15 places and workshops in Singapore to unleash your inner artist

by Vivian Ng

Poster colour paints? Check. Wax paintings? Check. Graffiti? Check (legally, of course). If you’re an artistic soul, you may have had a hard time finding the right medium for creative expression in Singapore.

Whether you’re wild at heart or a sophisticated artist, you’re bound to find something that’s right up your alley among this list of unconventional places and speciality art workshops. You know what they say—a little art goes a long, long way (or so I’ve been told).

1. Splat Paint House – Art jamming with paint

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While flinging paint at a wall may not be everyone’s idea of art, there is undoubtedly beauty in motion, as one creates chaotic streaks across studio walls and canvases. As sweeping motions are hard to replicate, you can be sure that every art piece created via this medium is one of a kind.

When you enter Splat Paint House’s studio, a set of paint, alongside all the tools and protective equipment you could possibly need are provided for the art jamming session.

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Painting equipment includes squirt bottles, water guns, syringes, straws, ice cream sticks, and regular paintbrushes. Artists who prefer controlled art with carefully planned strokes are more than welcome to do so — there are no limitations to creative expression in the studio.

If you’re a fan of music, parties, and UV lights, check out Splat Paint House’s Splat After Dark: UV Edition parties where you get to light up the studio with UV paints, vibing to the beat of contemporary music.

Do note that visits are only on an appointment basis, so make sure you snag a reservation slot before heading down.

Book here.

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???? 207A Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574346

2. Make Your Own – DIY neon signs

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Make Your Own is an art studio with a focus on the concept of Mixed Media art. It allows you to create your very own neon signs on painted canvas under the guidance of experienced trainers.

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At the end of the 2 hours long session, you will learn how to twist and twirl these flexible neon LED light strips to form your ideal text or quote, which will then be carefully mounted on top of your painted canvas.

The workshop session comes with a complimentary art jamming project kit, consisting of a 30cm acrylic paint canvas, LED strip of your choice, and handy templates.

This also makes for a cute gifting idea. Don’t miss the golden opportunity to top it off with a cheesy handwritten card that read, “You light up my world”!

A gentle reminder that this public workshop is strictly appointment based. Do check back on their website as availability is subject to the trainer’s confirmation. Otherwise, virtual workshops and DIY kits can also be arranged.

Make an appointment via their email here.

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???? Blk 4 Upper Aljunied Lane, #01-06, Singapore 360004
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3. Hueplay Studio – Punch needle embroidery

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While punch needling isn’t a foreign concept to many, Hueplay Studio gives it a much-welcome twist by allowing participants to create highly textured decor and coaster works. This enhances the regular craft of traditional punch needle embroidery which has a more leveled surface.

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If this tickles your fancy but you’re stumped due to the lack of punch needling experience, you’d be thrilled to know that this workshop is beginner-friendly, where you’ll be guided by patient, professionally trained instructors.

There’s never a dull moment as you sit through intriguing and interactive tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions. In addition, you can opt to buy take-home punch needle kits for future DIY refresher courses.

If you’re thinking about trying this out, we recommend just giving it a go! But before you head down, make sure you reserve a slot online.

Book here.

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???? 183 Jln Pelikat, #B1-82/83 The Promenade @ Pelikat, Singapore 537643

4. Kamal Arts Ltd Workshop – Batik painting

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If you’d much prefer to introduce some traditional elements to your art, Kamal Arts Ltd has something in store for you.

This hidden gem is a visual arts and teaching facility tucked away at Geylang Serai. The founder and trainer of this batik painting workshop has attained an array of accolades including a notable MA Contemporary Practice from the University of Huddersfield for his thesis: ‘Innovating Tradition – Batik Painting in Contemporary Art Practice’.

With 27 years of cumulative teaching experience, he ensures that all students are being looked out for. In this workshop, you will learn the skills of batik painting ranging from basic to intermediate levels. Rest assured that all materials will be provided, so all you have to do is let your creative juices flow.

To check out their classes and services, click here. Do ring them up at 6344 3369 to pre-reserve a slot as classes are held on an appointment basis.

???? Wisma Geylang Serai, 1 Engku Aman Turn, #04-05/06, Singapore 408528

5. Crafts for Green – Terrarium workshop

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Among this list sits a crafty workshop that favours plant lovers like myself. Scoop up a handful of pebbles, doll up your terrarium, and watch your little plant friends thrive!

There is something extremely satisfying about planting these tiny succulents’ roots under the soil, then filling the glass dome with adorable decorations.

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Looking for variety? This workshop also offers a varying range of classes, from dried flowers and globe terrarium workshops, to bigger projects like large rectangular tank mossariums.

The smaller terrariums make cute and dainty gifts, so you can consider saving one aside to honour an unbeLEAFable relationship. A gift made in the Succulent/cacti Terrarium workshop could make a subtle hint that you’re ready to take it from cactI to cactUS.

Book here.

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???? 41 Jalan Pemimpin, Kong Beng Industrial Building, Singapore 577186

6. Miss Petal & Bloom – Paper floral workshop

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Since we’re on the discussion of plants, why not consider creating flowers out of crepe paper? Mind you, this is no origami—every petal is delicately cut and individually sculpted to create an exuberant bloom.

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The crepe paper flower workshop by Miss Petal & Bloom teaches you how to create intricate floral designs such as simple peony, coral charm peony, closed peony, and rose.

Access their library of free online content, or book a private and personalised workshop session to learn in a more intimate setting. Individuals can choose to have these private sessions from the comfort of their own home or from Miss Petal & Bloom’s home studio at Beauty World.

Get funky with your designs; we challenge you to think outside the box and design a bouquet from scratch!

Book here.

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7. Botany Studio – Floral arrangement

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Not a fan of fake flowers? Try arranging some real ones instead. Stringing a bouquet is no easy feat when there are so many options of flowers to choose from. Beginners like myself would definitely need detailed instruction to make a bunch of seasonal flowers look enticing.

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Learn useful floral arrangement techniques at Botany Studio utilising design principles in floristry to make your designs pop. Demonstration, guidance, and feedback are all within reach, ensuring a rewarding and productive session.

Attend a session with passionate instructors that will impart knowledge on how to design hand-tied bouquets, preserved floral jars, basket arrangements, and more.

If the idea of Floral Jamming appeals to you, they organise monthly sessions for DIY floral arrangement and small-batch purchases at the Floral Bar. Do take note that the workshop is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Book here.

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???? 2 Pereira Road #03-02A, Singapore 368024

8. Tinkle Arts Pte Ltd – Clay miniature workshop

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Croissants, curry puffs, kimchi, and kueh lapis-–these are the items you can expect to construct out of a soft, fluid piece of clay at Tinkle Arts.

Tinkle Arts is a social enterprise that has partnered up with MINDS, organising workshops and events for miniature clay designs, including adorable creations like mini brooches and magnets.

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While these complex 1:12 scale miniature clay designs may appear daunting , you’d be pleased to know that all materials and tools are supplied. This means that you’ll be able to craft out smaller details with the help of specialised equipment, instead of fussing and getting unduly frustrated over the little intricacies.

If you’re keen on joining them for a miniature clay jamming session, you can buy their E-voucher which is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Workshops have to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance as projects require prior planning and discussion.

Buy here.

If you wish to support their cause, you can browse through their miniature designs, sculpting tools, and equipment here.

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???? 800 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149310

9. Atelier Lodge – Leather crafting 

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Atelier Lodge teaches leather craftsmanship to beginners, and refines the existing skills of experienced individuals.

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Be spoiled by their library of courses and be astounded at the versatility of leather. Aside from sewing basic pouches and wallets, you’ll also be able to create durable leather bags and straps.

Pick a workshop between Basic or Intermediate Leathercraft categories and book a class—this grants access to top quality leather, hand stitching thread, and crafting tools. “Craft-It-Yourself” kits are also available for students who want to practice in their free time from the comfort of their own homes.

Book here.

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???? 46 Lorong 17 Geylang, #05-03, Singapore 388568

10. Room to Imagine – Resin and acrylic pour art

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Room To Imagine is a haven for creatives, giving them the opportunity to come together and experiment with materials.

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The resin and acrylic paint lessons available in their workshops will boggle your mind. Try recreating the famous The Starry Night by Van Gogh using resin on art platters, or even on the surface of a coffee table—a perfect example of practicality and modern design comng together.

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For purveyors of paints and abstract artwork, acrylic pour art should be no foreign concept. You can look forward to designing pieces like a crystal cheeseboard and even a fully functional clock. Alternatives like acrylic pour coasters and dishes workshops are also available.

You can expect fully personalised guidance from instructors in a cozy studio environment when you sign up for any of their workshops. No experience or prior background in art is required —all you need is your imagination.

Book here.

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???? 395 Jalan Besar, #04-01, Singapore 209006a

11. Souldeelight Design Studio – Watercolour and calligraphy

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Ever wanted to learn the art of painting florals and foliage? In need of an inspirational quote to inject positivity into your surroundings? If you’ve got an eye for the aesthetic, turn to typography, an exceedingly popular medium used by modern artists.

Driven by her love of letterforms, the founder of Souldeelight Design Studio has been offering watercolour and calligraphy workshops since 2014. The studio has even been featured by the Singapore Tourism Board as part of the “Passion Made Possible” campaign.

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Artists can take their pick from modern, brush, or copperplate calligraphy, or attend a loose floral watercolour class. All necessary materials and guidance will be provided, enabling you to focus on mastering your chosen technique. Let your brushstrokes tell a story as you design a pretty piece worth putting on display.

Virtual classes and private sessions can be arranged, but the limited slots tend to get snapped up quickly.

Book here.

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???? 19B Hillview Avenue, Singapore 669555

12. Fantasium Group – Painting in virtual reality

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For the polar opposite tech-geeks and futuristic individuals who want to try out something new, immersive art is the thing for you.

Fantasium Group is a roving company that incorporates its technology with art shows, exhibits, and private and corporate events. You may have seen some of their works at Voilah! Festival and Singapore Art Week 2020.

Unleash your limitless creative freedom as you explore the immersive VR world, where you can freely paint and experiment with texture brushes in 3D virtual reality. Fantasium Group’s Fantastical Art and VR Storytelling workshops serve as a fun educational tool, being suited to families and students. Personal and corporate events can also be arranged.

Visit their website to find out more.

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???? 43A Beach Rd, Evershine & Century Complex Level 2, Singapore 189681

13. Sense of Arts – Floral press workshop

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What do you do with Valentine’s Day bouquets that have passed their ‘fresh-by’ date? How about turning them into bookmarks?

Sense of Arts’ Community Pressed Flowers Project is a joint collaboration with Family Service Center, which empowers needy families, mothers with care-giving issues, as well as individuals with disabilities by giving them supplemental income opportunities through organising these flower print workshops.

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These workshops are tailored for beginners, walking you through the theory of flower pressing and the basics of curating your very own pressed flower designs. You can choose to decorate a bookmark or the cover of a notebook in this 2-hour workshop with recycled, real flowers.

Remember those bouquets we mentioned earlier? I’m sure the trainers would not mind their students having an extra selection of flowers to work on. So bring them along if you have a bouquet lying around.

If art jamming with a social cause sounds appealing to you, don’t hesitate to sign up for their workshop. You can also support them by purchasing their DIY kits to work on your masterpiece from home.

Book here.

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???? 10 Anson Road, International Plaza, #27-15, Singapore 079903 (Office)
Tel: 9645 5417

 14. Goodman Glass Studio – Fused glass art

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You may have seen folks on Netflix melting pieces of coloured glass, subsequently turning them into beautiful plates and jars. While those may seem all too foreign, did you know that you can learn those skills in Singapore as well?

Goodman Glass Studio is a unique studio that teaches regular people like you and me how to design creative fused glass art. For those who are open to this unique experience, the studio offers exploration classes, enabling you to access a diverse range of glass pieces that can be fused into artistic mosaics.

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Have we mentioned that there will be no paint in these classes? Yes, you read it right—100% glass. Gradients and colours are created using fragments and finely ground pieces of glass, which will then be fused into a stunning piece of glasswork. Like any true craftsman, you will be equipped with specialised equipment and machines.

For those who want to delve deeper into this form of traditional art, the studio has a detailed outline of courses that are recommended for students of different skill levels. Professional guidance will also be provided by specialists, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Book here.

???? 90 Goodman Road, Block F&G, #01-37, Singapore 439053

15. Concrete Everything – Concrete art

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It’s the same concept as Goodman Glass Studio, but with concrete—this is a less fragile version which offers just as much vibrancy and excitement.

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Concrete Everything is a workshop that embraces experimentation with colours, materials and mediums. Over the years, they have expanded their concept to include fun materials such as jesmonite and resin.

Marbled coasters, marbled trays, galaxy terrazzo clocks, desk lamps, and green planters are some pieces you can choose to create. If you’ve got a concrete plan to create something from scratch, this workshop is for you.

Book here.

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???? 37 Jln Pemimpin, MAPEX Building, #03-10, Singapore 577177

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