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Epic Creative Classes & Workshops To Try This Year

By Mel Pinn - 19 Mar 2017

The Gold Coast is literally bursting with workshops, events, and crafty learning sessions designed to unleash a brighter, happier, and more productive you.

So, there’s simply no excuse for letting the wheels spin on your professional and creative life. To help you on your “new season, new you” mission, we’ve rounded up some of our fave creative workshops on the Gold Coast. Go forth unleash the fire within, folks!

Macrame Wall Hangings & Planters At The Craft Parlour

Gone are the days when macramé was just for nannas. The Craft Parlour, Palm Beach’s sunshine and love-filled creative haven, is bringing this 70’s sensation back to life with divine macramé workshops. Learn how to knot like a pro and create your very own macramé wall hanging, planter, or delicious décor pendant. The possibilities are endless and there’s nothing more satisfying than boasting “oh that old thing? I made it myself!” Keep an eye on The Craft Parlour’s website where new workshop dates are posted monthly; you’ll lose your mind over the endless options from silver smithing, to sewing a kimono, hand-tooled leather purse crafting, ceramics, and screen printing.

Life Drawing At Dust Temple

If you enjoy doodling, this one’s for you. Okay, dick jokes aside, life drawing at Currumbin’s Dust Temple is an exploration of the human body. BYO pencils, paper, and vino, and embrace the opportunity to sketch nudes under the guidance of an experienced art teacher. Life drawing sessions happen the first and third Thursday of each month, costing a tiny $20 to participate.

Up Your Kitchen Skills With Icon Cookery School

Put simply, any class you do at The Kitchen’s Icon Cookery School is going to make you a way better cook than you were before you set foot inside. From cooking classic Italian, to Spanish paella, Vietnamese street food, dumplings, gnocchi, apple strudel, risotto, raw desserts, fermenting, cocktail creations, to a class centred around regional seafood produce, this is arguably the best cooking school on the Gold Coast. Open to all levels of home cooks, chefs, and people like us, who are pretty clueless in the kitchen, classes start a super reasonable $50. Icon Cookery School’s calendar is brimming with dates and options, so hop on over and up your culinary skills.

Whimsical Flower Crown Classes With Eden the Flowershop

Eden the Flower Shop is sitting pretty as one of the Gold Coast’s top flower crown professionals. Be it beachside or at home, they’ll come to you with everything you need to craft the best looking flower crowns in town. Whether it’s a birthday, bridal celebration, or baby shower, just BYO girl gang, cheeseboard, and bottles of bubbly, then settle in for an afternoon of girlie banter and the inevitable selfie session to follow.

Various Floristry Workshops At Flowers On Tedder

There’s no doubt floristry is a bloomin’ business and Main Beach’s new Flowers on Tedder has just announced details of their exciting new workshop series. Learn how to create beautiful hand-tied posies for Mother’s Day, build a terrarium, table centrepiece arrangements, buttonholes and corsages, or kokedama plant hangers, to name a few— all while sipping on a cheeky champers with the girls. Budding florists are welcome to book into the full series of 10, purchase a five pack, or sign up for a single drop in.

Ceramics Workshops At gritCERAMICS

Hanging to re-create that scene from Ghost? Get your hands dirty with help from the lovely Leia of gritCERAMICS. You’ll find Leia’s cute shipping container studio tucked away at the rear of Osteria in Casuarina, so grab your mates and play with clay in the garden, or soar to new heights with pottery classes on the roof deck. All the while sipping cocktails and devouring a gorgeous lunch from Osteria. A new lineup of workshops is scheduled to be released very soon, so follow gritCERAMICS on Insta for the details.

Photography Classes With Thurtell Photography

Andrew Thurtell is the genius behind the lens at Thurtell Photography, and his small group workshops have one simple goal in mind—to make you a better photographer! BYO DLSR camera and learn how to find your focus and, mostly importantly, switch off auto at a beginner’s photography class run out of CoSpaces in Southport. Already know your shutter speed from your aperture? Book into Andrew’s natural light portraiture or landscape workshops and soon you’ll be producing snaps you never thought possible!

Pizza & Pasta-Making Classes At Salts Meats Cheese

High on the list for all self-appointed foodies is Salts Meat Cheese’s cooking classes. Learn step by step the art of preparing pizza or pasta in these deliciously fun, hands-on master classes. No cooking class is complete without sloshing back a glass of wine while you eat your perfectly-cured creation, right? Right! Dates through to June are already on the website, so hop on over and make a date.

Learn The Fine Art Of Painting At Artable

Whether its watercolour, acrylics, or pastels, Artable has an impressive range of workshops for kids and adults ranging from two-hour to two-day workshops where you can really get your hands dirty. Taught by some of Australia’s best artists, workshops are run out of Artable’s Kingscliff and Gold Coast studios. Oh, and drinking wine whilst painting is encouraged. That sounds like our kinda art class!

Photo Credit: Share Space

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