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Melbourne’s 10 Coolest Courses & Workshops

By Clare Acheson - 12 Apr 2015

Whether it’s knitting your own winter beanie, making your own sausages or becoming the go-to scotch expert in your group of mates, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking up a new skill. Luckily, there’s a tonne of amazing courses and cool workshops in Melbourne, covering everything from butchery to braiding, ceramics to copy-writing, making picking up a new hobby in your downtime as easy as pie.

We’ve hand-picked the best groups offering cool workshops in Melbourne this season. It’s time to sign up and get schooled in something new!

Work Shop | Fitzroy

Fitzroy hub Work Shop has courses in everything from making terrariums (the cute little gardens in a fishbowl), to DIY pickling, to how to make your own cosmetics or brew your own beer. The space is located in an uber-cool warehouse in one of the most creative parts of town, so get there early and soak up the inspiration on Fitzroy’s backstreets before knuckling down to some knowledge sharing.

Laneway Learning | Melbourne CBD

Laneway Learning is the perfect workshop in Melbourne for trying out new skills. The sessions are short, take place in the evening, and give you a speedy taster of skills ranging from urban beekeeping, silver jewellery casting, vodka alchemy and hip hop dancing (which takes place in The Croft Institute and promises to be a LOT of fun). Get on the mailing list and book early as Laneway Learning classes in Melbourne often sell out on the day that they’re announced.

Cannings Free Range Butchers | Hawthorn & Kew

Learn how to master the art of meat from one of Melbourne’s best butchers at Cannings Free Range Butchers’ courses, taught by Sam Canning himself! Although these courses run on the pricey side, you’ll leave with the know-how of butchering a half-lamb, half-pig, or making your own sausages, including designing your own meaty recipes and making the most of off-cuts. Delish!

Yarn & Co | Fitzroy

If you’ve ever passed Fitzroy knitting shop Yarn & Co, you’ll know how beautiful their array of wools, cottons and everything knitting is. This season’s courses in Melbourne include how to knit your own scarf and how to crochet, making for the perfect hobby that’ll see you through winter.

The Humble Tumbler | Fitzroy

If brushing up on your booze knowledge is on your to-do list, The Humble Tumbler’s courses in Melbourne are where it’s at. They run a wonderful selection of whisky, wine, craft beer and food pairing courses in The Attic (the decadent space above The Black Pearl cocktail bar) and, if you’re not in it for the long run, their single session classes—the ‘gastronomic equivalent of a one night stand’—make for an awesome evening. Our top choice for refined bucks and hens parties.

Savor Chocolate & Patiseerie School | Brunswick

Ever peep through the window of your local patisserie and think, ‘I wish I could do that’? At Savor, they’ll teach you how! With classes in macarons, chocolate decorating, miniature cakes and more, all taught by top partisans, this is the best workshop hub in Melbourne for those with a sweet tooth.

The Good Copy | Collingwood

If ‘Stop. Grammer time.’ isn’t the best name for a writing workshop, then I don’t know what is. The Good Copy writing workshop in Collingwood specialises in copy-writing courses that run weekly for four weeks—the perfect time-filler for those of you who’d rather be writing these words than reading them.

Thread Den | Collingwood

Make a tote bag! A cushion cover! A cape! Melbourne sewing school Thread Den will teach you how to make all three at it’s Collingwood school, where classes start from single sessions and run for up to ten weeks. They also teach a great basic sewing course for all of you looking to work up your own designs…You’ll be stitching up a storm in no time.

Northcote Pottery Supplies | Brunswick East

How awesome would it be for your favourite coffee mug to be one that you’ve hand-made?! Northcote Pottery Supplies, which is, confusingly enough, in Brunswick East and not Northcote, offers everything from one-day workshops to specialist masterclasses in pottery and ceramics—a top recommendation for those Listers looking to create some truly unique home accessories and trinkets.

We Teach Me | Various locations

We Teach Me teach EVERYTHING. Essentially an Etsy for workshops, the website allows locals to list their own courses, meaning there’s everything from painting to piano-playing, rug-braiding to Italian cooking. Get your diary out and get booking!

Know of a class, course or workshop in Melbourne that we don’t? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page. 

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