Learn what makes your heart beat.
January means a fresh a start, and yes it means that we’re also smack in the middle of the warmer months - so staying inside just isn’t an option when heaps are on offer over the summer time. Amid rising temperatures are a whole lot of cool new classes and events to take part in, so get ready to drag yourself out of the couch because here are the highlights of the best things to do and learn in Melbourne during the summertime.
Learn which ingredients to buy and cooking techniques to use not only learn new recipes, but also how to make your shellfish dishes unforgettable. Entree and main course recipes to be made include Ginger Scallops, Scallop and Prawn Carpaccio, Octopus Carpaccio, and more!
When: Feb 21st
Bookings and more info: Trupp Cooking School
Anyone who’s made pottery even just once can attest that it is an especially cathartic experience. In this 6 or 8-week, Saturdays-only course, you will learn all the foundational skills in vessel making, then take home at the end of the term all the projects created during class.
When: Feb 3rd - Mar 24th
Cost: $445 (6 weeks), $595 (8 weeks)
Bookings and more info: Clay Talk
Create the most gorgeous arrangements of stunning seasonal blooms to make a sweet garden posy. You will be taught all the techniques and be provided with the materials you’ll need, so there’s no need to come in with anything at all, not even experience. After class, your beautiful creation is yours to take home.
When: Jan 20th, Feb 3rd
Cost: $150 (Regular), $125 (Bring-a-Friend)
Bookings and more info: Victoria Whitelaw Flower School
Learn about 3 Ravens’ approach to producing different styles of IPA (Indian Pale Ale). This 2-hour class covers: a brewery tour of 3 Ravens Brewery, a sharing style sit-down feast with the brewery team, and a guided beer tasting through the 3 Ravens and Hop Nation’s range of IPAs, as well as variations of IPA from locations New World, American, Australian, New England and more.
When: Jan 27th
Bookings and more info: 3 Ravens Brewery
Take the outdoors indoors with this beautiful hanging moss accent called a Kokedama (which literally means moss ball in Japanese). In this workshop, you’ll learn the steps of making one, and also learn different tips on how to design and care for it after. Did we mention you get to feast on grazing food, organic wine and fairtrade tea too?
When: Feb 25th, May 11th
Cost: $150 (Regular), $120 (Bring-a-Friend), $100 (Bookings of 3 or more)
Bookings and more info: Put Your Heart Into It
There’s nothing like summertime to completely immerse into learning to better your eye for photography. In this class, you’ll be walking around Melbourne discovering laneways and hidden gems. You’ll also have fun challenges throughout, and then and finish at a coffee shop for a chat and having a look at what you have captured throughout the day.
When: Jan 20th & 27th, Multiple dates for Feb
Bookings and more info: Linda Scanlon Photography
Enjoy your summer harvest of ripe tomatoes for longer by learning super quick and easy ways of turning them into sauces and preserves. In this workshop, you will learn all kinds of preserving techniques, such as bottling, dehydrating, as well as some traditional Italian techniques with tomatoes. You get to taste and take home all of the preserves you made, as well as enjoy a delicious morning tea from the My Green Garden kitchen.
When: Feb 10th
Bookings and more info: My Green Garden
Learn Shani Alexander’s philosophy of capturing life in nature, by creating a large hero painting using vivid colours and expressionism. This class will not only teach you techniques in painting; but will also offer a beautiful atmosphere for you to indulge in self-reflection and enjoy a truly worthwhile experience.
When: Feb 8th, Mar 1st, Apr 5th
Cost: $1,650 (8.0 hours x 4 days)
Bookings and more info: Shani Alexander Colour My World
Add some boho spirit into your home by learning how to create a large improvised macramé wall hanging with Maggie. It’s a premium macramé class suitable even for beginners, and the basics are covered so you’re able to craft something completely original with confidence.
When: Jan 28th, Mar 18th, Apr 22nd
Cost: $166.84 (Regular), $144.84 (Bring-a-Friend)
Bookings and more info: Think Thornbury
Summertime is the perfect time for a weekend getaway - to go somewhere new and to try something different! In this class, you’ll be experiencing the best of Victoria’s scenery, local produce, craft beer and whisky! The day’s agenda includes a morning coffee, followed by a hearty brunch, plus many other exciting activities like a brewery tour, beer or cider tasting, an ice-cream making class, and more!
When: Feb 24th, Apr 21st
Bookings and more info: Southern Whisky Trails
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