Going a bit stir-crazy? We’ve rounded up some online classes, activities and more to help pass the time at home.
ClassBento is all about connecting artisan makers with people looking to learn a new skill. The platform offers a dazzling array of online workshops from candle-making, to embroidery, terrarium-making, kokedama, leather-making or pottery. The possibilities are endless – if you can think of a craft, they’ve probably got a class in it. Taking place via Zoom, you can either join the group solo or with friends – the classes are kept small so you know you can get as much help from instructors as you need. The best part? The workshop fee includes a craft box, delivered straight to your door, with all the materials you’ll need to create your masterpiece.
A behemoth platform when it comes to creative upskilling, Skillshare has thousands upon thousands of classes available in almost any field. Whether you want to have a bit of fun learning to watercolour, pick up Adobe Suite basics, or even learn the fundamentals of business analytics or marketing (especially handy if you’re a small biz who’s had to pivot to online).
Winterwares Clay at Home Workshops
We’re all mad for ceramics these days, and if anything, being stuck at home has only intensified the importance of beautiful everyday objects. With all in-person workshops cancelled indefinitely, Simone is currently putting together “Clay at home” delivery boxes with accompanying video tutorials, so you can have a moment of mindfulness and create something at home. Join her mailing list to be notified when they’re available for purchase.
The Strawberry Thief Sew-Along
Feeling crafty and ready to get cosy for winter? O’Connor based the Strawberry Thief can hook you up with their lush Liberty print subscription service for all your fabric craft needs. These guys are the gurus when it comes to quilting and are doing a hexie sew-along club, which is the perfect activity to while away the hours with Netflix.
No Lights No Lycra Dance Party
Your favourite dance party is online! This judgement-free dance zone is the perfect antidote to Monday-itis, even if you’re working from home. Log in to Zoom, turn off the lights and crank the speakers and have a wild boogie. Join in remotely with friends or go solo – it’s the perfect way to let off some steam, de-stress, and get moving.
Groove Therapy Dance Classes
Speaking of dancing, if you’re looking for something a bit more structured, Groove Therapy has the goods! The self proclaimed “dance class for people who think they can’t dance”: choose from either a live-streamed class for only eight bucks a session (bargain!) or if you’d prefer, they’ve got a whole series of pre-recorded courses available to purchase. Beginnerfriendly, super welcoming and designed for fun more than anything else, this is the perfect opportunity to brush up on some party moves in preparation for your grand re-entry to the dance floor, no matter your age, body type, or skill level.
Come Cook With Me
Rotary Elizabeth Quay have joined forces with some of Perth’s best chefs! On select Friday nights, a new chef will take you through their most iconic dishes, step by step, as you cook along. Last week saw Alasdair from RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers show you how to make their signature burgers, with great success. Upcoming events include a special Mother’s Day Sunday afternoon instalment, with baking virtuoso Jenne Alonso from Posh Little Cakes giving a masterclass in melting moments – perfect for you to drop off on your mum’s doorstep! All for a great cause, the profits going to your choice of a selection of charities – plus there’s special offers and prizes to be won from featured restaurants and vendors.
Garden Consult with Sabrina Hahn
Garden looking a bit worse for wear? That dream veggie patch turning into more of a nightmare? Local gardening legend, radio personality and columnist Sabrina Hahn is offering up online consultations via Facetime and Skype, just in time for your dwindling plants to get the love they need. Sabrina can help identify pests and diseases and what to do about them, appropriate plants that will thrive in your garden, and help solve any environmental challenges that your garden might face. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’d pay a small fortune to not have to face the shame of our wilting plant graveyard – in comparison, this is a bargain!
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Cover photo from Sabrina Hahn