Once considered the exclusive domain of professional artists, painting and sculpture for the sake of your own pleasure and recreation is now within reach. Singapore’s many galleries and art academies offer workshops in painting and sculpting — focussing on specific techniques or inspired by the style and life of a particular era, movement or artist.
Art therapy is also becoming an increasingly popular activity for its emphasis on self-expression and freedom. Check out the websites of galleries and museums to keep up to date on such activities.
Crafts and Hobbies
Mug painting, T-shirt printing, pottery, scrapbooking and bookbinding are among many hobby crafts that are gaining popularity as fun stress-relievers or just a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
As a bonus, you generally get to take back something you’ve made in a single session — so if you’re a visitor to Singapore, you’ll have the perfect hand-made souvenir to bring home! Independent bookstores, hobby stores and craft shops often have bulletins which list workshop sessions.
Asian arts and crafts are a unique way to immerse yourself in a Singapore experience. Chinese calligraphy, for example, is an ancient tradition with complex principles and techniques. While it takes years to master, a workshop can give you a glimpse into this fascinating world.
Batik painting courses are also easily found in Singapore and, aside from giving you something beautiful to display in your home, are educational and fun ways for kids and adults to learn about this important cultural tradition.