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Laneway Learning is a new concept in Adelaide, although it has been running for some time now in the eastern states. It's a way to get cheap tuition at informal evening classes using hands on learning techniques.
These classes are not designed to teach you a whole topic in a night - it's more about learning some key practical skills, or improving your existing knowledge with the help of an expert tutor. Laneway Learning Adelaide classes are intended to be fun things to do, and are held at cafes and bars in Adelaide's CBD. (Personally I think that the Jade Monkey would make a great venue).
Teachers are people from the community who have a passion for their subject, whatever that might be. The idea is for scientists to teach about science, florists about flowers and bakers about bread.
The Jade Monkey Would Make a Fantastic Venue for Laneway Learning Adelaide
While not free these informal evening classes will only set you back $12 typically, and are an ideal way to get introduced to a new craft or skill. The classes are small - around 25 people, so if you see one that you like you will need to book early to avoid disappointment. With the cheap tuition fees you will have enough money left over to buy a coffee or a drink to enjoy with your new friends, so it's a social activity as well as educational.
Laneway Learning Adelaide launches officially on September 1, and is being supported by Splash Adelaide. You can get more information on the website or from Splash Adelaide. There is also a Facebook page for the Adelaide chapter of Laneway Learning.
The list of classes that Laneway Learning will hold in Adelaide is still being developed, but you can learn how to grow your own vertical garden - very practical skills for people with small outdoor spaces.
Impress Your Friends With New Practical Skills From Informal Evening Classes
With a growing number of cyclists in Adelaide these days, you can also learn the practical skills of bike maintenance, and save money over paying someone else to do it.
Learn how to play chess so that you can dazzle your partner at Chesslife, pick up Scrabble skills without being a walking dictionary, or train in vintage hairdressing so that you look the part in your retro clothes.
Other informal evening classes will teach you how to appreciate contemporary art, how to taste wine (spitting optional), and even how to make things - for people who feel that they have no practical skills.
Despite being an occasional Twitter user myself, I can only guess what a class on Twitterliterature is about, but with the cheap tuition costs it won't break my bank to find out. I would definitely benefit from the class on Writing the Perfect Card in Good Times and Bad, and hopefully they will also hold a class on how to wrap gifts properly too.
Whatever new abilities that you're looking for, Laneway Learning Adelaide offers a cheap and easy way to pick up practical skills painlessly. Who knows you may acquire some new friends as well as new skills.