When was the last time you learned a new skill?
Not an ‘I learned how to better clean the oven’ skill, but an ‘I learned the essentials of travel photography’ kind of skill. The kind of skill that adds to your knowledgebase and moves you forward a little in life toward a broader goal or vision.
So when did you learn that kind of skill? Yesterday? Last month? Three years ago?
I feel like the older we get, the more our skill-learning starts to collect cobwebs. We get stuck doing the same things because it’s easy or it’s the way we’ve always done them or it’s more fun to sit around and watch Netflix. (Like that time I binge watched the entire series one of Scream on Netflix.)
As a food blogger I am a bit lucky because I am forced to learn new skills fairly often to keep my little corner of the internet up and running. But even I get stuck in a rut sometimes and do the whole ‘it’s easy to do this so I’m going to keep doing it this way’ thing.
I think it’s only human to do that, but it’s probably not the path to the best life. I think it was Albert Einstein who said ‘When you stop learning, you start dying.’ I don’t know about you, but I am so not ready to die yet (or ever).
So you can imagine my excitement when I was contacted by Skillshare, which is an online learning platform (think learning a new skill, in the comfort of your home, in your pyjamas), to trial some of their classes.
Actually you don’t have to imagine my excitement because I’m going to tell you exactly what I said:
OMG – I have been looking at the classes.
I have booked marked soooooo many I am not even going to go through them in 3 months.
You guys are a treasure trove 🙂
Learn new skills? At home? In my pyjamas? On my comfy sofa? Yeap, I was excited.
I’m also excited to tell you about some of the classes I enjoyed, but first I want to share with you something awesome: Skillshare is offering Recipes from a Pantry readers 2 FREE MONTHS of Skillshare Premium, which gives you unlimited access to over 17,000 classes. (But I bet you will find it impossible to give up Skillshare after 2 months – it’s that amazing.) Just use this special link to receive your 2-month free Skillshare trial.
Okay, so let’s talk about some of the classes I tried.
This was a fun and quick – only 17 mins – class about Instagram flat lays. A ‘flat lay’ is an eye-catching image with a collection of objects (usually minimalistic) taken from above. This class is about art flat lays, but the concepts can be applied to food. (Because let’s be honest, food is art.) Peggy made the class easy to follow and understand, plus there is a great section on how to gain the attention of big brands.
The host of this class, photographer Dan Rubin, was one of Instagram’s earliest beta testers. How cool is that? I loved this class, especially because it was set on the streets of NYC (NYC is on my must-visit destination list). The class shows you how to tell a narrative through lifestyle photography in a way that is very natural and authentic rather than making you feel like you’re going out simply to take photos.
Colouring! Level Up Your Adult Colouring Game by Christy Boisvert
Don’t laugh but I love adult colouring books. Loooooove them. Colouring is simultaneously relaxing and energizing to me. Naturally I had to take this class about how to ‘level up’ my colouring. This is a 52-min class and Kristy takes you through so many different techniques. Layering, blending, eraser highlights – this class covers so many. I even learned a technique called ‘scumbling.’ (Sounds odd but is very cool.)
Travel Photography: Seeing, Shooting, and Editing by Dan Rubin
Another Dan Rubin class because I really enjoyed his lifestyle photography class. This one was also set in NYC and is done ‘scavenger hunt’ style. He goes into five iconic photo styles (my favourite being ‘Signs of Life’), the best camera to use, and even how to adopt the mindset of a travel photographer and learn how to tell a story. A beautiful class.
Some Seriously Fun and Quirky Classes Offered at Skillshare
Skillshare offers some seriously fun and quirky classes. Here are a few I found that I can’t wait to take:
- Game Design: Design Your Own Print-Ready Cards for Table Top Games: This is an entire class dedicated to designing cards for your own card game or board game. Can you imagine having friends over for supper and then asking them if they’d like to play a card game with your very own, custom-designed cards?
- Learn to Paint Watercolor Goldfish: Paint watercolor goldfish? Why not? They are seriously so cute and pretty.
- Learn to Solve the Rubik’s Cube the Easy Way: I didn’t know ‘Rubik’s Cube’ and ‘easy’ could be in the same sentence, but here it is. Be the envy of all of your friends at parties with this one.
- Sculpting Creatures and Critters: Bringing Your Ideas to Life in Clay: This looks like such a fun class, creating clay sculpture animals and creatures (like dragons). One of the reviews calls it ‘one of the best classes I’ve taken online,’ so it’s definitely worth a look.
Food-Related Classes Offered at Skillshare
I couldn’t resist looking at the huge selection of culinary classes. Here is a quick list of a few classes that look interesting:
- How to Bake and Decorate: Dripping Buttercream Birthday Cake
- Five Easy Techniques for Mastering Classic Indian Cooking
- Beef 101: Ten Popular Cuts and How to Prepare Them at Home
- How to Make Gelato: Tips and Recipes to Make the Delightful Italian Frozen Treat
Get a Skillshare Free Trial
As I said earlier in the post, the good folks at Skillshare are offering Recipes from a Pantry readers a free 2-month trial to Skillshare Premium. Skillshare Premium is normally £11.25 / $15 per month, but you get it FREE for two whole months by using this link. (And after you delve into the treasure trove of classes, you’ll see it’s sooo worth it.)
What New Skills Do You Want to Learn?
I’d love to hear about the new skills you’d like to learn at Skillshare. Are they in the areas of photography? Social media strategy? Productivity? Cooking?
So pop over and visit Skillshare. Please do try their classes and if you do make something, then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. You can also share it on my Facebook page.
Thank you for reading my Skillshare post. And please come visit again as I continue dreaming up recipes, traditional African recipes, African fusion recipes, Sierra Leone recipes, travel plans and much more for you.