Nurture your innate talents with these awesome virtual classes

From comedy to cooking to craftwork, there is something for everyone

If you vowed to learn sign-language at the beginning of lockdown number one and got as far as remembering the vowels (#confession), then you may want a skill that’s a little easier.

Yet in a virtual world so saturated with workshops and tutorials and TED talks, it can be hard to find that needle in a haystack to suit you.

Fortunately, our pals over at Time Out have stifled through that haystack for us and devised a list of the best offerings out there in cyberspace to try something new.

Check out the ideas below of the top virtual classes to take from the comfort of your own sofa.

[Credit: Hoopla]

Become the funniest friend in your friendship group

Ever watched Michael McIntyre or Peter Kay and thought, ‘I could do that!’

Well, now you can.

Thanks to the good folk over at Hoopla, they are hosting fun and friendly improvisation classes to help budding comics finesse their skills.

Best of all, you don’t need an ounce of experience in comedy or acting as beginners are welcome.

With an eclectic selection of improv classes, sketch comedy courses, stand-up classes, shows, online parties and socials, it’s the perfect antidote for those looking to let go.

Classes starts from £10 a class, with beginner and advanced options available.

Nurture your arty genes

If you have an innate flair for creativity, then this is for. If you also coo over animals, then this is doubly for you.

Wild Life Drawing are offering Zoom and Instagram sessions to sketch a variety of cuddly creatures, from wolf puppies to baby chimps to rescue dogs.

They had us as wolf puppies, tbh.

Pre-lockdown, these guys visited farms and parks across London to draw, now they’ll be live-streaming different species into your living room while you capture them on paper.

Classes start from £10, with 50% going to an animal conservation charity.

[Credit: Tom Aikens]

Channel your inner MasterChef

If you’ve exhausted your recipe books or just struggle to follow them, then kick back and let a Michelin star chef take the lead.

Tom Aikens, who has worked with some of the world’s greatest including Joël Robuchon, is hosting cookery lessons on Instagram – offering both live and pre-recorded sessions.

The detailed, step-by-step classes are designed for you to improve your skills, expand your recipe collection, and have dinner ready to be served to the family by the end of the lesson!

Classes are £20 per month for an ongoing subscription, or £60 for six classes.

[Credit: The Goodlife Centre]

Become your own DIY expert

Last but not least, The Goodlife Centre are helping people tap into their handiwork skills.

Not only will you learn valuable and practical life lessons, you can save your pennies as you may never have to call the ‘man with a van’ again.

Think woodwork, upholstery, upcyling, and sewing. You’ll also learn basic drill skills and how to put up blinds without wanting to cry or smash things.

Classes are £55 or £66 for one action-packed session.

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