School work is important, but so are extracurricular activities to ensure a healthy, balanced schedule throughout the semester. And that goes for both parents and kids.
For anyone with a penchant for hands-on workshops, check out the arts and crafts studios located on fourth floor of Réel Mall in central Jing’an. Whether it’s carpentry, silversmith or cooking, this well-illuminated space has got you covered.
This silversmith workshop hosts sessions for adults and kids throughout the day. Beginners can start with chiselling bookmarks, while the more seasoned participants can try making cutlery such as a spoon or butter knife, as well as accessories like bangles and rings. Price starts at RMB99, which includes the tutorial and access to tools.
Contact Augusmith via their offical WeChat ID: wxid_azos2stx14fa12
Bu-Er Pottery Workshop
Bu-Er is your classic step-by-step pottery workshop. From shaping clay on a wheel, to coloring and applying glaze, you can make any small-to medium-sized ceramic items here. Price per class is RMB160, while serious potters can opt for a long-term training program which includes 60 sessions (RMB7,800).
Contact Bu-Er Pottery Workshop via their offical WeChat ID: gh_aef7bb237ad4
Cook & Book
Cook & Book is essentially a cooking and barista workshop, with a history of setting up seasonal events to meet local and western festivities. A foundational class at RMB238 allows you to choose from making a batch of cupcakes, cookies, almond crisps or a lava cake, and trains you in the basics of baking. More seasoned bakers can opt for the birthday cake preparation class at RMB488, which starts with making the sponge to piping decors. And if latte art is something you wish to master, don’t forget to look into Cook & Book’s two-hour course at RMB388.
Contact Cook & Book via their offical WeChat ID: CookBook816
iYoo Paint Bar
Facing a sweeping view of the temple and business highrises around Jing’an Park, iYoo Paint Bar is a great place to draw out your inner artist. Whether you are interested in replicating an art masterpiece, or painting something from your imagination, iYoo has got the materials to facilitate your desire. A painting experience on a miniature 30 centimeter x 30 centimeter canvas is priced at RMB138, while a 12-course training program can amount to RMB4,600. Classes are approximately 3 hours long, and come with a steady supply of drinks and snacks to keep you energized.
Since opening its first DIY accessory workshop on the burgeoning Changle Lu, Me·to·Two has seen four branches opening in Shanghai’s most popular shopping complexes. The Réel Mall outpost offers a unique range of materials including leather, embroidery, textile and carpentry to make your jewelry a special piece. The price you pay is subject to the materials purchased, while there is no additional fee for tutorial or access to tools.
Contact Me·to·Two via their offical WeChat ID: metotwo
ZoWoo is a carpenter’s heaven. From kitchen utensils to musical instruments, toys to modestly sized furniture, there is a range of options for you to craft. There are six types of raw wood you can select – from beech to sandalwood – to make your item truly original. Prices start at RMB128 for easy, entry-level items like chopsticks, to RMB588 for a ukulele and RMB788 for a skateboard.
Contact ZoWoo via their offical WeChat ID: zowoolife
[All images by Mandy Tie/Urban Family]