If anyone is looking for hands-on blacksmithing courses, Kelly Kring teaches (beginning through advanced) blacksmithing continuing education courses at Dallas College (Brookhaven campus).
These are semester-long courses with weekly 4-hour sessions, capped at 8 students, so you get a fair bit of time-on-tools and direction. I’m finishing my second semester, and I’ve found it well worth my while. (A lot of the first couple of semesters involves making tools, so you also end up with your own set of tools as a bonus).
Registration for the spring semester is open, with the class listings below. (If you’re planning to start at anything but the beginner level you’ll want to contact Kelly first, since the curriculum is progressive from one semester to the next).