Small, independent workshops have been popping up in every nook and shared space in Brisbane and we are living for the hot opportunity to upskill. The point at which you stop learning is the point where you stop growing, so call it self improvement, call it whatever you want, but just make sure you keep building your skillset.
Here’s how to keep your repertoire fresh at one of these Brisbane workshops.
Mas & Miek Ceramic House
Running classes for absolute beginners to seasoned pros, Mas and Miek’s Ceramic House is where to go to learn how to make your own ceramics. Their fully-equipped studio can teach you to build, throw, glaze and fire all your own creations, and you can even sell them at their end of year students’ market. Click here to check out the different classes.
When we say Class Bento has a class for everything, we mean everything. Collating incredible workshops from creative businesses and people from across Brisbane, this workshop site lists earing making, kombuch fermenting, toy crocheting, house plant propagating, mushroom growing and basket weaving as just a handful of the 100+ classes you can find and book on their calendar. You may even find something you never knew you wanted to learn.
MAKE YOUR OWN TEES, TEAPOT AND TEABAGS
Only T are all about the ‘tees’, more specifically giving you the tools to make them yourself. By tees we are referring to the big three of course: tee shirts, tee bags, and tee pots (duh). During their classes, you print your own shirt, get your own hand-crafted bag, and make your own concrete planter pot, perfect for all those succulents you have been collecting! Their ‘tee parties’ run every Friday and Sunday, make sure you book a place because spots are limited.
Art And Craft Workshops
If you want to go home from a workshop with something that looks like you picked up at a design market, head for Workshop Hub on Brisbane's east. With workshops on everything from creating resin homewares to painting watercolour masterpieces, you'll finish up with a finished product to be proud of, whether you keep it for yourself or gift it to someone else.
Kokedama And Terrarium Workshops
The expertise of their gardeners and the sheer range of plants on offer at MJC Botanical make them the perfect place to upskill your plant game. They offer a bunch of different workshops, among them a kokedama and terrarium masterclass. You’ll learning the basic wrapping system for binding the roots, and make two of your own kokedamas to take home. Book your place here.
In 2019 we’ve fallen victim to digital convenience and stock fonts is standard. If you want to flex your dexterity and go back to some analog handwriting, check out Pixiedust Calligraphy. They host a bunch of different calligraphy and lettering workshops throughout the year, and also offer private classes if you want to get truly hardcore. You can check out what’s coming up here and book in to give your handwriting that extra bit of pizazz.
Flower Arranging Workshop
Soul Pantry is Stafford’s one-stop connection for botanical homewares. Their list of workshops can teach you how to make your own terrarium, concrete pot or flower arrangement, cutting down your yearly gift budget to raw materials only.
Hands On Brisbane
Art And Craft Workshops
Learn new skills at Hands On Brisbane’s local craft workshops. Hands On has all sorts of classes and workshops, teaching everything from creating your own fabric design, to making beeswax food wraps. The idea and purpose behind their vast range of classes is to provide valuable and practical skills for people to use in their lives, and whether it be binding your own journal or making your own rug, you are bound to walk away from these classes with some new skills and an awesome creation—and they're even currently doing online workshops.
Queensland Writers Centre
Online Writing Courses
Whether you’re a uni student who wants to brush up on the basics or you have dreams of becoming the next J.K. Rowling, there’s an online writing course for you at the Queensland Writers Centre. You can get back to the basics with an introduction to grammar or get some help writing an unputdownable short story. Find the full list of courses here.
If you’ve got a list of things you want to learn how to do a mile long, then you need to know about Work-Shop. With an absolute array of courses on offer every single week, you could soon be an expert in everything from cheese making and bee keeping to body positivity cross-stitching and loom weaving—the list goes on. Bookmarking this page is an absolute must for any creative junkies out there, check out their website for upcoming classes.
The Golden Pig
Looking to broaden your cooking horizons and learn how to cook more than just toast? You’ll be Masterchef ready in no time thanks to The Golden Pig’s scrumptious classes, with sessions to teach you the essentials like sourdough making and whipping up pizza and pasta from scratch, as well as spicy lessons on international techniques and feeds.
Ministry Of Handmade
Sewing And Crochet Workshops
Don’t let grandma be the only one in the fam with sick sewing skill—DIY fashion is the new designer label, don’t you know? If nan won’t share her secrets (or her sewing machine), the Ministry of Handmade in Bridgeman Downs should be your next point of call. You can learn the basics in a simple Learn to Sew class, or step it up and actually make something to take home.
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