If you've never been to Baker Hunt
, brave the maze of one-way streets through historic Covington and just show up on their beautiful doorstep.
I remember Baker Hunt from high school, when I took art classes
there. Back in the day they were free -- materials and everything -- for students who were not taking art in their own schools. For some reason my schedule never worked out to include art except for a single semester, so I went to Baker Hunt.
What a breath of fresh air! High school was not incredibly stressful compared to real life, but in some ways it was -- grades, work, classes good & bad, college apps, boyfriends, weekend antics, troubled friends. Baker Hunt was a wonderful refuge. One thing I loved was that all youth classes were just that -- anyone between 5 and 18! So we high schoolers were totally free from the usual crap. Plus, no matter how good/bad we were, we got the undying praise from the younger ones! I learned so much. I still have my mixed-media fried eggs!
Judging from the recent course schedule, it looks like things are still this way. Today I went to an adult class -- of course adults are anyone over 18, so there's even more of a range :) Again, classes are stress-free, nobody is there to get a degree or try a new career. The instructor is great, he had everyone improving and thinking differently from the get-go. Materials for the class I'm taking are not complicated, and most courses are similar. You do have to pay for classes now, but assistance is available to those in need. You will not pay and arm and a leg, either -- I worked out the 12 weeks of 2-hour classes, and it's just $10/class!
Some classes are one-shot workshops. These are great if you don't have much time, or if you just want to try one new thing. I believe it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said she tried to do one thing that scared her every day. Baker Hunt isn't scary -- the grounds are beautiful
, you will want to render everything you see! plus the people
are so friendly -- but if you've always wanted to take a class now's your chance. Adult classes start this week; youth classes start later this month. And there are one-time workshops for adults
throughout the year.
BONUS: Go to the wine-music-art event Twilight in the Gardens
, September 20! It's just $20/person, which includes wine and tasty bites of food from local restaurants.