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Originally published by Ching Yuen. Last updated by Janice Lam.
If you can jam with music, why not jam with art? Art jamming is a relaxing and engaging group activity that brings out your inner artist and unleashes your raw creativity on a blank canvas. It’s also an unconventional alternative when you’re looking to hang out with friends and family. Here are our top picks for the best studios that host art jamming sessions and classes around Hong Kong. Let’s jam!
Artistry is all about freeing your mind, and what better way to do that than by being surrounded by the calming sea views of Repulse Bay? Located along Repulse Bay Beach, The Art Bay is the perfect place for you to get away from the shackles of work and everyday life. Its studio takes on a self-help format so you can have full control over your creation. Each session begins at two hours ($460 per adult; $380 per child) and charges $200 for each hour after. You can also consider their unlimited giant canvas art jamming package ($2,280) if you want to spend a whole day basking in warm, beachy sunlight and the artistic atmosphere of their beautiful studio.
The Art Bay, Shop 203B, 2/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 5517 9437 (WhatsApp)
Recognisable blue walls, the abundance of canvases displayed, bouquets of flowers decorating the entrance—the inviting vibrancy of Chillax Place is enough to tell you all about the fun free-flow art jam ($300 per person) they offer to both adults and children. After an interactive and inspiring session of art and music, you may take pictures in front of the iconic blue hub with your friends and your unique acrylic creations. Optimising the gorgeous exterior design, Chillax Place even hosts outdoor art jamming in cooler seasons!
A rare ground-floor studio located in a quiet neighbourhood, Chillax Place allows an escape from rigid city life into a peaceful few hours connecting with your artistic side. If you are an avid art jammer or see yourself as a regular visitor at Chillax Place, they have a 24-hour freestyle art jamming package ($1,850) that includes a total of 24 hours of admission, so you can walk in any time you feel like creating. Chillax Place also holds occasional art workshops with various organisations on different art forms, such as Indonesian batik, pyrography, and crochet.
Chillax Place, Shop B, G/F, 6 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 5322 9337
A cosy shelter from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, Art Shelter offers a space for your own artistic expression, be it a charcoal sketch of a celebrity, an acrylic replica of a famous painting, or an original portrait of your cat. A three-hour session ($300) includes all the painting tools you need, professional guidance from art tutors, as well as a complimentary tea—a great idea for an afternoon spent with your friends or loved ones.
Art Shelter, 1/F, 273 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei
Specialising in art courses for children and classes for adults, as well as guided art jamming sessions with teachers, Platform Art Jamming Studio is the perfect place for novice painters to start their creative journey. Pigments and paints available here are all handmade and flown in from France and Japan, with up to 115 different kinds of colours and hues for you to choose from and explore the subtle art of colour mixing.
With locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and even in Macau, there are options to book out a session for a casual art jam with friends, team-building workshops, and even a children’s party!
Feed your artistic appetite at Muse Art Jam’s art jamming workshops ($238 for three hours), where you can indulge in the serene setting of a bright and minimalistic studio, soak up the benefits of complimentary herbal teas, and reset your inner calm before tackling the blank canvas for your next visual masterpiece.
While you are free to create any kind of painting or even come up with your own subject matter, the instructors at Muse Art Jam will also offer reference works for you to choose from to get you started. Landscapes and night skies are quite common, as are cartoon characters and animals. Classes are suitable for all ages!
Muse Art Jam, Room C, 12/F, Kwong On Bank Mong Kok Branch Building, 728 Nathan Road, Mong Kok | (+852) 9884 8827
Painting can be done on all sorts of surfaces, and Aura Art is the perfect place to push past conventional boundaries. Offering an art jamming experience that extends beyond the canvas and onto everyday items and accessories, you can paint on fabric tote bags ($290) and phone cases ($290) for a personal touch to your everyday items, or craft your own piece of neon art ($400). Drinks and tools are provided at no extra charge, and Aura Art also has a wide range of art materials and reference books available for purchase.
Aura Art, 1/F, 16 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2886 2359
More experienced artists will love the customisable art jamming experience offered at Art Fête. From different choices of canvas size to the duration of your workshop session—which can range from two to five hours—this studio presents art jamming in a casual, come-as-you-will format.
If going with a partner, opt for one of their couple sets, such as set A ($300), which comes with two 20x20 canvases and complimentary snacks. For the ultimate team-building activity, why not combine your canvases into one large painting surface to create a collaborative art piece to remember?
Art Fête, Shop 6E, Harvest Moon House, 337–339 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 9874 4650
Hidden among the numerous creative endeavours inside PMQ, simply walking into Oscary Art will have you trembling in artsy anticipation. Art jamming workshops ($200) usually last for three to four hours and the atmosphere is convivial and collaborative. Make some friends along the way as you paint on canvases or tote bags and let yourself be inspired by what other people are working on.
If you’re looking to follow up your art jamming experience with even more workshops, Oscary Art also hosts guided classes on preserved flower art and build-your-own terrariums to spruce up your home.
Oscary Art, S511, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 9588 1514
For an all-inclusive experience, look no further than Popa Art, an urban art jamming studio that takes pride in its comfortable atmosphere, complete with a peaceful soundtrack, complimentary beverages, and all the creative materials you need to craft a masterpiece painting. For $400, you get a canvas of your choice and three hours of thorough art jamming. You can also book out the entire studio for a private art jamming party, as long as you come with a group of at least 10 people. Capacity is capped at 20.
Popa Art, Room N, 3/F, Kiu Hing Mansion, 11 Tin Hau Temple Road, Tin Hau | (+852) 2529 9608
Much loved for their colourful décor, Magen Studio is often frequented by local celebrities looking to take their creative talents for a spin. Art jamming sessions start from $320, but discounts are given for groups of two participants and more, so bring a group of intrepid friends to take full advantage of their group deals! After you have completed your painting workshop, wrap up with a few selfies taken along their patterned walls and floral backdrops to remember your artistic day out.
Magen Studio, 3/F, 470 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 9444 9477
If you’re looking to become a regular art jammer, then L’b3 Workshop should be at the top of your list. It offers art jamming sessions centred around monthly themes to keep artistic minds entertained, but you can also bring your own reference photos and ask the teachers to guide you along. Workshops start from $200 for three hours, and includes a 30x40 canvas and complimentary beverages.
L’b3 Workshop, Room A8, 4/F, Block 2, Camel Paint Building, 62 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong
Serving as a purpose-built, multi-functional art space in the heart of Hong Kong’s creative district, Artffiti bundles an exhibition gallery, an events space, and a classroom all into one convenient location. Here, art jamming workshops are hosted for both kids and adults, and they specialise in art jamming parties for all ages as well. All tools and materials required for the workshop are provided by Artffiti. For larger gatherings, Artffiti can also customise your workshop experience and offer event planning for your art jam!
Artffiti, Flat E, 2/F, Tai Fat Building, 37 Ko Shing Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9125 3579
Perfect for entertaining the little ones on rainy afternoons, Choco L’Art Studio offers three-hour art jamming workshops (starting from $300) that are well-suited for developing budding artistic curiosity. Packed with all sorts of equipment, ranging from acrylics to watercolour paints, as well as classes on oil painting and sketching depending on your preference for the day, there’s plenty to get busy with. Although Choco L’Art Studio focuses more on art for children, adults are welcome to join in on the fun!
Looking for a truly unique painting workshop? KA Atelier offers art jamming sessions and classes with a traditional Chinese twist. For starters, you can paint on Chinese teacups ($450), drawing inspiration from natural motifs like bamboo, plum blossoms, and orchids, and you can also get to work on customising your own wooden jewellery box ($430). Even more unconventional options come in the form of painting your own traditional silk fan ($520), which uses Chinese inks and colours to encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese painting styles.
KA Atelier, 2D Star Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 3484 2919
Bonart describes their art jamming sessions as “a free-flowing acrylic paint buffet” and we’ll be darned if that doesn’t perfectly encapsulate what an art jamming experience feels like. Choose to craft your painting project on either the 45x45 canvas ($350) or the 50x70 canvas ($420) for your three-hour session. Aprons and wet paintboxes are included in the price so you can safely transport your masterpiece to its new home!