In a time of busy schedules, tight deadlines and fast-paced networking, exploring your creativity often fall by the wayside. Luckily Cape Town is filled to the brim with creatives ready to share their knowledge and skills. From ceramics to sewing, we have found classes and courses designed to inspire, whether you’re an aspiring creator or just need to stretch the left side of your brain.
Got the Picasso-flair with a paintbrush or just about manage to doodle a stickman? Well, these weekly adult classes provide a fun environment for newbies and more experienced artists to roll up their sleeves and explore their creative side.
St. Catherine’s Studio offers morning and summer evening classes.
Monday Oil Painting Classes: These oil painting classes aim to give students a tool kit to establish a sense of their own painting practice. Colour mixing, composition, gridding, and oil painting techniques are all covered during the lessons with each artist given close individual guidance.
Friday Mixed Media Classes: Exploring the myriad of techniques that Mixed Media has to offer, students are encouraged to let the medium dictate undiscovered creative pathways and incorporate them into new ways of seeing. Get ready to include inks, painting, charcoal, touch drawing, collage, rubbing and anything in between into your creative mix.
Healthy homemade snacks and refreshments are included. Booking is essential.
Cost: R385 per lesson, inclusive of all materials
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Sewing, ceramics and jewellery making can be a great venture when considering arts and crafts. However, another art form, baking, is just as important and utilises similar creativity.
Julie’s Cake Studio is a place to learn all about the art of cakes and cake decorating.
They offer classes both for adults and for the kids (both beginners and for those with a little more experience). The studio also offers team building, hen parties, bun-in-the-oven parties, kids’ parties and the increasingly-popular ‘nailed it’ parties.
Their long courses are either focussed on wedding cakes or novelty cakes with an interest in training those that are hoping to start their own home-based baking business. These courses are either a full week or given twice a week over the course of a month.
Cost: R275 – R5750
Time: Courses 9.30am to 3.30pm | Workshops and 8-Class Novelty Cake Course 9.30am to 1.30pm | Kids Holiday Classes 10am to 12pm
Address: Julie’s Cake Studio, 22 Roseville Rd, Claremont
Tel: 083 402 2331 (text or WhastApp) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.juliescakestudio.co.za
Facebook: @JuliesCakeStudio | Twitter: @AskJulieDonald | Instagram: @Juliet_Donald
Create. Hobby Studio offers regular sewing and craft courses to cater for all in a friendly, creative space. Launched in 2011 by a former fashion designer, this Observatory-based studio stands tall as one of the top ‘learn to sew’ workshops in the city with over 1000 students taught. The sewing team welcomes both all-thumbs bachelors hoping to master some nifty sewing hacks, and experienced seamstresses looking to fine-tune their skill, with Beginner, Immediate and Advanced level short courses. And with a flexible roster which includes weekend and evening sessions, these after-work slots will allow you to stitch up a storm in no time. The space comes fully prepped so there’s no need to BYO sewing machine, but some additional materials may be required.
The Create. Hobby Studio team can also help you set up your next teambuilding event or hen party, and we’ll keep you in the look with their seasonal kids holiday workshops.
Cost: Varies | 50% deposit is required with the remainder paid 10 days before the course start date
Time: Mon and Tue 9am to 8pm | Wed to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 11am to 3.30pm | Closed for public holidays and every 4th weekend
Address: Create. Hobby Studio, 142 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Tel: 076 494 0069 or 084 653 8935 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.createhobby.co.za
Facebook: @CreateHobby | Twitter: @createhobby | Instagram: @create.hobby
Awakening Artistry provides a non-judgemental approach to art-making where the creative process is the focus, rather than the final art products.
This process is guided by an Astar(awakening spirit through art) trained facilitator with 9 years experience, who provides the group with inspirational exercises to overcome fear and to bypass the critical, controlling mind. The process can be light and playful, or meditative and at times moving and powerful.
Awakening Artistry offers a variety of art classes, collaborations, retreats and, quite notably, corporate workshops. The corporate workshops vary and focus on stimulating creativity and leadership, both at home and in the workplace.
Current corporate workshops offered are the Creativity in the Workplace, for both men and women, and the Leadership Through The Feminine offered to women. The first is designed to suit any theme or situation, meant for team building and to get the creative juices flowing in the work environment. The second is designed to assist women in accessing their innate qualities of creativity and leadership that are uniquely feminine.
Cost: Various, available by inquiry via email
Looking to create art through fashion? Cape Town-based studio Firepetals’ jewellery-making classes offer students the opportunity to learn the basics of designing and crafting their own jewellery. Why not impress your friends and family with a piece of jewellery you have made yourself?
They offer weekly classes (three in the evening and two in the morning), which range from beginner to advanced level. Once the basics are mastered, the Firepetals team guides students through the design and crafting of individual pieces. Private classes are available on request.
Too busy during the week? They also offer Saturday workshops for beginners (the next being on Saturday 17 August, 7 September and 5 October). In these ‘All-in-day’ workshops, students arrive with no experience whatsoever and go home with jewellery they have made themselves.
All materials, tools and refreshments are supplied – the only thing required of students is to bring themselves and their creativity.
Cost: All in a Day workshop R1850 | Class fees R1250 a month for 4/5 classes
Time: Mon, Tue and Wed 6pm to 9pm | Tue and Wed 10am to 1pm | Workshops one Saturday a month 10am to 3.30pm
Creativity comes in all shapes and forms, this is especially true when it comes to crafting.
Cultural crafts such as ceramics, pottery, basketry and woodwork are a part of the diverse heritage of South Africa. It is through such artistic crafts that The Crafter’s Corner at The Shed aims to bring meaning and value into people’s lives.
The Crafter’s Corner offers ceramic classes open to the public and a Clay-Mindfulness-Yoga workshop to help subsidise a community program that empowers local women who live and work on farmsteads. While the schedule for the clay-mindfulness-yoga workshop is irregular (details available by inquiry via email) the ceramics classes are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at various slots. The venue is set in nature, providing a relaxing and beautiful environment, where croaking frogs and soothing music accompany your creativity.
This Stellenbosch craft studio is also an ideal option for creative group events such as corporate team building and birthday parties. For further info, please enquire via email.
Cost: R200 for once-off classes | R1400 package of 8 classes | Rates are inclusive of materials, basic glazing and firing
Time: Tue, various slots from 11.30am to 8pm | Wed, various slots from 4pm to 8pm | Sat 10am to 12pm
The art and craft of pottery-making is one steeped in history and culture. Melissa Barker understands this and, with her knowledge as muse, runs Melkbos Pottery Studio.
Melkbos Pottery Studio is a creative hub for blooming ceramists to come and experiment with different techniques and styles. No pot is too big and no idea too crazy.
The studio is owned by Melissa, who is currently busy with a Master’s Degree in The Cuisine of the Mesopotamians, and an Honour’s Degree in Akkadian (the language of the Ancient Mesopotamians). She aims to recreate the cooking pots used in BC 1700 for a Doctorate degree and then to test the recipes.
The studio came into being as a result of Melissa’s research and provides an experimental space where new ideas and styles are encouraged. Whether beginner or advanced, people come together in an educational and fun environment.
Melissa offers three classes a week. She specialises in hand-building techniques as well as sculpting and slip casting. She does private, once-off classes for individuals as well as big groups, pottery parties, and anniversary celebrations. The price includes all the materials, such as 3 different types of clay, glaze, firing and individual teaching from beginner to advanced.
Cost: R850 per month
Time: Tue 10.30am to 1.30pm | Thu 2pm to 5pm & 5pm to 8pm
Located in the Steenberg area, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, Norval Foundation is a state-of-the-art centre for the research and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. From art exhibitions, multimedia installations to larger than life sculptures, Norval Foundation should be at the top of any creative’s ‘to-do’ list.
Apart from the world-renowned art pieces on show in their galleries and sculpture garden, Norval Foundation hosts a range of creative workshops for the whole family. Every month children can participate in arts and crafts workshops from making a candle holder out of tissue paper to sketching sessions with industry experts.
An upcoming workshop is a Creativity Wake Up session aimed to recover a creative mindset and re-ignite the ability to use and develop creative thinking in all spheres of life.
The one-day workshop includes a set of creativity development thinking materials, including a daily writing journal, a custom-made sketch pad with exercises and tools and a unique stationery pouch, hand-made in shwe-shwe fabric as part of a local upliftment initiative. It also includes access to a 1-hour follow-up webinar, with more tools and tips for creative thinking progress.
It is suitable for everyone, from entrepreneurs, executive teams, professionals to parents, knowledge workers and retirees.
Cost: Creative Wake Up R1 950
Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm