Flexing your creative muscles in Sydney has never been so easy. Some brilliant minds have developed a range of unique experiences that are perfect for a group catch up, an inventive date night or if you’re flying solo, an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded individuals or upskill. Strap on an apron, pour yourself a glass of wine, and prepare to get your hands dirty at these top Sydney creative classes and workshops.
Cork and Chroma combine’s painting and wine to create a fabulous night out. Hop into the studio and learn how to paint one of their many set artworks with expert guidance from a supervising artist. The best part is, it's BYO and you can drink throughout the lesson. The studio provides all the materials you'll need, including wine glasses, and takes three hours in total.
55 Holt Street, Surry Hills
Bring out your inner Demi Moore (Ghost,anyone?) at The Pottery Shed. They offer beginner classes which cover everything from throwing, trimming and glazing in three, two-hour sessions. Once you have mastered that you can book either for a returning student session or join one of the weekly masterclasses where you can up-skill with mold-making and slip-casting.
7 Nickson Street, Surry Hills
BYO charcoals and capture the beautiful human form in all its glory. The Arthouse runs life-drawing classes each Monday night from the Attic Bar, giving you the opportunity to improve your technique and get creative. For those looking for a livelier subject, every second Tuesday, Dr Sketchy’s anti-art school hosts a night of burlesque in the Attic Bar where patrons can sketch all the debauchery.
275 Pitt Street, Sydney
Have you ever seen a beautiful woven hanging and wondered how to recreate it? Studio Make has workshops on weaving, knitting, crocheting and printing. Each class is around two-three hours and they include the materials and light refreshments. If you are looking for art classes, they also teach watercolours, resin and ceramics.
9/380 Pittwater Road, North Manly
With a paintbrush in one hand, and a glass of wine in the other, Brush & Sip makes painting fun. Public sessions are held Friday to Sunday - check the schedule when booking to pick your artwork - and for those who aren't creatively inclined, the instructors offer step-by step support so you're basically guaranteed a masterpiece. The best part is you can BYO drinks and nibbles.
559 King Street, Newtown
Makerspace & Co
Marrickville’s Makerspace & Co provides an environment for beginners to cut their teeth and for the seasoned to finesse their skills. Specialising in ceramics, wood, textiles, and metal work, the classes are in-depth. If you want to invest more time in your new project, look into their membership options that include workspace access, discounts on classes and members-only invites.
17 Barclay Street, Marrickville
This little hub has a wide range of courses from popular and trendy to the more obscure. Think taxidermy, welding and tarot reading. All courses are led by experts and will have you up-skilled within two-three hours. For the inner-artist, the drunk painting and expressive watercolour florals are Work-Shop favourites. Or try arm-knitting and paper marbling masterclasses.
Cnr Cleveland Street & Eveleigh Street, Redfern
The Lower North Shore’s DIY hub, Maker’s Loft is where crafters and creatives go to hang out. They have workshops on brush lettering, sewing and macramé. Add an espresso bar into the mix, and you're sorted. Maker’s Loft also hosts casual meet-ups with Tuesday’s dedicated to the yarners and Friday’s for Maker’s Circle where crafters can meet like minded people and share their skills.
205 Ernest Street, Cammeray
This playful, pastel-hued eatery is a nod to the Aussie milk bar. They have all your childhood favourites, think fairy bread, spiders and jaffles. And if that wasn't cool enough, you can relive your youth every Thursday to Saturday from 6pm, to have dinner with a side of plaster painting. Choose from a variety of figurines that you can put your creative spin on.
340 Stanmore Road, Petersham
Little Lane Workshops on the Northern Beaches is one of Sydney’s best DIY studios. There are new classes added all the time, with Little Lane currently teaching around 17 different workshop that range from hand lettering and calligraphy to basketry and jewellery making. The perfect space to learn a new skill or develop a hobby.
4 Daydream Street, Warriewood