Find your inner Van Gogh with 11 of Geelong’s best workshops sure to get your creative juices flowing

Find your inner Van Gogh with 11 of Geelong’s best workshops sure to get your creative juices flowing

Words by Riya Kiran

Sip some bubbly as you paint your heart out, or get hands-on as you try woodwork, the time to get creative has never been better!

Whether you’ve got a secret creative side or just a burning passion to try something new, Geelong is here to provide you with all the creative workshops you could ask for.

We’ve outlined some of the best creative workshops around Geelong and the Surf Coast, just for you!

FrancHome Sud Bar Workshops

With a love of home decorating in combination with her creative skills, Founder of Eliza Francombe wanted to discover something different, birthing the label FrancHome. Located in Torquay on Victoria’s Surf Coast, the FrancHome workshops are a unique and relaxing creative experience for all. Set amongst the picturesque hills of Torquay, the studio welcomes everyone for a unique and relaxing creative experience. Walk home with the knowledge of pouring to setting, cutting, and wrapping to create your own unique set of Sud Bars. The FrancHome Sud Bar Workshop also treats you to some refreshments, including champagne or tea, and an Edible Art Treat!

Find the workshops at the Ashmore Arts precinct, located at 55b Ashmore Rd, Torquay VIC. To book yourself in head to the FrancHome website!


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Spoon Carving 101

The Woodwork Studio introduces you to the wonderful world of spoon carving! Passionate about empowering people to learn new skills, Tarnya Scott invites you to begin your journey of carving. Enter into a calm, mindful state while the rest of the world melts away as you create something absolutely unique! This rewarding workshop of wood carving covers tool use and safety, timber selection, finishing techniques, and a complimentary tea or coffee.

Located at Big Boom, 5 Rutland St Newton, tickets for spoon carving woodwork workshops can be purchased from the Woodwork Studio website!

Little Green Corner Foodie Workshops

The Little Green Corner café celebrates and cherishes a collection of local farms and farmers that deliver fresh produce for a greater cause. From Warun Ponds to Geelong, every item on the café menu is freshly sourced. Committed to expanding their mission of sustainability the café holds a. number of workshops, including a Salami Making class. With Tammi from Jonai Farms in Daylesford enjoy a hands-on experience of curing salami, pancetta, coppa, guanciale, lonza, and jamon. Tickets for this will also include a farmer’s lunch and Vino! Alternatively join a Draw, Paint, Eat class, where you are guided through an evening of watercolour painting with farm fresh recipes provided for inspiration. Enjoy creating your masterpiece accompanied with a glass of wine and a dinner whipped up with beautiful local produce.

Delve into these workshops at 42 Little Ryrie Street Geelong and purchase your tickets directly from the Little Green Corner website!


Great Ocean Road Chocolateries & Ice Creamery Sweets Workshops

Built in 2016 the Great Ocean Road Chocolateries has been capturing the imagination of all chocolate lovers. So why not share the love of chocolate with these hands-on classes and workshops for all ages. Children ages 6-12 can enjoy a 45-minute class in the special ‘parents’ free zone’! For only $45 the Junior Chocolatier workshop includes a personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus three creations to take home. The ‘Taste & Create Rocky Road Workshop’ is an absolute must! With the privilege of tasting 12 of their most popular chocolates before you make your own using a selection of 50 different exotic ingredients!

Book yourself in for a chocolate wonderland at 1200 Great Ocean Road Bellbrae through the Great Ocean Road Chocolateries & Ice Creamery website!

Whisky Classes at The 18th Amendment Bar

The 18th Amendment Bar invites you to enjoy their vast selection of concoctions and delve into a drinking experience like no other. Be whisked into a number of masterclasses and workshops at the Geelong Bar. Join Andy Buntine for The Macallan Whisky Masterclasses, with a range of world renown drinks from the Macallan Distillery. The distillery recentlybroke the record for the most expensive whisky sold at auction, so we wouldn’t want you to miss out on this opportunity! The bar is also hosting a Bushmills Irish Whisky and Chocolate Pairing night, where you get the chance to be tasting delicious liquid refreshments from the oldest licensed distillery to be still producing, dating back to 1608!

Find The 18th Amendment Bar, Geelong at 82A Little Malop St, Geelong and treat yourself to a night of elegance with one of their marvellous whisky workshops!

Put Your Heart Into It 

Committed to creating meaningful and inspiring spaces with a positive social and environmental outcome, the Put Your Heart Into It organisation has founded a new workshops series. Creating a connection between community and the environment, this five-week workshop covers floristry, interior styling, event styling, food styling, grazing platters, plants, ceramics and watercolours.

Find the workshops at 143a Great Ocean Road Torquay and book a creative journey you just can’t miss!


Abby Lee Art Classes

 With a desire to share her love affair with painting, artist Abby Lee is hosting creative workshops and social classes for all! Join the Pimms and Painting workshop, one of Geelong’s most popular Paint & Sip classes. This fun night allowed you to unwind and mediate in creativity as you are guided through a painting. People of every artist level is welcomed to come along and connect with their creative side.

Tickets to this fun night of casual painting and of course a cheeky wine (or two) can be purchased from Abby Lee’s website!


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Brush ‘N Bubbles Classes

 Come along for a boozy art class, designed to clear your mind and engage in something memorable with your mates. Brush ‘N Bubbles provides you with all the materials and guidance to create a canvas of colour and get lost in the creative process. The venue also has its own. Bar so you can sip a cheeky drink as you paint. This promises to be an experience you’ll never forget!

Book your tickets from the Brush ‘N Bubbles website and set sail on your creative voyage at 7 James St, Geelong.

Hazy Tales Pottery

Rather than buying you next vase, why not make it yourself? Hazy Tales, pottery studio owner Sally Hobson hosts a range of pottery social events and workshops including their most popular ‘Clay and Cocktails by Candlelight’. With a sneaky drink to get your creative juice flowing, develop your artistic skills with this insanely relaxing night of ceramics.

Book yourself in through the Hazy Tales website, for an evening of drinking, socialising and creative inspiration!

Mindfulness with Watercolours 

Geelong Illustrators presents casual mindfulness art sessions uses watercolours to calm the mind and inspire creativity! Host, Clare Holder holds a Diploma of Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy and creates a safe space for everyone to express themselves. Walk home with an abstract piece of artwork that you are sure to be proud of!

These workshops are held at Geelong Illustrators Studio Gallery, 105 Moorabool Street. Purchase your tickets now, to hone in those hidden creative skills!

Shits & Giggles Workshops

Hosted by Mandy Lee this fun and interactive class allows you to experiment with a range of different artistic mediums. All materials are provided and the only thing you are required to bring is with you is an open mind and your favourite beverage! This wonderful experience allows you to learn, create, experiment, and meet like-minded people as you kick back and enjoy a memorable night.

So, grab your bottle of wine and head down to The Space, located at 17d Rutland Street Newton, Geelong immediately! Tickets can be purchased here!