Art is an expression that comes in many creative forms. Whether it is a way of life to many, a hobby to some, or just a fun activity to others, indulging in creative arts is a great experience and a welcomed change from Jakarta’s hectic life and mundane activities. We have narrowed down a few exciting and interesting “artsy” activities and places in Jakarta where you and your friends can participate in and learn new things from. So check out some of these incredible classes or workshops and prepare to gain some creative knowledge:

1. Ceramic Arts

Calling all aspiring ceramic artists to the Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics. Not only will you be able to gaze through the display of traditional fine arts and ceramics from all over the country here, but you get to also learn how to make ceramics arts and other handcrafts from scratch. You can choose to create your ceramic masterpiece by only using your hands or bump up an additional cost to experience the excitement in using a pottery wheel instead. Expect some messy fun here!

Address: Jl. Pos Kota No. 2, West Jakarta
P: (+6221) 690 7062 / 692 6091/ 90

2. Painting

One of the most popular go-to creative arts activities in Jakarta is, of course, painting. While there are many classes and workshops available in the city to teach this incredible skill, Bartega makes it a little more exciting. Bartega is a mobile-workshop that combines the relaxing and therapeutic feel of painting with the buzzing and stimulating feel of drinking wine. Yes, you read that right -Bartega hosts weekly social events that offer painting and free-flow wine all across Jakarta. Bartega, however, does not have an actual physical studio as they move around between various spaces to conduct their workshop so we recommend you to watch their space for the next updated venue. They can also organize a private wine-filled painting session at a venue of your choice for you and your friends.

P: (+62 813) 1000 0994

3. Handcrafts

As many people resort to gadgets as a form of entertainment and education, making various types of handcrafts has become a lost art. Here to change that notion and encourage people of all ages to learn a new crafty skill is Indoestri Makerspace. Indoestri is a fully equipped, massive space that hosts various types of workshops and classes to teach students how to create a variety of handicrafts of your choice from scratch including wood crafts, metal crafts, leatherworks, and jewelry.

Address: Jl. Lingkar Luar Barat No.36, West Jakarta
P: (+6221) 541 5510

4. Cooking

It is no brainer that cooking is one of the most fun and therapeutic forms of creative arts, and it is an activity that is just as enjoyable to experience individually as well as with friends. Although there are many options where you can learn cooking from in Jakarta, one of our recommendations is the Almond Zucchini Workshop. This cooking studio offers intensive hands-on cooking programs for all kinds of food enthusiasts, from beginners to intermediate ones. While most of their cooking class run between one to two full days depending on the theme, Almond Zucchini occasionally offers shorter duration classes too.

Address: Jl. Prapanca No. 6, South Jakarta
P: +6221 739 9303

5. Museum Exploration

Take a day off and get inspired by the many different kinds of unique artworks found at Museum MACAN (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara). The exhibition, which features about 90 artworks by Indonesian and international artists are bound to keep your day occupied and get your creative arts juices running. Not only will you get lost in its unique collections and designs, you and your friends will also not be able to resist “Instragramming” at certain beautiful sections of the museum. Talk about a day well spent exploring and learning with the arts!

Address: AKR Tower Level M, Jl. Perjuangan No.5, West Jakarta
P: (+6221) 2212 1888

6. Batik Making

Batik is a traditional art form in Indonesia that uses a special technique and wax to dye fabrics and create unique, intricate designs. Head on to Jakarta Textile Museum to look through the numerous Batik collections and learn how to make this incredible art by joining their batik-making workshop. During the class, you get to learn the entire process from drawing Batik patterns to coloring the cloth and using a special tool called canting (or a bamboo scoop) to apply the wax. You can choose between two types of courses here: the fast course for beginners and the advanced one.

Address: Jl. Aipda KS Tubun No 2-4, Tanah Abang, Jakarta Pusat
P: (+6221) 5606 613

7. Dance

You can’t talk about creative arts activities without including one of the most popular art forms, Dance! While there are many companies that offer a wide variety of dance classes including Zumba, Samba, Salsa, Hip-Hop and many more, there are only a few that hold international standards, one of them being Forever Dance Centre. This center, which holds numerous awards, offers dance classes for a variety of genres including ballet, hip-hop and even K-pop for all ages, even as young as three-years-old.

Address 1: Pulomas Timur 2, No 116, East Jakarta
P: (+62 21) 4786 6343 / (+62 812) 9642 0360

Address 2: Gading Batavia Blok LC 9 No. 27, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta
P: (+62 819) 1481 6167 / (+62 856) 9766 6663 (WA)

8. Shibori Making

Experience the making of the Japanese traditional hand-dyeing technique, Shibori in Jakarta. BINZU will take you to have a fun and explorative shibori workshop. You will learn how to make a charming pattern from the Shibori dyeing process and express your inner creativity.

Instagram: bybinzu

9. Sustainable Workshop

Stay productive, boost yourself, help others. Learn a new skill or move ahead with advanced education from making some sustainable craft. Be it a green garden to some of your daily needs. Get that experience with WeGrow where you can join some of its workshops of sustainable living. There will be weekly workshops and classes lead by professionals that will provide you with new knowledge and abilities about sustainable living. WeGrow can accommodate the workshop of making natural soap, microgreen plants, etc.

P: (+62) 878-62993672

By: Divyha Pridhnani-Bhojwani and WNI Team