5 ways to channel your inner creative in 2020

Always wanted to kickstart a creative side-hustle but “never had the time”? Well, here are five easy ways to channel your inner creative this summer while learning some new skills to take with you into the new decade.

Sit back and relax in a paint and sip class

End a stressful week or spend a day off learning to paint at a handful of Brisbane’s best ‘paint and sip’ workshops. The guided painting workshops will allow you to explore your creative side in a whole new way and we guarantee you’ll have fun doing it. Some businesses offering paint and sip classes at a variety of locations across the greater Brisbane region include: Cork & Chroma, Brush and Barrel, The Paint Bar, Life with Paint, Paint ‘n Pour and pop-up classes with The Blank Canvas.


Register for one of Class Bento’s creative workshops

From painting to pasta masterclasses to jewellery making workshops, Class Bento’s workshops cover it all. The online portal facilitates workshops run by businesses and individuals and connects them with their communities. It gives people of all skill levels living in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth an opportunity to learn a new skill while supporting local businesses. With such a vast selection of workshops, we’re sure there is something for everyone. For more information about specific workshops and to book click here.


Take up Latin dancing

It’s not too late to pick a New Year’s Resolution and we think this one is a stand-out. Spin your way into 2020 with this four-week long Introduction to Latin Dancing course at Dance Culture. The four-week long course will be guided by James Quinn-Hawtin – a certified, internationally experienced instructor. He will be joined by a handful of student volunteers who will help you in your first classes while you learn the ropes. Upon completion of the course, dancers will know the basics of Salsa and Bachata – two of the most popular Latin dance styles. By the end, you will no longer have two left feet – we are sure of it.

The course beginning Tuesday January 21 will run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday January 21, 8.30pm-9.30pm
  • Tuesday January 28, 8.30pm-9.30pm
  • Tuesday February 4, 8.30pm-9.30pm
  • Tuesday February 11, 8.30pm-9.30pm

Registrations essential. To enrol for this course click here.

Where: Dance Culture, 474 Ipswich Rd, Annerley.
NOTE: Ages 15+. Remember to bring a bottle of water and wear some comfortable clothes.

Register for a pottery class

It’s time to your hands dirty with the art of pottery this year. Whether you’re just a beginner or you’re more advanced in the craft, there are workshops on offer for you. Rather than just buying a regular mug, bowl or vase, now you can learn to make your very own by hand and it’ll be even more special every time you use it. Clayschool, The Ceramic Studio and Mas & Miek Ceramic House are some of the brilliant places in Brisbane that offer pottery workshops.


Put your green thumb to work

Are you a plant lover itching to merge your love for house plants and creativity into one? Well, at The Soul Pantry, you can put your green thumb to work and learn to make a terrarium, create a concrete planter for a succulent, practice flower arranging and much, much more. Their range of guided workshops will teach you all you need to know and you will be able to take home your brand new creation… made by you! The Soul Pantry in Stafford will reopen on Tuesday January 21 after being closed for the Christmas/New Year period. For more information about the workshops or to book click here or call (07) 3352 7777.

Jess is a journalist who grew up on the Sunshine Coast before relocating to Sydney to finish her final years of schooling and then returning to Brisbane for university. Her passions lay in food and drink, event and entertainment editorial pieces and she enjoys keeping up to date with all things Brisbane. She credits her dedication, passion and love for journalism to her time spent in Gladstone as a cadet journalist – what she considers her most valuable experience in the field to date. On her days off (which are rare) you will find her with an almond chai latte in one hand and a book in another while probably still answering her work emails