Best of Philly

Best Adult Classes

2016 BEST Language Classes

Lingual Institute

You won’t be memorizing conjugations at this school. Its emphasis on practical conversation and interactive lessons in small group classes will get you talking and really learning immediately, so you’ll be able to chat away when you visit Madrid (or Paris, or Taiwan) in a couple months.

100 South Broad Street, suite 622, Philadelphia, PA | 215-564-4040 | Website

2016 BEST Class for Adults

Butchering at Kensington Quarters

1310 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Learn how to break down an entire animal from the expert knife-wielders here, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends at your next dinner party. Well, except for the vegans. Read more »

2014 BEST Sewing Class

Handcraft Workshop

7224 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Owner Heather Hutchison Harris gears her Sewing 101 toward the true newbie, but also offers project-based classes in which students learn to make totes, infinity scarves, skirts the types of things that make you feel, if not Martha-esque, at least moderately accomplished. Read more »

2014 BEST Furniture Making Class

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

1834 East Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

This three-week class focuses on woodworking techniques, but also incorporates whatever refinishing or welding skills you’ll need to turn that sturdy piece of driftwood you found in Ocean City into, say, a stool. Read more »

2014 BEST iPhone/iPad 101 Class

Main Line School Night

260 Gulph Creek Road, Radnor, PA

Instructor Karen Strauss walks seniors and the tech-phobic through iPhone and iPad setup, app education (what the hell is this Instagram?), and getting the most out of your tech toys. Read more »

2014 BEST Classes for Grownups

Philly Art Center

Two locations

The dual outposts of Philly Art Center are best known for their awesome kids’ classes, but the beginner art classes for grown-ups — seven-week sessions that average eight to 12 students — offer the same pressure-free, joyful artistic release that the kids enjoy, with instructors who will actually elevate your skill level. Go for drawing,… Read more »

2013 BEST Grown-Up Classes

3rd Ward

1227 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The adult night-school world in the Philly region has been turned on its head by the brand-new outpost of the Brooklyn-based education company, which the New York Times has deemed a DIY utopia. Whether you want to learn how to develop a documentary, fabricate metal structures, cast jewelry molds, build an urban garden, create comic… Read more »

2012 BEST Adult Classes

Philly Beer School

127 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Put down that PBR and enroll, so you’ll know what you’re doing when you tiptoe outside your comfort zone. Read more »

2011 BEST Adult Classes

The Hacktory

3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Why take Spanish or knitting when this quirky Fairmount spot offers classes in Arduino, LED-pop-up-book making, kinetic sculpture and (blush) sex-toy hacking? Read more »

2009 BEST Adult Classes

The University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Continuing Education program at UArts isn’t exactly a time tunnel back to your carefree college days, but you will feel that old rush of excitement (a world of possibility!) when presented with the chance to see if you might be a poetry genius or a budding Ralph Lauren. And should you realize after a… Read more »