The Up-Side Of Art
There are numerous mental health benefits attributed to drawing, sculpting and painting. During uncertain times, when anxiety, depression and mental illness can creep in, being creative is a great way to refocus your mind and destress. But, you needn’t attend art school to discover your inner Picasso. Spend some time during the lockdown period learning about art history through free massive open online university courses (MOOCs) and other downloadables. Of course, if you simply want to get creative without the added academics, there are also lots of practical online art classes for adults.
edX is one of the largest MOOCs platforms, bringing together courses from universities around the world. Their arts and humanities courses are broad ranging and cover many topics, from the art of Ancient Egypt to animation and graphic design. Many of these courses are self-paced so you may take as long as you like to work through them. You also have the option to obtain a certificate of verification by paying a little extra. What better time to add a fun new skill to your resume than now anyway? Check out edX’s art and culture course offerings here.
Kick off your adventure into creative making with a course presented by the Museum of Modern Art and Coursera. Each week, you will learn about a new aspect of art making, curatorship and modern criticism, while taking a virtual tour through the Museum from the comfort and safety of your own home. If that doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, check out Coursera’s range of other arts and culture courses. Whether your interests lie in photography, graphic design or UI/UX design, Coursera is sure to have a course to stimulate your inner artist.
Hands On Art Lessons
Looking for an online sharing community to keep you motivated and inspired during this period? Visit Skill Share. This video platform brings together international art communities to share tips and tricks on drawing techniques, the business of being an artist and even digital design and illustration. Learn from experienced artists and business people with ease of access and as much flexibility as you need. Skill Share’s art courses are great for beginners and advanced artists. You may even consider sharing your own work once the creative bug bites.
In light of the worldwide response to the COVID-19 outbreak, BluPrint have made all their online arts and craft courses free to access! With over 1 300 instructional videos and resources, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. BluPrint’s online classes are divided into four main craft hobbies – fabric and fibre, food, art and living. You may start out watching their videos on drawing, painting and paper crafts and end up knitting your own winter hat and gloves! There is an endless amass of creative inspiration here, so get started as soon as you can.
*Classes will be free to access until 16 April 2020.
Do you have a troop of bored little ones at home? Check out these online art classes for kiddies.