Brisbane’s Best Classes For Self Improvement

Brisbane’s Best Classes For Self Improvement

Burgeoning artist, photographer or cook? Learn a new skill or upgrade one you have with Brisbane's best classes for self improvement.

By Lucy Stephens | 20th August 2014

Too often we get so bogged down in the mundane aspects of everyday life that we forget to embrace the curiosity of our inner child. Have you ever noticed that you have a real interest in cooking or a penchant for photography? Or just wanted to upskill your basic knowledge? It’s never too late too develop a new skill, and Brisbane is bursting at the seams with classes and workshops on offer so you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

Here are some of Brisbane’s best:

1. Cook up a storm

James Street Cooking School, Fortitude Valley
Master the art of cooking a range of different cuisines from professional chefs at the James Street Cooking School. Some of the class options available include beer and barbecuing, chocolate desserts, Indian, French, modern Australian and Malaysian. With its 11-year history, the cooking school has created the perfect formula to ensure everyone receives the attention they need to receive top-notch cooking skills.

Also recommended:
Spirit House, Yandina
Vanilla Zulu, Wilston

2. Try your hand as an artist

Brisbane Institute of Art, Windsor
Test out your artistic ability in life drawing or traditional art classes for all levels of ability at the Brisbane Institute of Art. See your skills improve drastically with the guidance of seasoned professionals.

Also recommended:
Artshed, West End
ART101, Fortitude Valley

3. Learn a language

Institute of Modern Languages, St Lucia
Are you jetting off to another country anytime soon and keen to pick up a few key phrases before you go? Even if you aren’t traveling, learning a language delivers a host of awesome benefits on the side. Get ready to improve your memory, become more perceptive and build multitasking skills to name but a few.

The Institute of Modern Languages is recognised as one of Queensland’s leading language service providers and cover everything from Hindi to Finnish.

Also recommended:
Language Institute, Brisbane
French Lessons Brisbane, Wooloowin

4. Fine-tune your photography skills

Bluedog Photography, Brisbane
Learn from the professional photographers who tutor at Bluedog and enjoy the small class sizes for more one-on-one time. There are classes to suit all levels of experience with courses including street photography, beginner workshops and Brisbane After Dark. Workshops are held in a variety of locations such as Mount Tamborine, the Gold Coast, Redcliffe and the Brisbane CBD.

Also recommended:
Photoh, Brisbane
Learn Photography with Photo Genius, Brisbane

5. Hone your self-defence skills

Brisbane Martial Arts, Kelvin Grove
If you would feel vulnerable in a high-pressure situation perhaps a self defence class is the right step. Brisbane Martial Arts will assist in developing life-saving techniques that will increase your chances of survival in a dangerous situation. In addition to the physical benefits, participants will also learn to maintain clear thoughts in stressful situations and empower themselves.

Also recommended:
Personal Safety Australia, Corinda
Free Women’s Self Defence Classes, New Farm


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Article by Lucy Stephens

Lucy Stephens is a Senior Digital Journalist and Content Strategist at Style Magazines. She's a travel addict, considers gelato an appropriate meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner (salted caramel, preferably), and suffers from a moderate to severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out).


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