The best art and craft classes in Shanghai

Get your creative juices flowing at the top art and craft classes in town

If you've ever wandered around the galleries of M50 or Shanghai's top designer clothing boutiques and thought to yourself 'I want to make that', well, there's no time like the present. Channel your inner artist and put pen to paper, needle to thread, paint to canvas and more at these brilliant art and craft classes around Shanghai.

And while you're on your self improvement kick, how about having a go at one Shanghai's best Chinese language classes, best dance classes, or best cooking classes?

Oil painting

Tucked away in a picturesque space on Huashan Lu (complete with an artsy terrace area), Salon de Verve is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax with a little art. If you’re just starting, teachers suggest you bring a painting or a picture that you like as a model to work from. Everything else is prepared for you, with brushes, a canvas, paints and instructors all on hand.
Classes by appointment only. 198RMB for three hours.

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285 Huashan Lu

Sewing at Craft'd

Embrace your Martha Stewart within at Craft’d’s homely studio, where you can learn the skills to make all kinds of clothing, accessories and other household wares. Over three two-hour sessions, the ‘full introduction to the sewing machine’ course teaches you the essentials, from winding the bobbin, threading the machine and actually making it sew, to sewing on extras and tricks of the trade to tidy up your technique. Throughout the course you’ll make an infinity scarf, a tote bag and make-up bag.

1,000RMB for the three-part course.

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1F, Building 3, 1288 Fuxing Zhong Lu

Pottery Making

The Pottery Workshop has pretty much every tool you’ll ever need to fulfil those dreams of becoming a master ceramicist – as well as the dedicated teachers to help you actually realise your dream. For complete beginners, it’s recommended that you begin by developing your coil building skills (building with hand-rolled clay), before moving onto more complex techniques – like using the pottery wheel. There’s no limit to how much clay you can use or how many things you can craft during your classes (though there is a firing fee of 25-35RMB per kilo) and there are lots of colours and finishes available for glazing your work. BYO apron, or it’s 60RMB to rent each time.

1,200RMB for a set of four three-hour sessions; one-off group classes range from 250-450RMB per person for two hours; kilning and one-time equipment costs not included.

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Lane 180 Shaanxi Nan Lu

Tea ceremony workshop

Learn to pour like a pro and master the art of hosting a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, while discovering how tea can become your gateway to a deeper and richer understanding of Chinese culture. Whether you’re new to the art of tea or a seasoned aficionado, this teahouse in the Former French Concession has something for everyone, from learning the origins of tea to preparation, tasting and tea art.

By appointment only. 200RMB per hour per person.

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619 Jianguo Xi Lu


A community-based screen-printing space hiding in a basement near Jiaotong University, this print club provides a place where screen-printing lovers can seek expert advice and practise the trade without having to personally invest in all of the necessary equipment. But the team also offer a beginners’ workshop that covers everything you need to know to get you from artwork preparation to finished product – either a printed t-shirt or canvas tote bag with your own design (and a hefty pile of paper prints).

Beginners’ workshop is 400RMB per person for a two-hour session.

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115 Pingwu Lu


Where better to learn the art of glass making than the place dedicated to all things glass. Set inside a huge former glassmaking factory, Shanghai Museum of Glass’ creative brand Let’s Talk Glass holds regular classes focusing on different aspects of glassmaking including, glassblowing, flameworking, glass mosaic and sandblasting.

Prices range from 98-380RMB.

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685 Changjiang Xi Lu

Make in China

The ideal set-up for Shanghai’s tight-on-time set, Make in China’s workshops are one-off handicraft sessions that provide you with all the skills and materials to continue with your project in your own time at home. The signature beginner weaving workshop teaches you the basics by making a wall hanging. Through the session you’ll learn how to make the rya knots (that form the bottom of most weaves) and work your way up from there – the loom and wool are yours to keep, so there’s no stress to rush it. Alongside weaving you can try the likes of macramé, block printing, modern embroidery and crochet.

400RMB for three-hour workshop.

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169 Jiashan Lu