Online Classes for Coronavirus

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Cool Online Classes You Can Take Right Now to Fill Time in Quarantine

Cool Online Classes You Can Take Right Now to Fill Time in Quarantine

Learn just about anything from home
Online Classes for Coronavirus

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From tutorials on how to photograph your most impressive desserts to spotting a Picasso while taking a free virtual museum tour, it seems like you can learn anything from home these days. There are a ton of online learning communities where you can sharpen or learn new skills, pick up new hobbies or pursue a hidden passion. Some are free, some require monthly or yearly fees and others are pay-per-course. Bluprint, Skillshare, Udemy and Coursera are just a few. While there are thousands of classes and instructional videos to choose from, here’s a sampling of what’s out there to help get you started.

What Is Contemporary Art?

What Is Contemporary Art?

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At some point, you probably visited the best museum in your state and wondered what on Earth you were looking at. The Coursera course, “What Is Contemporary Art,” presented by The Museum of Modern Art might be able to help explain. Taking around 11 hours to complete, you’ll learn all about works of art created in the past few decades and it's free to enroll. 

The Science of Well-Being

The Science of Well-Being

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If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety or simply want to learn how to boost your happiness hormones, a Yale course called "The Science of Well-Being" offered on Coursera may be able to help. At 19 hours, it’s definitely a time commitment, but you’ll learn about the misconceptions surrounding the idea of being happy along with reasons why you think the way you do. The course offers a series of challenges to help build more effective habits and increase happiness and enrollment is free.

Bob Ross on YouTube

Bob Ross on YouTube

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If you’re interested in doing a total deep dive into painting, there’s always the calm teachings of painting guru Bob Ross. Free on YouTube, you can learn how to skillfully paint some of the most gorgeous sunsets or recreate scenes from some of the best beaches in the world.

Nikon School

Nikon School

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Whether you hope to photograph some of the most beautiful photo spots in every state or you just want to improve upon your technique, Nikon School’s online classes can help. From learning how to use your camera to photographing your kids and all-time favorite dogs, there’s a course for just about everything you need to know to help improve your skills. Nikon school courses are free through April. 

Painting Abstract Florals

Painting Abstract Florals

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Being artistic and making an original creation all your own is not only fun, but also something that every parent should do in their lifetime. "Painting Abstract Florals," a 53-minute class offered on creativebug.com will totally have you channeling your inner Monet by teaching you how to paint your own frame-worthy works of art. With any luck, you might be able to turn your crafty new hobby into a small business. The course comes with a $7.95 monthly subscription to creativebug.com. 

Knife Skills: A Mini Class to Chop Like A Chef

Knife Skills: A Mini Class to Chop Like A Chef

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How to chop food like a celebrity chef may not have been one of the cooking tips you learned from your parents, but if you want to know how, then this knife skills course on Skillshare is for you. In the short but effective session, chef Elana Karp teaches you how to slice, mince or julienne vegetables in a very accessible way that’ll have you chopping like a pro in no time. The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare. And once you learn how to chop like a chef, consider these online courses that will make you a better cook.

Dark & Moody Photography for Instagram Success

Dark & Moody Photography for Instagram Success

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If you know how to grill the perfect steak and want to post it online for all your friends to see, watch the Dark & Moody Photography for Instagram Success tutorial on Skillshare. In this 60-minute course, lifestyle photographer Sean Dalton offers tips and tricks on everything from lighting to styling your food like a pro. The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare.

Writing For Self Discovery: 6 Journaling Prompts for Gratitude and Growth

Writing For Self Discovery: 6 Journaling Prompts for Gratitude and Growth

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There are a lot of ways that stress affects your body and sometimes it can help to journal about your feelings. The course "Writing For Self Discovery: 6 Journaling Prompts for Gratitude and Growth" offered on Skillshare can help you journal more effectively, carve out time for self-care and give you the chance to self-reflect. You’ll also learn helpful ways to express yourself and show gratitude every day. The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare.

Learn How to Motivate Yourself

Learn How to Motivate Yourself

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Whether you’re trying to boost productivity at work or complete some unfinished tasks, you might be able to pick up some helpful tips from “Learn How to Motivate Yourself: Master Self-Discipline and Get Things Done.” Offered on Skillshare and taught by a life coach, the short course offers steps on how to get things accomplished. The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare.

Style Your Space

Style Your Space: Creative Tips and Techniques for Interior Design

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You may be cleaning your house all wrong, but you can get the decorating part right by watching this fun interior design course, "Style Your Space: Creative Tips and Techniques for Interior Design," offered on Skillshare. Taught by former HGTV Design Star Emily Henderson, you’ll learn tricks of the trade including how to mix and match styles and incorporate the latest style trends in your home. The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare.

Singing Made Easy

Singing Made Easy

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Whether it’s a hobby you’ve picked up after 40 or you just like to sing along with the radio, you can improve your singing technique with “Singing Made Easy,” a course offered on Skillshare. Taught by a Broadway actor and singer, you’ll learn how to warm up your voice, sing with emotion and breathe properly among other things. The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare.

Cinematography Basics: Understanding Filmmaking Style

Cinematography Basics: Understanding Filmmaking Style

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You may not be able to visit the locations of your favorite movies, but with this Skillshare cinematography session, you can at least learn how to capture them on film. Taught by a cinematographer who’s worked in both film and television, this 30-minute course will teach you about creating mood, tone and how to make magic when crafting your own masterpieces.The class comes with a $19 monthly (or $99 yearly) subscription to Skillshare.

Make Colorful Healthy Pasta

Make Colorful Healthy Pasta

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If you’ve ever wanted to take an online cooking class, here’s your chance. An Italian Airbnb experience turned virtual, you can learn how to make colorful pasta from scratch. The classes are offered throughout the week on specific days and last about 90 minutes. The cost is $29 and you’ll need to sign up online in advance, but it might just be worth it to learn how to create some of the best pasta dishes at home.

The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening

The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening

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If you need some simple gardening tips for beginners, Udemy’s online course "The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening" can help get you started. Running about two hours, the session is taught by a seasoned gardener and will help you figure out where to plant your garden, when to start it and offer some suggestions on which plants are best for rookie gardeners. The course is recommended for both new and experienced gardeners and costs $29.99. 

Startup Library: Knitting

Startup Library: Knitting

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Your grandma may have passed along her best cooking tricks, but did she teach you how to knit? Knitting is a vintage hobby that’s becoming popular again, and you can learn how to make hand warmers, a cowl and a pom-pom hat through this four-hour course offered on mybluprint.com. You’ll also learn about knitting styles and get some troubleshooting pointers. Classes are free through April 16. Afterwards, the class costs $34.99 and does not include materials. 

Photography for Kids: Project-Based Beginner Photography

Photography for Kids: Project-Based Beginner Photography

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Learning how to take photographs is one of the best indoor activities for kids stuck at home and "Photography for Kids: Project-Based Beginner Photography," a Udemy course, can help. At only two hours, it’s short and sweet and will teach your kids the fundamentals like how to employ basic photography techniques and easy tips for better pictures. Geared for kids ages 4-13, having a camera is helpful, but not required. The cost of the course is $59.99. 

Self-Hypnosis Mastery

Self-Hypnosis Mastery: Hypnosis for Personal Development

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You’re getting very, very sleepy. Maybe it’s because you didn’t get enough sleep, or maybe it’s because you’re learning how to induce a state of self-hypnosis with this popular Udemy personal development course. A serious time commitment at 10 hours, "Self-Hypnosis Mastery: Hypnosis for Personal Development" promises to tap into your unconscious mind and eliminate unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, or simply help you discover your creativity. The cost of the course is $59.99. 

Steezy.co online dance and hip hop classes

Steezy.co online dance and hip hop classes

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Even if you’re already doing free online workout classes, you might want to consider getting your dance on at steezy.co. It doesn’t matter if you’re a dance pro or are just getting into the groove, this is the place to do it. You’ll learn dance routines from some of your favorite songs and with guided dance lessons, you’ll be a pro in no time. The classes come as part of a $99 yearly subscription and the upside is that dancing is also one of the best all-time exercises for weight loss.

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