Where to get artistic in Bangkok

Where to get artistic in Bangkok

Whether you're into pottery, graphic design or photography, there's a Bangkok art school for you

There's always an excuse for shelving your artistic ambitions. Too much work, too many family obligations, too many happy hours to hit.

But if one of your New Year's resolutions was to get more in touch with your creative side, here are five Bangkok venues where you can hone your skills. Tourists can take part as well, as they all offer drop-in classes or short-term courses.  

Painting, sculpture: Attic Studios

Attic StudiosClass in session at Attic Studios. Oil painting, still life drawing, water colors and clay sculptures: Bangkok's Attic Studios has it all.

The studio is owned by longtime Bangkok expat Elsie Evans, a passionate Scottish artist who offers classes almost every day of the week and keeps her studio open for anyone who wants to hang out and paint.

Classes run from 9 a.m.-noon every weekday (1,200 baht for one session, 6,000 baht for six), and there's always something on the menu every weekend.

All you have to do is bring yourself -- canvases and paints are supplied by Evans for newcomers to the classes. Outside class time, artists can drop by anytime and work on their art, free of charge.

45/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31, +66 (0)83 301 1314. www.attic-studios.com 

Pottery: Potteri Clay Workshop 

Pottery wheelThe pottery wheel. Far more difficult than it looks.Potteri Clay Workshop is an open forum for those who, you guessed it, want to partake in clay pottery workshops.

Two methods of pottery are taught here: either using your hands to manipulate a ball of clay into whatever you desire (850 baht per session, 4,500 baht for five, 7,700 baht for 10), or the pottery wheel method -- think Demi Moore in "Ghost."

Classes are 950 baht per session, 4,800 baht for five, 8,640 baht for 10.  The workshop itself is very chill, with two drop-in sessions running from Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Anyone who wants to drop in and work on their own stuff is welcome to do so, but call in advance to see if there's space available.

Sukhumvit soi 49/11 (BTS Phrom Phong). +66 (0)2 762 7878

Knitting: The Big Knit

The Big KnitThe Big Knit's wall of yarn. Acquire this skill and you'll never have to shop for birthday and Christmas gifts ever again.

The Big Knit Cafe offers free lessons and tons of books and color patterns for all of your knitting needs -- the only catch is, you need to buy the yarn in situ.

The best time to go is before lunch or late afternoon because it tends to get packed in between. 

88 The Natural Park Building, Sukhumvit 49 (next to the Dental Hospital). +66 (0)2 260 5050. www.bigknit49.com; open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Graphic Design: Web Courses Bangkok

graphic design bangkokWeb Courses Bangkok specializes in graphic design courses. Adobe Illustrator is the canvas and easel of the 21st century. Web Courses Bangkok, a web and computer application learning center, teaches you how to become a graphic designer.

Classes are in English. Other courses include web design and Photoshop. After you do a one-month course that starts at the beginning of every month (8,400 baht for 16 hours), you'll have the basic knowledge to design logos, business cards, gig posters and other print designs.

There are also private lessons (1,600 baht per hour). If you have a simple logo in mind, the experts say that it'll take one session to get it done, but if you want in-depth knowledge on how to do it, go for nine.

1/F, 1028/5 Pongamorn Building, Rama 4 Rd., Thungmahamek, Satorn, +66 (0)2 679 8607, www.webcoursesbangkok.compen Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Photography: Bangkok Photo School

Bangkok Photo SchoolBangkok Photo School takes students on field trips all over the city. Bangkok Photo School runs more than just classes on how to use shutter speed and aperture.

After getting the necessary technical DSLR camera knowledge, they assign story-telling and visual awareness exercises on a field trip, so you can go out and do some hands-on stuff alongside the instructors.

There are three workshops to choose from: an introductory course that takes you away from your camera's auto setting, a creative photography course that teaches basic knowledge principals and an advanced course where you learn how to put together a photo essay and learn different lighting techniques.

Each course is 3,500 baht per session. If you sign up for all three, it's 9,000 baht. 

140/38 ITF Tower, 17/F, Silom Road. +66 (0)84 907 3330. www.bangkokphotoschool.com