Looking for a creative outlet? Fortunately, for those looking to express themselves, learn a skill, meet new people and claim some personal time, there are so many classes on offer in the Inner West.
Here’s a selection of great local venues that host creative classes for adults held on weekdays, evenings and some on weekend days too. Some of the classes are one-off activities or workshops, while others run in short blocks or are term based.
Art Est. Art School
Based in Leichhardt, Art Est. offers drawing, painting and ceramics classes for adults on weekdays, evenings and Saturday mornings. The classes are held in blocks and there are single-day weekend workshops as well. Class sizes are small, with just 10 to 12 students (8 for wheel throwing pottery). For more information on upcoming classes visit the website or Facebook page.
Bobbin & Ink
Bobbin & Ink, in Petersham, offers a range of sewing and screen printing workshops and courses. There are various classes catering to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. See the website or Facebook page for more details.
Situated in Croydon, Gallery NTK runs regular Sip ’n’ Sketch evenings. Bring your own bottle of wine and create your own masterpiece guided by a talented professional. You will bring home your own frameable piece of art. No particular artistic ability or experience is required. Check the website or Facebook page for upcoming dates.
Image courtesy of Norma Tahhan, Gallery NTK
Hart Start Studio
Hart Start Studio offers weekly general interest painting classes for beginners and up in a studio beneath a beautiful stone church in Balmain East. Lessons are payable in lots of five, with free introductory lessons available. For more information, check the website or Facebook page.
Helen Ashley Designs at The Art Room
Artist, illustrator and designer Helen Ashley runs eight-week courses during the day and evening at the multipurpose creative space The Art Room in St Peters. She teaches the art of hand building porcelain and various decorating techniques. More information can be found at the website or Facebook page.
Julie Peadon Art
Artist Julie Peadon offers evening classes focusing on elements of art such as line, shape, colour, texture, composition and technique. At the end of her eight-week courses, participants take home their own masterpiece on canvas, ready to hang. For information on upcoming courses, check the Facebook page and website.
Image courtesy of Julie Peadon
Based in Marrickville, Maker Space and Co. offers a wide range of evening creative classes covering ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, industrial design and more. Classes are open for first timers through to pros. Check the website and Facebook page for details of upcoming classes.
The Little Plaster Shop
The Little Plaster Shop in Concord holds regular plaster painting evenings for adults. Book your spot then pay for the various plasters you choose ranging in price from $5 to $20. Paint, gloss and glitter are included. You can bring your own food and wine and enjoy a relaxed evening with friends. Follow the Facebook page for details of upcoming adult nights. More information is available at the website.
Image courtesy of The Little Plaster Shop
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio
The delightful Inner West Mum Prue Burnstein runs regular evening art classes with cheese and BYO wine at her Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio on Darling Street, Rozelle. The classes, with approximately ten participants, tackle a range of subjects and media from jellyfish to David Bowie! Find out about upcoming classes at Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio at the Facebook page or website.
Image courtesy of Prue Burnstein
Seed and Spark
Image courtesy of Seed and Spark
Sew Make Create
A diverse range of small classes is held at the Sew Make Create studio in Chippendale. Themes include sewing, quilting, knitting and crochet, screen printing, dressmaking, ceramics, resin jewellery and more. Some of the classes are held on a one-off basis, others are part of a series. Weeknight and weekend sessions are available. For more information, check the website or Facebook page.
Tennyson Studio offers a ten-week beginners course teaching techniques used in ceramics. Casual classes and four-week packs are also available. Classes run during the daytime and evening during the week and at weekends. Check the website or Facebook page for details about upcoming classes.
The lovely and talented Caroline Adams runs regular weekend and evening sewing classes for individuals and groups at her Usefulbox studio in Enmore. The classes cater to beginners as well as those whose crafting skills are more advanced. Join a growing community of makers to learn or hone your sewing and crafting skills. More information can be found on her Facebook page or website.
Located on Cleveland Street, Chippendale, Work-Shop offers all kinds of creative classes: watercolour painting, adult finger painting, native botanical illustration, basket weaving, stencil art, calligraphy, ukulele and so much more! Refer to the website or Facebook page for further information.
The following institutions with Inner West locations offer a variety of practical creative classes:
City East College (various locations including Erskineville and Tempe in the Inner West)
Enmore TAFE (Enmore)
Pine Street Creative Arts (Chippendale)
Sydney Community College (locations in Rozelle and Sydney City)
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