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5 to Follow: If You Want to Learn Better in 2019

By / November 19, 2018

It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. In 2019, make it a point to learn new skills even if you’ve left the school system far in the rearview mirror. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to finally try that arts and crafts class you’ve been eyeing, to enroll in that coding crash course, or to simply commit yourself to being the best at-home pizza chef you can be. No matter what you choose, make this the year you not only learn more but learn better, thanks to these Eventbrite organizers.

You follow your favorite artists, venues, and meme accounts on Instagram. Now, you can keep up with your favorite event creators on Eventbrite. Simply tap the follow button to make sure you never miss tickets from your favorite creators. You’ll get an email from Eventbrite whenever a new event goes on sale so you’ll never have to experience FOMO again.


Look out for: “On Pizza” cooking classes with chef Duke Gervais. Follow Baldoria on Eventbrite for tickets to this weekly event!

Why: Baldoria’s chef Duke Gervais hosts this Sunday night pizza cooking class at his beloved DTLA restaurant, Baldoria. At just $30, tickets to the class include all supplies and materials, a complimentary glass of wine or beer to enjoy while you cook, and, of course, your own handmade pizza to eat on-site or bring home with you. Thanks to the intimately sized and hands-on class, students will pick up skills and tips from chef Duke Gervais to bring back to their own kitchens. Make 2019 the year of more home-cooked meals — and more pizza. Always more pizza.

General Assembly

Look out for: Hands-on courses in technology, business, and design. Follow General Assembly on Eventbrite for free classes, network opportunities, and seminars.

Why: Looking to acquire a new skill, switch careers, or improve productivity at your current job? It’s never too late to make a change — or beef up that resume — with General Assembly, a company that offers coursework in coding, data, design, and marketing. Whether you’re a woman in tech looking to connect with other boss ladies or a content creator looking to better utilize video, there’s something to be found on General Assembly’s upcoming class schedule. One-off classes are usually free and offer students an introduction to the General Assembly community.

Makers Mess

Look out for: Every class under the sun — follow Makers Mess on Eventbrite to keep up with the packed calendar of rotating arts and crafts workshops!

Why: As far as crafting in LA is concerned, it doesn’t get more comprehensive than Makers Mess. You might be looking to take your skills to the next level or just nail down the basics — whatever it is, this organizer has something for everyone in the Makers Workshop series, from watercolor and abstract painting to lighting design and jewelry making. Better yet, adults aren’t the only ones who can learn new arts and crafts disciplines at Makers Mess; the Silver Lake studio also hosts pop-up events and programming for “mini makers,” including summer camps.

Maesto Studio

Look out for: Dance classes in samba, bachata, salsa, and other Latin and ballroom styles! Follow Maesto Studio on Eventbrite to stay up to date on the courses currently being offered.

Why: Spice up your life with Maesto Studio, a lively dance studio that brings ballroom and Latin dancing to 6th Street in Santa Monica. The studio offers ongoing, multiweek coursework in salsa and bachata and recently added a Thursday-night samba series to the lineup. Best of all, Maesto Studio caters to beginners — new students can attend unlimited classes for 10 consecutive days for just $10, and all courses offer a relaxed environment designed to be friendly toward and accessible for newbies.

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Samy’s Photo School

Look out for: Beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographic arts courses held at locations in Culver City, Pasadena, and Los Angeles (Beverly Grove). Follow Samy’s Photo School on Eventbrite for first dibs on upcoming classes.

Why: One of the most respected names in photography on the West Coast, Samy’s Photo School caters to students of all levels for classes in Los Angeles and beyond. But students aren’t limited to learning how to take photographs — Samy’s Photo School offers coursework in darkroom developing, editing software including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and specialized disciplines including real estate photography, landscape photography, and fashion photography. For more advanced artists, the school also offers guided trips to visually striking locations nearby like the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park.

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Nile Cappello is obsessed with: words, cotton candy, Southern California and eating her way across the world. She’s an online and offline over-sharer, screenwriter, only child and total klutz. She’s an expert in LA coffee shops, iced tea varieties and uncovering compelling and unique true stories.

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