We live in times when remote learning has become the ‘new normal.’ Both schools and universities have moved their classes online, after Coronavirus induced a nationwide lockdown in India and abroad. This is also a time when people have the liberty to learn skills that were earlier not possible.
If you’re looking to do something out of the ordinary, and want to satiate your appetite for creativity, then we’ve got some of the most amazing courses offered on the Internet today.
Coursera offers ‘Photography Basics and Beyond’ by Michigan State University that teaches you everything about photography from camera control to exposure, and much more. Also, you can utiliise the opportunity to learn a free online course offered by The Museum of Modern Art on Coursera. It helps photography enthusiasts analyse and understand the meaning behind several images. Some of the images used date back to 180 years!
If you are drawn to the art of visual communication across different forms of media, then graphic designing is a great fit for you. You could go for free courses on Udemy, including ‘Doodle to Logo,’ where you can turn your hand-drawn doodles to professional graphic designs. It includes a step-by-step guide that helps students learn different features on Adobe Illustrator. You could also learn about different graphic design elements in a course offered by the University of Colorado on e-learning platform Coursera.
One of the most popular online courses today is on digital painting, a new style of art that lets you create masterpieces online, but without any mess. The ‘Building Blocks of Digital Painting’ offered by Udemy is taught by professional illustrator Hardy Flower within an hour.
Another interesting course titled ‘Digital Illustration: Learn How to Procreate’ on Skillshare helps you understand how to approach illustrations on Procreate. It is taught by well-known illustrator Jarom Vogel.
The act of writing creatively can be learnt from the comfort of your home too. There are some free online courses available on Coursera and Udemy that’ll help you put down your thoughts in a nuanced manner. ‘Write Your First Novel’ offered by Michigan State University on Coursera helps participants understand how to weave their thoughts and create a work of fiction.
Another free online course, ‘Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop’ offered by the California Institute of Arts, makes participants understand how poetry has the power to bring about a change in people’s thoughts and ideologies.
If you want to learn the basics in Animation, then go for ‘A Practical Introduction - Modeling and Animation in Blender’ offered on online learning platform Udemy. The free online course gives hands-on tips to use Blender, a 3D computer graphics software. Another free course, titled ‘Animating Emotions: Using Movement to Convey a Feeling,’ is available on Skillshare. This video-based crash course is helmed by a Swedish artist who has earlier worked with The New York Times and Google.
For those who are creative, learning the art of video-making is almost always a big draw! But you can learn this skill even using your smartphone, and there’s no better time than enrolling in an online course now. ‘Videography for Beginners: Shooting with a DSLR’ on Udemy helps participants with professional DSLR cameras to learn the very basics. From basic settings to editing footage on Adobe Premier, everything is covered.
There’s also a specific course for those who own iPhones! The crash course ‘iPhone Filmaking: Create Cinematic Video with Your Phone’ on Skillshare helps participants understand the intricacies of filmmaking, just by using the Apple smartphone.
So, what are you waiting for? Utilise this time to enhance your creative skills today!
(Edited by Athira Nair)