DIY in Singapore: Crafty Classes Designed for the Time-Starved Business Traveller
The maker and craft culture is taking Singapore by storm. More hobbyists are keen on learning new handicraft skills, and this has resulted in a healthy explosion of experienced local artisans sharing their sought-after expertise. If you’re planning an incentive trip and looking for something a little different to put on your agenda, why not look into team bonding at one of these workshops? Let your employees try their hand at a new skill, get to know one another better, and take home a memento of their own creation.
At leather crafting workshops, you will learn the basic skills of cutting and stitching the tough material. Start small with a passport or name card holder you can put together in under three hours. Feeling ambitious? With more time, you can create a satchel á la Indiana Jones.
Atelier Lodge and Bynd Artisan schedule classes on weekends with prior bookings. Aside from the standard fare, such as small accessories, name card holders, wallets, notebook covers or bracelet straps, Maketh Project, which holds daily classes, recently partnered with Shoe Artistry to offer shoe-making workshops. At the end of the session, walk out with a pair of handcrafted leather shoes for babies, kids, or adults.
Depending on classes, can accommodate up to 30 people. There is an option of stamping the company logo on the leather materials for a fee.
Bynd Artisan (2 Locations)
Contact: 6475 1680 / 6267 5066
Can accommodate up to 30 people at each location.
Can accommodate up to 15 people at their workshop.
Can also accommodate up to 50 people at any venue of choice, with an added $200 fee for transport of the instructor, tools and materials.
Elevate your calligraphy skills with a crash course in the popular copperplate script, a technique requiring the use of a pointed nib to create thick and thin strokes with varying degrees of pressure.
Craft Varies offers classes subject to the calligrapher’s availability. In addition to the traditional style, The Letter J Supply and Soul Deelight offer workshops on brush calligraphy, where one uses a brush pen instead of a nib. Private and regularly scheduled classes are typically conducted on weekends.
Can accommodate up to 12 people.
The Letter J Supply
Can accommodate up to 13 people.
Cement need not be a cold, hard slab, devoid of any aesthetic value. When intricately moulded, you can create a variety of beautiful lamps, holders, planter pots and any other practical or quirky handiwork you can design.
Desinere holds introductory classes with The General Co. where you learn to make clocks and mobile phone stands. Triple Eyelid, a design studio renowned for their bespoke upcycled pieces, also arranges concrete casting workshops. One of their more unique courses teaches you how to make LEGO brick-like concrete products.
Can accommodate up to 30 people.
Can accommodate up to 20 people.
Paint a picture of your travel experiences in a safe haven with other artistically inclined patrons. The activity’s popularity means that there are many dedicated art jamming studios located throughout the city. Museo provides all art materials, including canvas, paints, brushes, an apron, as well as a drink. Additionally, Art Jam Studio, Arteastiq, Cups N Canvas and My Art Space also partner with art tutors if you require more guidance to unleash your inner Picasso or Monet.
Contact: 6734 8066
Art jam session can accommodate up to 60 people – but requires minimum spending for use of the restaurant space.
Art Jam Studio
Contact: 6655 2811, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arteastiq (3 locations)
Contact: 6235 8705 / 6336 0952 / 6763 4755
Cups N Canvas
Contact: 6884 6855, email@example.com
Can accommodate up to 10 people with easels, or up to 20 people if canvases are propped on tables.
My Art Space
Contact: 6222 1662, firstname.lastname@example.org