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Kick Start Your Creativity in 2020

Alex Luck | January 2020

We’re roaring into the 20s with a collaboration of workshops and classes to help re-ignite your passion for creativity. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to sing, create or paint your heart out.

Don’t consider yourself the arty type? You’re bound to uncover talents you didn’t even know you had with these creative workshops. Dabble your hand in everything from art classes, music, photography to craft.

Fill a blank canvas 

Gold Coast Art School
What better way to kick start your creativity with something like painting or drawing? Learn how to develop these skills and create your own masterpiece at Gold Coast Art School. 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. At $40 per session, you’ll be on your way to making creating your own Monet.

Art Table
Looking for a creative escape with fellow free spirits? Art Table may have just what you need. Choose from their popular classes on drawing, acrylic painting, watercolour and oil painting, all starting at $33 per class. If your schedule is a bit hectic, check out their weekend workshops from $185, giving you one-on-one guidance all day from their expert teachers.

Brush and Barrel
Sometimes a little bit of wine helps get the creative juices flowing. Surfers Paradise Brush and Barrel totally understands this, which is why they created an art studio open for everyone at any level. 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 some fun memories with your mates.

Sweet Fine Artist Studio
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.

HOTA Life Drawing
Sometimes it’s good to surrender to your surroundings in order to get creative. On the second Thursday of every month, you can join in on HOTA’s life drawing class from 6:30 – 9:00 pm for $25. In addition to live music, a muse and basic materials, you can also enjoy light refreshments provided to kick start your creativity. Please note that life drawings contain nudity and adult themes.

Life with paint
If 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. 

Tune in 

Gold Coast Sound City Music Education
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
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.

Gold Coast Arts Academy
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
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.


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.

Photo Coach
Sometimes being an adrenaline junkie isn’t a bad thing and capturing the action can be just as fun. Have a go at sports photography with Photo Coach Founder and award-winning photographer, Tim Marsden. He shares his expertise to students of all levels. You can also learn the basics of practical photography, events photography, how to capture night shots and use a light room.

Thurtell Photography
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.

Get Crafty

The Craft Parlour
Get crafty and creative in Miami’s Craft Parlour. You can learn quite a few things such as how to make resin jewellery or how to create colourful planters. Craft Parlour also provides fun crafty workshops for bridal showers and more. Sometimes a creative outlet plus some gal pals can make the coolest combo.

Jewellery Studio
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.

Thinking Hands Studios
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.

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