PMQ is a haven for arts, design, and experimental culinary arts converted from the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters. The fluid space, which encourages exploration and lingering in its rustic halls, hosts interactive activities and exhibitions throughout the year. Here, we’ve broken down the 40+ art and design workshops offered at the Creative Workshops Series hosted by PMQ’s tenants running from March 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, ranging from metal smithing to jew. Unless otherwise stated, all workshops occur at regular weekly times or by appointment until the end of the year.

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Strict anti-pandemic rules have most of us spending most of our time at home, not to mention summer holidays off school having been moved earlier. Certain workshops are notably kid-friendly and online so you can safely socially distance while getting the full hands-on DIY experience.

Aqua mark-making (Online and in-person)

Make your mark with pencils, pastels, and paints as you wander through a landscape of your creation. This abstract painting class will let you scribble, doodle, and splash to your heart’s desire. Online classes will be conducted through Google Meet. There’s a minimum of two people per class.

Hosted by 513 Paint Shop (S513)

  • Price: $380/material pack (online) OR $250/person (in-person)
  • Times: By appointment at least five days in advance, 2pm – 4pm / 4pm – 6pm (online and in-person)
  • Book: Call 2155 2282 or email shop@513paintshop.com (Jacqueline Wong) (online) OR register online (in-person)

Nagomi Pastel Art Trial Workshop

Nagomi art is a healing art therapy invented in Japan. Using pastels, fingerpaint and blend colours together to create a picture in a form of meditation and goal-free creative production. The workshop is guided by Isabelle Tong of Isatisse Studio, whose brand mission is to “Embrace the beauty and joy amidst our stressful life.”

Hosted by Isatisse Studio (H405)

  • Price: $320/person, $300/two people, $450 for parent and child
  • Times: By appointment at least three days in advance, 1pm – 2:30pm / 3pm – 4:30pm / 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Book: Register on Klook or email info@isatisse.com

Creative Self-expression Experience Mountaineering Weave Workshop (Online and in-person)

Master the basic mountaineering knot to make your own weave bag out of leather. You’ll learn how to do pattern placement, use leather tools, and a weaving technique. Online classes will be conducted on Zoom.

Hosted by Blind by JW (H306)

  • Price: $499-599/person (online) OR $599/person, $499/person for two (in-person)
  • Times: By appointment every day 2pm – 3:30pm / 4pm – 5:30pm (online) OR 12pm – 1:30pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3pm – 4:30pm / 5pm – 6:30pm (in-person)
  • Book: Register on Klook

Gold Foil Tote Bag Painting (Online)

Stop eating gold foil, make it into a rustic decoration for a tote bag instead! Gold foil clings onto the denim o turn a regular daily bag into an eye-drawing accessory.

Hosted by 513 Paint Shop (S513)

  • Price: $480/material pack
  • Times: By appointment at least five days in advance, sessions from 2pm – 4pm / 4pm – 6pm
  • Book: Call 2155 2282 or email shop@513paintshop.com

Cyanotype Printing Post Card Workshop (Online)

Create a unique postcard with cyanotype printing technique, using chemicals to photocopy a negative film into a blue and white picture. Participants should send the studio at least five photos of the design they would like to print prior to the workshop. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and are accessible to children 4 and up.

Hosted by Yeung Chin (H406)

  • Price: 280/material pack
  • Times: By appointment at least three days in advance, sessions every day from 11am – 1:30pm / 2pm – 7pm (1.5 hour class)
  • Book: Email astudio406@gmail.com

Cyanotype Printing Hand Fan Workshop (Online)

Use cyanotype printing technique to print your own design onto an eco-friendly hand fan. Participants should send the studio at least five photos of the design they would like to print prior to the workshop. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and are accessible to children 4 and up.

Hosted by Yeung Chin (H406)

  • Price: $280/material pack
  • Times: By appointment at least three days in advance, sessions every day from 11am – 1:30pm / 2pm – 7pm (1.5 hour class)
  • Book: Email astudio406@gmail.com

Wool Felting Pouch/Pencil Bag Workshop (Online)

Use homemade wool felt to create a small pouch, perfect for carrying your book to the cafe or as a pencil bag, an accessory that you can feel comfortable knowing you haven’t wasted material making. The class is conducted on Zoom and accessible to children 4 and up.

Hosted by Yeung Chin (H406)

  • Price: $880/material pack
  • Times: By appointment at least three days in advance, sessions every day from 11am – 1:30pm / 2pm – 7pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Email astudio406@gmail.com

DIY Aroma Diffuser Workshop (Online)

Choose yoru favourite aromatherapy oils and dried flowers to create an aroma diffuser that’s also a centrepiece with a night light function. You can even bring your own precious items to put into the machine, like shells, small keepsakes, photos, etc. When the oil is dropped into the diffuser, the smell gently disperses for five hours.

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Hosted by CECILIA MA (S202)

  • Price: $990/person
  • Times: By appointment Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am / 5pm – 6:30pm or Saturday to Sunday 11am – 12:30pm / 12:30pm – 2pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 5pm
  • Book: Register online

Music Box Workshop (Online)

Build a memory centrepiece with aromatic stones, paper, drief flowers, to make a rotating music box. The piece will contain dried flowers that last forever, a diffuser, photos or souvenirs from your own home, and even a mold of a tiny Greek statue, angel, rose, or carnation.

Hosted by CECILIA MA (S202)

  • Price: $990/person
  • Times: By appointment Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am / 5pm – 6:30pm or Saturday to Sunday 11am – 12:30pm / 12:30pm – 2pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 5pm)
  • Book: Register online

Nagomi Pastel Greeting Cards DIY Workshop

DIY a greeting card for your loved one’s special day with Nagomi pastels! During this two hour class, you’ll be able to make 2 to 3 cards, envelopes included, so you can frame your words perfectly.

Hosted by Isatisse Studio (H405)

  • Price: $380/person or $350/person for two people joining together
  • Times: By appointment at least two days in advance, sessions from 111am – 1pm / 2pm – 4pm / 5pm – 7pm
  • Book: Register online, call 9261 2948, or email info@isatisse.com

Nagomi Pastel Art JPHAA Certified Associate Instructor Course

Nagomi Art was created with the idea that the sensation of painting with your fingers brings a sense of peace and harmony. Get certified to become an associate instructor in the medium with 3 full days or 6 half days.

Hosted by Isatisse Studio (H405)

  • Price: $6,500 including materials and application fee, 10% off for two participants enrolling together
  • Times: By appointment every day (8 hours/day for 3 full days or 3 hours/day for 5-6 sessions)
  • Book: Register online, call 9261 2948, or email info@isatisse.com

Cyanotype Pink Workshop

Pink can be created with the cynaotype photographic process by applying algae to cyanotype paper. Learn this process and design your own print to apply to your clothes, shoes, leather accessories, or post card. This class is friendly for little ones aged 4 and up.

Hosted by Yeung Chin (H406)

  • Price: $480 (T-shirt/tote bag), $380 (bag), $280 (fan or post card)
  • Times: By appointment every day 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 7pm – 9:20pm
  • Book: Register on Klook

Botanical Printing and Dye Scarf Workshop

Print the shapes, colours, and textures of plants, leaves, and flowers onto a scarf with Cyanotype Workshop, where you’ll steam or boil the plant material inside wool or silk to release nature’s natural dyes. This class is friendly for little ones aged 4 and up.

Hosted by Yeung Chin (H406)

  • Price: $580 (print wool/silk scarf), $880 (print and dye wool/silk scarf)
  • Times: By appointment every day 11am – 1:30pm / 2pm – 4:30pm / 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Book: Register on Klook

Cyanotype Workshop

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces cyan-blue print, a process that offers flexibility in creation and process. Learn how to use this process to print onto a tote bag, T-shirt, post card, or hand fan. Ages 4 and up friendly.

Hosted by Yeung Chin (H406)

  • Price: $280 (post card and hand fan), $480 (T-shirt and tote bag)
  • Times: By appointment every day 11am – 1pm / 1:30pm – 4:30pm / 7pm – 10pm)
  • Book: Register on Klook

CECILIA MA DIY Handpainted Sneakers Workshop

Designer Cecilia Ma will introduce her own sneaker design, then lead the participants in painting their own new pair with patterns and graffiti style writing. There is a 10% discount for two signing up together or a 15% discount for groups of 6 signing up together.

Hosted by CECILIA MA (S202)

  • Price: $990/person
  • Times: By appointment Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am / 5pm – 6:30pm or Saturday to Sunday 11am – 12:30pm / 12:30pm – 2pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 5pm)
  • Book: Register online

Whimsical Clutch Bag Workshop

Create your own personalized mini handbag with handbags provided by Cecilia Ma. This class is age 4 and up-friendly. There is a 2 to 6 person limit.

Hosted by CECILIA MA (S202)

  • Price: $590/person
  • Times: By appointment Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am / 5pm – 6:30pm or Saturday to Sunday 11am – 12:30pm / 12:30pm – 2pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 5pm)
  • Book: Register via Klook

CECILIA MA Clutch Bag Workshop

Customize your own Cecilia Ma clutch bag, sized 18x11x6cm with paint and glitter and everything nice. All materials are included.

Hosted by CECILIA MA (S202)

  • Price: $590/person, $550/person for t wo, $490/person for three
  • Times: By appointment Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am / 5pm – 6:30pm or Saturday to Sunday 11am – 12:30pm / 12:30pm – 2pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 5pm)
  • Book: Register via Klook

CECILIA MA Clutch Bag and Sneakers Family Workshop

Make two wearable artworks in this workshop specifically for a parent and a little one, no age limits! First, you’ll handpaint a clutch bag, and then paint a kid’s handbag or little sneakers (size 22-34).

Hosted by CECILIA MA (S202)

  • Price: $980 for two (parent and child)
  • Times: By appointment Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am / 5pm – 6:30pm or Saturday to Sunday 11am – 12:30pm / 12:30pm – 2pm / 2pm – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 5pm)
  • Book: Register online

Upcycling Denim – Print Your Scarf

Upcycle denim or cotton scraps into a bohemian scarf with a fringe, and then print if with your own design or slogan. The instructor will be there to guide you with the basic skills, but other than that, how the scarf looks will be completely up to your imagination. Recommended for all 6 and above.

Hosted by Phenotypsetter (S203)

  • Price: $380/person
  • Times: Date of participant’s choice (by appointment only)
  • Book: Register online, call 9300 0391, or email jane@phenotypsetter.com (Jane Ng)
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Upcycling Denim Workshop

All you need is an old pair of jeans to make a rustic, strudy apron, totebag, or hat in this workshop. The instructor will guide you with the basic tailoring pattern and teach you how to cut and sew the denim. This class is limited to one or two participants per class.

Hosted by Phenotypsetter (S203)

  • Price: $400-$500/person
  • Times: Date of participant’s choice (by appointment only)
  • Book: Register online

Upcycling Denim Bucket Hat – Making Workshop

Bring a pair of jeans you used to leave, preferably baggy, and upcycle into a brand new accessory: a bucket hat. Everything else you need, including a paper pattern, paints, and trims will be provided. This class is limited to 2 people maximum.

Hosted by Phenotypsetter (S203)

  • Price: $560/person
  • Times: Date of participant’s choice (by appointment only)
  • Book: Register online

Denim Bucket Hat – Decoration Workshop

In this class, you’ll be supplied with a denim bucket hat and paints, needle and thread, and all other supplies you’ll need to create your own unique bucket hat. Who said bucket hats had to be basic? Accessible to beginners and everyone aged 12 and above. This class is limited to 2 people maximum.

Hosted by Phenotypsetter (S203)

  • Price: $450/person
  • Times: Date of participant’s choice (by appointment only)
  • Book: Register online

CYMASCOPE

A cymascope is a device used to observe sound visually, by causing a membrane to vibrate and casting light onto the membrane. Create a wearable sound in this CYMASCOPE workshop out of pure tin, and the final product can be used as a plate or incense holder.

Hosted by Playback Concept (S212)

  • Price: $450/person
  • Times: Every Thursday and Saturay 1pm – 3pm / 4pm – 6pm / 5pm – 7pm / 6pm – 8pm
  • Book: Register online

Pure Tin Plate Workshop

Learn how to hammer tin to create a pattern, shape the tin plate, and end up with an approximately 10cm diameter plate that can absorb odours and remove impurities. This class can be taken by everyone 12 and up.

Hosted by Playback Concept (S212)

  • Price: $490/person
  • Times: Available from Tuesday to Sunday 1pm – 3pm / 4pm – 6pm / 4pm – 7pm / 6pm – 8pm
  • Book: Register online

Pattern Weaving Artwork

Get into the zone weaving with MODEMENT, learning the techniques of looming and looping; find freedom in pattern. This class is limited to 2 participants.

Hosted by MODEMENT (S303)

  • Price: $580/person, 10% discount for two
  • Times: By appointment every Thursday to Sunday 2pm – 4pm / 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Book: Register online

SAORI Weaving Tapestry

Learn Saori style weaving, a free form style originating in Japan which is about expressing the personality of the weaver. This class is limited to 2 participants.

Hosted by MODEMENT (S303)

  • Price: $580/person, 10% discount for two
  • Times: By appointment every Thursday to Sunday 2pm – 4pm / 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Book: Register online

Create Your Own Bracelets by Natural Gemstone

String your own gemstone knot bracelet with beads and wax cord. Participants can choose between set A or B, set B including more pieces of larger beads and more of other accessories to create a more dramatic, complex look.

Hosted by MDVS (S413)

  • Price: $580/person (Set A), $860/person (Set B)
  • Times: By appointment every day between 2pm – 8pm (1.5-2 hour class)
  • Book: WhatsApp 6884 2813 or email info@mondovi.com.hk

Dyeing Experience by Food Waste Colour Workshop

Make y our own Shibori tie dye or Itajime wooden plate dye with a traditional Furoshiki wrapping cloth with dyes made from food waste! Take the colour blue from purple cabbage, yellow from onion and ginger, pink from sakura wood, brown from tea to create your own unique multi-purpose cloth.

Hosted by Dyelicious (S506)

  • Price: $395/person
  • Times: By appointment every Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 1:30pm / 2:30pm – 5:30pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Register online

Art Jam

Create freely on the verandah of Oscary Art, on a canvas and with acrylic paints of your choice. The tutor will help you decide what to paint and guide you through basic painting techniques. The class is limited to 1 to 4 people.

Hosted by Oscary Art (S511)

  • Price: $200/person
  • Times: By appointment every day (4 hour class)
  • Book Call 9588 1514 or email oscaryart@gmail.com

Pour Painting Workshop

Look out on PMQ’s courtyard from 513 Paint Shop’s verandah and let your creativity and paint flow. Use paint flowing technique to make a painting that imitates the flow of water or clouds in this freely expressive class.

Hosted by 513 Paint Shop (S513)

  • Price: $180/person
  • Times: By appointment at least 3-5 days ahead, everyday 12pm – 2pm / 2pm – 4pm / 4pm – 6pm
  • Book: Register online

Two-way Knit Necklace Workshop

Learn how to use ribbon yarn to knit a two way necklace clasped with a magnetic clasp. You can choose to make one long necklace or a bracelet and necklace set. The class is limited to 2 to 6 participants.

Hosted by HAK (H202)

  • Price: $560/person
  • Times: Date of participant’s choice (by appointment only)
  • Book: Register online

Silver Bangle Workshop

In this intensive, satisfying workshop, participants are provided with 25 grams of silver, 2-3 hours, and the skills and knowledge to create a unique silver bangle by the end of class. There are six styles to choose from (e.g. hammered, diveted, half round), all requiring their own filing, twisting, or texturing techniques to achieve the final product.

Hosted by Obellery (H403)

  • Price: $1780/person
  • Times: By appointment 11:00am / 2:30pm / 5pm (2-3 hour class)
  • Book: Call +852 2155 4198 or email info@obellery.com

Wedding Ring Workshop

Personalize your wedding rings by crafting your own set of engagement and wedding rings. Participants are taught metalworking basics in the first class by making a pair of silver rings, and then perfect their skills in the second class by crafting a pair of gold rings ($12,800 for two including materials). Cool-toned friends can choose to create the second pair of rings in bi-colored gold with various 18 karat gold alloys ($14,800 for two inclusive).

Hosted by Obellery (H403)

  • Price: $12,800/2 people (2 lessons, 6 hours)
  • Times: By appointment 11:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30pm – 5:30pm / 7:00pm – 10:00pm 
  • Book: Call +852 2155 4198 or email info@obellery.com
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Signet Ring Workshop

This family heirloom tradition turned statement accessory has made its rounds in trends and seems here to stay. The bold face and endless possibilities for personalization and embellishment make the signet ring nearly timeless. In this intimate class (maximum 2 participants per class), learn how to create your own heritable jewelry piece.

Hosted by Obellery (H403)

  • Price: $1,480/person (max. 2 people)
  • Times: By appointment 11am / 5:30pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Call +852 2155 4198 or email info@obellery.com

Silver Ring Jewellery Workshop 

To craft a silver ring with your own hands, Obellery offers 3 levels of classes. Level 1 guides you through making an everyday ring with a simple design and technique. Level 2 highlights more specialized metalsmithing techniques, and Level 3 teaches advanced designs that are more difficult to master.

Hosted by Obellery (H403)

  • Price: Level 1 $880/person; Level 2: $1,280/person; Level 3: $1,480/person
  • Times: By appointment 11:00am / 2:30pm / 5:00pm (1.5 – 2 hours for Level 1; 2 – 3 hours for Level 2; 3 hours for Level 3)
  • Book: Register online, call 2155 4198, or email info@obellery.com

Simplified, Easy and Fun Shoe Making Workshop

Designed for cobbling beginners, this workshop teaches basic hand-stitching, leather sewing, and sole cementing methods to create a pair of leather shoes in a colour and style of your choosing.

Hosted by Shoe Artistry – Bespoke Handmade Leather Shoes (S603)

  • Price: From $500
  • Times: By appointment on Saturdays between 12pm and 6pm (3-4 hour class)
  • Book: Register online

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT Bracelet Workshop

Learn the traditional Japanese metalworking method of mokume gane (translates to “wood grain metal”), which results in distinctive swirling mixed-metal layers in jewelry. Craft a pair of bracelets with a friend in solid sterling silver. Two to four person maximum per class.

Hosted by Playback Concept (S212)

  • Price: $1,500/person
  • Times: Every Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 3pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Register online

DRIFTWOOD Bracelet Workshop

Marry the contrasting tones of copper and silver to create a pair of bracelets that imitate natural wood. The simple technique of cutting a two tone bracelet at a particular angle and depth reveals the inner metal for a range of potential designs. This workshop is conducted in Cantonese.

Hosted by Playback Concept (S212)

  • Price: $1,600/piece; $2,800/pair
  • Times: Every Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 3pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Register online

Silver Bracelets Workshop

Forge a sterling silver bracelet, customizing the thickness and width of the band, hand-stamping letters and/or numbers of your choosing into the bracelet, and choosing a finishing: mirror finish, matte finish, or oxidized. Designed for beginners with no metalworking experience, participants can experience the full lifecycle of creating a piece of jewelry.

Hosted by Playback Concept (S212)

  • Price: $,1200/piece; $1,900/pair
  • Times: Every weekend 12pm – 3pm /4:30pm – 7:30pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Register online

Wool Felting Workshop

Wool felt is a forgiving material that limits fabric wastage. It’s an ideal material for teaching beginners because the fabric’s properties make it relatively easy to create seamless edges. This workshop teaches beginners how to create a light nuno/wool felt scarf and felt bag with colors and a pattern of your choosing.

Hosted by A studio X YC (H406)

  • Price: $680 (Felt bag), $980 (Nuno felt scarf), $1,680 (Wool felt scarf)
  • Times: By appointment every day 11am – 1pm / 1:30pm – 4:30pm / 7:10pm (3 hour class)
  • Book: Register on Klook

Resin Fluid Art Workshop

Get fluid and dive into resin fluid art! You’ll create a psychedelic brass colur tray (choose from two shapes, round or rectangle) and cup coaster. You also have the choice to upgrade to a larger-sized tray for $100 more.

Hosted by rcube Store (H408)

  • Price: $480/person
  • Times: By appointment every day from 2pm – 8pm (1.5-2 hour class)
  • Book: Register on Klook

Concrete x Resin Workshop (Aroma Stone Diffuser)

rcube Store’s ethos is innovative home accessories and stationery practically designed. In this workshop highlighting the benefits of natural, economical materials, work tactically with concrete, plaster, and resin to create a two-tone coaster and aroma stone. Aroma stones are eco-friendly diffusers, where drops of essential oils are absorbed into a stone and create a soothing long-lasting smell.

Hosted by rcube Store (H408)

  • Price: $480/person
  • Times: By appointment every day between 2pm – 8pm (1.5-2 hour class)
  • Book: Register on Klook

DIY Clock Workshop (Concrete & Resin)

Create a psychedelic, nature-inspired clock and two coasters utilizing resin flow technique. Get exposure to working with a range of natural ingredients like concrete and resin to make a practical home accessory.

Hosted by rcube Store (H408)

  • Price: $550/person
  • Times: By appointment every day between 2:00pm – 8:00pm (1.5-2 hour class)
  • Book: Register on Klook

Master Class Series

513 Paint Shop presents a one-on-one workshop to learn how to create an abstract image with paint and gold foil on velvet fabric or canvas. The workshop can hold up to four people maximum.

Hosted by 513 Paint Shop (S513)

  • Price: $900 (on velvet/canvas) or $1,800 (on velvet)
  • Times: By appointment at least 5 days ahead, sessions every day 12:00pm – 3:00pm / 3:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Book: Register online

Denim Gold Foil Handbag Workshop

Bring denim, a utilitarian, sturdy material, and gold leaf, a delicate luxury, together into a personalized bag in this workshop. In 513 Paint Shops’ words, transform simplicity into “wearable artwork.”

Hosted by 513 Paint Shop (S513)

  • Price: $300/person
  • Times: By appointment every day 12:00pm – 2:00pm / 2:00pm – 4:00pm / 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Book: Register online

Coaster Painting

Paint with 513 Paint Shop’s paints to create your own durable cork coaster. Classes can hold 1 to 8 people maximum and classes are conducted in Cantonese and English.

Hosted by 513 Paint Shop (S513)

  • Price: $150/person
  • Times: By appointment 12:00pm – 1:30pm / 2:00pm – 3:30pm / 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Book: Register online

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Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

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