This article was last updated on January 11, 2022.
If you're looking for ways to get creative in Barcelona, then you're in luck. Barcelona has a thriving creative scene and many options for non-native speakers. Here's our list of 8 fun activities to get your creative groove on.
1. Painting (with or without drinks)
Barcelona is one of many cities where you can arrange an evening of painting, accompanied with a drink. It’s fun to do on your own, with a date or a group of friends and no experience is necessary. There are a few different options in Barcelona. We’ve published a review about Salir con Arte (classes are held in Spanish) as well as Art Bar, who offers classes in English. Art Bar also offers kid’s classes and an occasional “paint your pet” night where well-behaved dogs are welcome.
If you’re interested in a group painting class that doesn’t involve drinking, check out this class on Meetup.
Barcelona is home to at least eight different pottery studios, so you will find many options for weekend workshops, open studio time, as well as ongoing courses for beginners and advanced students. Some locations have wheel-throwing classes, while others focus primarily on clay sculpture and hand-building. Here is a full listing of pottery studios in Barcelona.
There are a number of coworking carpentry workshops with shared machines and tools that you can use for your projects. Some offer everything you need, from materials to assistance, so that you can concentrate on making.
Or join a workshop to learn how to make your own skateboard! Esteve at AymaBoards will share his passion for wood and board sports with you and you'll walk away with a custom-made skate deck.
Do you prefer to express your creativity in the kitchen? There are a number of chefs and tour companies catering to visitors who are interested in learning how to make Paella. If that's what you're looking for, TripAdvisor has a listing of the best cooking classes in Barcelona.
Barcelona's architecture, urban art, eclectic people, and beautiful natural surroundings make it a photographer's dream location. Choose your favorite subject and set your own route or join a local photography tour. There are so many of them, we can't include them all here, but here are a few links.
There are a number of different classes and workshops available for those who are looking to sew. Whether it's your own clothing, or textile art you're interested in, you're sure to find material and resources available. Rosas Crafts is a workshop and store near Arc de Triomf. They offer classes for beginners as well as advanced techniques. You can also try Lantoki, where you will find classes as well as space for rent, including equipment.
7. Life Drawing
At Meetup you will find a number of life drawing classes and at Life Drawing Barcelona they offer an international atmosphere in a 200 year-old building in the heart of Barcelona. Classes are every Friday night for a two-hour session of life drawing and afterwards they have optional dinner and drinks to get to know each other. No experience is necessary, just a desire to explore your creative side!
8. Urban Art
Local street artist, Yuri, offers the opportunity to co-create a wall painting in the district of Poble Sec. You will also be welcomed to his atelier and gallery and drinks and supplies are provided.
9. Making Mosaics
After visiting some of Gaudí's incredible buildings in Barcelona many people are inspired to make their own mosaic art. There are a number of different options including: Mosaiccos, where classes as well as corporate events and team-buildings are offered. You can also join mosaic artist Lívia Garreta in her workshop.
10. Make your own shoes (Espadrilles)
Enjoy the great experience of making espadrilles with your own hands in a traditional workshop in Barcelona.
Extra! Creative Mornings
Are you an artist, maker or designer looking for inspiration? Creative Mornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Their free, monthly events feature breakfast a short talk about a variety of topics and issues related to creative work. Events in Barcelona are held at Imagine Cafe, near Plaza Catalunya.