Art & Design

Get Your Creative On | Cool Gold Coast Workshops To Try This Summer

By Danielle Read
6th Dec 2017

best craft workshops Gold Coast

Getting jiggy with your creative side has never been easier. This summer, the Gold Coast is absolutely bursting with interesting workshops just waiting for you to try out. From edibles and coffees to decorations and artworks, summer is absolutely sizzling with new things to do.  

Pick up a new hobby or brush up on an old one with all of the best workshops on the Gold Coast this summer.

BYO Sip N Paint Nights At Brush & Barrel 

Want to absolutely gee up your art making skills but couldn’t possibly put down that glass of vino? We’ve got you. Brush & Barrel’s new Sip N Paint BYO classes are running right through December. So, whether you’re a weekday or weekend drinker-meets-creative, there’s a class for everyone. You’ll be guided by your very own social artistic instructor while slapping around paint and creating dazzling artworks. Perhaps your muse are the woods, yoga scenes, sailing boats or, our personal favourite, a toucan. Channel Picasso and ponder the important questions in life with a tasty red in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. No experience necessary.

When: Various dates across December; 6pm to 8pm
Where: 3290 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $60

Hanging Garden Kokedama Workshop At The Craft Parlour

String gardens may just be one of the coolest indoor plant trends at the moment. Head down to The Craft Parlour’s Kokedama workshop and learn to make your very own greenery feature for a lucky pal or your own pad. All materials are supplied so all you need to do is turn up. This Gold Coast workshop gets two green thumbs up from us.

When: Thursday 14 December; 6pm to 8pm
Where: The Craft Parlour, 1059 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Cost: $80

Learn To Draw Colour Pencil At Artable

Let’s be honest, stick figures stopped expressing our truest creative flairs years ago. Thankfully, Martina Pook’s Learn To Draw Colour Pencil workshop will get you back in the game.  Designed for absolute beginners, BYO pencils, sharpeners and a keen enthusiasm for doodlin’ to join in. Fruits, live action, lifelike sketches capturing your housemate stealing food from your shelf in the fridge, you name it, you’ll be drawing it.

When: Sunday 14 December; 9:30am to 4pm
Where: 30 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Cost: $150

Beginner Barista Courses At Mr Barista

Master your favourite coffees at Mr Barista’s Beginner Barista workshops this summer. You’ll be pouring up a storm with Brett Barfoot, AKA Mr Barista himself, at Southport’s renowned ambulance station turned Percy’s Corner cafe. Learn the ins and outs of how to make the tastiest coffee in the home and office, destined for multiple high fives from your besties and co-workers.  This hands on, three-hour workshop provides everything you need, including ample coffee slurping time, of course.

When: Saturday 16, 20, 27 December; 10am to 1pm
Where: Percy’s Corner, 45 Nerang Street, Southport
Cost: $150

DIY Christmas Wreath At The Craft Parlour

Come on fellas, Christmas time is merry AF… Feasting, presents and festivities. But nothing says the big bearded man is coming more than a DIY Christmas wreath decorating your door knocker. Elle Jay Floristry will be decking the halls with vines and florals before taking you through exactly how to make your very own Christmas wreath. Round up your bff, your fam and your neighbours, ‘cause Christmas decorations have suddenly become a whole lot more exciting.

When: Sunday 17 December; 9am to 11:30pm
Where: The Craft Parlour, 1059 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Cost: $90

Pizza & Pasta Masterclasses At Salt Meats Cheese

Frozen pizzas never quite fill the spot, do they? So learning to make your own authentic Italian pizza at Salt Meats Cheese’s pizza masterclass is going to be ballin.’ Literally. You’ll ball up your dough, roll it out, spread over your tomato sauce and get tasty with your toppings. This two-hour workshop is designed for fun, includes a bevvy and will make hangover Sunday's WAY better.   

Would you care for some pasta if it kneaded you? Then head to Salt Meats Cheese’s pasta masterclass. Over two hours, you’ll be taught by the pros how to prepare delish fresh dishes for your carb-loving mates. Snack on antipasti and enjoy a glass of wine with your new workshop buddies. Salt Meats Cheese’s pasta party has gotta be the best workshop on the Gold Coast to visit this Christmas eve!

When: Sunday 17 & 24 December; 3pm to 5pm
Where: Salt Meats Cheese, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $69 (pizza) & $89 (pasta)

Beginners Photography At Thurtell Photography Studio

This full day Beginners Photography workshop will have you snapping like Ansel Adams quicker than you can say ‘adjust my shutter speed, please.’ Having shot Delta Goodrem, Jessica Mauboy and George Calombaris to name a few, Andrew Thurtell will teach you the ropes, speak your camera’s language, show you how to use your settings and even how to get that Insta-worthy blurred background. Finally, he’ll save you big bucks by telling you what equipment is actually worth investing in and how to up your imagery game no matter the weather. Check out how you can start capturing more moments better. And yes, this probably somehow applies to selfies, too. Limited spots means you’ll need to get in quick to reserve your pozzie.

When: Sunday 17  December; 9:30am to 5pm
Where: The Station, 45 Nerang Street, Southport
Cost: $195

Cakes In The Nude At Icon Cookery School

No, not you. In this scrumptious workshop you’ll learn all about nude cakes at Icon Cookery School. Come on guys, baking in the buff was never going to go down completely injury free.  Learn from the best with expert chefs dishing up their biggest tips, giving you taste tests of their batter batches and showing you how to make your very own. You’ll run through exactly how to whip up a swiss meringue buttercream, finally learn how to correctly cut a cake and also given the skills to semi undress it. Cheeky. Decorate your masterpiece with fresh flowers or heavenly chocolate drizzles and chocolate shards, then try taking it home without eating the whole thing in the car.

When: Sunday 17  December; 1pm to 4pm
Where: Shop 5036, The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina 
Cost: $125

Bottle Brush Sessions At ArTHaus Projects

ArTHaus Projects, a brand spankin’ new studio and event space in Mermaid Beach, is celebratin’ all of our inner artists. In true Andy Warhol style, BYO a creativity-inspiring drink of your choice and get painting with their regular Bottle Brush Sessions creative workshops. Locally situated in the semi-industrial area of Karen Avenue, at Bottle Brush Sessions you’ll enjoy a fun night with the gals or guys painting mermaids, beach scenes and surf chicas to name a few, right through December and January. Expect up to two classes per week by February and even a life drawing class on the horizon. Your ticket includes a paint panel, paint and brushes, funky glassware, nibbles and killer tunes, or bring in some of your own vinyl. Perhaps the most chilled new workshop on the Gold Coast!

When: Launching Tuesday 19 December + Thursday 11 and Monday 15 Janaury; 6:30pm to 9pm
Where: ArtTHus Projects warehouse, 2/5 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach
Cost: $40

Chunky Knit Cushion Workshop At The Craft Parlour 

You know those smooshy cushions that you keep plotting to steal from your best friend’s house?  Well, you can make your own at The Craft Parlour’s Chunky Knit Cushion workshop with all materials provided in a colour of your choice. Learn to hand knit like your award-winning nan and decorate your house with these totes adorbs cushions, stat.  

When: Saturday 20 January; 9am to 12noon
Where: The Craft Parlour, 1059 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Cost: $120

Pun-y Watercolour At The Craft Parlour

Do you love cat videos, classic memes and avocados made of good fats? Head along to this Pun-y Watercolour workshop and create totally unique gift cards for guaranteed giggles from their lucky recipients. Learn how to sketch out your cute pics, watercolour your puns perfectly and create colourful greetings cards with all materials provided. Bring your own wine and cheese for a night full of dad jokes, new friends and creative goodness.

When: Wednesday 31 January; 6pm to 8pm
Where: The Craft Parlour, 1059 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Cost: $55

Prefer to let someone else do the hard work for you? Hit up these local markets where all the talented crafty folk hangout. 

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