Picture this: you’re sitting on the couch on a random Tuesday night, scrolling through your phone or embarking on another hour of binge-watching. Idle hanging out like this can be really fun and relaxing, but there are times when it’s really boring, too.

If you’re defaulting to your devices because you can’t find anything else to do—and not because you’re enjoying them—it might be time to explore some other options. 

Enter online classes! With Skillshare, you have nearly endless opportunities to start a new hobby or learn a new skill. Your days of mindless scrolling are about to be over.

Illustration Classes

Illustrating Characters for Animation in Adobe Photoshop

Learn to create characters for animation or motion design projects.

If you’re an aspiring illustrator, you already know that you’ll need to get comfortable designing characters in various positions and environments if you want to bring your creations to life. Director and illustrator Sarah Beth Morgan will walk you through this process from start to finish on Adobe Photoshop, though her instructions are relevant to Procreate as well.

By the end of this three-and-a-half-hour class, you’ll understand all of the steps necessary to conceptualize, sketch, and add color and texture to any character.

Entrepreneurship Classes

Freelancing Fundamentals: How to Build a Successful Freelance Business 

Looking for confidence to launch a freelance business? You’ve come to the right place.

Maggie Stara is a digital marketer and a Skillshare top teacher, and she brings all of her best tips to this course on the basics of freelancing.

Whether you want to transition to full-time freelancing or simply pick up a few side gigs, you won’t want to miss her lessons about everything from contracts and social media to pitching clients and managing your finances.

Painting Classes

Watercolor Secrets: Get to Know Your Water & Colors With Moody Washes 

Practice your watercolor techniques by creating washes like these.

Watercolors have many advantages compared to other kinds of paint—they’re vibrant, affordable, versatile, and easy to work with. Practiced artists and newbies alike can hone their craft with this class, which aims to help students understand how the water in their watercolor works.

You’ll walk away with a few moody washes that you can use as the starting point for other pieces or even frame as abstract art.

15 Days of Summer Sky | Acrylic Landscapes

There are so many ways to paint the summer sky!

Any time you want to learn a new hobby, it’s helpful to commit to consistent practice. Classes that build in multiple days of projects can be especially helpful for this reason.

In this course, artist Debasree Dey offers students 15 different variations on a summer sky, each of which you’ll create with acrylic paint. Recreating a sky over and over again will allow you to experiment with different textures, shades, and details.

Cooking Classes

Cooking Like a Chef: 5 Fundamental Skills for Kitchen Success

Learning just a few skills can go a long way in the kitchen.

You don’t have to be a professional chef to make delicious food, but it never hurts to learn a few basics from an expert. Home chef and YouTuber Alex Gabriel Aïnouz offers up those basics in this class, which will take you less than an hour to watch.

You’ll hear from him about how to prepare your cooking space, organize ingredients, effectively use a knife, understand heat, and maximize leftovers. He’ll also show you how to make an omelet, as well as a basic steak and sauce dish.

Social Media Classes

Social Media Storytelling: Make Incredible Videos with Rob

When it comes to social media, there’s lots to learn.

If you’re going to learn online, you might as well learn about social media online. It only makes sense! Here, you’ll learn from a designer and content creator who knows what it takes to be a successful online storyteller.

He shares his best practices for scripting, storyboarding, shooting, and editing videos that can live on any social media platform. You’ll even learn how to grow your audience and monetize your work.

Speak Your Truth: Mindful Content Creation for YouTube

Hindz can help you take your YouTube content to the next level.

There’s more to YouTube than prank videos and vlogs. You can also use the platform to produce meaningful content that has the power to make a real difference.

YouTuber and podcaster Hindz teaches aspiring creators how to do just this. His class includes lessons on content planning, developing an on-camera style, connecting with your community, and more. 

Learn New Skills Today!

With all of these amazing online classes at your fingertips, there’s really no reason for you to ever be bored! Jump into Skillshare and start learning today. You’ll love the way it shakes up your routine.

Written By

Alli Hoff Kosik

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