If you really want to learn a new set of skills, or take your skills to the next level, taking a class will get you where you want to go faster than any other means. It beats books, videos and experimenting by yourself. A few times a year, I teach classes in the things I specialize in, furniture from the Arts & Crafts period and Google SketchUp. Last weekend I taught a group of woodworkers how to get the most out of SketchUp at Annapolis Woodworks. When you’re trying to cram your brain full of new stuff, the environment you do that in makes a big difference, and this school is a great example of setting up a shop to maximize the experience.
My list of what makes a great shop starts with space: I want lots of it, high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The shop (and Annapolis in general) has that, plus wood floors. The shop is on two levels.