Get creative, people! From screen-printing to jewellery-making, try some hands-on action at these workshops in Singapore…
Whether you’re a zealous supporter of handmade goods or a casual workshop-goer, here are some classes in Singapore for you to get your craft on. No matter if you’re keen on creating a mini indoor garden, making jewellery, doing watercolour art, designing your own leather pouch or calligraphy – there’s something for everyone!
Best workshops in Singapore
Play with clay
Remember those fun times you had with playdough as a kid? Rehash those memories (and take your skills up a notch) with a polymer clay workshop in Singapore. At Tinkle Art Room, you’ll learn to create the most detailed clay creations. Outstanding work put out by previous students include sculptures of sushi, monster milkshakes, cakes and animals. Or flaunt your skill at Hands On Klay’s earring workshop, where you’ll learn all about clay making and designing techniques.
Dip into watercolour
How pretty is watercolour art? It’s been popping up on wedding invites, cards, posters and businesses, raking in the likes on Instagram. Natalie Studio offers workshops on how to make stunning watercolour background washes for calligraphy, art journaling and scrapbooking. Or you can check out regular sessions hosted by botanical watercolour artist Lucinda Law.
Craft with leather
Ever wondered what goes into making those perfectly crafted leather goods you see in stores? Try it firsthand at a workshop with Crafune, where you can make bags and pouches with the leather and threads of your choice. You can even BYO leather if you have a stash, but all templates and tools are provided.
Newbies can also kick off your newfound hobby with Stone For Gold, headed by a team of talented crafters who regularly run leather craft and stitching workshops. Another name to add in your black book is Atelier Lodge, a dedicated leather school where you can attend specific classes to handmake pieces like a passport holder, cardholder, key holder or hand pouch.
Alternatively, look to Bynd Artisan for a variety of leather crafting and bookbinding classes as well as collaborator sessions where you can learn the basics of modern calligraphy, monogram printing and brushwork. Hop over to the workshop calendar to make a booking.
Get into resin art
Have a splendid day working with resin at one of the many classes by Resin Play. Equal parts therapeutic and fun, the two-hour workshops are designed for anyone from beginners to resin enthusiasts. Go home with gorgeous resin jewellery or vibrant art pieces that’ll beautify your living spaces.
Make your own gin
A perfect date idea or cool weekend activity, the three-hour gin workshop at Brass Lion Distillery’s Gin School gets you a welcome drink and your very own bottle of gin to take home. Identify your gin profile (such as floral, citrus, herbal or juniper), then select your favourite herbs, spices and dried fruits from the massive apothecary cabinet and herb garden. Next, prep the ingredients and distil your mixture with a mini copper pot still. After 20 to 30 minutes, your gin is ready to be labelled. Need help? The friendly gin-structors will be there to assist. Who’s ready to get schooled?
Start a jewellery line
Interested in the craft of silversmithing? Head to Fat Anvil Studios. At the silversmithing taster workshop, you’ll be taking home rings and pendants after learning traditional silversmithing methods. But if you’re looking to craft your own jewellery, sign up for the full experience – it encompasses piercing, soldering, texturing, finishing and stone setting, as well as workshop safety precautions. Over at the Jewellery Design and Management International School, jewellery courses are taken up a notch with expert equipment and precious metals.
Get into art jamming
All the rage with would-be painters and artistic souls, art jamming lets you uncover your inner Picasso. Check out Art Jam Studio, where you can choose to daub solo or pay for brush-holding guidance. The studio emphasises painting as entertainment (dubbed ‘paintertainment’), so don’t worry about your artistic skill. These folks just want you to relax and have fun with it.
For an art jamming sesh in the city, hit up My Art Space, which is located along Orchard Road. Whether you’re skilled or just starting out, these painting workshops offer personalised guidance according to your preferred medium and art style.
Ditch boring texts for fancy calligraphy
Think your handwriting is a lost cause? Prove yourself wrong with a calligraphy class and head to 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 technique of a simple thin upstroke and thicker downstroke.
Stamps to make your mark
The Workroom makes an appearance on this list again for its rubber stamp carving workshops. Learn how to carve your own adorable rubber stamps, which are perfect for printing on greeting cards or pattern making. Say goodbye to typical store-bought cards and impress your friends and family with decorations of your own making!
Try printmaking, etching and silkscreen printing
Need new ideas or tips and tricks for home decor or creating personalised gifts? Learn about printmaking and creating images using traditional techniques like screen-printing and drypoint. Art schools like Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Lasalle College of the Arts provide short adult courses such as basic printmaking, etching and silkscreen printing.
For less intense classes, check out screen-printing or collage and collagraph workshops with Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Or try fabric printing classes with local textile label, Fictive Fingers. Peranakan-Australian artist, Jennifer Lim, also offers monthly hands-on classes in Japanese woodblock and linocut printmaking. Alternatively, aspiring crafters can check out Paper Market‘s workshops for scrapbooking, brush calligraphy and creating pop-up cards.
Show some love to flowers
Why blow big bucks on bouquets when you can arrange your own? To get started, look no further than Ask a French’s workshops, where you’ll learn about identifying the flowers best for Singapore’s tropical weather and the colours to complement your vase. Over at Charlotte Puxley, you can learn how to put together a floral hand tie with the spiral technique, or beautify your vase with an assortment of green foliage and pretty blooms.
Try your hand at paper blooms
If you prefer flowers that are low maintenance (perfect for non-green fingers), try crafting crepe paper flowers. The brains behind Miss Petal & Bloom, Eileen hosts a variety of workshops revolving around paper succulents. Think ombre roses and cherry blossoms or coral charm peonies that look like the real deal.
Design your own flower pots
Pots are boring on their own. So why not shake things up by painting them before you stuff them with plants or use them for decorative purposes? The Rain in Spain is the brainchild of artist Mei Po, who runs pot painting sessions besides selling her hand-painted wares. Join her for a craft workshop and give your terracotta pot some personality with one-of-a-kind designs.
Become an Instagram pro
Once you’ve learnt how to make your own pots, why not learn how best to photograph your bouquets? Charlie Cameron, stylist and blogger of Lottie is Loving, and Kate Gallagher, interior stylist and founder of Floweret Co, have come together to lead The Assembly Hall. They offer photography, Instagramming and styling workshops to up your creative chops!
Stitch, crochet and knit
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, sewing classes are the place to begin. Local artist Joan has three decades of experience in sewing, knitting and crocheting, and she regularly holds classes at Spotlight. Check out the list of classes on her site at Cocovine.
Take your sewing skills up a notch and create your very own tote bags. Local crafter Jasmine of Applelulu Crafts will turn you into a bag-stitching pro. Besides creating Japanese-style handmade bags and pouches, she also hosts sewing, crochet and craft workshops at her home studio.
In addition, fans of local bag label Uyii will be glad to know that it offers beginner sewing classes and apparel making workshops. Get sewing and you’ll be creating entire outfits in no time!
Get your hands dirty with ceramics
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 its extensive range of pottery programmes. You’ll be doing everything from making a clay mug (for a basic introduction to ceramics) to plate making and pottery painting.
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 don’t need to have green thumbs to craft these gorgeous mini gardens! Green Banana regularly appears at flea markets, stocks an extensive catalogue of pre-designed terrariums and accessories, and offers basic terrarium-making classes. Another option is The Plant Story, which has a mini garden workshop where you’ll get started with landscaping tiny gardens.
Make concrete creations
Can’t get enough of hip, concrete home accessories? Sign up for a crafting workshop in Singapore at Concrete Everything. Make a new furniture piece for your living area at the concrete mini stool casting workshop, take an advanced clock making workshop, or design a cute home for your succulents at the green planter workshop.
Dip your hands into bullet journaling 101
So you’ve got yourself a brand new notebook and stocked up on some shiny new stationery, but you’re not sure where to start. Take up one of CityLuxe’s workshops to learn the concept of bullet journaling, lifestyle journaling and creative presentation with the provided materials and sample layouts. Keep an eye on the CityLuxe events calendar to find out when the next class is held.
Give your skin personalised care
If you love admiring the racks of colourful soaps at Lush, you’ll love creating your own personalised soaps at Rough Beauty’s workshops. Plus, get started on that all green beauty regimen with classes by Frank Skincare as you learn about facial oils for your skin type and perhaps even try an organic makeover.
Indulge in scents galore
Forget about buying a scent off the shelves. Instead, create bespoke perfumes of your own. If you’re a science geek at heart, Oo La Lab is right up your alley. This fragrance mixology lab also lets you craft a perfume online! Simply select 20 scents from the list of ingredients (presented in what looks like a periodic table) to form the top, middle and base notes of your personalised eau de parfum. Oh, and bespoke French haute perfumery Maison 21G has couple, family and even bridal perfume making workshops in Singapore.
Candle-lovers, you can book a class with To Be Calm and bottle up your favourite scents into a soy candle. Or, go beyond the standard jar ones with Sally’s Room’s candle-making classes. They include colour gradation and animal shapes that are quite possibly the most adorable thing we’ve ever seen! Want a scent for your home? Candles of Light also holds natural perfumery classes that let you customise a signature scent for your abode.
Experiment with print and paper
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. This contemporary art studio also holds workshops on lithography, relief printing and intaglio for art geeks who want to dive deeper into the printmaking rabbit hole.
Bring on the culture and creativity
Singapore’s mix of vibrant artistic cultures is definitely worth checking out. We hear The Temple of Fine Arts run classes in traditional Indian dance, sitar and Hindustani singing. Plus, the Nam Hwa Opera offers workshops in Chinese opera make-up, traditional Teochew and Chinese opera. Many of these sessions take place at Goodman Arts Centre, which hosts a ton of traditional and contemporary art classes. Kamal Art also has batik painting workshops if that’s your thing.
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