Weekends are simultaneously my most favourite days of the week and my most hated, depending on just how overworked my brain feels. I can veg out and potato the day away in bed some days, but then there are days where I just have an abundance of energy. When the mind-numbing routine from work has my hands just itching to be doing something, and my brain is begging me to do more than just think of endless tasks. Running away from real life for me often has me searching for activities in and around Jakarta.
Some weekends, I can kidnap my cousin for a dumb doodling session. We pack our sketchbooks and hide away in a well-lit spot, and set each other silly challenges so we can both scribble and giggle. Other times, we plan ahead of time – mostly when we have some extra cash, and there’s a fun workshop that popped up on our Instagram feed. Since payday is coming up, I figured I’d share some of my experiences so you can keep an eye out for fun, stress relieving activities!
SLIP CASTING WORKSHOP WITH KANDURA STUDIO, GALERI SALIHARA
Kandura Studio is one of my favourite design groups who work on pottery designs, they produce earthenware and jewellery with a recognizable style. They’re based in Bandung, but they do occasionally hold workshops in Jakarta. The easiest way to keep up with their activities is through their Instagram, which they regularly update with activities and their latest product launches.
I attended Kandura Studio’s slip casting workshop with my cousin, and we were provided all the tools needed during the process, from apron to clay – so all we really needed to bring was ourselves and an enthusiasm which came reluctantly at 9am on a Sunday. Although the process was relatively simple as everything was already provided, the team’s explanations of the process and how clay works gave us a fascinating insight into Kandura Studio’s creative process.
Galeri Salihara always seems to have something going on – from discussions, exhibitions, music shows, workshops, to dance or theatre performances. It’s basically a creative hub that can interact with all your senses. If you check their Instagram you can find out about what they have going on there. Even if there isn’t anything, grab a bite at their café, and check out their roof top area where you can have a quick photo session.
PINCH CERAMIC WORKSHOP WITH KIRAIN STUDIO, CASWELL’S COFFEE
Kirain Studio is the brain child of Argya Dhyaksa, and it’s wonderfully weird. I first noticed his stuff popping up in exhibitions around Jakarta, and it was just so quirky that I couldn’t help but remember his name. His handmade ceramics always displayed strange characters and silly puns, with a touch of publically acceptable darkness. So when the opportunity popped up to attend a workshop he was holding – my cousin and I immediately jumped on the chance.
We were taught the basics of pinch ceramic, which involved moulding clay into a ball before it’s pulled, pinched, and pressed into our desired shapes. Everyone made their own versions of a tiny bowl before given the freedom to mould whatever they wanted, which for my cousin and I meant a variety of characters. It was very much a free for all and we found ourselves giggling with the other participants of the workshop. The merry atmosphere was continued when we were given colours to paint our work with, it was controlled chaos at its best.
Caswell’s Coffee was a great place to have the workshop in, I had never visited the place beforehand but it’s a pretty chill place with good coffee. It also has a sizable ‘park’ which was used in turn for an archery and then later on in the morning for dogs to run around in. I spoke with the manager of the place, and although it was the first time they held a pinch ceramic workshop with Kirain Studio, they said they were hoping to hold more workshops in collaboration with other artists too, so it might be a good idea to keep checking if they have anything going on!
WATERCOLOUR PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH NELLA MARETI
One of my cousins has followed Nella Mareti or sibebo for some time, she was a big fan of her watercolour illustrations which were the very definition of pretty. After contacting Nella directly, we found out that she was willing to hold watercolour workshops as long as there were a minimum of six people participating – not a problem for us, because my family tends to have similar interests, and there were enough people who wanted in on the fun.
The class was a great introductory short course on watercolour, with a variety on information which covered how different types of paper influenced our results, and how to best utilize water and the brush to create certain effects, as well as a short section on colour theory and how to create our own range of shades. Since it really was a crash course on basics, Nella showed us how to do watercolour flowers in her style – because she deemed it the easiest thing for a beginner to master.
To be honest with you, the easiest way to find out about these workshops are through the Instagram feeds of the designers and artists themselves, or the Instagram feeds of places that regularly hold the classes. Since I know you might find it tedious to find a list of these interesting people and places yourselves – I’m compiling a shortlist of my favourites which I will share with you very soon. In the meantime, feel free to tell us your favourites for us to add on our list!