Today we talk with Laura Carrie about Classes with Glasses - a program of workshops with BYO drinks! From screen printing to watercolour, textile art to beeswax wraps, Laura's workshops have something for every budding artist and DIY-er.
Why are you passionate about your class, and where did your passion stem from?
I started 'Classes with Glasses' because I run a beautiful studio space in Surry Hills, Sydney, and some nights we don't have any bookings, the space was just sitting their empty. Meanwhile, I was working really closely with some workshop teachers (I also run co-working from the studio) and they wanted to run workshop from the studio but couldn't afford the hire price, especially if they were only getting four or five attendees. I decided to start my own workshop program with them and not charge them upfront for studio hire. I take just 20% of ticket sales instead, no minimum, they can run the class with one person if they like. This has worked out really well for everybody and I love meeting and working with lots of talented beautiful people, and seeing the studio bustling.
Why should people attend your workshops?
Anyone wanting to learn a new skill or looking for an alternative to going to the pub for date night, or a night out with friends. Allowing BYO drinks means you can knock back a bubbly while you master the art of collage.
What makes your workshops extra special?
My teachers are all super patient and just want people to have fun while they learn. They spend one on one time with each participant to make sure they are confident and having fun.
What experience does the attendee take away?
You'll never feel out of your depth and you'll probably make some new friends as our classes are super social. We want you to not just come out with a new mad skill, but also to have had a memorable night and made some new connections with like-minded people.
What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to running your classes?
Honestly, I love every minute of the classes. From when people walk up the stairs of the studio (pretty much everyone exclaims 'How cute!') to seeing them walk out with a smile on their face clutching their precious artwork. I feel really blessed to be part of such a wonderful experience with people. My very favourite classes have ended up with two of the classes joining together at the end while they finish off their glass of vino and swap stories about their night.