With the country on lockdown, we need to be inventive to keep our minds stimulated and our creativity flowing. There has never been a better moment to learn something new, from interior design to pasta making with an Italian nonna, here are some of the best courses you can do online–no stirring outside required!
- One thing we’d definitely sign up for now is MasterClass, which offers several online courses from experts in each field. We recommend Kelly Wearstler’s interior design course, Annie Leibovitz on photography, Anna Wintour on creativity and leadership. Access to all classes is £14.17/month.
- Intelligence Squared has online talks on a range of topics to keep your mind at work. Try one of the many videos on politics, economics or foreign policy. They also have podcasts!
- General Assembly do lots of online coding courses. Our decoration editor recommends them for learning the quirks of coding, for example how colour languages work. And as a bonus, this one is free!
Architecture and interior design
- One of House & Garden’s favourite interior designers, Rita Konig, is offering an online course through Create Academy, on all aspects of decorating a home. Rita’s ‘Create your perfect home’ course is £127.
- Harvard has a free and very popular course on the history of architecture. It’s 10 weeks long and will teach you the fundamentals of architecture through studying some of history’s most important buildings.
- Though slightly more of an investment, the Inchbald online interior design course can last between 12 and 24 weeks, and at the end of it you can become qualified with a diploma in Professional Interior Design.
- For those who plan on spending the lockdown doing home renovations, KLC School of Design ia offering an online course on how to design your home in 30 hours.
- Struggling to keep your children occupied? Visit the Design Museum, which is offering a family Create and Make workshop at home.
Food and cooking
- Foodies will be delighted to join the new online courses from online hub Learning With Experts. Paul A Young’s The Art of Chocolate Making course is available for pre-order, so that students can begin any time after 27th March. Breton baker Richard Bertinet’s An Introduction to Bread Making is also available for pre-order and will start on April 10th. All courses are currently listed at a reduced price.
- Cook live with an authentic Italian nonna- Nonna Nerina. We think this is a good one to sign up for even when quarantine is over! Visit Nonnalive.com for more information.
Our favourite Instagram accounts where you learn a new craft
- Molly Mahon is doing block printing videos on Instagram, perfect for giving a cheerful lift to an old tablecloth or napkin.
- Lonika Chande is doing one hour free interior design consultancies via FaceTime- check out her Instagram to sign up, and be quick- it’s first come first serve!
- Update your photography skills by visiting photographer Issy Croker’s page, where she is doing online tutorials via Instagram.
- Ceramicist Lydia Hardwick is doing ceramics courses via her Instagram too!
- Improve your strength, fitness as well as your mental health by logging into Sarah De-Feu’s live stream ballet classes, on instagram and facebook live.