Lockdown’s the perfect time to learn a new skill or start a hobby. Expand your knowledge in these digital classes run by local businesses.

Dive into art with NGV

NGV’s online workshops are inspired by the gallery’s collection and exhibitions. Explore fascinating topics like architecture and archaeology with NGV Learn. See the stories behind the artworks come alive in the Learning Resources videos. Or hear from curators and conservators in clips and articles on the NGV Channel.

Master smartphone photography at Craft Victoria

Craft Victoria celebrates all forms of creativity, including photo art. Check out their digital workshops in natural light photography. You’ll gain the skills to shoot great pictures with your smartphone. Part One shows you how to film at home using only daylight. Part Two looks at composition and using props. Those Instaworthy pics are just a click away.

A woman taking a photo of food with her smartphone.
All you need is your phone and the natural light to get the best shot

Learn to speak Japanese

Is learning to speak Japanese on your bucket list? Test-drive a private lesson with Japanese Melbourne Language School. The 50-minute session costs just $30, and the fee is deducted if you decide to enrol for a full eight-week term. Their fun online lessons immerse you in the language and atmosphere of Japan.

Take a soothing watercolour class

Laneway Learning runs all kinds of courses, both in-person and online. Pick up a paintbrush and create a misty mountain scene in their Watercolour for Beginners. The digital session shares all the basics you’ll need to nurture your inner Picasso. The playful program also covers drawing and composition.

A watercolour butterfly surrounded by used paint on a wooden desk.
Explore your creativity through watercolour painting

Play an instrument at the Music Gym

Never picked up a guitar or played scales on a piano? A private online music lesson with the Music Gym will get things swinging. Jump onto Zoom, and you’ll soon be strumming chords from the comfort of your lounge room. Or join a group lockdown lesson to jam with fellow music lovers. There are classes for absolute beginners to maestros.

Become a film buff at ACMI

ACMI has online programs for all ages and interests. Like the Running Free workshops for serious screen enthusiasts. The free videos cover scriptwriting, directing and more. Kids can take the school holiday animation challenge, with entries on the theme of spring. You’ll find more children’s activities in ACMI’s school resources.

Girl standing in front of a wall with a movie projected behind her.
Discover the magic of cinema with ACMI

Sketch indoors with Laneway Learning

Can’t get outside to go for a stroll? You can learn the art of on-location sketching without leaving home. Urban Sketching for Beginners introduces drawing basics to get you started. Plus lots of ideas to keep you going. Join a Laneway Learning class with family or friends and compare your creations.

Free kids’ cooking classes

During the school holidays, get your kids off the couch and into the kitchen. Free online cooking workshops run by Queen Victoria Market are interactive and tasty. Sessions include recipes for pizzas and Grand Final sausage rolls. For the sweet-toothed, there are donut muffins and thumbprint cookies. Playing with food has never been so much fun.

Last updated on Tue 21 Sep 2021

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