Here’s All the Things You Can Learn & Do Online to Expand Your Mind While in Isolation

Online Creative Learning

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The COVID-19 lockdown has many of us with some unexpected time on our hands. If you’re not commuting or engaging in your regular social activities, you could have many hours in the week that are suddenly free. Make the most of your coronavirus isolation (self-imposed or otherwise) by learning something new or improving on the skills you already have. Don’t know where to start? It’s easier than you think. At My Modern Met, we’ve provided resources for you to enjoy all sorts of things, from drawing to crafts to how to stream movies for free.

If you plan on using your time to better your art-making skills, there are plenty of ways to do so. You can learn on YouTube, enroll in online classes, or follow one of our many drawing tutorials. But what if you already know how to draw? Check out our ever-growing list of sketching ideas. (We have painting ideas, too!)

Scroll down and learn more about how you can take advantage of your time indoors to enrich yourself.

Enrich yourself during the coronavirus lockdown—whether it's through art, reading, or films—with these online learning resources.


Ways to Learn Arts, Crafts, and Photography

100 Day Project

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Each month, we chronicle the best online classes that will spark your creative spirit. Sites like Skillshare, Creativebug, and CreativeLive all offer a subscription-based model and in return, you can take any one of their thousands of courses in a variety of subjects.










Knitting and Crocheting




Take Your Mind Off the Coronavirus by Coloring

Coloring Book

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Coloring is a meditative and soothing activity. Once you've had your fill of coloring, try zentangles—another practice that has you drawing calming patterns, too.


Expand Your Library

Best Creative Audiobooks

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Like online classes, we regularly chronicle creative books that’ll inspire you. Peruse our reading list and you’ll find a variety of books (many of them available on Amazon Prime). If you’ve got an e-reader, you’re in luck. Through Kindle Unlimited, you can get thousands of titles for one monthly price.


Never Stop Streaming

Kanopy Free Streaming Service

Are you blazing through your Netflix queue? Supplement your viewing with your library card through Kanopy, the free streaming service that lets you watch thousands of movies for free.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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