Get creative, people! From screen-printing and watercolouring to making your own leather pouch and jewellery, get 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. From creating a mini indoor garden, to jewellery making and watercolour art, designing your own leather pouch, or screen-printing, there’s something for everyone!
Start your own jewellery line
Love gemstone jewellery and want to try your hand at designing your own? Check out Liz’s B’s Basic Jewellery Making Workshop, 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. Honeycombers editor Selina checked this one out herself and loved putting together an onyx necklace and tasselled earrings.
For the uninitiated, 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. These regular mala-making workshops are pretty popular (keep your eyes peeled for the next workshop!), and with a 15-minute in-class meditation, we can see why these creative yet calming workshops are always sold out.
If you prefer the craft of silversmithing, head to Fat Anvil Studios. At the beginner workshops, you’ll be taking home rings and pendants after learning traditional silversmithing methods like soldering, annealing and texturing. But if you’re looking to learn how to craft your own jewellery, sign up for the six-day course – which will encompass piercing, filling, soldering, texturing, finishing and stone setting, as well as workshop safety precautions. Over at the Jewellery Design and Management International School, classes are taken up a notch with expert equipment and precious metals.
Crafting with leather
Ever wondered what goes into making those perfectly-crafted leather goods that you see in stores? Try it firsthand at a workshop with Crafune, where you can hand-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.
And not only can you make your own leather goods, but you can also customise your workshop at Crafune as well. This option is ideal if you have a particular leather-craft project in mind but don’t know where to start – the experts at Crafune will guide you through your passion project!
Newbies can also kick off their newfound hobby with Stoneforgold, a team of talented crafters who regularly run basic leather craft and leather stitching workshops. Another name to add in your black book is Atelier Lodge, a dedicated handmade leather school where you can attend specific classes to make pieces like a passport holder, card holder, key holder, or hand pouch.
Alternatively, look to Bynd Artisan for a variety of leather crafting, bookbinding workshops as well as collaborator workshops where you can learn the basics of modern calligraphy, monogram printing and brushwork. Hop over to the workshops calendar to make a booking.
Dip into watercolour
How pretty is watercolour art? It’s been popping up on wedding invites, card, posters, businesses, and raking in the likes on Instagram. Dip your toes in this painting technique with workshops by Naiise. Aside from selling rad stuff, Naiise offers classes like floral watercolouring, life watercolouring and basic watercolouring. Natalie Studio also holds workshops on how to make stunning watercolour background washes for calligraphy, art journaling and scrapbooking.
Craft your own gin at Brass Lion Distillery’s Gin School
Local gin distillery, Brass Lion Distillery has recently launched its first Gin School (also the only school in Singapore) and we were invited to concoct our own gin. A perfect date idea or cool weekend activity, the three-hour gin workshop gets you a welcome drink and your very own bottle of gin to take home. Identify your gin profile (such as spice, heat, floral, citrus, herbal or juniper), select your favourite herbs, spices and dried fruits from the massive apothecary cabinet and the herb garden; 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 ginstructors will be there to assist. Who’s ready to get schooled?
Brass Lion Distillery’s Gin School, $198, available on Sundays at 2pm, 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933
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 guys want you to relax and have fun with it.
For an art-jamming session in the city, hit up My Art Space, located along Orchard Road. Whether you are skilled or just starting out, their acclaimed painting workshops offer personalised guidance according to your preferred medium and art style.
If you’re chasing art-making materials for a DIY painting session then we recommend hunting down Overjoyed on Short Street – the art supplies store frequented by art students in the know, from across the road at Lasalle.
Ditch boring texts for fancy calligraphy
Think your handwriting’s a lost cause? Prove yourself wrong with a calligraphy class. 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 premise 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 the typical, store-bought cards and impress your friends and family with decorations of your own making!
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 also learn about identifying the flowers best for Singapore’s tropical weather and the colours to complement your vase.
If you prefer flowers that are low maintenance (perfect for non-green fingers), try your hands on crafting crepe paper flowers. The brainchild behind Miss Petal & Bloom, Eileen, hosts a variety of workshops around paper succulents, from ombre roses and cherry blossoms to 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 some cool designs on 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.
Be 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 interior stylist and founder of Floweret Co, Kate Gallagher, have come together to lead The Assembly Hall, offering 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 artisan 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-styled handmade bags and pouches, she also hosts sewing and craft workshops at her home studio.
In addition, fans of local bag label Uyii will be glad to know that they offer beginner sewing classes and apparel making workshops. Get sewing and you’ll be creating entire outfits in no time!
Play with clay
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.
And 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 let you learn how to create your own necklace and earrings, and you can also pick up skills in foiling, marbling and more.
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 – 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 won’t need to have green thumbs to craft these gorgeous mini gardens either! Green Banana regularly appears at Public Garden flea markets, stocks an extensive catalogue of pre-designed terrariums and accessories and also 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.
Can’t get enough of hip, concrete home accessories? Sign up for a concrete crafting workshop 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.
We also recommend the Half and Half workshop with concrete artist Vanessa Kumar of 3 Odd Ducks – our little masterpiece is here at Honeycombers HQ! Not only do you pick up skills in concrete casting and get badass with a nail gun to make wood desk organiser, Vanessa is one fun, fantastic teacher. Over a three-hour session, you’ll cast and colour a concrete pen holder and build your own stationery organiser from reclaimed wood, sanding it to perfection before you learn how to carefully assemble the pieces.
Bullet journaling 101
So you’ve got yourself a brand new notebook and stocked up on some shiny new stationery, but not sure where to start? Take up one of CityLuxe’s bullet journaling workshop, 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 bullet journaling class is gonna be.
Your skin deserves 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 workshops by Frank Skincare as you learn about facial oils for your skin type and perhaps even be game enough for an organic makeover.
Forget about buying a scent off the shelves, instead, create bespoke perfumes on your own or with a partner at Je T’aime Perfumery.
If you’re a science geek at heart, Oo La Lab will be right up your alley. This fragrance mixology lab also lets you craft a perfume online – simply select 20 scents to form their 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. Or, head down to the store to mix your own fragrance in person. Check out how the Honeycombers team created theirs. Psst! There are also Mother’s Day fragrance design workshops for you and your mum to craft some scents of your own. (Workshops run during the month of May, more details at the booking link here.)
Candle-lovers, book a class with To Be Calm and bottle up your favourite scents into your very own soy candle. Or go beyond the normal jar candle with Sally’s Room’s candle-making classes that include colour gradation candles and animal shaped candles that are possibly the most adorable thing we’ve ever seen.
Want a scent for your home? Light also holds natural perfumery classes that let you customise a signature scent for your home.
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 even deeper into the printmaking rabbit hole.