It’s no secret that WA has a love affair with all things handmade. That's why 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.
So button up your denim overalls and tie up that hair, here are Perth's best workshops.
Clay Make Studio
If you're into ceramics, Clay Make Studio is offering up some of the best pottery workshops in Perth. From wheel-throwing to designing, hand making and even creating your own glazes, they've got a workshop for every level of potter.
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 coming up here.
The Cheese Maker
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 come with a fantastic cheese inspired lunch, so go hungry.
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.
Perth Wood School
Keen on putting your handyman (or handywoman) skills to the test? Perth Wood School has you covered. From super basics to making tables, the team has every intention of helping you channel your inner cabinetmaker.
Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre is where it’s at for all the arts and crafts you could ever imagine. 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
Bring your 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 favourites for afternoons with your best mate. 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, sprays, candles and essential oils, to name just a few, and all at the ever-cool Stackwood in Fremantle.
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?
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.
West Australian Ballet
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 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.
Need more reason to start learning? Check out how this FIFO worker turned his side hustle into a business.
Image credit: JJ Mendez