Nobody is too old to try something new. If kids enjoy sports, art, and language classes, surely adults can do the same. But we’re not talking about the usual yoga or cooking classes, these creative classes are a cut above the rest. You can try anything from DJ classes to perfume creation, upcycling furniture to pole dancing. You never know you might turn a new hobby into a business idea. Or simply revel in the enjoyment of learning something new.
Whether you have a journal (or thinking of starting one), feel the need to create your invitations (and other paraphernalia), or want to make personalized gifts, calligraphy classes could be an option for you. This is a 2 hour class inside a mall, which means vaccination against Covid-19 is required. The class starts with an introduction to the tools, then learning to write the alphabet, and finally, creating your graduating piece. It also doesn't matter if you are a leftie, you're very much welcome. After the class, you can take home two pointed nibs, a straight holder, Sumi ink, an alphabet exemplar, a guide sheet booklet, the class exercises, a clear folder, and a tote bag to place these all in.
The Workroom, 176 Orchard Rd, #05-05, Singapore 238843, +65 8752 0672 (Whatsapp or SMS only), https://theworkroom.sg/
With six fun classes that are 3 hours long to choose from: small bowl making, cheese or chopping board making, Christmas tree or snowman making with a lathe machine, folding Christmas tree, a simple toy car, lorry, or boat, most of these are not just for adults. In some classes, kids as young as 12 can join you. The basic paring knife with forging and polishing class runs up to 6 hours. For the more serious learner, they have the Mandai Chair Making Class. This requires 60 to 80 hours of coursework over two months. You would need to allocate nine weekly classes of 6 hours each to complete the chair. You also have the option of choosing beech, Angsana, or walnut for your Mandai chair.
Tombalek, 7 Mandai Link #10-22, Mandai Connection BLOCK B, Singapore 728653, +65 97325956, https://tombalek.com/
Why buy new furniture when you can paint your old ones to spice them up? Big Blue Trunk, the home of chalk paint in Singapore, offers Do-It-Yourself and home decor workshops. They have 20 classes available, all using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Wax. From the basic Annie Sloan techniques to an upcycling workshop, they have got you covered. They even do upcycling consultations and have three child-friendly classes (paint a pot, a children's stool or paint, and stencil a trinket box). Each class can also run from 1.5 hours to 4 hours, and participants are always a minimum of 4 per class.
Big Blue Trunk, 02-14 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, +65 91236253, https://bigbluetrunk.sg/
Ever dreamed of concocting your version of Chanel no. 5? This is your chance. The Perfume Workshop offers several packages to make your signature scent - couples perfume workshop, as part of a bridal shower, or even as a team-building event (which can also be online). You and your best friend or family member can also book a workshop online, the minimum pax is two and the maximum is 10. The perfume-making process is easy. You will receive your kit, and then you will answer a perfume personality test. Then an evaluator will match the oils and scents depending on the result, and voila - everything is mixed in your bottle. You'll be receiving three 120 ml bottles, so that can last you years! There are also options for halal ingredients, engraving of the bottles, to name a few.
Perfume Workshop, +65 9732 8004, https://www.perfumeworkshop.com/
Perfume Workshop Scentopia, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore
Perfume Workshop Goodman, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Art Center. Block O, 01-57, Singapore 439053
Have you ever experienced that feeling of wanting to buy a piece of clothing but would love for it to be in a different pattern/color? Or when you see a cut or neckline that you don't like but otherwise you'd wear the top? You will enjoy the classes in Fashion Makerspace. From beginner's courses (we're talking zero experience) of basic sewing and pattern making to intermediate ones where you can choose specific clothing patterns - this could get quite addicting. Another great thing about it is that they have classes available online, or if you have kids and would like to do a class with them, it's also possible with the youth courses. If you're into fashion illustration, they have this too - from textile design to Adobe classes, you won't run out of options! Project Runway, here we go!
Fashion Makerspace, 42B North Canal Road, Level 3 Singapore 059298, +65 81397787, https://www.fashionmakerspace.com/
Craftsmen and artisans came together to provide luxurious and bespoke designs to individuals and brands, hence The General Co was born. They don't only offer workshops but also on-the-spot services during events. Their classes include an introduction to candle making, leathercraft 101 (or 102 if you aren't a beginner), making watercolor paint with foraged earth, slip-casting, tray casting, Chinese calligraphy, to name a few. Some of the classes are taught by partner brands. For example, tray casting is taught by GRAMS, a sustainable brand under The General Co. While candle-making is taught by Kaydles Candle Studio.
The General Co, The Refinery Workspace (115 King George's Ave #03-02), firstname.lastname@example.org, https://thegeneralco.sg/
Flower aficionados, this one is for you. With workshops for small businesses and individuals, The Assembly Hall is founded by two friends who met while working in the interior design scene in Singapore. They have two individual workshops - Everyday Flowers and The Art of Surface Styling. Everyday Flowers starts at the flower market for an introduction to flowers and how to choose the freshest ones. Then back at The Assembly Hall for the rest. Their classes for small businesses revolve around marketing, from brand marketing to social media. However, classes are currently on hold and will resume when conditions permit.
The Assembly Hall, +65 96435205, email@example.com, https://www.theassemblyhall.com/
Aside from banana bread making, growing an indoor garden became another hit during the lockdown. Green thumbs gathered on social media to share their love for vegetation. Whether you hopped on that train or not, The Plant Story will cultivate it or make it bloom more with their five workshops to choose from. They have Nature Bath Immersion, which is a 2.5 hours nature walk, immersion, and body awareness, Home Apothecary, which shows you how to concoct your personalized, natural remedies. The Miniature Garden workshop will teach you how to make plants that thrive on neglect or space constraint - yes, this is perfect for those who want plants but rarely have the time or space. The Urban Farm workshop is like the basics of urban gardening, and lastly, Nature Art Therapy, a combination of the four different classes.
The Plant Story, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 799977, +65 9863 8112, https://www.theplantstory.com/
Did you know that some famous DJs and music producers were self-taught? Porter Robinson, Metro Boomin, DJ Caiiro, Dr.Dre, and Rza, to name a few. And if music is something that you are into, then their Intro to Music Production should do the trick. It's a 1.5 hours session, and you can have a private class, a double (2 pax), or a group (3 to 5 pax). A beginner's and advanced DJ workshop are also offered. Both classes are 2 hours long. And if you feel like this is something that you can spend more time learning, they also offer courses for DJ school. For example, a beginner's DJ course is composed of an elementary course (3 Sessions, 2 hours each) and a DJ live course (8 Sessions, 2 hours each + 6 practice hours).
E-Track DJ Skool, 411A Jalan Besar, Singapore 209014, +65 9665 9085, http://www.e-tracx.com/
Not a fan of the gym but would like to develop core muscles and upper body strength? Or you've always wanted to get to know your body more and would love to learn some moves in Burlesque or Hustlers? Slap Dance Studio can help you with that. Offering pole, aerial and lap classes, the instructors here encourage you to explore every level. For pole classes, there are five levels and each level has several classes that you have to take before you can proceed to the next one. Aerial classes have three levels. The great thing about this is that you can take a one-hour trial class and see if it works for you.
Slap Dance Studio, 144 Robinson Road, #10-01 (Reception/Pole Studio), #11-01 (Pole Studio), #13-02 (Aerial Studio), Singapore 068908, +6588063167, http://www.slap.sg/classes