10 Cool Workshops to Try in 2020

For a new you.

(SPOT.ph) With the New Year comes a fresh start and a clean slate. Besides being an opportunity to move on from the mistakes and failures of the previous year, it’s also a chance for you to reinvent yourself for the better. Take a cue from this list and learn a new skill through a workshop! After all, the fastest way to pick up a skill is to ask an expert.

Here are 10 cool workshops you should try in 2020:

Creative Journaling with Abbey Sy


When: February 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Papemelroti Artisan’s Workshop, 91 Don A. Roces Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Workshop fee: P1,800
Contact: Papemelroti

Journaling is a great way to unwind and manage those anxious feelings. This workshop will encourage you to unleash your creativity and teach you basic illustration and collage tips and tricks from Abbey Sy, a hand-lettering artist and best-selling author. Attendees will receive a pocket notebook, stickers, washi tape, and special items from Abbey Sy’s shop. 

Basic Baybayin Workshop

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When: January 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Unit 703 State Condominium 1, 186 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Workshop fee: P850
Contact: MAARTSY Workshops 

Get in touch with your roots by learning your A-BA-KA-DA in baybayin, an ancient writing script of the Tagalogs. This workshop covers basic writing and reading in baybayin and aims to keep the script alive and celebrate our culture. You’ll be able to make your own personalized keychain by burning baybayin characters into wood blocks using a pyrography tool. At the end of the session,  you get to take home a notebook and brush pen. 

K-POP Dance Camp


When: February 2, February 9, February 16, February 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Queen’s Dance Studio, 108 P. Cruz Street, Mandaluyong City
Workshop fee: P4,000
Contact: Link-Up Productions 

Be a K-Pop star for a whole month! This workshop will teach you choreography from the hottest K-Pop groups like BTS, BLACKPINK, EXO, TWICE, ITZY, and more. You’ll learn hip-hop and other dance styles, as well as refine your dance techniques. At the end of the dance camp, you’ll also get to participate in a special dance recital. 

Basic Pottery Workshop with Hey Kessy


When: January 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 3/F Eugenio Lopez Makerspace, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Workshop fee: P1,700
Contact: Areté 

Need some new kitchenware? Try your hand at making your own with this basic pottery workshop. The class is perfect for beginners and doesn’t require any previous knowledge of pottery. Students also get to make and take home their own plates, bowls, and spoons using stoneware clay. Materials are included in the workshop fee. 

Functional Training Fundamentals Workshop


When: January 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Unit 104-105, Commercenter, Commerce Avenue corner E. Asia Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Workshop fee: P5,000 (P4,500 early bird rate until January 20)
Contact: Focus Athletics 

If “getting fit” is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, this workshop is for you. The one-day seminar is designed for anyone interested in health and fitness, regardless of your skill level. You’ll learn about how the human body is designed, which will be applied to various exercises. At the end of the session, you’ll be able to formulate your own exercises that suit  your needs. 

Premiere MasterClass: Video Editing Bootcamp


When: January 25, March 7, May 16, July 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Unit 114, Silver City Mall, Frontera Drive, Ugong, Pasig City
Workshop fee: Starts at P6,450
Contact: Creative Nation Academy 

This two-day video-editing bootcamp is for all aspiring filmmakers out there. The intensive course teaches beginners how to assemble video, audio, images, and titles into a cohesive sequence to tell a story. You’ll be learning the ins and outs of Premiere Pro for your video-editing projects. You’ll also be getting an intro to Adobe Premiere Rush for those who want to learn how to edit on the go. The class includes the use of computers, snacks, course materials, and a certificate of completion. 

Basic Makeup Workshop with Makeup By Jinky


When: February 22, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 3/F CBC Corporate Center, 724 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Workshop fee: P2,500
Contact: Builtable Coworking 

In this workshop, celebrity makeup artist Jinky Ureta will share her makeup tricks and techniques for makeup junkies who aspire to be professionals and turn their passion into profit, as well as those looking to improve their basic makeup knowledge and skills for personal use. Students receive a module, basic brush set, certificate, and free use of the makeup buffet. 

Life Story Writing Workshop


When: February 8, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Commune, 36 Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Workshop fee: P1,600
Contact: Get It Write Metro Manila 

Have you got a story about your life that you’ve been itching to tell? This writing workshop will teach you the most important skills and techniques for writing the ultimate life story. You’ll be able to develop your writing style and voice, as well as learn the basics of building good sentences and paragraphs. The workshop welcomes writers of all skill levels, especially beginners. 

From Photographer to Filmmaker


When: January 25, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Unit 417 Llanar Building, 77 Xavierville Avenue corner B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Workshop fee: P2,000
Contact: SHOOT Practical Videography School 

Although photography and filmmaking share some similarities, they are actually very different fields. This workshop seeks to demonstrate the comparisons between the two. It’s tailor-made for photographers who want to explore the craft of filmmaking and utilize their photography skills to create beautiful films. 

Photoshop for Beginners


When: January 25, 8:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Where: 15/F Tycoon Center, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City
Workshop fee: P4,500
Contact: Swiss I.T. Academy 

Photo-editing skills are useful in both your personal life and the job market. If you’re interested in learning something that will give you an edge over other candidates as well as a skill you can apply in your personal creative projects, you’ll get a lot out of this workshop. The five-day training program offers a comprehensive overview of Adobe Photoshop, from the technical aspects of image manipulation down to creating images.

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