Think back to pre-school art classes: tie-dye t-shirts, finger painting, origami, paper weaving, and stamping with carved root vegetables – wasn’t that fun? Even as an adult, art can be very therapeutic – so let loose your inner Andy Warhol and make a masterpiece.
Here are a few places around the Klang Valley where you can sign up for classes to hone your skills in various art forms:
1. Photography at The Print Room KL
If the world is your canvas and the camera is your paintbrush, then The Print Room is your teacher and equipment bag rolled into one. Apart from offering services to photographers like the use of their dark room, film printing and hand printing services, and studio space, The Print Room also hosts film photography classes and workshops for both novice and experienced shutterbugs. Classes range from Intro to Black and White, Portrait, Photograms, Darkroom and more.
Address: 49, Lorong 16/9E, 46350, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 7931 2227
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 2pm – 7pm | Monday – Thursday & Public Holidays, by appointment
Rates: Equipment and services rates | Workshop and class rates
2. Pottery at Clay Expression
Working with clay can be therapeutic process. That satisfaction of seeing a completed piece of clay work you made with your own hands, wonky or not, is a feeling you won’t forget. Making art with clay is not as common since it requires bulky equipment (if you choose wheel throwing over hand sculpting) but Clay Expression has you covered.
They have pottery wheels and studio space available if you want to practise outside of class hours. They also have a kiln where you can fire your clay work, so you don’t need to use your own oven at home. Clay Expression offers classes for both children and adults.
Address: Lot 757, No.5 Block C, Jalan Subang 3, 47610 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 5888 9905
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Rates: They offer single lessons or packages, call for rates
3. Calligraphy at DC Calligraphy
Taking a step back from the infinite selection of fonts that are now available online, DC Calligraphy is offering us modern humans the chance to wind down and connect to the days of hand-written letters and books laced with intricate calligraphy.
The art of penmanship is slowly resurrecting itself with more and more people loving handmade cards with an inimitable personal touch. You can sign up for a beginners’ calligraphy workshop at DC Calligraphy to make sure your next hand-made Valentine’s day card looks as beautiful as the person you’re sending it to.
Also check out KLigraphy for more classes on calligraphy and watercolour calligraphy
4. Jewellery-making at Jewelz
There are a few different jewellery making classes at Jewelz from lampworking to beading, silversmithing, and art clay silver. Lampwork is the art of making glass beads, and Jewelz offers classes on three levels for RM480 per level. If you prefer silver work jewellery, they offer four levels of classes while the bead working workshop comes in seven different levels ranging from beginner to master.
Address: D-0-6 Plaza Damas, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6201 3220
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Rates: From RM400
5. Silkscreen printing at Raksasa Print
Run by an artist, Raksasa Print is a studio that offer printing services as well as classes on silkscreen printing to anyone willing to learn. The silkscreen course spans six hours, taught in two three-hour blocks. Throughout the course, you’ll be taught the entire process involved in silkscreen printing from preparing the screen to printing the image. You’ll end up with at least one print on paper and another on fabric. If you have any unfinished projects, you can finish up during their open studio hours.
6. Batik painting at myBatik, Yayasan Seni
Batik is a traditional fabric painting technique native to this region. At Yayasan Seni in KL, offers a number of different Batik related art classes from an introductory lesson to colouring and waxing to block printing. They also offer other art courses like tie-dye and latte art.
The batik classes on offer can be bought online and they provide all the materials you’ll need to create your own masterpiece. There are a number of different packages to choose from, so you can even bring your entire family for a batik painting class.
Address: Yayasan Seni, 333, Persiaran Ricthie off Jalan Ritchie, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6012 388 7343 or +6016 2203 190 (for workshop booking)
Hours: Daily, 8am – 5pm
Rates: From RM50
7. Watercolour painting at Stickerrific
Watercolour paintings then to have an almost fairytale look to them, the soft colours blending into each other, creating emotive scenes. Working with watercolour can be challenging but with a little patience and guidance, you can start creating your own little works of art, whether it’s a hand-made birthday card or a giant wall poster. Stickerrific offers basic watercolour classes as well as brush calligraphy classes.
Address: 83-1.2, Level 1, The Square Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 7495 5963
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm – 7pm
Rates: From RM150
8. Acrylic and oil painting at The Studio at KL
Conducting only small classes, this lesson is a hands-on experience, with student painting together with teacher nearby to give guidance and advice. You can choose to paint with either acrylic or oil paints, and they have materials for you to buy if you’re doing this for the first time.
The Studio at KL also allows you to store your materials and canvas at the studio instead of having to haul it back home – convenience for the win. They also hold art jamming sessions where painters can come together for three hours of free and easy painting.
Address: D1 – G4 – 09, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6211 0177 / +603 6211 3840
Rates: RM 510 + RM 50 registration (not including materials) for four 3 hour classes | RM130 for 3 hour art jamming
If you’re looking to explore a few different types of arts and crafts, these next two places offer a variety of creative classes for people of all ages and interest.
9. The Craft Crowd
Each month, The Craft Crowd hosts a number of creative workshops, all priced at RM180 per person (inclusive of materials and lunch). They’ve organised classes such as candle making, painting, flower arrangements, jewellery making and even modern macramé, the art of making textiles using knotting instead of weaving or knitting.
10. The Artsy Craftsy
The Artsy Craftsy offers classes and session by appointment. Some classes you can take there are fabric painting, journalling, henna, dreamcatcher weaving, or product photography. You can also book watercolour parties for a fun time with a group of friends. They also have monthly weekend classes scheduled if you want to get crafty on your day off.
11. Shibori at Batik Boutique
Shibori is a fabric dyeing technique similar to tie dye. It requires knotting or clamping a piece of fabric to produce irregular and fun patterns when its dyed. For shibori, there are infinite ways to bind, twist, stich, fold, and compress a piece of fabric, each producing unique patterns. The workshop at Batik Boutique will include lessons on deveral different shibori techniques and you’ll be able to leave with your own unique textile. Batik Botique also offers classes in Batik and natural dyes.
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Time to get creative – and get creating!