Want to be a student again? We have options.


For many of us, fall triggers that nostalgic back-to-school feeling — a desire to start fresh, reboot mentally, and learn new skills. With that in mind, here are a few cool classes to consider — from forging a blade to slinging a bow and arrow. Some are a one-time deal. Others run several weeks. All will let you become a student again and, perhaps, cultivate a new hobby.

Forge ahead

Drawing on his experience in calligraphy, glassblowing, sculpture, and Western martial arts, Carl West, a self-described “Shakespearean and commedia dell’arte performer, fighter, cook, illustrator, dancer, and programmer,” teaches blacksmithing in a variety of classes at Prospect Hill Forge. Consider Nothing But Knives, which runs on multiple dates, including Nov. 18, 25, and Dec. 2, 7-10 p.m., $315. Prospect Hill Forge, 38 Guinan St., Waltham,

Get your art on

At Maud Morgan Arts, a brightly colored, 19th-century carriage house between Harvard and Porter squares, children, teens, and adults can explore an array of visual arts programs, including ceramics, printmaking, painting/drawing and sculpture. Upcoming adult/teen workshops include Painting Light: A Watercolor Workshop, Nov. 4-5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Introduction to Mosaics, Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 materials fee; and a five-week course, Exploring Watercolor, held Wednesdays from Nov. 8-Dec. 13, from 10-noon. $150 + $25 materials. Maud Morgan Arts, 20 Sacramento St., Cambridge,

Swill and quill


Savor a cocktail while learning fine lettering and calligraphy at any of the Sip & Script workshops held in various venues around Greater Boston. Classes cover how to dip pens in ink and form elegant letters using your own introductory calligraphy kit — complete with two nibs, black ink, a straight pen holder and two alphabet guides. Options include: Modern Calligraphy at Bloomingdale’s Forty Carrots, Nov. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., 225 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (tickets $65); Sip, Script & Be Thankful at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m., 338 Newbury St., Boston (tickets $65); and Holiday Calligraphy: Intro Class at The Poynt, Nov. 27, 6 p.m., 31 Water St., Newburyport (tickets $73).

Bend a bow

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Whether you fancy yourself Robin Hood, Cupid, or Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” learn how to sling an arrow at BayState Archery. This training center prides itself on teaching the Olympic sport of target archery (shooting an arrow at a bull’s-eye target), versus bowhunting, which brings down animals with a bow and arrow. For the five-week sessions beginning Dec. 2, you’ll use a quiver with three aluminum arrows with turkey feathers, a cloth arm guard, and a wood and synthetic string recurve bow, and learn range rules and various shooting techniques. BayState Archery, 55 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood. $125.

Harness your inner hipster

Master “fiery hip work” as well as snake-like undulations, shimmies, belly-rolls, serpentine arm movements, finger symbol dinging, and sultry veil moves at The Dance Complex’s Belly Dancing class, using techniques from Egypt, Turkey, and American cabaret styles. Although Fall Session 2 has started, the class continues through Dec. 14 and drop-ins are encouraged ($15 per class). 7-8 p.m. If belly dancing isn’t of interest, there’s Salsa, tap, African, hip-hop, and many other dance classes available. The Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge,