Unleash your creativity around SA to beat the winter doldrums

2019-04-30 16:30
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Nothing beats the winter blues like flexing those brain muscles and creating something out of nothing rewards the soul.

Whether it's creating artwork, finding inspiration in your surroundings, cooking up a special feast or brewing new ideas, you don't need the weather to be on your side to take part in these creative endeavours. 

You might even find a new hobby while keeping the cold doldrums at bay.

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Learn to paint and sip wine all night

Available in many forms all over South Africa, these paint and wine nights have grown in popularity and is perfect for those who need a little help getting the creative juices flowing. An expert shows how to paint a specific piece and you can help the creativity along with a few swigs of wine.

Try out Yaymaker's Paint Nites, the charitable Paint & Sip events or see if your local art school offers these kinds of nights.

Find inspiration at this art hotel in Port Elizabeth

Stepping into No5 by Mantis in Port Elizabeth is a glamorous experience, perfect to soak up some inspiration while you sleep. The walls are lined with bizarre, wonderful and colourful artworks by South African artists old and modern.

The boutique hotel is home to a massive private collection that extends from the walls to the various sculptures that are carefully positioned around the rooms.

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Brewing a new beer with Darling

Brewing beer can be a creative experience, figuring out what flavours match with which hops - so why not learn from the best? Darling Brew opened a second home in Cape Town's Woodstock where they will be hosting brew classes led by their very own brewmaster. 

The workshops are not only informative but come packed with a three-course meal, eight-beer tasting, a one-litre growler of any Darling Brew beer on tap and a five-litre mini keg of the brew created on the day.

Explore township art with Maboneng

Support other artists in their endeavour to make money with their talents with The Maboneng Arts Experience. This initiative turns township homes into art galleries and offers tours to those looking for uniquely South African pieces. 

They also offer masterclasses led by the very best from Langa and Alexandra.

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Become a pro in the Midlands

KwaZulu-Natal's Midlands have rolling hills that will make even the most logical person lyrical. If you're doing a winter escape to this region, check out the classes and workshops offered at Giverny Country Studios.

From painting to sculpting to pottery taught by a variety of artists, you're bound to find something that piques your interest. 

Learn how to forge a knife in Belfast

For something a little different, test your blacksmith skills at Heavin Forge with a master bladesmith. You can learn the basics of creating beautiful knives and Damascus steel rings with a variety of courses over a weekend. 

The area is also known for its trout fishing, or you can stay over in the nearby Dullstroom if you don't mind a 30km drive.

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Get creative with pasta in Rawsonville

Discover Italy at Picardi Place - where your host Jaco Brand will teach you all you need to know to make a classic Italian dish and where you can stay in simple yet stylish accommodation among the farms of the valley.

With produce picked from Brand's garden, and a sneaky glass of wine, you'll feel like you can take on anyone on Master Chef.

Go on a photo safari in the bush

Winter is the best time to check out the game reserves and national parks in northern South Africa, and a photo safari is the best way to improve your snapping skills with a professional and come away with some beautifully captured moments.

There are a variety of photo safari operators to choose from, like Wild Eye and Pangolin Photo Safaris, and you don't have to stick to South Africa - Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania are also popular destinations for these kinds of expeditions. 

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