With holidays and the Christmas season fast approaching, why not make your next work gathering or gift a little more eventful with creative workshops to get everyone into the festive mood. From potting plants, sewing up a storm or hammering out a pair of luxury sterling silver earrings, we have the scoop on some of the most unique workshops around town. From intimate short courses to full-day sessions complete with beverages and platters, these classes will have your pals talking well into the new year.
Grow and Grow Co. | Kokedama and Terrariums
Get stuck into soil as you create your very own terrarium garden landscape or kokedama moss ball. An absolute favourite for any plant parent, Grow and Grow Co. workshops source the most healthy, local and lush houseplants providing stunning natural works of art that also serve as a gorgeous gift.
Gather a minimum of 10 to your party and the team at Grow and Grow Co. can bring everything you need for your green thumb project to you. Selected workshops offer bottomless tea, coffee and a selection of fresh fruit and pastry to keep you going as you become engrossed in botanical art. Hosting private and public workshops, Grow and Grow Co. can also work with clients to create their very own urban jungle for homes and office spaces. By the end of your time with the team, you are destined to fall in love with the art of caring for house plants.
Beans and Bunches | Flower Crowns, Wreaths and Bouquets
Surround yourself with flowers and friends at one of Beans and Bunches’ delightful floristry workshops. Choose from a variety of lessons including natural style wreaths, ethereal flower crowns, everlasting arrangements and cascading bridal bouquets. Beans and Bunches will come to you with everything you need to set up in the comfort of your home or workspace. Alternatively, opt to host inside their home heritage space located in Northbridge.
Bring along a platter and wine of choice to savour while you arrange your bunch of blooms. There is no minimum requirement on class size, however pricing will vary. From $40 per person, Beans and Bunches also offer DIY kits ideal for parties with a minimum of 10 guests. Your kit will come complete with a guide and beautifully prepared botanical materials that are bound to go down a treat for any parties on a budget. Head to Beans and Bunches for more information on planning your flower filled day with the special humans in your life.
Miss Mary | Sewing
Whether you’re a novice and still learning the difference between a buttonhole and a bobbin or you’re an absolute whizz at whipping up an outfit, Miss Mary Sewing Classes tailor to all levels and sewing abilities. If you have always wanted to learn how to follow a pattern and navigate a sewing machine, this may be the ideal class for you and a group of friends to get involved in this holiday season. From pop in lessons, sewing groups, kids classes and private sessions, there are a variety of classes to cater to your interests and life schedule. Classes start from $295.00 and require your sewing kit and enthusiasm for sewing and learning new skills. For those getting behind the pedal for the first time, Miss Mary allows you to purchase a sewing kit and hire a machine for just $15.
Miss Mary also hosts annual sewing retreats complete with luxury resort, cocktails and evenings of sewing for those looking to immerse themselves into their love of the craft.
Sewing classes are held in Osborne Park, for more information and details for booking, head to Miss Mary.
Perth Soapworks | Soap, Shampoo and Candles
Scrub-a-dub with your own home-made soap suds in a fragrant filled class run by the team at Perth Soapworks. Specialising in luxury and zero waste soap, candles, shampoo bars and other lovely smelling products, you’ll be smelling a sweet as a daisy by the time you are done. Products are vegan friendly and free of palm oil ensuring you feel and look good on the inside and out. Classes are designed so that you have the confidence to recreate your newfound skills at home.
Soapworks understand that creating and constructing works up an appetite, so they have included a spread of delicious bites and beverages to savour during your class. Workshops prices start from $110 for a three hour lesson and are located in various venues across Perth. Head to Perth Soapworks to find out more about their up coming workshops.
Painted Tea Pot | Pottery Painting
Gather your besties for an afternoon of painting and pottery at The Painted Teapot in Subiaco. Once you have paid your $8.00 entry for a seat in the studio, you can choose from a selection of mugs, plates, pots and quirky ornaments to paint and show off your artistic flare. Pottery pieces range from $10 – $80 and classes run for 1hour and 45 minutes. Bring a platter and bubbly to share and invite your colleagues to a day of team building or book out the entire venue for a special event starting at $600 for 3 hours.
For pottery enthusiasts, The Painted Teapot frequently host evening sessions for those looking to work on detailed projects or an excuse to catch up with likeminded pottery painters to get creative over nibbles and a beverage. Once you are happy with your artwork, The Painted Teapot will furnace and finish off your piece, sending a text when it’s time to collect.
The Painted Teapot is a short walk from Subiaco train station with ample parking nearby the venue.
Sultan’s Treasure | Turkish Lamps
Enter Aladdin’s cave of glittering Turkish handicrafts and learn the ancient art of Mosaic glasswork. Sit down at a table of pre-cut glass and design your own magical lamp. You will be guided by Sultan’s Treasure team to provide you with creative direction and teach you about the fascinating history of Turkish design. Enjoy a complimentary hot Turkish tea and sweet treat as you become entranced in the creative process or make a new friend in the seat beside you. Your Turkish lamp class will include all the materials and tools required to make your art piece and a small stand lamp to light up your lamp to watch it sparkle.
If you are looking for something a little extra, for $10 you can upgrade to a magical Genie Lamp or $20 for a sculptural Swan Lamp. You can also opt to have your glass professionally grouted by Sultan’s team or take home the materials to complete the finishing touches at home.
Located in Midland Gate Shopping Centre, workshops run for two and half hours and start from $99. Mosaic classes are held mid-week Tuesday to Thursday and over the weekends.
Collective Obsessions | Resin Boards
The Resin chopping board is a hot kitchen trend and a fabulous designer gift that you can create yourself with a workshop hosted by the experts at Collective Obsessions. The effect of the resin creates a colourful and fluid design, making no two designs exactly the same. Create a set of four coasters and a custom tapas chopping board, while learning a variety of techniques to achieve the perfect gloss finish.
This class is designed for the absolute novice but will leave you feeling like a pro at the end of your two and half hour class. You will need to come back in a few days to allow your resin to set. This will be arranged through the team at Collective Obsessions. Classes are held at Co Studio in Bassendean and range from $131-$145.These sessions come with drinks, snacks and all the equipment you will need. All you need to bring is your imagination.
Perth Art Glass | Copper Sun Catchers
A workshop perfect for beginners, design and assemble two stunning copper foil stained class feathers to catch the light from your kitchen window. This one day course hosted by Perth Art Glass covers the basic principles of glass cutting, foiling and assembly. Classes are $180 and run for five and a half hours with a lunch break in the middle. Light refreshments are included throughout the session and access to kitchen facilities to prepare your own lunch.
If you find yourself falling in love with this art form, Perth Art Glass host a range of courses from entry-level to advance making all sorts of trinkets from Jewellery Boxes to Glass Terrariums.
Workshops are held in O’Connor, 25 minutes south of Perth CBD.
Class Bento | Screen Printing
Vamp up your old T-shirts or add your creative flair to a tote bag or tea towel with a little screen printing from a Class-Bento hands-on workshop. Your expert teacher, Jeni Sleigh, will show you the tricks of the trade to design your own stencil and the best way to translate your design onto fabric. Not only will you be able to get in touch with your artistic side, but you’ll also walk away feeling creatively fulfilled with a new t-shirt to add to your collection. These classes are best for intimate groups of three to ensure you get the most out of your practical tutorial. Bring up to five items to print along with an apron, classes cost $70 and run for three hours.
Screen Printing classes are hosted in Goosberry Hill, 30 minutes east of Perth.
Contemporary Metal | Earrings, Bangles and Rings
Strut the streets in a pair of sterling silver earrings, stacker rings or hammered bangles made by your own talented self with the guidance of an instructor from Contemporary Metal. Instead of wasting hours frantically looking for the perfect gift, you could be spending that time learning new skills and crafting bespoke jewellery for that special someone. Another perk is that your finished designer jewellery comes with its very own wrapping, making that one less thing for you to think about.
Very few can show off their wedding band and claim to have made it themselves. For those that can, there’s a strong chance they spent the day designing and sculpting their own wedding rings with the helping hands of a master goldsmith while celebrating with bubbles and scrumptious pastries.
After all that jewellery making, there’s a high chance you’ll leave the workshop wanting more. Contemporary Metal host a series of short courses for varying skills and experience in addition to the short courses on offer. Bookings are essential and prices vary depending on the course you enrol in. Discover the joys of Jewellery design at Contemporary Metal on Howe Street, Osborne Park.