They say art lets the soul breathe and allows the heart to express itself and its also pretty good for relieving stress. So whether you’re a regular Picasso or you’re just looking for something fun to do with friends that will allow you to stretch your creative muscles, we know just what you need.

1. Paint & Sip  

Put on your painter’s cap and prepare to get artsy with a little wine in hand with Paint & Sip.

Allowing locals to “uncork” their creativity, these fun events are led by an experienced artist who takes guests through a step by step process for painting a masterpiece.

While it’s tons of fun, this company also raises funds for the Non-profit organisation Call 2 Care which runs a number of service and development projects to support local artists.

Offering monthly programmes, you can follow them on their events section for location and just join in on the fun whenever you feel like it.

No art experience is required and the events are always fun and casual while packing creativity into a one and a half to two hour sessions. Each event comes with a complimentary beverage that can be non-alcoholic or alcoholic plus a meal.

Contact: 082 499 0337

Address: Different locations depending on events

Website: https://www.facebook.com/PaintAndSipZA/

2. Clay Cafe

Unleash your inner clay painting master at Clay Cafe’s new inner-city location.

This new creative hotspot is aimed at an older market offering a more adult experience different to their first location in Hout Bay.

Whether its a group activity or a team building mission, you can get together with like-minded creatives and try your hand at painting the clay bisk of your choice.

You’ll have a selection to choose from as well as four main colours to decorate your choice with, and it is also possible to share paints and prices vary according to bisk choices.

Contact: 061 917 4191

Address: 23 Wandel street gardens, Cape Town (0.68 mi) Garden Village, Western Cape, South Africa 8001

Website: www.claycafeinthecity.com

3. Food Jamming

Getting creative can also involve food. Food Jams is a local company based in Cape Town that creates a party where cooking is just half the fun.

Participants are paired up usually with people they’ve never met before and each team is give a portion of a larger meal to prepare while following a recipe but improvisation is encouraged.

The concept allows creative foodies to meet new people and expand their cooking horizons, and is definitely one for those who like to experiment with food.

Contact: 063 292 0419

Address: Unit B10 Yew Street Salt River (1.57 mi) Cape Town, Western Cape 8001

Website: www.foodjams.co.za

4. Calligraphy 

Get creative with words. Cape Friends of Calligraphy is a unique offering that allows those enthusiastic about writing words to try their hand at the art.

With different themes depending on the time of year and next workshop available, this friendly school of calligraphy has a lot to offer.

Learn how to mast different pens, brushes, strokes and styles while flexing your creative muscles. They’re based in Cape Town but locations vary.

Contact: 0829569946

Website: www.capecalligraphy.org.za

5. Join the Quilter’s Guild

If you’re looking for a creative outlet that’s more focused on design and camaraderie, join the Quilter’s Guild.

Converse with passionate quilters and try your hand at sewing up a storm and sharing ideas.

They hold a quarterly meeting and smaller meeting in between so its the perfect chance to socialise and create.

Website: www.goodhopequiltersguild.org.za

6. Pottery making

Hosted by Madeleine Eve, a longtime artist and passionate teacher, the Eve Art Studio in Paarl is a must-visit, allowing visitors to experience her love for clay and painting while learning the art alongside her.

Her delightful studio offers unique gifts for purchase as well as workshops in clay and painting, and is the perfect activity for a weekend get away with friends or family.

Contact: 082 344 3619

Address: Louws Avenue (32.79 mi) Paarl, Western Cape 7646

Website: www.eveart.co.za

7. Chocolate making

Get creative and gobble up your newly-made chocolates when you’re done.

Cape Town’s very own Lindt Chocolate Studio gives daily classes allowing locals to indulge in a creative way.

Learn to make truffles, cake, cupcakes and macarons as you unleash your creativity at the same time.

Prices vary depending on what you make but you’re sure to leave satisfied no matter what you’d decide on.
Contact: 021 831 0360
Address: 2, Silo 2, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
8. Blend your own gin
If you like a good G&T why not make a creative experience out of it?
Radisson Red has created their very own one-of-a-kind botanical gin blending bar at their OUI Bar.
Follow a step-by-step guide to create your own special gin and make use of their in-house reduced sugar tonic and garnishes of your choice to taste your creation.
Blenders can choose from a number of flavours including juniper, citrus, naartjie, nutmeg, grapefruit and more. Each flavour has been distilled and blended with water to be 43% alcohol.

Each visitor gets to create their own 250ml unique blend and take it home afterwards.

Contact: 087 086 1578

Address: No. 6 Silo, Silo Square, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Website: www.radissonhotels.com

Pictures: Facebook

Article written by

Aimee Pace

Aimee is an avid gamer, enthusiastic yogi and animal lover. Addicted to anime, coffee and plant-based meals. Current favourite pastimes include, sewing and learning Japanese.