The Best Art Classes In Sydney’s Inner City And Inner West

February 25th, 2022 - by Brad Gillespie

Sydney’s inner city and inner west are vibrant, creative communities with galleries and studios offering art classes and creative workshops on everything from life drawing and ceramics to jewellery and metalwork.

Here are some of the best creative art classes and workshops in the inner west.

CREATIVE HANGOUTS

107 PROJECTS INC.
107 Redfern St, Redfern
3a Joynton Ave, Zetland

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With studio and workshop spaces in Redfern and in the heart of the Green Square cultural and community precinct, 107 Projects Inc. hosts regular ‘creative hangouts’ where you can experiment with creative practices in a non-structured teaching environment. They run jewellery design courses, beading classes and stone setting workshops. If you're feeling fancy you can learn how to shake cocktails using native ingredients, or wander through one of their accessible art exhibitions.

LIFE DRAWING

NAUTI STUDIOS
152 Parramatta Rd, Stanmore

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Nauti’s co-working, craft and community space is the perfect setting to improve your life drawing and painting skills. Classes are held in the ‘warehouse jungle’ loft and the Nauti team welcome beginners, emerging and experienced artists.

PEACH BLACK GALLERY
126 Abercrombie St, Chippendale

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Peach Black Gallery is a contemporary studio space that hosts life drawing and painting classes. In 2020, this innovative galley pivoted to include virtual tours and online classes. Regular live performances and art exhibitions make it a favourite haunt for art-loving locals.

POTTERY AND CERAMICS

PROJECT SNAIL
527 King St, Newtown

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If ceramics is your thing, Project Snail in Newtown have introductory pottery classes in their studio. The team at Snail are passionate about working with artists, designers and makers, and they offer studio-made glazes and kiln hire for beginner to advanced firing. If you’d rather stay put, they’ll send you clay, shaping tools and a maker’s manual so you can get muddy hands at home.

SMA CERAMICS
35-36/76B Edinburgh Rd, Marrickville

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For those keen on learning how to throw (on a potter’s wheel, that is) Shinhee Ma, the Korean-born creator of SMA Ceramics, brings a meditative touch to her work, encouraging quiet observation of the environment and teaching techniques for shaping simple bowls, planters, and tumblers. Her delightful ceramics can be viewed online and in her Marrickville studio.

CLAY SYDNEY
37-39 Stanmore Rd, Enmore
146 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

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A few blocks away is Clay Sydney, a hand-building studio that runs Wine and Clay evenings, Coffee and Clay morning sessions, and Mud Kids Club. Clay Sydney has a second wheel throwing studio in Marrickville where you can learn how to throw a keep cup, make a teapot and design your own dinner set. They also offer date nights if you want to channel that scene from Ghost…

SCULPTURE

TOM BASS SCULPTURE STUDIO
1A Clara St, Erskineville

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Down the road in Erskineville is a sculpture studio with a proud history. Tom Bass was a giant of Australian sculpture with a body of work that spanned 60 years. Tom Bass Sculpture Studio continues his legacy, offering term classes in clay sculpture as well as special workshops in dynamic clay modelling from life, limestone carving and life drawing. The studio offers scholarships for young emerging artists and the adjoining Clara Street Gallery holds regular exhibitions of student’s work.

JEWELLERY AND METAL WORK

SQUAREPEG STUDIOS
10 Junction St, Marrickville

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Create your own unique jewellery pieces at SquarePeg Studios. Hosting one-day classes to intensive design workshops, SquarePeg is a creative learning and exhibition space with rolling course dates that fit with any busy schedule. Check out their online design store for inspiration.

EVELEIGH WORKS
1/2 Locomotive St, Eveleigh

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If you want to learn the old ways of crafting and metalwork, head down to Eveleigh Works – opened in 1887 for the maintenance and manufacture of steam engines. Two of the original blacksmithing bays are still in operation today. This is where master craftsmen run intensive courses and masterclasses including blacksmith’s hammer forging, knife-making and tool shaping. You can learn the art of marbled Damascus steel, and even craft your own axe.

PHOTOGRAPHY

THE APERTURE CLUB
Various locations

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The Aperture Club runs various types of photography classes all over the inner city, including an amazing street photography class in Newtown’s King Street. What better backdrop?

CREATIVE

THE NEST CREATIVE SPACE
76-82 Botany Rd, Alexandria

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For an edgy, immersive experience, dip a toe into the Nest Creative Community in Alexandria. This creative space was imagined by artists, for artists with LGBTQI+ at the forefront of their vision. Artisans, makers, and performance artists create interactive musical performances, with unique exhibitions by emerging photographers and innovative artists. They host art classes including ‘make your own’ ceramics workshops. Daring and costumes are encouraged.

If you’re looking to make the inner city and inner west your creative home, contact our team today.