From photography to painting, dim sum making to pottery workshop: we've tested out a number of courses and classes for you to enjoy your artistic self
While maintaining your work-life balance is essential – that’s why we do karaoke bars, ice skating and camping in Hong Kong a lot – it’s equally fun to stay productive for yourself, say learning something new at a creative class. These creative courses in Hong Kong on our list have been personally tested by our team members and come highly recommended. So, if it’s time to unleash your inner Vincent Van Gogh, Mario Testino or Gordon Ramsay – you’ve come to the right place.
Creative courses in Hong Kong
Life Drawing Sessions
110 Figure Drawing Club incorporates a wide range of performance, lights and props to provide weekly life drawing and painting sessions. If you want to unleash your creative self and experiment on abstract ideas, you’ll enjoy these sessions.
110 Figure Drawing Club, 5/F, 110 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 上環蘇杭街110號5樓
Pottery making at Deer Workshop
Recently opened in Sham Shui Po, Deer Workshop offers a number of pottery classes on weekdays and weekends. Not only does pottery making help you blow off some steam after a hectic day of work, it also creates a sense of comfort and serenity from within – better than meditation. Definitely one of our favourite creative courses in Hong Kong!
Read more about Deer Workshop here
Deer Workshop, 1/F, 188 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 深水埗大南街188號1樓
Hosted by creative platform Make and Do Hong Kong, Beginners Weave is an engaging course for those who are interested in handicrafts, textiles and fashion to familiarise themselves about the basics of weaving. Participants will get to learn different weaving techniques, and create things such aswall hangings with tassels. A therapeutic learning experience is guaranteed.
Three Keys Craft Space, 906 Paramount Building, 12 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 柴灣嘉業街12號百樂門大廈906號
Cooking Class: Traditional Hong Kong
Got an appetite for traditional Cantonese treats? The bread and cake experts from The Mixing Bowl will teach you how to make creamy egg tarts, indulgent pineapple buns and the nostalgic Cantonese sausage rolls. This cooking class will offer you a glimpse into the world of authentic baking whilst drooling over these signature Hong Kong food items. The Mixing Bowl offers a range of classes that cover many different types of cuisine, including Scandinavian baking, sourdough and macarons, so check their site for the latest updates. Definitely some of the best creative courses in Hong Kong for cooking fanatics!
The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 上環文咸東街22-26號栢庭坊23樓
Chinese Tea Appreciation Course
Presented by Hong Kong Sommelier & Bartender Training College, Chinese Tea Appreciation Course teaches their students specific ways to enjoy and identify Chinese Tea. Experienced tutors will walk you through the history and taste of different types of tea leaves, such as green tea, yellow tea and Formosa tea. It is a great opportunity to understand more about Chinese culture as appreciating Chinese Tea is a huge and influential part of China.
Hong Kong Sommelier & Bartender Training College, 11/F, Wai Hing Building, 148 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2391 5688, 旺角太子道西148號偉興大厦11樓
StudioDanz is one of the most prominent dance establishments in Hong Kong, with one studio of 4800 sq. ft. in Tai Koo and one of 6000 sq. ft. in San Po Kong. They offer a diverse range of classes, such as hip hop, locking and popping taught by professional dancers and choreographers from across the globe. Students at StudioDanz will attain valuable contemporary dancing skills and also be given opportunities to attend dance battles and contests with like-minded dance enthusiasts.
Check out our favourite dance classes in Hong Kong here.
StudioDanz, Flat C, 7/F, Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2576 7622, 香港鰂魚涌船塢里8號華廈工業大廈7樓C室
Hong Kong Photography Workshop
The team at the Hong Kong Photography Workshop make learning super easy and relaxed by keeping classes small enough for you to ask questions without being lost in the crowd. They offer a range of creative courses in Hong Kong including street photography and Lightroom training, but their signature class is Photography 101, in which students learn the basics of operating a DSLR camera. After a few hours going over camera settings and how to apply them for different effects, you are then able to go and practice on the streets before returning back to the Central studio for a debrief. We love the way they follow up after class and are happy to answer any questions – #teachersoftheyear!
Hong Kong Photography Workshop, Unit 602, 15 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9172 9101, 中環域多利皇后街15號602號鋪
Insight School of Interior Design
If you have ever thought about dabbling in the world of interior design, then Insight School is the place for you. Alongside its full-year intensive diploma that sees students work on real life residential and commercial projects, a number of short vocational courses are also offered throughout the year. Why not try introduction to interior design, lighting design or textiles for interiors? With some of the best practicing tutors in the industry both locally and globally, their creative courses in Hong Kong are here to channel your interior creativity.
Insight School of Interior Design, 24/F, Federal Centre, 77 Sheung On Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2114 2021, 香港柴灣常安街77號發達中心24樓
With almost a decade of experience, Studio 83 has evolved from a painting studio to an art space where art intersects with design, culture and lifestyle. Courses on offer include: sketching, acrylic painting, oil painting and watercolour painting, all of which are held in the Central studio.
Teachers at the studio are there to guide you throughout the process, but ultimately help you to define your own style and skill-set. The space often holds exhibitions of local artists to inspire you as you work even more.
Studio 83, Room A, 13/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2523 3852, 中環雲咸街46-48號雲明行13樓A室
Martha Sherpa’s Cooking Classes
Renowned as the place to go when learning to master the art of Cantonese cooking, Martha Sherpa’s has a reputation that reaches outside the bounds of Hong Kong. Foodies, professional chefs and restaurant owners from across the globe travel to take part in the Chinese cookery, Chinese BBQ and Dim Sum cooking classes that are run from inside a humble studio in North Point.
The cooking school also offers lessons in vegetarian cooking as well as Thai cuisine, but be sure to book well ahead as places fill up quick!
Martha Sherpa’s Cooking Classes, Flat F, 14/F, Wah Lai Mansion, 62-76 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong, p. 2381 0132, 北角馬寶道62-76號華禮大廈14樓F室
Kalo Make Art Calligraphy
Running since 2015, Kalo Make Art is a cosy and relaxing studio in the heart of Central, the perfect environment for anyone looking to learn the art of calligraphy. Students can choose to learn either Dip Pen Calligraphy, where a pointed nib is placed in ink before writing, or Brush Pen Calligraphy which utilises a range of brushes and ink.
Courses are offered at beginner and improver levels, and include instruction on basic techniques as well as creative application. This is a great one to enjoy with friends, or as part of a celebration.
Kalo Make Art, Room 201, Ivy House, 18-20 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環雲咸街18-20號
Have you ever wanted to design your own shoes? The team at Shoe Artistry are here to help make that dream a reality with a selection of shoe-making courses. Classes are offered at all levels from beginners right through to advanced, and a number of courses cater to people who want to learn the art in a very traditional sense without the use of heavy machinery.
Whether you want to craft your very own pair of sandals or a fancy pair of coloured brogues, Shoe Artistry will teach you the tricks of the trade, and give you the skills to recreate what you learn at home.
Shoe Artistry, Office 4, 2/F Prosperity Building, 61 Tung Choi Street, Hong Kong, p. 2796 6018, 旺角通菜街61號德發大廈2樓4室
Looking for more inspiration after joining these creative courses in Hong Kong? See how French artist Ophelia Jacarini portrays nudity in her paintings, explore Foo Tak Building in Wan Chai or check out photography art gallery Bamboo Scenes.