios, owner and instructor Casey Campbell incorporates wellness and mindfulness principles into each workshop. Check out these other ceramics studios.
What kind of hobby do you like to do in your free time? Let us know.