Pick up a New Skill: Workshops in Hong Kong

Nana Team
6 July, 2020

Let’s get creative! From getting your hands dirty at pottery workshops and art jamming with your kids to making your own jewellery or succulent arrangement, get some hands-on action at these workshops in Hong Kong. If those endless weekends of brunching and beaching (as great as they are!) aren’t exactly making you feel fulfilled, why not step outside of your comfort zone and try your hand at a new activity or hobby? You might learn a new skill, discover a new talent or even end up making new friends. 

Pottery Workshops at Waka Artisans 

Pottery is catching on in Hong Kong – after all, few other activities are as therapeutic as pottery. Think about the hum of the potter’s wheel, the soothing texture of wet clay and the fact that you get to bring home something you made with your own hands. 

Waka Artisans hold a range of pottery workshops regularly in their shop at PMQ, the art and design hub of Hong Kong, where participants are surrounded by the beautiful works of Japanese artists! Inspired by the sophistication and simplicity of Japanese design and culture, it takes around 1-1.5 hours to create a piece of work. 

Workshops include making sake cups, mugs or vases, and are taught with a Japanese pottery technique. Once the work is completed, each participant will have a selection of glaze colours to choose from. Then, every piece will be glazed and fired by a professional ceramicist. 

Waka Artisans; PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, S110, 1/F, Block A, Central; +852 6875 1961; Pottery Workshop between HKD480-580 

Flower & Succulent Arrangement Workshops at Bydeau 

Embrace flower power by joining in Bydeau’s arranging workshops whichteach basics of the techniques, tools and designs of making beautiful flower arrangements. In this one-hour workshop, you will learn about the usage of different kinds of seasonal cut flowersand foliage. 

For those who are yearning to bring a little greenery to your workspaces but don’t have much room, check out the succulent workshops that’ll give you a little zen garden. Succulents are so trendy, and we love them as housewarming gifts. We don’t think you can come across a home magazine without seeing succulents these days! 

One thing that usually keeps us all from being crafty is the research, preparation and measurements – but with these workshops where the supplies are taken care of – all you have to do is get creative. The workshop includes the pot, plants and the soil or rock. All in all, a great alternative to fresh-cut flowers! 

Bydeau; 53 Wellington Street, Central; +852 5525 0037; Flower & Succulent Arrangement Workshop between HKD500-600

Art Jamming Workshops at Nature Discovery Park 

Get your visual vibes on at K11 MUSEA’s creative Art Jamming sessions.So inspirational and influential has the role of art become in Hong Kong that the city’s cultural-retail destination—K11 MUSEA—is offering a raft of opportunities for art aficionados to get their creativity on with family and friends.

Merge your passion for art and your love for nature with Nature Art Jam at the Park, which includes a guided tour to discover native and exotic plant species as well as components from the earth, sky and sea at Hong Kong’s first urban biodiversity museum, Nature Discovery Park. Treating the park as a studio, art lovers can take inspiration from the verdant surroundings to create your own nature art.

This package includes one canvas, one set of paintbrushes, one set of acrylic colours, one palette and an apron. Art isn’t always high-brow, especially not at this judgement-free outdoor studio, where you can spend hours dipping paint brushes, smearing blobs of paint on a canvas and creating a masterpiece that you’ll be proud to call your own.

Nature Discovery Park; 8/F K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury, 8/F, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 6398 9372; Nature Art Jam Workshop at HKD200 

Jewellery Making Workshops at L’cole Asia Pacific

Based at Hong Kong’s K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui, L’École Asia Pacific offers jewellery enthusiasts the chance to learn the tricks of the trade straight from historic Parisian maison Van Cleef & Arpels. The workshop allows participants to don a jeweller’s coat while experimenting with craftsmanship and manipulating materials and tools.

Split across the specialised areas “savoir faire”, the “art history of jewellery” and the “universe of gemstones”, sessions are guided by at least two experts at a time. Depending on your area of interest, you could choose sculpting a wax model of a butterfly jewel or mastering the art of stone-setting on a silver mounting. The sessions last for two to four hours. 

L’École also offers a playful and engaging educational experience for children who want to explore the richness of these creative professions. Their series of classes are available on an à la carte basis. No prerequisite of education or skills is needed, only curiosity! 

L’ecole Asia-Pacific; K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, 5/F, Unit 510A, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2653 0030; Jewellery Making Workshops between HKD250-2,000

Glass Blowing Workshops at Glazden 

Glassblowing is a fascinating art, as veteran glass artist Zimon Chow can attest to. At her studio, Glazden, she puts molten glass on one end of a blowpipe and blows through it to create a bubble, manipulating the glass into a languid shape. 

You will learn how to blow into the blowpipe, turn the pipe with hot glass on the end and how to sculp the molten hot glass. You’ll experience touching and shaping hot glass with special tools, which have remained unchanged for over a thousand years!You will also blow and shape playful bubbles while incorporating colour, pattern and texture.

Pick from a Bohemia Crystal Rose, Christmas ornament or cup making class. Whatever you make, you can bring home your creation as a souvenir for use, to put on display or better yet, as a thoughtful handmade gift! 

Glazden; 23 Sau Wa Fong, G/F, Wan Chai; +852 9133 2698; Glass Blowing Workshop at HKD500

Comedy Workshops at The Riff 

For those of you who want to see if they have what it takes to get up in front of an audience, The Riff is offering comedy workshops taught by three of Hong Kong’s top stand-ups – Andy Curtain, Vivek Mahbubani and Ben Quinlan. Featuring a 150-seat comedy showroom, a retro-style speakeasy bar and a terrace with views over Central, The Riff not only offers a roster of big-name comedians but also aims to foster local talent. 

The workshop focuses on developing content, struc­turing material and mastering delivery, says Curtain, an established stand-up who will lead one of the two-hour sessions. Participants will learn the fundamentals of comedy, the tools of stage craft, attend guided open mics and can attend a graduation show.

We bet many Hongkongers would agree that we could all use a good laugh right about now; and The Riff comedy club’s workshops offer the perfect antidote to serious times! 

The Riff; California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, 8/F, Central; +852 6932 4675; Comedy Workshopat HKD1,500

Personal Fragrance Profiling Workshops at Intime Artisan de Parfum

Forget about buying a scent off the shelves, instead, create bespoke perfumes at Intime Artisan de Parfum. Tucked away above the bustling bars of Knutsford Terrace, certified aromatherapist Angel Cheung delves into the world of perfume-making in her gorgeous studio where fragrance lovers can sniff their way through an impressive collection of 170 ingredients. 

In 45 minutes, you will receive a personal fragrance profiling experience. As you sample fragrances, ask yourself: Is it citrus, floral or woody scents that draw out your favourite memories? What smells comfort or excite you? Angel will draw on your responses and reactions to find the distinctive scents and notes that define you. 

After a revealing session at the studio of Intime Artisan de Parfum, we’ve come to realise that personality has a huge role to play in the perfumes we choose to wear. Now it’s your turn to find a scent that’s truly yours! 

Intime Artisan de Parfum; 903 Koon Fook Centre, 9 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 9782 1237; Personal Fragrance Profiling Workshopat HKD680 

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