Try your hands at something new, with our pick of DIY workshops across town
With an increasing love for all things
handmade, there’s no time like now to learn a new skill or just unwind over some good old fashioned crafts. From decoupaging to block printing to terracotta painting, the city’s creative experts have something for everyone. Here’s how you can get involved.
Pooja Gupta conducts a session
on the French art of decoupaging — decorating objects with paper cutouts. Learn the basic techniques of the art, through which you can upcycle some of your old and ignored belongings and give them a new lease of life. Sign up and you get a kit containing a handmade mini dresser (which you will get to decorate), pine wood based coasters, acrylic paints and more. Rs 7,000. August 14. At Adarsh Palm Meadows, Whitefield. Details: 9739293993
Want to up your ‘ceramic art’ game? We suggest you head to Clay Station for this five-day workshop on glazing, which will help take your artwork to the next level. The course will cover the techniques of glaze application, such as, slip trailing and brushwork. Sunday, 2.30 pm. At HSR Layout. Tickets (Rs 5,900) on eventshigh.com
This basic carpentry workshop will not only teach you a new skill, but will give a few new decor essentials and furniture to spruce up your home. Learn to make a clock and shelf out of rubber wood, and designs of your choice with plywood and pine wood, while using tools like the jigsaw, sander, and dremel. Rs 5,700. Saturday, 9 am. At Tavarekere Main Road. Details: 9945004541
Bringing together gardening and painting, this workshop is ideal for every nature and art lover. Held at Alliance Francaise, participants will learn to make their own decorative kitchen garden. At the class, you will be given two pots, seeds, paints and soil. You will then learn the nuances of terracotta painting before filling the pot with soil and planting the seeds. The experts will also give you tips on maintenance. Sunday, 11 am. At Vasanth Nagar. Tickets (Rs 500) on eventshigh.com
For those who have a birthday coming up and are looking to impress guests with a fully customised partyto celebrate, sign up for this workshop by Let’s Ink. Hosted at Bloom & Grow, the workshop will teach you to print on balloons and ribbons, for a personalised touch.
Rs 1,250. August 20. At Koramangala. Details: 9845520213
Originating in Rajasthan and Gujarat, block printing has always been one of the most loved printing techniques of the country. Block printing expert Pooja Gokul teams up with House of Taamara to conduct a workshop that not only gives you a hands-on experience, but also looks into the history of the art. Bring a prewashed, plain piece of cloth of your choice and choose from geometric and traditional designs, and patterns inspired by popular culture. August 25. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Tickets (`1,500) on
Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo