Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, or constantly juggling career and family, learning a new skill is a great way to keep the creative juices flowing. Singapore offers plenty of workshops that aren’t just for the kids, which means it’s easier than ever to learn how to make a stunning floral arrangement, whip up a water colour masterpiece, or try a unique music lesson just for grown ups. We’ve found some seriously cool classes and workshops for mums and dads to try – with some being perfect as a date night option!
Paint an elephant at Elephant Parade
New to the Haji ‘hood, this social enterprise is part of the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues, often designed by celebs as well as artists. Not only is the shop stocked with plenty of ‘phants of all shapes and sizes (durian shaped elephant, anyone?), you get to join in the fun to paint (and bring home) your very own elephant. With drop-in workshops priced at $49, you can even team up with the kids, or go it alone to create the perfect masterpiece.
Prices at $49, Elephant Parade, 30 Haji Lane, www.elephantparade.com
Pick up some DIY clothing and dressmaking skills with Fashion Makerspace
Always been interested in fashion, but not sure if you have what it takes to be the next Ong Shunmugam? Book a session with Fashion Makerspace to find out if this could be your next career move. Here you’ll learn how to sew everything from simple accessories to outfits for the whole family. You’ll also pick up tips on how to design your own fashion projects! Fashion Maker Space offers long-term classes or single sessions, and everyone gets an hour-long free project consultation to run their ideas and designs by the teachers. Even if you don’t end up in a fashion spread just yet, you’ll pick up enough skills to sew the kiddo’s next fancy dress costume for sure!
Prices from $25, Fashion Makerspace Pte Ltd, 258A South Bridge Road Singapore 058807; www.fashionmakerspace.com
Basic Jewellery Making Workshop with Liz B
If you’re already familiar with Singapore-based designer Li Ying’s unique gemstone jewellery range, Liz B, you’ll be just as excited as us to hear that she also runs basic jewellery making workshops where we can all create a unique gemstone masterpiece of our own. All tools and materials, including natural crystals and gemstones, are provided. Keep an eye on its Facebook feed to find out when the next workshops will be held!
Priced at $89, Liz B Basic Jewellery Making Workshop, Ode to Organics, OUE Downtown, 6 Shenton Way, #01-46, Singapore 068809; www.liz-b.com
Leather craft with The General Company
Sick of trawling the shops for a great present for The Husband that isn’t going to cost you a kidney? Make something of your own! With regular, great classes at reasonable prices on offer, The General Company will have you knocking up personalised leather items like a pro at at Leathercraft 101 class. Maybe we’ll skip the hubby’s present and just make something for ourselves…
Prices from $79, The General Company, various locations; www.thegeneralco.sg
Modern calligraphy with The Workroom SG
You’ll have to book in advance to bag a spot in The Workroom SG workshops (pictured top), where you’ll find super popular modern calligraphy classes where writing is made not only cool, but beautiful too. You’ll soon be penning thank-you cards, invitations and maybe even the odd love note in serious style.
Prices from $136, The Workroom SG, Lorong Kilat and North Canal locations; www.theworkroom.sg
Flower selection and arranging, home styling and Instagram skills with Assembly Hall
Charlie Cameron, stylist and blogger of Lottie is Loving and interior stylist and Kate Gallagher, founder of Floweret Co, have come together to launch The Assembly Hall: a community for adults to pick up creative skills. The next round of workshops feature branding and digital marketing essentials, flower styling and photography for beginners. Read our interview with Charlie and Kate to find out more about their lovely approach to The Assembly Hall.
Prices start from $240 for a four-hour course; www.theassemblyhall.com
Tahitian dance with Ori Tahiti
With Moana already such a hit with small wannabe Disney princesses the world over, we think that us adults should get in on the act and learn some Tahitian dance moves. Immerse yourself in Polynesian culture with this beautiful dance to energetic drumbeats and toe-tapping songs. If you’re still unsure, go ahead and sign up for a free trial. A great workout and a fun cultural escape? Where do we we sign up?
Prices from $45, Ori Tahiti, The Substation Dance Studio, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936; www.oritahiti-sg.com
Urban Gardening with The Plant Story
We’ve been having fun teaching our own kids about urban gardening, so we love The Plant Story workshops which have been designed with busy city-dwellers in mind. You can expect to reconnect with nature while creating your very own miniature garden, and workshops can be booked at a timing perfect for you.
Prices from $40, Urban Gardening Workshop, Passion WaVe @ Marina Bay, 11 Rhu Cross #02-03, (level 2 by the waterfront), Singapore 437440; www.theplantstory.com/workshops
Peranakan Printing with Jennifer Lim Art
We are big fans of the Peranakan arts and culture, so can’t wait for professional artist and print maker, Jennifer Lim’s, next round of Peranakan Printing Workshops. Makers will get to create a handcrafted table runner or table cloth while learning the basics of block printing in a workshop that provides not only cool new skills, but a fun history lesson and kueh sweets and cappuccino to boot. No art experience necessary! Read our interview about Australian-born artist Jennifer Lim and what she loves about life in Toa Payoh.
Prices from $148, Jennifer Lim Art, Classes held in the Toa Payoh complex (address provided upon booking); www.jenniferlimart.com
Create your own bespoke perfume at Perfume Workshop
In need of some relaxing aromatherapy? Head to Goodman Arts Centre where Perfume Workshop is located where you get to create and take home up to three personalised scents. Become a perfumer for a day and learn about different scents, the fragrance wheel and create your perfect perfume combination from a selection of over 300 wonderfully fragrant oils.
Prices from $250, Perfume Workshop, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Art Center. Block O, #01-57, Singapore 439053; www.perfumeworkshop.com
Paint your own furniture at Big Blue Trunk
Big Blue Trunk has workshops to get you (or the husband) into DIY. Whether you have an old chair that needs a fresh coat of paint or you’re looking to make a tray look more vintage, you can take it to one of these workshops to pick up techniques on how to crack, age, distress and wax a piece just the way you like it. Once you’ve got the tools you can start your own home projects – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Prices from $50, Big Blue Trunk, #02-27 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760; www.bigbluetrunk.sg
Chocolate making at Anjali Chocolat
Indulge in the ultimate guilty pleasure at Anjali Chocolat’s chocolate-making workshops. Get the full low down on just how to tantalise that sweet tooth at a two week chocolate making workshop and learn how to make a range of different goodies. Or try a shorter workshop for a day of creating heavenly delights including Classic Dark Chocolate Truffles, and Earl Grey Tea Truffles. Don’t forget to also treat yourself to a date night experience to indulge in boutique wines and artisanal chocolates. Mmmm.
Prices from $175, Anjali Chocolat, 73 Loewen Road, #01-15 & 16, Singapore 248843; www.anjalichocolat.com
Floral Watercolours with Natalie Studio
We all have plenty of fabulous art offerings handed to us on a regular basis by the kiddos, but we think it’s high time we found our own inner artist with some fun art lessons designed just for us. Hop over to Natalie Studio where you’ll learn the pretty art of floral watercolour painting, scarf marbling and crepe paper rose making.
Prices from $120, Natalie Studio, 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, Singapore 168976; www.facebook.com/iloveNatalieStudio
Everything from leather craft to making necklaces at Naiise
With tons of awesome workshops lined up, you could literally learn a new skill every week with Naiise. Need a new bag? Make your own leather one! Can’t find a necklace to match that new outfit you just bought? Create one of your own! You’ll find picks from basic jewellery making to sketching, porcelain painting to flower basket arranging.
Prices from $40, Naiise, various locations; www.naiise.com/collections/workshops
DJing with E-Tracx DJ Skool & Studios
Always wanted to be DJ? Don’t let parenthood get in the way of your dreams. E-Tracx is a renowned name in the DJ and hip hop communities. Share your passion for music and learn the basics of djing, turntablism and music production. The instructors are veterans of the scene and will patiently guide you through the interactive workshops so you’ll be scratching and remixing in no time. The kids WILL be impressed (or mortified…)
Prices from $180, E-TracX DJ Skool & Studios, 411A Jalan Besar, Singapore 209014; www.e-tracx.com
Striptease and lap dance at Slap Dance Studio
This one’s definitely Adults Only. Make a date with your best friends to explore the world of pole dancing. Beginners can hit the floor Magic Mike-style and pick up some neat tricks on striptease and lap dancing. Sign up for a one-hour trial class for only $16.
Price from $220, Robinson Square, 144 Robinson Road, #17-02 (reception), #11-01, #10-01, Singapore 068908; www.slap.sg
Tea appreciation with Tea Chapter
If a lovely cuppa tea is what get’s you through the day (prior to wine-o-clock) then we think you’ll fancy brushing up on your brews at at Chinese Tea Appreciation Workshop. You will learn about different teas, master a new-found tea-appreciation and even find out about tea-creation.
Prices from $48, Tea Appreciation Workshop, Tea Chapter, 9 Neil Road, Singapore 088808; www.teachapter.com/tea-workshop/individual
Coffee brewing with Common Man Coffee Roasters
If tea isn’t your thing, but you’re instantly perked up by the smell of roasting coffee beans, you need to learn a trick or two when it comes to brewing up your own big mug of mum coffee: passionate home baristas, Common Man Coffee Roasters is offering a coffee brewing class to equip you with all the secrets of the trade.
Prices from $150, Common Man Coffee Roasters Barista Academy, 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058; www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
Singaporean cooking with Cookery Magic
We’ve already tried the kids’ cooking classes at Cookery Magic, and now we fancy picking up a few new recipes for ourselves. Take a look at the daily cooking classes to see what strikes your fancy.
Prices from $110, Cookery Magic, e. email@example.com; www.cookerymagic.com
Terrarium making with Ecoponics
Gather up a group of friends, or better still persuade your boss to organise some team bonding, and create your own terrarium with Ecoponics. These mini gardens instantly cheer up any desk or home, and are fun to make too.
Ecoponics, Block 133, #01-1651 Ang Mo Kio, Avenue 3, Singapore 560133; www.ecoponics.com.sg/terrarium/workshops
Photography (top image): courtesy The Workroom SG
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