Courses in computing, languages, secretarial skills, cooking, painting, photography, playwriting and pottery are frequently offered. Check out www.artscayman.org and www.nationalgallery.org.ky to see what is going on.
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The National Gallery runs workshops throughout the year for all age groups and skill levels based on their temporary exhibitions series. Workshops for adults cover a wide variety of art-related topics from ceramics to photography, abstract painting, assemblage and more. To view the current programme of events and for a list of workshops visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky.
3 Girls & A Kiln offer a wide selection of adult evening art classes two to three nights a week plus afternoon classes at the weekends. Classes include glazing, macrame, sign making on wood planks, fluid art and more, plus they often have interesting guest artists to change things up. They also host bi-weekly classes for families/children and on different festive holidays you can make glazed pumpkins or glazed Christmas trees which then light up. You can see their monthly schedule on their website or you can call them on (345) 640 9990.
Three times a year Mike from Clever Fish offers a six week jewellery making class. The classes are held once a week and you learn all the fundamentals of working with silver and making different pieces of jewellery which you then get to keep. It is very sociable, especially as most people bring a bottle of wine, and it's a great way to meet people. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on the list for the next scheduled class.
Cayman Handmade Collective also offer adult art classes in various disciplines including acrylic painting, fluid art, jewellery making and sewing workshops. Contact Jasmin on (345) 516 0951, email her at email@example.com or visit their Facebook page for their monthly calendar.
Kara Julian Art is a small boutique art studio, specialising in unique hand painted glassware, fine art, painting and DIY workshops as well as unique hand-painted signs and home decor by Cayman artist, Kara Julian. Each month they host different inspiring classes for DIY enthusiasts and aspiring artists. No painting experience is needed! Classes are held during the day, the evening and at the weekends. You can also visit www.karajulianart.com for more details and to see their monthly schedule or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (345) 925 6840 with any queries.
The Visual Arts Society (VAS) is an active non-profit promoting “Art for Everyone”, including artist and those who appreciate and support art. VAS runs workshops throughout the year based on community interest and cover a wide variety of art-related topics from figure drawing, abstract art, photography, jewellery making, batik, ceramics etc. They also offer an Open Studio whereby artists can work independently on their creative work and the studio can be rented for private workshops or exhibits. VAS has a strong expertise in pottery and ceramics (the studio is equipped with potters wheels, a kiln, tools, glazes and clay can be purchased) and they offer workshops, along with an open studio for adults. On occasion they offer workshops to artists on how to present your artwork, market yourself, use social media to benefit your art sales and how to prepare for an exhibit. Finally, VAS has a prominent presence at the Wednesday Farmers and Artisans Market located in Camana Bay. Email: email@example.com, visit on Instagram @vascayman or see www.facebook.com/visualartcayman.
Art Nest have been working with a new creative hub in central George Town called Parcel 110 to host events and classes. The location (3rd Floor of Royal Plaza (above Victoria's Secret, entrance next to Penha) on Cardinall Ave) is really easy to find and with most classes in the evenings, there is a lot of parking available in surrounding areas. They offer a diverse range of art classes from a drop-in ceramics workshops to acrylic painting classes and family sessions on Sundays where you can glaze, paint or create with your children. For a full calendar of their classes visit www.artnestcayman.com.
Depending on what you are looking for, you can try Esolutions Computer Training (Tel: (345) 943 3765 or www.esolutions.ky) or CompuCay (Tel: (345) 327 5587 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). CompuCay runs IT bootcamps at their office at #1 Commerce House, Dr. Roy’s Drive.
Each of Cayman's Public Libraries offer basic to advanced online computer courses. For more information about course options, fees and dates please contact the George Town library at (345) 949 5159 or email: email@example.com.
Darkness to Light Training Courses
Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children is a child sexual abuse prevention programme for adults aimed at empowering individuals and communities to prevent child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is an evidence-based programme that informs and teaches adults on how to protect the children in their care and community. The CIRC, working in partnership with numerous agencies, offers these courses free of cost to the community. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.d2l.org and the cost is $10 per person.
Diving certification courses for adults are widely available in Cayman and many offer residents’ rates. Once you are an Open Water certified diver, other courses available include Advanced Diver, Nitrox and even Trimix courses.
You can talk to Divetech (Tel: (345) 946 5658 or 1 (877) 946 5658), Sunset Divers (Tel: (345) 946 6789 or 1 (800) 854 4767) or Seahorse Diving School (Tel: (345) 328 2778 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) . See the Diving section for more information.
Drama & Storytelling Workshops
The Cayman Drama Society offers regular acting classes for adults and children and they cover training, voice work, performance skills, confidence building and improvisation. They also host summer camps, performance opportunities throughout the year and weekly acting classes open to all. The society occasionally teaches stage management, directing and technical theatre. Their highly respected educational programme is run by a full-time education officer. For more information see their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/caymanacting. They are located at 223B Shamrock Road, Red Bay, email: email@example.com or visit www.cds.ky.
HIV, AIDS, Gender & Sexuality Training
The Caribbean has the second highest rate of HIV prevalence in the world. Red Cross Societies in the region and around the world have been working in the area of HIV and AIDS education for over twenty years. The Cayman Islands Red Cross offers a basic information course on HIV and AIDS, as well as courses on gender and sexuality, healthy sexuality and sexualisation, and stigma and discrimination. Courses are offered regularly, and groups and other organisations can also request special presentations/workshops free of cost. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are multiple ways for children and adults to learn to play a musical instrument, whether through school or with a private music tutor. Twice a year, before COVID-19, examiners from Trinity College London would fly to Cayman to offer exams to students who have been preparing according to the Trinity music syllabus. At the moment this has been put bon hold but will resume when people are allowed to travel freely again.
Musical instruments are duty-free and prices of instruments are reasonable.
See the Shopping section for where you to buy musical instruments and the Adult and Children’s Activities section for information on music lessons. For piano tuning and repair services contact Blue Water Productions on (345) 925 4535 or email: email@example.com.
Spanish and French are offered from Kindergarten to A Levels in most of the private schools, however, fewer schools offer French at early childhood level. Most of the government schools now offer Spanish classes as part of the regular curriculum from primary school but classes are limited to one hour per week per year group. For adults or children who would like to learn a new language or need tutoring, there is the Modern Language Institute which offers various courses in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and English. They also provide interpreters and translation services. During the school holidays they run language camps. For more information call (345) 943 8254 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Building & Leadership Training
The YMCA BesTeams Team Building and Leadership Development Programme builds stronger relationships through fun, insightful, and experiential activities. Participants learn to improve communication, trust and problem solving skills, while boosting camaraderie and decreasing stress in a variety of group settings. The Y ‘Ropes Challenge Course’ opened in 2018 and offers unique team building opportunities for many different groups including corporate, youth groups, civic organisations and visitors. Results lead to stronger relations between team members, agreed upon “shared values”, greater productivity and overall performance. Customised half, full and multiday programmes are available and fees are based on the length and type of programme. Contact the YMCA on (345) 926 9622, email: email@example.com or visit www.ymcacayman.ky.
Water Rescue Courses
Fitness Connection also teaches ASHI CPR /AED courses as well as SAI Safety Training Aquatic Rescue Courses and Starguard Life Guard training. Tel: (345) 949 8485, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fitness.ky.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross offers a basic water rescue certification where you will learn how to rescue victims from pools and open bodies of water and participants are taught how to react in these situations. See www.redcross.org.ky to book a course or for more information.
Wineschool3, offer wine, spirit and cocktail bartending courses, and provide an internationally recognised certification by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and a bartending accreditation by Shaker Bar School. The courses, some in partnership with the NWDA, equip students with an in-depth understanding of the industry. The school aims to elevate the standards of the hospitality industry across the Cayman Islands by empowering those on the front line. Courses vary in duration and attract students from restaurants and hotels as well as members of the general public interested in learning more. Visit www.wineschool3.com to see upcoming course dates and discover amazing wine and spirit tastings.