Brisbane's best creative classes

If you spent the best part of 2020 tending to your sourdough starter or launching an Etsy-side hustle, it's time to emerge from your creative cocoon with this wrap of some of Brisbane's best creative classes and workshops.

From the theatre to the circus, brush strokes to crochet, we've got an inspiring and crafty selection for everyone to embrace their inner cool and creative self.

That's showbiz!

For budding actors chasing the spotlight, Brisbane Arts Theatre encourages your tweens and teens to foster their talent with creative or performing arts workshops for 8-17-year-olds. If you've always regretted never acting in a school play or scratching your acting itch, there are adult musical theatre workshops also on offer, taking you behind the curtain on voice, movement, and acting training.

With eight locations around Brisbane, Fame Theatre Company gives the stars of tomorrow the chance to embrace the performing arts. If the Big Top is where you have dreams to be, 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 and your little one!

Fame Theatre Company

Let's dance

Dial-up your endorphins with a community dance class at Queensland Ballet. For 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, want a different paced workout, or your 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.

Get crafty

Feeling the call of creative inspiration, but not sure what sparks the most joy? No worries. The team at Work-Shop Brisbane have a range of classes from resin jewellery making to cheese making, natural soap making, tea blending, and so much more. Neighbours artisan let you explore your artistic merit in all its glory with spoon carving, punch-needling, and sensory ink mark marking workshops to name a few!

Work-Shop Brisbane

Make your own acrylic earrings, or a house plant you can't kill from felt in Forge Forward's creative hub at Ann street, Fortitude Valley. If crochet, sewing and embroidery spark craft-spiration within, take a trip northside to Everton Park's Nest Community. Focusing on the social connection brought about by community workshops, this is a place to introduce yourself to new friends, as well as 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, join the Kenmore craft group, or lean into the simple sophistication of still life drawing with our amateur art program.

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. From their introduction to throwing workshop to a six-week tableware course for budding clay masters, the team at Mas & Miek Ceramic House in the industrial backstreets of Newstead have created the perfect space for you to hone your skills at the (pottery wheel). If you're more into a freestyle vibe, Dabbler Studio's introduction to handbuilding courses might be for you. Northsiders, Mitra Ceramic House in Kedron has workshops for kids (aged 8-12 years), cup and mug making, or make a plant pot for your favourite house plant.

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 and West End, 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 Rose Soiree, where you, your BYO cheese platter and drinks, can try your hand at painting fruit bowls, and florals.

Inspiration abound

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