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Kick-start your creativity in 2021

April 26, 2021

Henri Matisse once said “creativity takes courage,” and we couldn’t agree more. If you’ve always dreamed of discovering your inner-artist but needed a nudge to get the ball rolling – we’re here to help.


The Gold Coast is fast becoming a melting pot of opportunity for creatives of all skill levels. So, to help kick-start your next artistic adventure, we’ve rounded up the best creative workshops across the Gold Coast. Whether you’ve always dreamed of learning how to paint, sculpt, photograph, or design your own jewellery – now’s the time to make it happen.

Take On A Blank Canvas

Gold Coast Art School | Southport
Let’s start with the basics – painting and drawing. Gold Coast Art School is here to help teach you the skills to create your own masterpiece. With over 25 years of experience, they are considered one of the leading art schools in Queensland and teach students of all levels. Enrol in a workshop or drop in on one of their open classes – you’ll be on your way to becoming your own Monet in no time.


Sip ‘n’ Paint classes
Sometimes a little bit of wine helps get the creative juices flowing. Surfers Paradise’s Brush and Barrel and Pinot & Picasso (Southport and Palm Beach) totally understand this. Instead of raising your glass to a night out clubbing, raise your glass to sip and paint. You can literally bush off the stress as you paint, laugh and create different kinds of messy memories with your mates.


Sweet Fine Artist Studio | Mermaid Beach
Looking for a place to completely relax, create and paint? Sweet Fine Artist Studio in Mermaid may be calling your name. No formal artistic experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Try one of their weekly Tuesday evening art society classes and create whatever you want. If you prefer a bit of guidance you can also try their 8 week beginner’s painting course. They also offer life drawing.


The Sweet Fine Artist Studio – life drawing
The HIVE Art Gallery and Studio
Pinot and Picasso Palm Beach

Life With Paint | Surfers Paradise
If you prefer to colour outside the lines, Life With Paint is for you. You can lose the lecture and scratch the structure with their weekly group painting classes from $65. Grab a friend, a glass of wine and join in on the fun of creative expression. Once you’re all done, you can come home with your very own masterpiece to remind you of a memorable evening.


Mint Art House | Miami
Home to 14 local artists, Mint Art House is a collaborative studio that hosts artist-run workshops for the Gold Coast community. Mint Art house offers a range of artistic workshops from screen printing, to meditation, and ceramics. Each workshop is hosted by a local artist – so you’re supporting the industry and getting crafty at the same time.


The HIVE Gallery | Burleigh Heads
The HIVE is an artist-run studio, gallery and art space. Built to encourage inclusivity and creativity The HIVE offers workshops from coloured pencil master classes to Italian Fresco Painting demonstrations. The HIVE Gallery supports local, interstate and international emerging and established artists, so you can take a walk through their gallery to help get inspired.



Enjoy A Crafternoon

The Craft Parlour | Miami
Creative workshops
Get crafty and creative in Miami’s Craft Parlour. With so many workshops to choose from – from cake designing, resin jewellery, botanical embroidery, candle making, kokedama – there really is something for everyone. Craft Parlour also provides fun crafty workshops for bridal showers and children too.


POT Studios | Tugun
Pottery workshops
POT studios are focused on coaching people to create handmade pottery homewares through unique shared experiences in their studio. They offer a range of workshops where you can create handmade pottery homewares under the guidance of Cindy Hamrey – a pottery expert with a passion for helping others find their inner-creativity.


Jewellery Studio | Burleigh Heads
Jewellery making classes
Ever wondered how some of your favourite pieces of jewellery are made? Now you can find out at this popular Burleigh Heads Jewellery Studio. Find out how to make your new favourite bracelet, necklace, pendant or ring. Take that Tiffany – time to gift yourself or someone else with something made with love.


POT Studios
The Craft Parlour – dried flower embroidery
Miss Moneypenny’s mixology masterclass

Thinking Hands Studios | Burleigh Heads
Jewellery making, sculpture and woodwork workshops
The beauty of getting creative is that it can be expressed in so many different mediums. You can learn woodwork, jewellery making and sculpture all at Thinking Hands Studio. All classes come fully equipped with a very wide variety of tools to maximise your creativity. You can also meet other local creatives from many different backgrounds – all ages are welcome.


Miss Moneypenny’s | Broadbeach
Cocktail mixology classes
Have you ever wanted to impress the crew by throwing together an elegant cocktail at the drop of a hat? Now’s your chance to master the craft of mixology with your friends at one of Miss Moneypenny’s private classes. Ben Walsh, multi-award winning international mixologist and owner of Miss Moneypenny’s, offers this unique opportunity to delve into the wonderful world of cocktails. Enjoy learning the tricks of the trade, understand the science of the spirits, and delve into the history and stories behind some of the world’s most famous cocktails.


Clean Beauty Market | Burleigh Heads
Makeup lessons
Looking for some guidance on your daily cosmetics routine? Our makeup lessons are a great way to discover natural products and makeup application techniques based on your skin type, needs and concerns. Take a seat and let our makeup artists help you look and feel your very best!



Get Snapping

Gold Coast Photography Courses
Ready to view 2020 through a different lens? Maybe it’s time to slow down and capture the perfect moment in time. Discover the basics of photography, how to capture a perfect sunrise, sunset and more. With over 30 years of experience in photography, Photoshop and teaching, Paul Swan, Founder of Gold Coast Photography offers hands-on lessons to expedite your development.


The Photo Coach
Photo Coach Founder and award-winning photographer, Tim Marsden runs a four week digital photography workshop which will teach you how to shoot some impressive photos on both manual and automatic settings. His workshops are perfect for beginners and intermediates who are looking to up their skill level. With extensive experience in shooting for print media, Tim has many tricks of the trade he will share with you, so you’ll be snapping like a pro in no time.


Photo: Bailey Mahon
Photo Coach, Tim Marsden
Photo: Mike Baker

Thurtell Photography | Southport
If you want to learn how to capture the perfect portrait, action shot, natural landscape or divine interior, Thurtell Photography can help. Get hands-on advice in on one of their Southport workshops. Plus you can get the inside scoop on how to make it in the photography industry from founder, Andrew Thurtell, whose work has been featured on campaigns from Ferrari to Airbnb.


Blue Dog
According to Blue Dog, photography is, “The art of drawing with light.” If you’re keen to combine this creative outlet with some adventure around the city, check out their Gold Coast at Dusk photography courses. These hands-on courses vary around Burleigh, Currumbin and the hinterland. You can also learn more about digital photography, wedding photography and how to take portrait photos.



Tune In

Gold Coast Sound City Music Education | Oxenford
There’s no shortage of instruments to learn at the Gold Coast Sound City Music Education. From drums, guitar, piano, bass and keyboard to the violin, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone and all things singing and song writing, they’ve got you covered. Learn from the 16 professional teachers through a class at their Oxenford studio – before you know it, you’ll be starting creative collaborations with other students too.


Gold Coast School of Guitar | Carrara
Already mastered ‘Smoke on the water’ and ready to take your guitar skills to the next level? Say hello to the Gold Coast School of Guitar. Offering personalised lessons for aspiring guitarists of all skill levels, you can try your hand at acoustic, electric or bass guitar. Better yet, your first lesson is complementary #winning.


Amy Shark live at Gold Coast Music Awards 2017. Photo credit: Nadia Achilles

Gold Coast Arts Academy | Broadbeach Waters
Ready to turn your Glee daydream into reality? Now you can with The Gold Coast Arts Academy, known for putting together some of the city’s most talented ensembles. With more than a decade of experience, this academy has also built up a strong reputation for their lessons on music, singing, drama and visual arts.


Nightingale Music School | Parkwood
What do Bob Dylan and Beyoncé have in common? They sing and write their own songs and they definitely march to the beat of their own drum. If this sounds familiar, maybe it’s time to create your own sound. Get one-on-one guidance on singing, piano, guitar, drums, music production and song writing from the Nightingale Music School. Your first lesson is free, so you have nothing to lose.