Freestyle painting is a therapeutic way to destress after a hectic day at work or school. So it comes as no surprise that social art jamming is a trend that has been on the rise worldwide, with more studios popping up all over Singapore. In desperate need of other plans besides going to the cinema for the weekend? Art jamming is a great family bonding activity, or a second date idea which gives you a chance to show off your top-notch painting skills. These studios come equipped with an arsenal of art tools and blank canvases, so all you have to do is turn up and let your creative juices flow.
Sited at the city’s coolest art district, amongst hipster cafes and vintage shops, Liberty Art Jam by Artify Studio is one to visit when you’re itching to unleash your inner Picasso. But get this: it’s also Singapore’s first art studio to run The Honour System, where you either honour the giving guide of $35 or you go for a pay-what-you-wish option. Think of it as painting for a good cause too – payments are made post-painting, with proceeds going to charity.
Lionheart Studio takes art therapy to a new level with free flow hot drinks (coffee or tea), soothing music and aromatherapy oils. Art classes and art jamming activities are set in a curated indoor garden concept amidst a concrete jungle. The studio is decked with fairy lights and overlooks Hong Lim Park and Pickering Hotel, providing a peaceful setting for art jamming sessions. The all-in packages go for $35 per pax for a two-hour session, which includes light guidance and facilitation at no additional costs.
While Orchard Road pulses with life, find tranquillity at Arteastiq, a boutique tea house that offers respite from the hustle and bustle below. The name reflects how the concept combines both a premium tea lounge with an art jam studio, encouraging people to gather for a therapeutic experience. After spending the day painting, refuel with your pick from the food menu. You can find classic favourites like squid ink spaghetti ($16) and salmon wellington ($27) or Asian delights like sambal sea bass & dry laksa ($25) or pan roasted chicken thigh ($22).
Talk about dedication – this art studio is all about helping you discover the artist in you. Aside from hosting craft workshops with a contemporary twist, Artefakts allows all budding artists and pros alike to shine via its relaxing art jamming sessions. To amplify your experience, each two-and-a-half hour session is accompanied with jazz or lounge music, complimentary snacks and a choice between a hot cuppa or iced lemon tea as you work those paintbrushes.
Paint with a view at My Art Space. Looking like something out of a Monet painting, the picturesque waterfront studio is located amidst flora and fauna where it overlooks the Istana Park. Combining relaxing music and therapeutic painting, art jamming here is an ace way to de-stress. With all materials available, all you have to do is bring a whole lot of curiousity, imagination and creativity. Plus, with fresh fruit juices to keep you going, can you really say no?
If you’re bored of painting on canvas with acrylic paint, check out The Noteway Art Studio. Its “Art Jamming with a Twist” sessions allow you paint on t-shirts or tote bags with your own hand mixed fabric paint. The studio can accommodate up to 50 people, making a great venue for parties or corporate team building. Rates start from 29.90 per pax for two hours for a tote bag or 100% cotton t-shirt to $32.90 for a canvas (40 x 40cm), for groups of up to 5 pax. Alternatively, try your hand at the studio's clay making, terrarium or sand art workshops.
Founded by artist Carolyn Law, Arthaus has all the tools to explore and express creativity in a cosy, fuss-free environment. Besides covering techniques ranging from portraiture painting to watercolouring, Arthaus also hosts art jamming workshops for both adults and children. Whether you’re planning the next corporate activity, private party or simply taking your painting skills up a notch, Arthaus has them all. Need the extra help? Its team of experienced instructors is more than happy to assist! Art jamming sessions are $70 per person.
A stress-free art gig that's suitable for all ages, Art Jam Studio offers open, non-guided art jamming sessions with all materials provided, including aprons in case things get messy. Alternatively, you can opt for a guided session where everyone is schooled on the basics and paints the same picture (rotated every week, of course). Food caterings are also available for group art jams to dodge any hangry artist.