Proving the Valley is home to more than just late-night kebab sessions and clubbing antics, we’re giving you all the best ways to unleash your inner artist and get seriously crafty on your next night out.

Paint ‘n’ sip with Brush and Barrel 

Swap carving up the dancefloor with creating your own masterpiece at the hottest paint-and-sip venue in Brisbane, Brush and Barrel. Embrace your inner Banksy as you crack open your favourite BYO bottle and prepare to transform a blank canvas into an epic visual masterpiece. From pet portraits to Picasso, let your creative juices flow as a helpful instructor guides you through every step of your artwork (plus, a dash of wine makes everyone an artist anyway, right?). Check out their artwork schedule here and book in your next session. 

Create your own travel mug at Bonnie Hislop 

Minimising waste and looking super cute while doing it - is there anything the creative Bonnie Hislop can’t do? Get ready to show off your fine arts skills all around town with a personalised travel mug decorated by you at Bonnie Hislop. You’ll super look cool at the cafe and you’re bound to be the envy of the office with your fully personalised, glazed ceramic masterpiece. Best of all? Each sale contributes to One Tree Planted, an organisation planting a new tree for every keep cup sold! 

Be part of the action with Scribble Slam at Ric’s 

Whoever said art was boring has clearly never gone to a Scribble Slam at Ric’s Bar - prepare to be fully immersed in the art action as a thrilling battle of the pens takes over. Watch as two talented artists sweat it out under the pursuit of creativity to produce an epic masterpiece in 90 minutes. Think you got what it takes? Head to their website to sign up for the next battle round, or leave the tough stuff up to the pros and step in to watch the action on the first Sunday of every month. 

Sunday Crafternoons at Shadowplay Teahouse

Masters of all things tea, coffee, chai, and baked goods, Shadowplay Teahouse also loves a good craft session. Enter their free Sunday Crafternoons, where guests will be treated to a hot drink and the chance to get right into some arts and crafts! Beginners can try their hand at crocheting, or feel free to bring whatever project you’re working on as you join the crafty community!

Artist insights at the IMA

Being a part of the Valley art scene since 1993, you better believe the Institute of Modern Art knows a thing or two about gettin’ crafty. Sit back, relax and hone your art skills at the venue’s exclusive talks with some of the region’s most talented artists, hosted every month. Check out their events page to see who you can catch next! 

Stock up at the Oxlades Centre  

Feeling inspired? Your very own masterpiece is only one shop away - stock up on absolutely everything you need to get those creative juices flowing (sans the wine) at the Oxlades Paint and Art Centre. Whether you consider yourself a painting pro, a sketching ace or a ceramic queen, Oxlades is bound to have all the products required to turn your fun creations into true works of art

Aprons at the ready! Where will you be brushing up on your craft skills next?