Workshop Your Way to an Artisan Christmas

Expand your skills and have fun at the same time at one of these creative workshops around Auckland

You too can have the moves like Napoleon Dynamite. Picture / Supplied

Learn some sweet dance moves
Blow them out of the water at the office Christmas party dance-off with some sweet new moves courtesy of the Shut Up and Dance crew. Many of their pre-Christmas classes are sold out but if you’re quick you can sign up for Saturday Mornings in Epsom for a discounted rate of $50 (down from $80) for four classes from November 26. The adults-only classes must be paid for in full online at
9.45am-10.30am Saturdays from November 26-December 17, Jack Dickey Community Hall, 174 Greenlane West Rd, Epsom.

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Make your own Christmas cards
If you want to get a few Christmas cards in the bank, head along to Auckland Art Gallery’s screen printing workshop with Hayley Pearce from The Art Room this Sunday. Over three hours you’ll design your own stencil and print your own gift cards from a selection of six colours. The $95 fee covers all the materials, gets you 15 cards and the stencil to take home, a one-year membership to the gallery (worth $50) and a Membership Welcome Pack including a tote bag. Organisers advise guests to wear old clothes or bring an apron.
Sunday November 27, 2pm-5pm in the Studio, Lower Ground Level, Auckland Art Gallery, cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts, Auckland City. 

Design a wreath for the front door
Impress the neighbours with your own long-lasting festive wreath this Christmas season. Bread and Butter Letter are hosting an afternoon of wreath-making with master florist Rosie Holt from Rose Tinted Flowers at her Iron Bank studio on Cross St. The class, just $49, gets you the lesson, all the materials, the wreath to take home for your front door, a goodie bag, and a 20 per cent-off coupon to spend in store. The flowers and greenery should last all through December.
Saturday December 3, 12pm, 22B Cross St, Auckland City. 

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Enjoy your garden indoors
Garden Objects has a couple of workshops this side of Santa time — they’re also holding a Christmas wreath-making class, with garden florist Felicity Jones of Green is the Thing on December 8 ($120), and on December 14 you can learn the art of flower arranging with Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral. Sophie will show you how to put together a loose garden arrangement using summer flowers, which you can take home in a simple glass vase. All materials are provided for both workshops, as are refreshments of cheese, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, and guests will receive and in-store discount at their Kohimarama studio.
Christmas wreath making with Felicity Jones: Thursday December 8, 6.30pm-8.30pm, $120. Eight spaces available. Flower arranging with Sophie Wolanski: Wednesday December 14, 6.30pm-8.30pm, $140. Eight spaces available. Both workhops will be held at Garden Objects, 5 Eltham Rd, Kohimarama.

Cook an Italian feast
Learn how to prepare a Christmas feast, Italian-style, with Farina’s Sergio Maglione at Milly’s this Saturday. The two-hour masterclass, $85, will cover three courses: fresh pasta (hand-made crayfish ravioli), secondo (quail, filled with Italian pork fennel sausage wrapped in pancetta, served on eggplant puree with fresh pomegranates) and dolce (panacottalova — an Italian twist on pavalova).You’ll enjoy a serving of each dish, and learn some of Sergio’s tips and tricks. An in-store discount of 10 per cent is available for some in-store items on the night.
Saturday November 26, 11am-1pm, Milly's Parnell Store, Home Ideas Centre Building Level 1, 165 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland

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