From creating a mini indoor garden to designing your own leather pouch, or exploring the art of screen-printing, these cool workshops will bring out your creative side...
If you’ve always taken an interest in Singapore’s arts and craft scene and zealously support handmade, quality goods, here are some workshops in Singapore for you to get your craft on. From creating a mini indoor garden, to jewellery making and watercolour art, designing your own leather pouch, or screen-printing, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Create unique Christmas gifts
Skip the malls and DIY gifts for your loved ones this Christmas! Most Christmas markets in Singapore will hosting creative workshops besides selling handmade wares, including Santa’s Workshop @ The South Pole on 15 December where you can learn to paint cookies, practise fancy calligraphy and customise your gift wrapping paper. Alternatively, you can let those creative juices flowing with Dora Prints and Paper Goods at W Market’s very first Christmas Get crafty at the K+ Artisans Weekend 2017!
Design your very own flower pots
Pots are boring on their own, so why not shake things up by painting some cool designs onto them prior to stuffing them with plants or using them for decorative purposes. The Rain in Spain is the brainchild of artist Mei Po who runs a Paint a Pot workshop twice a month besides selling her hand-painted wares. Join her for a creative session and give your terracotta pot some personality with one-of-a-kind designs.
Learn more about artisanal goods
Besides rubbing shoulders with under-the-radar creators and independent designers such as jeweller Curious Creatures, ceramic brand &natural, boro fabric specialist FIN Crafted Goods and toy design studio Mighty Jaxx at K+ Artisans Weekend 2017 at Scotts Square (25-26 Nov), have a dig at making mini ornaments and figurines, as well as a furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth) with Polkaros, leather crafting with The General Company, designing your own necklace with WoonHung, and creating glow-in-the-dark string art with It Takes Balls.
Make Christmas wreaths this festive season
All set for Christmas? If you’re not one to splash out on Christmas decorations, you can get handsy and create your very own wreaths. This festive season, Keepers will be hosting two wreath-making workshops on 9 and 17 December at its new space. For $200, all materials will be provided, but you’ll have to bring a carrier to bring your masterpiece home! Though not exactly wreaths, The Assembly Hall will also be conducting a Christmas edition of its Everyday Flowers workshop ($195) on 24 November where you’ll learn to style and care for flowers in time for Christmas dinners and parties.
Explore your sense of smell
If you love perfume, it’s time to take control of your personal scent; forget about buying off the shelves – create a bespoke fragrance that’s entirely made for you and only you, and you’ll own an instantly identifiable scent. Experience bespoke perfumes with Je T’aime Perfumery, grab a partner and sign up for its couple perfume workshop (you can also go solo). Oo La Lab — olfactory experts who specialise in fragrance design and mixology services — also hosts fragrance design and mixology sessions (aka ‘Chemistry of Oo’) where you can craft your own unique 20ml Eau de Parfum, name it and take it home. Check out how our beauty guru Nafeesa Saini and photographer Darissa Lee created theirs.
Make your own Mala necklace
In case you’re not familiar with the term ‘mala’, mala is a beaded necklace that ends with a tassel. The accessory is made with round beads, and is widely used in meditation practice. However, it is also worn to elevate a bohemian or tropical outfit. Create your very own with the help of local jewellery label Wabi Sabi and Me (pictured top). These regular mala-making workshops are pretty damn popular, and with a 15-20 minute in-class meditation, we can see why the workshops are always sold out.
Remember those fun times you had with playdough as a kid? Rehash those memories (and take those skills up a notch) with a polymer clay workshop. At Tinkle Art Room, you’ll learn to create the most detailed clay creations – the outstanding work put out by previous students include sculptures of sushi, monster milkshakes of multiple components, cakes and animals. But because we just can’t get enough jewellery in our lives over here, we have our eyes on the workshops with local jewellery designer Longue Vue. Workshops start at $150 to learn how to create your own necklace and earrings (pictured above), and you can also pick up skills in foiling, marbling and more.
Working with crystals
Semi-precious gemstones and minerals are not only pleasing for the eye, but many swear by their positive effects on wellbeing too. Want to learn more? Join the Alternative Store at Haji Lane for a foundational crystal workshop where you’ll work with three specific crystals and find out how each stone provides a variety of insights to each exercise. By the end of the session, you’ll be all set to start your very own crystal collection!
Flower selection and arranging, home styling and Instagram skills
Charlie Cameron, stylist and blogger of Lottie is Loving and interior stylist and founder of Floweret Co, Kate Gallagher have come together to launch The Assembly Hall: a community for adults to pick up creative skills. The workshops start from $79 for a two-hour course and are already super popular!
Basic jewellery making
Love gemstone jewellery and want to try your hand at designing your own? Check out Liz’s B’s Basic Jewellery Making Workshop (pictured top), where you’ll learn basic techniques such as wiring, and how to work with gemstones and beads from one of Singapore’s fab independent jewellery designers. All tools and materials are provided so the only thing you need to bring along is yourself. Honeycombers editor Selina checked this one out herself, and loved putting together an onyx necklace and tasselled earrings. Her thoughts? “It helped that Liz herself was a patient teacher, even with my complete lack of coordination.” Her words, not ours!
If you prefer the craft of silver smithing, head to Fat Anvil Studios. At the beginner workshops, you’ll learn traditional silver smithing methods like soldering, annealing and texturing and take home rings or pendants. But if you’re looking to learn how to craft your own jewellery, sign up for the six day course – it’ll encompass piercing, filling, soldering, texturing ,finishing and stone setting, as well as workshop safety precautions. But if you’re looking to get really serious, the Jewellery Design and Management International School offers comprehensive courses which includes professional equipment, precious metals and more in its fees.
Think your handwriting’s a lost cause? Prove yourself wrong with a calligraphy class. Head to the The Workroom‘s Modern Calligraphy session to perfect your penmanship; you’ll familiarise yourself with a pointed nib, and learn how to write the alphabet using basic strokes. You’ll even leave with a beginner’s kit for pointed pen calligraphy. Prefer working with a brush? Souldeelight’s Brush Calligraphy class will teach you the basic premise of a simple thin upstroke and thicker downstroke.
Crafting your own clay sculpture or ornament can be extremely therapeutic and an absolute relaxer after a long week of work. Hit up Goodman Ceramics Studio for their extensive range of pottery programmes – from clay mug (for a basic introduction to ceramics), plate making, pottery painting, to hot glass bead making. Looking to advance your skills and pursue ceramics as a serious interest? Check out the sculpture and ceramic classes at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Explore the possibilities of printmaking and image creation using traditional techniques like screen-printing and drypoint. Singapore Tyler Print Institute offers screen-printing workshops and classes on paper pulp painting, where you’ll be able to create your own prints at the end of the session. Fab local textile label Fictive Fingers is another notable mention. At its three-hour workshops, you’ll learn to design simple motifs, basic patterning along with sustainable practices. Join in on its special edition workshops which spotlights Tenugui and Furoshiki – Japanese wrap cloths which have existed since ancient times – and the Floral and Greenery edition to ease you into the festive season. Be quick though because these workshops sell out in a flash.
Assemble a terrarium
A spot of greenery can do wonders for brightening the crib, and terrariums make an excellent choice with their low maintenance factor. You won’t need to have green thumbs to craft this gorgeous mini glass garden either! Green Banana, regulars at Public Garden flea markets, stocks an extensive catalogue of pre-designed terrariums and accessories and also offers basic terrarium-making classes. Another option for terrarium lovers is The Plant Story, which lets you customise workshops based on your group size, budget and availability.
With the emergence of machines and mass-production for efficiency, book binding by hand is a thing of the past. When it comes to top-quality bookbinding, Bynd Artisan is an absolute master of the craft. This 75-years-old company conducts workshops such as long-stitch bookbinding ($150), and even medieval bookbinding ($200) if you wanna appease your inner Game of Thrones geek. But if you prefer something more basic, opt for Dddots. A bookbinding course here is priced at $500 for three four-hour sessions. You’ll be able to access tools and equipment, as well as create your very own book project.
Learn more about the basics of letterpress, an age-old print technique, and personalize your own namecards while you’re at it. The talented folks from The Gentlemen’s Press hold workshops, which will take you through the fundamentals of typography, typesetting, layout, and the printing process. Alternatively, PapyPress (from $138) hosts private sessions for those who prefer a one-on-one approach on setting up and operating the letterpress machine. You’ll also get to create your signature letterpress design!
Rubber Stamp Carving
Learn how to carve your own adorable rubber stamps, which are perfect for printing on greeting cards or pattern making. Targeted for beginners, The Workroom runs rubber stamp carving workshops ($95) where you’ll use sharp tools to create shapes and designs onto rubber. Learn carving and stamping techniques, and even how to prepare and maintain the stamps. End your sessions with some take-home materials as souvenirs.
If you haven’t heard of tatting before, we don’t blame you. It’s practically a lost art in Singapore, but we think it deserves a place in the spotlight once more. It’s about using shuttle and thread to form lace patterns and designs, which can be used for jewelry, table runners, charms, and home decor. UniQ creations are one of the few folks in town who conduct tatting classes, and you can catch them at the monthly MAAD Pyjamas flea markets.
If you love your leather products as much as we do, you’ve probably played around with the idea of picking up basic leather cutting, embroidery, and finishing methods. Stoneforgold runs basic leather craft and leather stitching workshops starting from $89. Other names to add in your black book include Jacob’s Leathercraft (one of our Honeygals raved about their leather workshop at Archifest) and Atelier Lodge, a dedicated handmade leather school where you can attend specific classes for a passport holder, card holder, key holder, or hand pouch.
If you haven’t read our round-up of sewing classes in Singapore, get on it! Whether you wish to pick up the basics, try your hand at designing your own apparel, or dream of being on the next Project Runway, we’ve got you covered. Fans of local bag label Uyii will also be glad to know that they also offer beginner sewing classes ($100) and accessory making (kiss-lock clutches workshop – $69) workshops as well.
Why blow big bucks on bouquets when you can arrange your own? With a whole host of florists in Singapore offering flower arrangement courses, it’s a toughie choosing the right one. The ever-amazing Karen French holds flower arrangement classes for beginners and intermediate level students, and will teach you how to whip up a fab bouquet in no time. Another favourite is Wonderland for Detailed Planners (you have to check out their gorgeous shop space at Telok Ayer!), who not only offer centrepiece flower arrangement courses, they also host workshops in floral illustration, watercolour techniques, unique calligraphy, and vintage book binding classes.
Flowing Florals . . Blending both my styles and culture into a piece. I wanted something modern and feminine yet also shows something of my culture. This piece was inspired by flowy watercolor movements and my petite florals, I added details to give a Batik effect. . . I'm so pleased with the outcome, I'm loving this new style! . . Combining these styles is easy if you learn techniques from both my Basic and Floral Watercolor Workshop + LOTS OF PRACTICE 😂🎨 . . It's going to be a sweet weekend 🍭#petitesfleursdenatalie
How pretty is watercolour art? Watercolour designs have been popping up on wedding invites, card, posters, businesses, and even raking in the likes on Instagram. But it’s not just the paint that produces such effects, it also comes from painting techniques and brush control that you can learn at workshops. Naiise hosts watercolour workshops (aside from selling rad stuff) like floral watercolouring ($110), life watercoloring ($135) and basic watercoloring ($150). Natalie Studio also holds basic watercolour workshops so you can learn how to make stunning watercolour background washes for calligraphy, art journaling and scrapbooking.