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Must-do Ballarat workshops and masterclasses

Visit Ballarat

04 Nov 2020

Filed underFood & Drink

Cook gnocchi like Nonna used to make, paint like Picasso or explore the basics of beekeeping at one of Ballarat’s hands-on workshops and masterclasses.

  • Let your inner artist shine over a glass of wine at the newly-opened Pinot & Picasso Ballarat (main image). Whilst you enjoy your BYO wine and platters, your expert host will deliver comprehensive step-by-step instructions to help you create a masterpiece. Florals, animals and icons such as Davie Bowie and Cleopatra are among the upcoming session themes. Details:
  • ClayMotion‘s range of in-studio classes include pottery, mosaics, drawing and acrylic pouring. Or try a newly-introduced offering such as make your own olla (ancient garden irrigation) or eco dyeing classes. Details:
  • Channel Demi Moore’s famous Ghost pottery wheel scene with Ceramics in the City‘s Wheel Experience. Details: 
  • Follow the journey from vineyard to bottle with The Curious Wine Maker, a year-long journey with Mitchell Harris winemaker John Harris and business partner Craig Mitchell. Details:
  • Learn traditional Italian recipes straight from the masters at Carboni’s monthly cooking masterclasses. Join chef Dona Pietrantuono and his team as they show you how to make fresh pasta, gnocchi or pasta sauces before enjoying the fruits of your labour over a glass of wine at lunch. Details:
  • Have a smashing good time while you make a mosaic plate at a Made by Mill workshop. The cost includes all materials and a light lunch. Details:
  • Explore the world of boutique fragrances at a Sweet Fern perfume masterclass. Over a glass of champagne and a sharing platter, you’ll identify the major fragrance accords and uncover the perfect scent for you. Details:
  • During spring and summer, join one of Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat‘s small group tutorials on beekeeping basics. Choose from Introduction to Beekeeping, Secret Life of Bees: Open Hive Experience, or Advanced Beekeeping Course. Details:
Beck Davies Ceramics
  • Sign up for a three-hour workshop in wheel throwing or handbuilding with Beck Davies Ceramics. Or how about a Friday night clay date featuring wheel throwing, music, nibbles and wine? Details:


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.