Life is busy. And sometimes we get caught up in the monotony of our everyday routine and functions. Coffee, work, gym, sleep. Repeat. But we think it’s time you look at giving that left side of your brain a bit of a workout.
Getting creative is not only a whole heap of fun, but it’s also proven to relieve stress, builds self-awareness, strips away inhibition, and helps you become a better problem solver. All things we could use more of; don’t you think?
Here is a list of the best creative classes and workshops you can do on the Sunshine Coast:
- If you’re on Instagram, then you are 100% likely to have seen the resurgence of the beautiful macrame wall hangings. Making a comeback from the 70s, you can learn how to make your very own version with Creative Bowerbird. Visit the website or Facebook page to book a spot in the next workshop!
- The Posy Co. already had us at “Posy”, but now they’re teaching us how to make a flower crown! For upcoming workshops, that tend to involve champers, music, and of course, flowers, keep an eye on their website.
- The Cooking School | Noosa is about the most exciting thing to hit the Sunshine Coast in recent years. Launched by Wasabi, the school will be offering a range of classes including French Patisserie, Contemporary Japanese, Modern South-East Asian, and Classic French. All classes run for about five hours and include a three-course lunch, two glasses of premium-matched bevvy, a qualified chef, take-home recipe booklet, and cooking school apron.
- Whether you’re a business owner, Insta-addict, or simple photo enthusiast, Karina Sharpe’s product photography courses are just what you need right now. Specifically designed for modern product and still-life photography, Karina’s Flat-lay Photography Workshop and Benchtop Photography Workshop for DSLR owners will equip you with all you need to get those killer pics to boost your sales and Insta-likes. Keep an eye out for her upcoming Sunshine Coast workshops.
- If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to put together the perfect bunch of flowers, then we can’t think of anywhere better to learn than at Twig and Grace in Cooroy. You’ll feel inspired just by walking through the door. They also run workshops on styling the perfect dinner table; as well as running kids’ floral workshops—so keep an eye out for what comes up next!
- Cake. No denying—we all love it. Some of us just like to eat it, and the rest of us like to make it too. Cake Alchemy offer a range of workshops including an Icing, Drips, and Texture Class, Tiny Tot Masterclass, Macaron Masterclass, and Black Cake Masterclass—all of which you’ll get to leave with the most magical looking (and tasting) cakes you could imagine. Definitely worth checking out!
- House of Artisan in Gympie, who have a constant stream of awesome workshops, have a constant stream of awesome workshops including basket weaving, photography, beeswax wrap making (goodbye single-use plastics), and succulent centrepiece making, just to name a few. Check out their Facebook page to secure a spot in any workshops that float your creative boat.
- BohoSisters, a unique and whimsical styling and event company, have just launched their Flower Crown workshops—with a sprinkling of luxe. In collaboration with Heavenly Blooms, their workshops are perfect for groups of around 15-30 and take place in their five-metre bell tent complete with rugs, ottomans, low Indian seating, and long pallet style tables. They serve up a beautiful platter of seasonal treats and handmade goodies, offering the perfect vibe for hen’s parties and the like. Watch these ones closely to see what they have in store for us!
- Back to the sweet stuff, another great cake-making class is with Ideas In Icing. Lorinda is an award-winning cake designer and artist who offers a range of classes; including a beginners two-tier DIY ganache cake with fresh flowers; and a two-tier wedding cake class complete with metallic shimmer, layered stencil, and sugar flowers. A super-useful creative workshop if you have a special event coming up!
- All this cake and creativity, we think it’s necessary to mix it up with some booze. Miss Moneypenny’s Cocktail Master Classes are specifically tailored for groups and include 90 minutes of learning, mixing, drinking, and eating. With a great atmosphere and the ability to drink cocktails while learning from the experts, this is another perfect opportunity for a hen’s night, birthday party, or special occasion.
- We can’t go through a list of great Sunshine Coast classes without mentioning The Spirit House Cooking School. If you’re into learning all about how to make amazing Asian food, then look no further. They offer a fun range of classes including Keep It Simple, Asian Style; Dim-Sum—and then some; Thai Feast; Wok Meals For Busy People; and Seafood Banquet—just to name a few. Feeling hungry yet? Check out all their upcoming classes and book it in!
- If you’re more in the mood for something arty—then Go Arty have you covered (it’s all in the name). They offer a one-day painting and art workshop; as well as a six-week painting and art class for those looking to take it a little more seriously. They also offer a six-week life drawing course where you will get to sketch someone in the nude. Yep, you heard me—the NUDE. Are we able to request a guy with abs? And a cute smile?
- We know there’s a lot of budding photographers out there, so it’s totes worth mentioning the Sunshine Coast School of Photography, which runs out of The Shared in Yandina. Their DSLR Photography for Beginners is the perfect course to help you understand those manual settings, so you can capture those shots you’ve been dreaming of. They also occasionally run a series of other more advanced workshops for those looking to go a step further.
- If you’ve never tried a pottery class, then you’ve been missing out on a heap of fun. Fried Mudd run the aptly named Shades of Clay Pottery Workshops, where you’ll get the chance to experience the potter’s wheel, make your own masterpiece, and re-enact the Ghost scene with Demi and Patrick. Maybe. This is another great group activity so get your mates together and get dirty.
- If you’re keen to get moving and like the idea of a bit of exotic dancing (not the naked kind), then Sunny Coast Salsa offer fun and affordable beginners and intermediate classes in Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. Run at various Sunshine Coast locations throughout the week, this is a sure-fire way to get the blood pumping and the laughter flowing.
- Looking some new statement flatware or the perfect vase for your dining table? Then why not try your hand at creating your own! Syndicate Creative runs regular workshops that allow you to experiment with pottery, glazing, wheel throwing and ceramics. Sound like your thing? Check out their website to secure a spot in their upcoming workshops!
- If you’re super-serious about your beer and would like to learn more, 10 Toes Brewery run an educational Brew Clinic event (in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Brewers Club), every second Thursday of the month. They cover all the basics of brewing, ingredients, and things relating to beer. Grab your mates and file it under “education”.
- Who says coffee can’t be more than just our daily caffeine-kick? We can get creative here too, with Clandestino Roasters Latte Art Barista Course. Learn all about how to texture milk to create microfoam and how to pour a heart (awww!), tulips, a rosetta, and more. You also get to go home with a 400g bag of Clandestine Roasters coffee beans. Winning!
Image credit: Rent Patina