Six Courses to Take in Quarantine

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First off, we have an Interior Styling course hosted by a wonderful client of ours, Lucy Gough. An interior Stylist with an impressive portfolio including the likes of; M&S, Living ETC Magazine and In addition to her commercial career, she has previously lectured at the infamous Central St Martins, so you are in good hands. 

Her recently launched Interior Styling course covers tips and tricks for creating Mood boards, Case Studies from magazines and brands she’s worked for, and how to create a portfolio from scratch. 

This course will suit anyone who wants to change career, design addicts and anyone who wants to expand their creative mindset! I will take you through real life case studies and show you step-by-step how to submit creative concepts to clients. 

She has an introductory offer of £99, full price (£179). For any enquires you can get in touch with Lucy at…

Shot by Simon Bevan for Living ETC Magazine at Tavistock

Second up we have an online cookery course for teens. With school closed for now and having to stay home for a bit? Why not learn to cook!

We have the pleasure of working with Lorna Wing and her wonderful house, Westover Road, she also runs a fantastic cookery school offering online cookery courses for teens and students, so if you have a teen who needs training up, this ones for you. Her courses are available wherever you are in the world, whenever you want, taking as long as you’d like. Food gurus Prue Leith, Rick Stein and Delia Smith all think they’re brilliant. They love that she’s teaching tech-savvy teens essential life skills and giving them kitchen confidence.

Whether they want to learn to cook for fun, because they’re soon heading off to uni or you’re working towards their DofE, this course is for you, even if they have an SEN. Her triple-tested recipes are simple to make and work every time. Furthermore, you’ll get personalised feedback via WhatsApp, having sent her photos of what you’ve made. 

Why not learn to cook with a friend or two? Just sign up together and cook alongside each other using FaceTime, Zoom or Houseparty. That way you can stay in touch, compare notes and encourage each other over the weeks. 

Duke of Edinburgh students can use her DofE-approved Introductory and Intermediate Courses to gain their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.

1. For 1 student, the cost is £150. Book via  

2. For 2 students, the cost is £125 each. Email  or call 020 8871 2507.

For every teen who signs up during this challenging time, Lorna will make donations to Wandsworth Foodbank, Mind and The Silver Line. 

Lorna’s fabulous home – Westover Road

Want to do something, but don’t know what? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out Kent Adult Education.

Kent Adult Education provide over 500 online courses in Arts, Craft, Languages, Fitness, Writing & Literature and many more. Learn a new skill or try a new hobby and meet like-minded people from the comfort of your own home.

With new courses added each week and prices starting from £20, there’s never been a better time to try an online course. Check out their courses here

 My top picks are:

 Botanical Art – Watercolour Painting

Date and duration: 04/05/2020 13:00 – 15:30 for 10 weeks

Price: £155.00

A Day of Life Drawing

Date and duration: 09/05/2020 09:30 – 15:00 for 1 week

Price: £50.00

Spanish Beginners – Summer School

Date and duration: 01/05/2020 13:00 – 15:00 for 7 weeks

Price: £109.00

Keep busy with watercolour painting

Don’t worry if you are concerned that all of these courses are costly up to now, as we have you covered with these free courses also. Looking to brush up on your photography skills? Well, we have an amazing photography course for you.

The Nikon school are offering a range of online courses ranging from the Fundamentals of Photography to Photographing Children and Pets. The courses range between 15-55 minute and are delivered in pre-recorded video format. I’m keen to try one of their videography courses, eyeing this one up in particular! Creator’s Mindset: Creating Video Content with Z 50. 

Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing.  creators stay inspired, engaged and growing.  

These courses are available until the 30th April free of charge via their website.

Pick up a new skill

Next we have a delightful course on plant care for any of those budding gardeners that have sprouted over lockdown.

Struggling to keep that Alo Vera house plant alive? Online plant delivery service Patch have a series of ‘bitesize’ online courses consisting of 11 videos for indoor plants and 13 for outdoor, if you are lucky enough to have a garden or balcony!

And finally, if writing is more your forte or perhaps something you’ve always wanted to try, how about a poetry workshop? Rupi Kaur is an award-winning author and illustrator, follow along via Instagram Live with her 4 million followers on a poetry writing workshop, she has also made a few previous workshops available on IGTV.