If you find yourself inspired by the vibrant colors, colonial architecture, and cultural traditions of Vietnam, you may find the urge to take up a creative medium as an outlet for your inspiration. It can be daunting and a bit overwhelming trying to find venues to perfect your creative skills, especially if you don’t speak Vietnamese, or have difficulty navigating around the city. Here are a few of my picks for venues to go to when you’re looking to sharpen your creative skills:
VinSpace Art Studio
6 Le Van Mien, D2
Painting, drawing, kids classes
Vin Space offers a wide range of creative classes for adults and kids alike. From Linocut and painting, to kids camps encompassing just about every medium under the sun. VinSpace is the perfect place for a night with your friends and a glass of wine at their ‘Canvas and Wine’ nights, or a simple family day.
Grado Art Studio
170 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
Fine arts, kids classes
Directed and instructed by Ignacio de Grado, a Madrid-born professional painter, Grado Art Studio offers a wide-range of artistic services for adults and kids classes. Grado takes the extra step in helping you succeed in your creative endeavors by offfering portfolio preparation, private lessons, and open studio.
Hey Camel Ceramics
116/19A Tran Quoc Toan Street, D3
Hey Camel Ceramics offers weekend classes in hand-building pottery with instructor Leandro Mercelino. If you share an even deeper love for ceramics, and want to take a few extra pieces home for yourself, Leandro’s unique personal works are on display in the storefront for purchase.
The Factory Contemporary Arts Center
15 Nguyen U Di Street, D2
Arts & Crafts
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is an independent art centre that creates and hosts interdisciplinary contemporary art and cultural activities. The Factory’s classes and workshops change monthly, so check their website often to see their current offerings. Past classes have included Calligraphy, watercolor, and photography.
Grain Cooking Studio
71-75 Hai Ba Trung Street, D1
If your creative medium of choice is culinary, head to Grain Cooking Studio for a unique experience. Lessons are clear and thorough, recipes are easy to follow, the course comes packed with amazing ingredients, and courses are tasty. Plan a fun-filled afternoon here. Great for individual or group sessions.
Adina Weinand is an arts educator. Check her classes at: facebook.com/saigonleatherworkshop.