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LinkedIn Learning: Creative courses for your free time

Let’s face it: You can only spend so much time binging television shows before you start to feel your brain turning to mush. Beat stay-at-home fatigue by learning a new creative skill through your LinkedIn Learning account.

Take a look at our favorite creative classes, listed below. Plus, keep an eye out for details about UCOP’s first-ever LinkedIn Learning watch party — taking place on April 29!


20 unofficial rules of songwriting: If you’ve been using your free time to write some tunes, check out the easy-to-follow guidance in this fun video.

Jazz piano fundamentals: Join Grammy-winning keyboardist George Whitty as he helps you get started as a jazz pianist.  

Rock guitar lessons: Have a guitar that’s just been collecting dust in your attic? Use your time at home to learn how to play!

Ukulele lessons: fundamentals: Small and inexpensive, ukuleles are one of the few musical instruments you can easily have shipped to your home while you shelter in place. Once you’ve acquired one, here’s how to play/

Vocal lessons: No special equipment or skills are required for this fun course in vocal lessons. Start crooning with the help of a top vocal coach!

Visual art

21-day drawing challenge: Flex your creative muscle for the next 21 days — regardless of your artistic skill. These fun drawing challenges encourage creative thinking through the use of drawing.

Color for design and art: Whether you’re a graphic designer, visual artist or art aficionado, this course provides a range of fascinating insights into how color and color palettes can be used to convey emotions and experiences.

Learning food and drink photography: If you’ve been spending much of your stay-at-home time cooking delicious meals (or viewing drool-worthy recipes on Instagram), this course shows you how to capture the beauty of your edible creations.

Painting foundations: Acrylic: Using acrylics is the simplest and most effective way for an absolute beginner to learn how to paint successfully. This course helps you get started.

The practicing photographer: Whether you’ve been shooting for years or need help choosing your first camera, this robust collection of photography tip videos offers an array of helpful advice.

Creative writing

Crafting stories: Whether you’re writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples.

Write a bestselling novel in 15 steps: Author Jessica Brody lays out the 15 essential beats, or plot points, that make readers want to keep turning the page.

Have you enjoyed another creative course through LinkedIn Learning? Share it with your colleagues in the comments! 

Not using LinkedIn Learning? Get started with your free account.

Activate your free LinkedIn Learning account here. Use your single sign-on to create your LinkedIn Learning account. You don’t need to have a LinkedIn Learning account to use this service. For more information:

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