Picking up a paintbrush or pencil isn’t all there is to art. Defined as ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination’, art includes anything from music to photography, from doodling to whipping up a storm in the kitchen.
Whether you are a fervent supporter of handmade products or just a casual workshop enthusiast looking for some fun and enjoyment, here are 8 SethLui.com-approved craft workshops that will get your creative juices flowing. Now, let the fun and action begin.
Enjoy getting your hands dirty with clay and mud? Head down to 8th Floor Creative Space for a pottery workshop. Founded by the couple, Alvin and Shirley, this studio-workshop is the perfect avenue for you to channel your curiosity in learning how to create handcrafted products using clay as a medium.
Get to witness your progress as you undergo their Pottery Course (S$599), a 20-lesson session designed for learners to understand the entire process of turning clay into ceramic and acquire the ability to produce aesthetically appealing objects.
Otherwise, if you are just looking to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life, then the Wheel Throwing Workshop (S$128) will be the ideal 2.5-hour session for you to soak yourself in the tranquillity of working on a Potter’s Wheel.
By focusing on yourself and the product, crafting your very own ceramic bowl and cup can be extraordinarily therapeutic, so if you are feeling tired or stressed from work, why not book a session and relax your weekend away?
8th Floor Creative Space
37 Lorong 23 Geylang, Yu Li Industrial Building, #08-03, Singapore 388371
Tue to Fri: 1.30pm – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 5pm
Closed on Mon
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Ever wondered how some people can be so ceaselessly fascinated by jars of plants that barely move? Well, a Close Terrarium Workshop (S$38) at The Green Capsule might change your perception.
Terrarium-making isn’t complicated. With plenty of space for creativity in how you can customise the colours and arrangements in your ecological microcosm, feel free to let your creative juices flow during this craft workshop as you choose your desired plants to fill in the space to complement the look and feel of the overall structure you have envisioned.
Essentially a miniature landscape in its world with its own rain cycle, a closed terrarium set-up requires minimal effort to maintain after they have been planted. Since they are mostly self-sufficient, apart from the occasional airing and watering, you can leave it to fend for itself while enjoying the greenery it provides to your home decor.
Recent binge-watching of Next In Fashion on Netflix got me emotionally stirred up once again as it has been my childhood dream to be a fashion designer. Since the inability to draw got the better of me, a Weave Your Imagination (S$90) workshop at Craft Atelier would probably be the closest I can get to creating my very own pattern.
During this craft workshop, beginners will start off with the easel weaver—a compact weaving device that holds the threads under tension and aids you in the process of weaving. At Craft Atelier, not only will you be exposed to the fundamental motions of weaving, but you will also be taught a variety of techniques for you to ultimately create an art piece that you can proudly call your own.
Since tapestry weaving is mostly about repetitive motions, your two-hour lesson will surely allow you to get in touch with your inner zen for a calm, relaxing and stress-free session!
One of the oldest forms of printing that dates back to the Song Dynasty, silkscreen printing is a technique of transferring images onto a medium using inks, stencils and a specially designed screen that allows a blade or squeegee to be dragged along the length of its mesh.
An activity that is free and experimental for all, How To Ink’s How To: Silk Screen (UV emulsion) (S$50) craft workshop not only teaches you the essentials and processes behind the print, it also allows you to have absolute expression of creativity.
Employing the UV emulsion technique, made popular by the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein with their eclectic pop art styles, expect to be surprised by your creativity as you delve deeper into the technical aspect of this visual art.
If you fear the destruction of your craftwork under your humble, amateur hands, you will be relieved to know that punch needling is one type of art that comes with an “undo” button.
Many confuse it with embroidery or crocheting, but each craft has its unique properties and techniques even though they look deceivingly similar. For one, punch needling is a hand-tufting technique that results in a highly textured pattern and is also much quicker than its rug hooking counterparts.
Start your Punch Needle Workshop (S$48) at Hueplay Studio by learning the fundamentals to create a highly textured decor or coaster. Your journey begins with a rough sketch of your intended design before transferring it onto a monk’s cloth—the main canvas for your needlework. Thereafter, choose your desired colour and start punching your stress away as you experiment and attempt without any inhibition.
If the three-hour session managed to intrigue your passion for this craft, then feel free to purchase a punch needle kit to attempt more patterns and designs in the comforts of your home.
In an attempt to fight in reducing waste to the environment, Chokmah Singapore aims to introduce modern, sustainable, handcrafted lifestyle products to Singaporeans. One such medium they often use is jesmonite, a water-based, non-toxic composite material often used in crafting and fine art.
Learn how to craft your very own terrazzo pill-shaped tray during their Terrazzo-Style Tray Workshop (S$88). Besides learning about the amazing properties of jesmonite, you will also be taught various techniques like colour mixing, casting and sanding— valuable tools for you to start as you embark on your crafter’s journey.
Crazy in love with accessories, namely earrings? Then, it’s a must to attend a craft workshop over at Hands On Klay. Conveniently situated right next to Bugis+ Mall, Hands On Klay’s studio beckons anyone looking for cute date ideas, corporate team bonding, and even bachelorette parties.
During your 3.5-hour Garden Floral Party Workshop (S$138), you will be guided through useful clay-making and design techniques. This hands-on, skills-based workshop will not only encourage and inspire your creativity, but it also makes for a great bonding session with your fellow crafters as you exchange ideas throughout the session.
With more than 40 different colours and crafting materials such as ribbons, glitters, pompoms and tassels, you will be spoilt for choice designing your dream pair of earrings.
Allowing everyone to express their uniqueness in the form of tea blending, The Tea Crafters promise a fruitful, tasteful and eye-opening experience of both artisanal and oriental tea appreciation.
Start your Tea Blending Workshop (email for price) with a short introduction to tea followed by a tasting session. During the workshop, you will learn that blending does not involve mindlessly putting two ingredients together and mixing. Still, it demands lengthy deliberation and experimentation to achieve the perfect balance in each cup.
Thereafter, let your creative juices flow as you pick and choose from their selection of tea leaves and add-ons to create a flavour that you can proudly call your own.
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