From sneaker customization to pottery, there are plenty of places you can go to get crafty right here in Toronto. If you’re looking to get out and explore your creative side, and maybe even pick up a new hobby, experiencing different creative workshops and classes is a great way to do so! Not only do they provide you with the proper tools to get the job done, but their knowledgeable staff will guide you through every step of the way. So you can leave with your very own masterpiece and a new set of skills!
Here are 7 different places to check out if you’re looking to get crafty in Toronto
Have you ever wanted to design your very own pair of custom sneakers? Well, at Mack House you can! The “Mack Special” allows you to have free rein in its fully equipped design studio for 2 full hours, for $95. A Mack Tech will be there throughout the entire experience to help guide you as needed, and there are a total of 6 customization stations to utilize to create your dream sneakers. Including prep, colour, texture, print, accessorize, and finish.
What started as a home kitchen-pottery studio to teach kids pottery after school has now blossomed into a full-on pottery studio with 2 locations in Toronto! One on Portland Street, and one on Dundas West. Clay With Me has various class options ranging from drop-ins to 4 and 8-week courses. The studio has wheel classes, hand-building classes, and paint-your-own pottery workshops.
Enjoy a snack and bevvy while you create at Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe! The studio provides its visitors with the opportunity to create art in a relaxing social environment with like-minded people. You can create a piece of art to take home, enjoy and sip & bite, and even shop the art in its retail store. Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe has various workshops throughout the month and also has time slots for freestyle painting. Check out its calendar here!
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit – or even brush up on your existing skills, The Knit Cafe is here to teach you everything you need to know! In its Toronto “maker-space”, instructors teach lessons to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. From knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, and more, you’re sure to leave with some new skills. Check out its class options here and book!
Who knew that creating your very own rug from scratch was even a possibility? At Chillax Studio, their knowledgeable staff teach you the ins and outs of tufting, so you can create your own rug, in a shape and design of your choice! You simply send them the design you want, they prepare the outline, and then you come in and make your masterpiece! We’ve been seeing rug tufting all over TikTok and it seriously looks like so much fun.
Without The Maker Bean Cafe, you may have otherwise never been able to partake in creative technology such as 3D printing and laser cutting! The Cafe hosts 3D printing classes where you learn how to use a 3D design tool to create objects in space, incorporate existing 3D designs into your work, operate a 3D printer, and of course, print your work to take home! It also hosts Laser Cutting classes where you get to design your own pin or coaster with the various tools they teach you.
Who doesn’t love an oh-so-classic wine and paint night? Pinot’s Palette offers a ton of classes every month, so there’s always a variety of paintings you can choose from! An artist guides you step-by-step on how to achieve the specific painting, and you can snack and sip while you paint! The studio notes you can bring your own snacks, and its bar opens 30 minutes before the class starts. Check out its upcoming events here.
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