It’s no secret that WA has a love affair with all things handmade. Yep, making stuff with your hands is the business and we have totes jumped on the workshop bandwagon! We’ve handpicked the coolest curators, collectives and creatives who are leading the way in all things artistic. Who says it’s hard to find a hobby? Judging by this list—the hard part is choosing just one!
Button up yo' denim overalls and tie up that hair, here are some of the best creative workshops in Perth.
Never stop learning. That's the name of the game at Work-Shop and given how awesome their short courses are we couldn't be happier that they've opened up shop in Fremantle following the success of their eastern states hubs! Tattoo illustration, mushroom foraging, tea blending or street art anyone?
The Maker Movement
The Maker Movement is shaking things up along Angove Street and we’re loving everything on the table. Combining our two favourite things: short courses and coffee, the only trouble we’re going to have is choosing between the insanely long list of workshops on offer. We do love the sound of clutch making though...
Perth Wood School
Keen on putting your handy man skills to the test? Perth Wood School has you covered! From super basics to making tables, the team has every intention of helping us channel the inner cabinetmaker in all of us.
Mac And More
The lovely Erica at Mac and More hosts workshops in the art of macramé so you can make an epic wall hanging or a knitted plant hanger. Who needs swanky homewares when you can learn to do it yourself?
Fremantle Arts Centre
Freo Arts Centre is where it’s at for all the arts and crafts you could ever imagine. Fancy oil painting, decorating porcelain, making jewellery, printmaking, drawing for a travel diary or getting your hands dirty with clay are just a few of the options on the table here.
Art Space Collective
BYO best mate and a bottle of wine and head to the rooftop terrace of Art Space Collective where you can try your hand at sketching a real-life model—just try not to blush—or keep an eye on their website for other sessions like kokedama workshops, screen printing and much more.
Fox & Rabbit
Fox & Rabbit host stunning workshops for the green thumbs out there and you might just walk out with some of the prettiest florals in town. Wreath making, table arrangements and flower crowns are our personal fave for an afternoon with the BFF. Located inside the State Buildings, you can be sure the space will be just as beautiful as the arrangement you leave with.
Five Senses Coffee
Sick of spending $4.50 a day on a flat white? Take matters into your own hands, invest in a fancy coffee machine and learn from the best. The Five Senses training room has all the types of coffee covered in their workshops to ensure we all walk out latte art geniuses.
Clean Slate Skincare
Kat from Clean Slate is living our dream (and by that we mean she is surrounded by essential oils, candles and all of the good smells every single day). What started with an aim to redefine skincare has evolved into workshops in mists and sprays, candles and essential oils to name just a few, and all at the ever-cool Stackwood in Freo.
Beau Est Mien
Beau Est Mien is a printmaking studio owned by local artist and creator Magali Dincher. They run seasonal workshops that explore a variety of etching, screen-printing and crocheting techniques. The relaxing studio environment is as cute as a button and provides the perfect setting to get those cold pressed creative juices flowing.
Considering a Saturday morning breakfast would cost you about the same, why not head to Classie’s instead and master the world of crochet and knitting. Who says this is for Nanna’s? We’re in this for the bikinis and rug we plan to make!
Screw diamonds, we’re all about the handcrafted silver! No matter what your style is, you can never have too many rings, right? These three-hour workshops will have you hammering, forming and setting your own pieces of wearable art. Now, how to turn this into a moneymaking hobby?
The Cheese Maker
We love cheese. All the cheese! And now you can get in on the action at a cheese-making course in the Swan Valley. The Cheese Maker runs loads of courses so you can select a workshop that suits your inner cheese. The workshops comes with a fantastic, you guessed it, CHEESE inspired lunch. How many times can we say cheese?
Common Candle Co.
Does running a bath, cranking some Barry White and sparking up your new homemade candle sound dreamy to you? Join Kymberley from Common Candle Co. in learning the art of soy candle making so you can get your personal zen on in style.
Scarborough & Myaree
These two lovely friends have jumped on the succulent bandwagon and we’re all happier for it! Make your home or office a little prettier with some spots of handmade greenery. Succulent Sistas have loads of workshops so you’ll be sure to find a date that suits.
Cabernet & Canvas
Try your hand at recreating Monet’s sunset in Venice, Van Gogh’s three sunflowers or Renoir’s boating on the Seine as you sip on wine and get all of the hot painting tips from the resident artist of the night. Running throughout the year, Cabernet & Canvas public classes take place all over Perth.
Matters Of Taste
We challenge you to struggle to find a class you like at Matters Of Taste! This team has covered every cuisine and every style of cooking under the sun and our appetite is super OK with that. Always wanted to learn how to make gnocchi? Need to be inspired with your thermo? Desperate for dim sum? These three-hour sessions will have you nailing it in no time.
Gone are the days of having to carry around a ginormous SLR camera, our iPhones can do a pretty remarkable job of capturing a moment… the trick is just learning how to uncover all that hidden genius! Join your fellow iPhone-ography fiends on a walking course around the city while the team shares all the tips up their hipstery sleeve.
Community focused and creative nurturers, Stackwood have reinvented workshops. Inviting Perth’s top makers to come in and host a session, you’re looking at anything from weaving your own basket to embroidering your own top. All in the stunning former diesel workshop in Freo.
West Australian Ballet
Surely we weren’t the only ones who dreamed of being a ballerina after watching the movie Centre Stage! West Australian Ballet is making those ballet dreams of yours come true, one pointed toe at a time! Classes range for those doing it for the first time to those fancy few who can wear pointe shoes. Now all you need to do figure out how to pull off the leotard.
Little Leaf Co
A greenies haven, this intimate and quirky studio space is packed to the brim with luscious indoor plants, gorgeous handcrafted pots, macramé hangers, and hanging baskets. Little Leaf Co run their own chalk paint workshops. Bring along your own small piece and owners Morag and Rosie will teach you the techniques required to paint with the infamous Annie Sloan range. Be prepared to develop an addiction, once you have mastered the art of the chalk paint, no surface will be safe.
House Of Hobby
House of Hobby organises creative workshops which are run by women, for women, and they always involve champagne, so obviously we love them. There's a huge variety of workshops on offer from vision board workshops to candle making. Check out what's on offer here.
Life With Paint
The guys at Life with Paint host painting classes at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Perth, so you get to do something creative while sipping on a drink or two. Sounds pretty good to us. They also do private parties and stress the fact that no artistic ability is needed, so why not give it a crack?
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Little Leaf Co | Image credit: Elle Borgward