A friend and I just did an evening class in cup cake decorating and really enjoyed it. I haven't done something like this for a while and it was great to learn something new and switch off from the real world for a while.
I can't say I'm an expert decorator but it just went to show that if you have the right gear and a little instruction from a professional, you can achieve great things!
I've not taken a short course in many years. I usually study full time or part time. Part time study is a good idea I should say. I think with short courses you really get to the point quickly instead of dabbling in unrelated subject matters.
Many years' ago did Cake Decorating Course, Assertiveness for Women, Ladies' Car Care Course, Car Owners' Mechanical Course, Defensive Driving Course, Cordon Bleu Cookery, several Microwave Oven Cooking Classes, with view to being a M/W Oven Demonstrator; ran out of time!
These were ALL through TAFE.
Emphasis on 'car' courses due just having bought my FIRST car!
They were interesting in each their own way, but haven't bothered with any more since. Was way too busy raising children, then back to work!
Nowadays, just enjoy my DVD's from 'The Great Courses' on various subjects in which I'm interested, to keep the brain ticking over!