New Year’s resolutions come but once a year, so you may as well have a crack at bettering yourself this time around. Melbourne’s brightest sparks are sharing their talent this summer, passing on their flair with a smile. Master a craft or learn a new language. Expand your mind and meet new people. Be fitter, happier and more productive.

We’ve lined up Melbourne’s most interesting summer workshops.

Be The Artist Workshop at NGV
Channel your inner creative at the NGV, and get down to this fun and specially designed silk-screening workshop, hosted by Third Drawer Down. You’ll spend the day creating a unique artwork to take home.

January 16, 2016
ngv.vic.gov.au

STOP. Grammar Time
Master the nuts and bolts of grammar and punctuation this summer. The Good Copy is coaxing writers (aspiring and established) and readers out of the house with an intensive two-day course, hosted by editor and writer, Penny Modra.

February 19–20, 2016
thegoodcopy.com.au

Pottery Classes
The Slow Clay Centre wants you to get your hands dirty this summer. It has organised a series of workshops to get you moulding and shaping your own clay piece. Make your own jewellery, perfect your ceramics glaze or make a hanging paper mobile this summer.

Various dates
slowclay.com

Learn to speak French
En Francais, s’il vous plaît. Alliance Francaise de Melbourne is running a series of French-language courses to get children, high-school students and adults on board with le français.

Various dates
afmelbourne.com.au

Free self-defence classes
Kick Physical Training empowers women with self-defence skills to protect themselves if physically confronted. Violence isn’t the answer, but these free classes will help level the playing field and improve a woman’s chance of survival should she meet with aggression.

Various dates
kickpt.com.au

Woodwork
Handsome & Co provides students with the basic skills, tools and methodologies to craft fine objects out of wood. This summer workshop will provide the necessary groundwork to keep you carving all year. All materials and consumables are provided.

Various dates
handsomeandco.com

Life skills
The School of Life delivers life-affirming educational programmes that help grown-ups deal with the dilemmas of daily life. This summer, the school will teach you How to Find a Job That You Love, How To Have Better Conversations, Empathy in Australia, and more.

Various dates
theschooloflife.com

Film-making summer school
The ideal course for aspiring filmmakers of any age. Courses are hosted by The University of Melbourne and are taught by award-winning Australian filmmakers using state-of-the-art equipment.

Various dates
summerfilmschool.com/

Write your memoirs
We’ve all got a story to tell. Pick up the pen this summer and transform your life story into an entertaining read. Lee Kofman (author, writing tutor and mentor) will guide you through the writing process at this summer short course.

January 27, 2016
cae.edu.au

Drawing and design
Work-Shop wants you to don your design cap this summer. Learn how to control a spray can with world-famous street artist DEB, or spend a day illustrating your treasured botanicals and succulents.

Various dates
work-shop.com.au