Brisbane's best creative classes

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From the theatre to the circus, brush strokes to crochet, here are some of Brisbane's most inspiring and crafty creative classes for everyone. Whether you're a kid, teenager, or a grown up looking to reclaim your creativity, you'll find something that sings to your inner cool and creative self.

That's showbiz!

For budding actors chasing the spotlight, Australian Actors Studio have been fostering talent in Fortitude Valley since 1989.

Similarly, Brisbane Arts Theatre encourages your tweens and teens to foster their talent with creative or performing arts workshops for 8-18-year-olds. 

With 8 locations around Brisbane, Fame Theatre Company gives the stars of tomorrow the chance to shine. 

It's never too late to make your dream a reality by signing up for one of Flipside Circus's adult circus classes. Learn to fly in a mixed aerial short course on tumble, juggle and move your way through a mixed circus class. Ignite the dream early and enrol your little one for their kindy classes - an interactive program for you both!

Let's dance

Dial-up your endorphins with a community dance class at Queensland Ballet. For more than 10 years, they've taught aspiring dancers ballet, jazz, and contemporary moves. Age is never a barrier to find your place at the barre. Enrol in Ballet for Seniors classes - great for improving poise, core strength, and making new friends.

Whether you're just finding your groove or you're a seasoned pro, Mad Dance House, in the heart of Brisbane's CBD, has more than 60 classes a week on offer. From the expressiveness of contemporary dance, the passion of salsa, to jazz, tap, and hip hop, there's something for you to pop, lock, and bop to. Classes cater for absolute beginners right through to commercial choreography.

Get crafty

Feeling the call of creative inspiration, but not sure what sparks the most joy? No worries. Explore your artistic merit in all its glory at artisan, with online courses in book art and paper folding, clothing and textiles, embroidery and repair, natural dyes, sustainability and time, just to name a few! In-person courses are also available.

If crochet, sewing and embroidery spark craft-spiration within, take a trip northside to Brendale's Nest Community. Focusing on the social connection brought about by community workshops, this is a place to meet new friends and new skills!

Don't forget to cast your creative eye over the range of free and low-cost workshops and classes run by Council. Zentangle your way to better cognitive function with these adult colouring-in groups held at various Council libraries across the year. Or join the Kenmore craft group and share your current project with other craft-minded people over a cup of tea.

Keep calm and throw clay

Create one-of-a-kind homewares for your own abode, or to gift to family and friends at these local wheel-throwing destinations. Mas & Miek Ceramic House now boast 2 studios in Newstead and Morningside and there's something for every clay lover. From their introduction to throwing workshop, to Friday night date night for lovers, weekend workshops and 6-week courses, the team will help you hone your skills at the pottery wheel.

Mitra Ceramic House in South Brisbane has workshops for all ages. Create your new favourite mug, make your own ceramic plant pot for your favourite house plant, or be proactive for the next birthday on your list and make the special someone something special.

Paint, sip and repeat

If you've got your drinks, there's an easel for you and your friends to explore your inner Picasso while having a laugh. In South Bank, there's Brisbane's Cork and Chroma who've paved the way for our city's paint and sip movement. 

Cross the river on a CityCat to Bulimba's Rosé Soirée, where you can take your BYO cheese platter and drinks and try your hand at painting wheelie cute creations, the City of Love, or immerse youself in the art of candle making. Rosé Soirée classes can also be found at Woolloongabba.

Inspiration abound

For more creative ways to spend your free time, check out our Brisbetter Explore page. 

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**This article was updated in March 2024.**

Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to plan a day out exploring Brisbane. Brisbane City Council disclaims any relationship with, or endorsement of, businesses featured in this article.

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