5 Spots in Manila Where Your Inner Artist Can Shine

5 Spots in Manila Where Your Inner Artist Can Shine


Make the most out of Manila’s creative workspaces—and find yourself a new hobby or activity this summer where your inner artist can shine.

While the metro is a business hub, a thriving community of art spaces and creativity centers awaits the creative soul—or just someone looking for a pastime or a place to explore with friends and loved ones. This summer, nourish your inventive spirit and carve out time to express yourself in different art forms:

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Sip & Gogh

Even the shyest person is persuaded to unleash their inner artist at this cozy paint and sip studio. Choose to paint whatever you want with the colors that you choose, and have a grand time at it with crackers, cheese, grapes, wine, tea, and coffee. Come with friends and or by yourself, it’s worth it to set aside hours in the day for. Welcome a whole new creative side with the artwork you produce and take your masterpiece home!

Sip and paint at this cozy art studio
A glass of wine is your friend while you create—the picture of a modern Van Gogh

Laro Ceramics

It’s a wonder what your own hands can do with just a bit of instruction, clay, a machine, and focus. At Laro Ceramics, a pottery store just nestled in Quezon City, a safe space is waiting for you to try mug-making, wheel-throwing, and wheel and paint (for two!). Cover the fundamental basics at Laro Ceramics’ beginner-friendly workshops and set free your artistic spirit.

Pottery is said to be a therapeutic and relaxing activity
Make wonders with your hands and take it home
Pottery, by itself, makes use of innovative practices and creative techniques

Craft MNL

This makerspace in Makati offers new workshops every month for you to try and immerse yourself into. This April, there are many options for your creative side to focus on—Craft MNL is opening its doors to jewelry-making, basic pottery, scented candle-making, pabalat pastillas papercutting, screen printing, and basic sewing. As one of the mainstays in the local crafting community, the studio is a creative haven for you and your friends to discover a world of art under one roof. This month gives you a headstart into what you can do, so learn, create, share, and celebrate your handiwork, so set a date and head out to Makati.

Craft MNL encourages you to be creative, imaginative, and innovative with its broad selection of activities

Metals & Gems

White Plains, Quezon City houses a studio where you can learn and create your own jewelry—a vibrant addition to your jewelry collection where you can take pride in making it with your own hands. Twisted bangles, bar pendants, textured rings, hook earrings, and even wedding bands have all been produced on the jewelers’ tables. Learn to make personalized pieces that reflect your personality and style and discover the art of metalsmithing at Metals & Gems.

This couple made their own wedding bands at the Metals & Gems studio
Working with metal allows people to create something satisfyingly functional and wearable

I Did It Myself DIY Bakery PH

Baking has never been more of a piece of cake at this interactive DIY studio in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, or Ayala Malls Manila Bay. Make baking fun and rewarding by visiting this studio filled with frostings, sugar, and sprinkles, and all the mixings you need to fix yourself a sweet treat you can decorate and eat to your heart’s desire. Regardless of your baking level, skills, and age, you’ll find that this DIY bakery is all about the fun and joy of creation for the sweet tooth—and otherwise.


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