Tap into your creative side with these eight workshops

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If you’re wanting to branch out and learn a new skill or tap into your creative side, a workshop may be the way to go. To help get you there, we’re narrowed down eight of the best to unleash your inner artist.

From succulents to screen printing and social media, there’s a new hobby waiting for everyone.

Print Safari (pictured above)
Class: Botanical Wall Hanging Workshop
Location: Melbourne
Next date: June 3

In the picturesque surrounds of Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent, Print Safari teaches a variety of screen printing workshops for every skill level. Draw and develop your own design in the morning, before converting it into a unique screen print in the afternoon. The four-hour class includes lunch, plus all the materials to make your own botanical wall hanging.


Class: Sumi Painting with Junko Azukawa
Next date: June 16

This is your chance to learn the practice of Japanese ink painting from a renowned artist. NGV exhibitor Junko Azukawa will take you through the process of Sumi painting step by step. Learn how to make perfect Sumi ink tones and control your brush on traditional paper, focusing on pressure and rhythm. All you’ll need to bring is a sense of enthusiasm and patience.


Class: Terrarium Making
Location: Sydney
Next date: Weekly

Whether you wish to create a zen garden or miniature riverside landscape, Classbento can guide you through it. The startup marketplace offers over 100 creative workshops in Sydney, including a terrarium-building class by the florists of Redfern’s Merchant and Green. Select your own vase, stones and succulents during the lesson, and receive expert advice to build your tiny sanctuary. This relaxed workshop runs every Saturday, with plenty more craft and cooking classes to choose from online.


Perfume Playground
Class: Design a Warm Natural Fragrance for Winter
Location: Melbourne
Next date: June 28

Perfume Playground embraces the natural world and finds scents that speak to you. Certified perfumer Samantha Copland hosts group ‘Sensory Experiences’ to help you craft your own fragrance with full creative license. Expect to play with over 100 essential oils and explore your senses. You’ll also learn blending techniques plus the benefits and history of cinnamon. At the class’ conclusion, you’ll take home your own 12mL vial that perfectly represents you.


Class: Own Your Story
Location: Australia-wide
Next date: See website

It may come as a revelation to some, but kikki.K runs a selection of ongoing in-store workshops. Own Your Story is about exploring self-love and empowering people to live their best lives. The class is a fast-track to living life on your own terms, including journaling guidance and a complimentary Own Your Story book. kikki.K also hosts how-tos for wedding planning, vision boards, DIY and more.


Rest in Pieces
Class: Butterflies and Bubbles
Location: Melbourne
Next date: July 8

If you’re interested in entomology, then the Rest in Pieces butterfly pinning workshop will be right up your alley. Using real butterflies or moths, this class will take you through the process of rehydrating your specimen, different pinning techniques and how to present in a shadow box. The cost includes all the tools you’ll need (including specimen), plus afternoon tea and bubbly.


Class: Paper Pattern Print
Location: Melbourne
Next date: May 19

SURFACE 1º22 fills the gap between hobbyist workshops and accredited training. Its intro class, Paper Pattern Print, is perfect for beginners wanting a hands-on design experience. You’ll create original motifs by hand, before digitising them into repeatable patterns via smartphone technology. Leave with your own digital files ready for printing onto paper, fabric and customisable products.


The Social Co Academy
Class: Strategic Social Media Workshop
Location: Melbourne
Next date: See website

If you’re looking to nail your online strategy, The Social Co Academy can help you do just that. Run by the same team behind Melbourne Social Co, the workshop will take you through the basics (and not-so-basics) of social media for business. Over four hours, you’ll cover strategy, content creation, distribution, reporting and more. Think of it as your professional guide to all things digital.


This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 179. You can read it here.

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