To help those stuck with nothing to do during the Coronavirus lockdown, these online courses could guide you towards embracing a new hobby or growing your skill-set.
Experts from the world of fitness and nutrition, music and photography, cooking, computer coding, art, well-being and mindfulness, fashion, home decorating and gardening, are offering an array of online courses everyone can get involved with while stuck on lockdown.
Below is a collection of some of the best free online courses to help people make the most of their time stuck inside.
For those with a keen interest in capturing the world through the lens of a Nikon camera, the Japanese photography experts have created a unique collection of courses to help beginners and experts.
The Nikon free photography courses have been divided into ten different videos, which range in length from 15 minutes to an hour.
Each lesson is taught by a professional photographer, covering a range of subjects from creating video content with a Z50, getting started on a Nikon DSLR, how to photograph children and pets, hands-on with SB-5000 speedlight, the fundamentals of photography, environmental portraiture, the art of making music videos, and exploring dynamic landscape photography.
Visit Nikon online
Travel with AirBnB
Love travelling and experiencing new cultures? Well, to help feed that travel itch while on lockdown, AirBnB have introduced the AirBnB Experiences.
The unique service offers over 50 virtual activities, spanning 30 countries around the globe.
The experiences include taking a cooking class with a family in Marrakesh, getting a coffee fortune reading from an expert in NYC, go on a wellness tour and meditate with Japanese Buddhist monks.
All the online experiences are hosted on the video platform Zoom, with costs ranging from £1 to £10, depending on the experience.
Visit AirBnB online
Art classes and Art History with MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art has created a collection of free online art courses divided into weekly lessons and include videos, readings and quizzes, taking students on in-depth journey’s through art history, theory, and even pedagogy.
The courses MoMA has on offer include; In the studio – postwar abstract painting, which focuses on seven New York school artists from Jackson Pollock to Mark Rothko, and teaches students about the artists techniques, lives and works.
Fashion as Design takes students to the intersection of fashion and art, covering ideas like modesty and expression, along with teachings on couture techniques, clothing production and the environmental impact the fashion industry has on waste.
Modern art and ideas lifts the lid on modern and contemporary art, walking people through a variety of themes from places and spaces, art and identity, transforming everyday objects and art and society.
Visit MoMA online
Get Cooking with Delish
Delish are encouraging homes to broaden their taste buds with their new online cookery classes.
The online food recipe experts are going live on Instagram with a new “Cooking Together” series starting Monday 30 March at 6pm GMT every week day, where they will share a collection of mouthwatering cook-along videos – perfect for those in search of new dinner or desert ideas while on coronavirus lockdown
The videos all come crafted in simple and easy-to-follow steps, which can be stopped, paused and even saved for later on your Instagram. Each video also includes details of the list of ingredients needed to make each dish available at Delish online.
The cooking experts current slate of treats start with Cheeseburger Cups, cookie icebox cake, fruity pebbles milkshake, spaghetti cakes, bunny bait, cookie pops, s’mores, cheesy hot dogs in a blanket, waffle brownies, mason jar ice cream and puppy chow.
Visit Delish Instagram.
Learn Planting and Houseplant parenting
If you are interested in injecting a bit of all-natural life into your home, but aren’t sure where to start, Patch Plants’ are offering houseplant parenting courses and guides to help.
The courses run through the very basics of plant care, from what soil to choose, a care schedule, watering levels, and how much direct sunlight each plant needs.
Visit Patch Plants’ online
Learn to Code
Coding can be a daunting, but Codeacadmey are here to help even the most extreme luddites embrace a new coding frontier with one of the best free online courses available today.
The online coding resource are offering a collection of free online courses that breakdown the basics of coding, offering step-by-step guides and interactive training screens to allow you to practice what you are learning.
Visit Codeacademy online
Wok from Home with Wagamama
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It’s vegan week on wok from home + we’ve started with a classic! here’s steve’s vegan yasai yaki soba. plant-based paradise amai right? enjoy 🌱 – the dish – 3 cloves garlic 1 knob ginger 75g firm tofu 1/4 red pepper 1/4 orange pepper a handful of shredded kale 1/2 red onion 4 asparagus spears 1 leek 2 mushrooms 1 chilli 1 spring onion handful of coriander 1 packet of vegan soba noodles 1 tbsp amai sauce 1 tsp sriracha – the sauce – 6 tbsp caster sugar 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 tbsp malt vinegar 3 tbsp tomato ketchup 4 tbsp tamarind concentrate 2 tbsp light soy sauce 2 tbsp dark soy sauce pinch of salt – #vegan #veganrecipes #yakisoba #noodles #noodleporn #japan #streetfood
If your usual rotation of dinner meals have began to become stale and boring, Wagamama are hosting; Wok from House Classes, to help provide some much needed delicious Asian-fusion dishes.
Hosted by Wagamama’s executive chef, Steve Mangleshot, the classes, which are available on Facebook, Instagram, IGTV and YouTube every Wednesday, walk viewers through how to make a number of the restaurant’s classic dishes.
Visit Wagamama online
The Science of Well-Being
To make sure people are coping with being under lockdown and in quarantine, the University of Yale are offering their world-famous happiness course – the Science of Well-Being, online.
Taught by Professor Laurie Santos, the course aims to increase peoples happiness and help them build more productive and healthy habits.
Visit The University of Yale online.
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Our next FREE course is the brilliant Seven Ideas In Seven Days. You'll finish the course with at least seven new ideas and at least one complete story outline. No pressure, just lots of fun exercises to spark ideas. Starts 4 May: https://writershq.co.uk/seven-ideas-in-seven-days-creative-writing-course-free/
For those who have always wanted to turn their thoughts and dreams into chapters in a book or a short story, Writers HQ are offering to help provide guides on how to make this a reality.
The writing experts have set-up; Seven Ideas in Seven Days, a creative writing course that’ll help people come up with ideas and how to outline a story on a page.
Visit Writers HQ online
Home Yoga with ADRIENE
If you are struggling without being able to go to the gym for your usual weekly workout fix, or are looking to embrace new exercise techniques, why not finally learn how to love yoga.
Yoga with Adriene offers a wide selection of beginner classes for those new to the world of yoga, medium level classes, and expert guides for those experienced yoga practitioners.
Adriene also offers helpful classes on energy and calming practices, dealing with back pain, weight loss, along with short classes of 10 or long ones up to 45 minutes.
Visit Yoga with Adriene’s YouTube channel