Whoever said you’re never too old to learn had a very good point. It doesn’t matter if the last time you practiced your French or picked up a drawing pencil was in high school; there are plenty of adult classes around Melbourne catering to all skill levels. Here are four we like.
French at [Dagmar Rousset]((http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/fashion/directory/shop/dagmar-rousset)
By day, Dagmar Rousse is a cute shop full of colourful clothing and various objets d’art. But by night, owner Julia Pound and fellow Francophone Jacqueline Lesage run French classes catering to a wide range of skill levels. Participants can choose from classes for complete beginners to intermediate and advanced conversation courses.
Each course runs for five weeks, at two hours per class, and the registration fee is inclusive of a workbook for the classes. Class sizes are restricted to eight students, as the Dagmar Rousset team believe smaller classes makes language learning more fun and less intimidating, especially for beginners.
You’re welcome to bring along some food and wine if you need some brie and pinot gris to help your conjugations stick. And if you fancy something on the racks at the store, you’ll be glad to know that students get 10 per cent off all items in the store throughout the duration of your course.
Those interested may register online at dagmar.bigcartel.com or by phone on (03) 9419 2200. Call into the shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information if you are unsure of your skill level (levels 1–5, plus intermediate and advanced conversation courses).
Next round of classes start on July 4 and class numbers are limited.
Venue: Dagmar Rousset
Time: evenings, check the website
Life Drawing at No Vacancy
If you’re in need of an art fix after a day at work, grab a friend and drop by No Vacancy Gallery’s nude life drawing classes to have a go at drawing the human figure in a relaxed and social environment. Classes are untutored and open to any skill level, so don’t worry if your sketching is a bit rusty.
The sessions are a great way to spend your evening, and at $10 per class it’s a bargain. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, but materials including pastels, charcoal, pencils and drawing boards and paper are provided. Beer and wine are available for a gold coin donation.
They do not accept bookings although we do suggest that you come early. Doors open at 6.30pm.
Venue: No Vacancy - 34–40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne
Time: Tue and Wed 7pm–9pm
Cost: $10 including materials
Sewing at Schoolhouse Studios
Sewing is a bread-and-butter life skill. While it might be a stretch to suggest you’ll go nowhere in life if you don’t know how to sew on a button properly, it’s definitely handy to know how to put stitch up an item of clothing yourself.
This is where the crafty people at the Schoolhouse Studios come in. They are holding a series of sewing classes to teach fellow, nimble-fingered folks to sew some wardrobe essentials. Their first term comprised three classes and taught ladies to sew a mid-calf, full circle skirt. The next term starts on July 23 and you’ll learn to sew a unisex winter cape.
Classes are limited to 5–7 students, and you will spend the morning crafting a little project to learn a variety of basic skills. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Venue: Schoolhouse Studios - 97 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford
Time: Sat 10.30am–12.30pm
Cost: $105 for three classes
Cooking at The Green Grocer
Never mind MasterChef and their pressure tests, at The Green Grocer’s cooking classes you won’t have to burst into tears if your dinner ends up being less than perfect. Designed to inspire the home cook, classes guide you through a new set of cooking skills to get you out of your domestic culinary rut. Classes also offer insights into cuisines from around the world, bet it making the perfect risotto, Greek seafood or simple Vietnamese.
The chefs also hold a range of classes teaching cooking essentials. Look out for classes on gluten-free cooking, organic seasonal cooking and how to properly use different types of flour.
Spaces are limited and classes sell like hotcakes, so make sure to book in early for a spot. Call (03) 9489 1747 for a booking or in person during shop hours. Go to thegreengrocer.com.au
Venue: The Green Grocer - 217 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
Time: Sat 11am–2pm