Sometimes you just feel like unleashing your inner artist. Whether you want to learn a new skill or have a laugh with your mates, arts and crafts classes are a great way to relax and have some fun. All of these classes are suitable for the completely inexperienced and provide everything you need.
Read on to get some ideas for your next group hang out, hens do, birthday or date.
Paint like Picasso
There are plenty of options for painting classes and workshops in Papamoa. The Creative Place put on occasional Wine & Paint nights, in addition to after-school lessons and school workshops. Wayne Vickers offers courses for beginners and intermediate-level painters, including Plein Air workshops where you can venture out and paint some real-life New Zealand scenery! Paula Knight is another local Papamoa artist who offers painting classes, workshops and retreats.
If you’re okay to travel a little further, another option is Paintvine. They host classes nationwide, but can often be found just a short drive from Papamoa Beach over in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Paintvine describe themselves as “the best wine and paint party in New Zealand”, so you know you’re in for something good! Hosted at a local cosy venue, each ticket includes all your materials and you get to leave with your very own masterpiece. The standard class uses acrylics, but they also do watercolour classes and even glow in the dark painting classes!
Ceramics & Pottery
Pottery and ceramics classes are perfect for those who want to make something a bit more practical. There are a few options near Papamoa, whether you would like to take a one-off class or a course at the Bethlehem Pottery Club. Another option is The Pottery Studio in Tauranga. You can join one of their famous Wine and Clay evenings, a sculpture workshop, or even workshops for kids or families.
If you love homemade, sentimental art, scrapbooking might be for you! Craftables are a small local business in Tauranga who offer a scrapbooking album making class where you are supplied with beautiful materials and taught to make a great scrapbook. These are full-day classes with morning and afternoon tea provided, including homemade scones. This is a great option for those wanting to take a whole day to relax and be creative.
There are plenty of options to get creative in Papamoa and the surrounding areas. During your next trip to Papamoa Beach Resort, why not try something different? Take a class and make some great memories with your unique piece of art as a souvenir.