DIY & hobbies


Arty Factory has free online art lessons that include basic drawing classes for pencil, ink and colored pencil. For visitors who want to expand their knowledge of art, the site also offers an Art Appreciation Gallery and a Design Lessons Gallery.


Drawing Coach has free drawing classes that skip the heavy theory and help students get started drawing immediately. Have fun learning how to draw portraits, cartoons, caricatures, and tattoos. All the lessons include step-by-step instructions and examples. Some lessons also include video tutorials.


The Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center ofers "how-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast with full text for more than 1,500 leading hobby books and craft magazines that cover Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Home & Garden, Indoor Recreation, Kids' Crafts, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, and more. This is a TexShare database. Ask a librarian for login information.

home improvement

The Home Improvement Reference Center provides users with user-friendly “how-to” information covering a range of home improvement and repair projects and features full-text content from leading magazines and videos of popular home repair projects.This is a TexShare database. Ask a librarian for login information.


Instructables is a platform that lets arts-and-crafters explore, document, and share a variety of different creations.


The National Gardening Association provides beginner and expert gardeners information on all types of gardening.


The Permian Basin Master Gardeners are trained volunteers of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension that assist by increasing horticultural knowledge for West Texans.