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Stay creative
  • Last updated:
  • 07 Aug 2020

Being creative is beneficial throughout all stages of life. It can help to relieve stress, boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment. Simply put, it can make you more awesome! So take time to get creative, work on a project you’ve always wanted to and learn new things.  

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” Maya Angelou

Learning online

  • Free online TAFE courses 
    Access online skill sets and micro-credentials in food service, community care, health support, customer engagement, digital literacy and cyber security
  • Coursera 
    Offers free courses from top universities such as Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies including Google and IBM
  • Lynda.com 
    Gives you access to more than 6,000 top-quality courses for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills and more
  • Future learn 
    Offer online courses to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts
  • TED Talks 
    Stir your curiosity and broaden your horizons
  • YouTube
    Is full of expert video tutorials where you can try something new, here are 60 YouTube channels that will make you smarter!

Here is a comprehensive list of free online classes where you can gain useful knowledge without having to pay for expensive instruction or courses.

Entertainment 

  • Horizon Festival 2020
    Open air is a monthly concert series streamed from the Sunshine Coast
  • Social Distancing Festival 
    An online artist’s community showcasing the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing
  • Eventbrite 
    Have rounded up the best online events that you can join from anywhere
  • Many books 
    Have more than 50,000 free ebooks waiting to be discovered

Art and craft

  • Creative Arts Alliance
    Have complied a comprehensive resource list of creative programs, funding, opportunities, professional development and support in the time of COVID-19
  • ArtsHub 
    A guide to digital arts activities and online tutorials to help you skill up, webinars and streaming services to inform and entertain, through to an array of resources designed to educate children

Here is your complete guide [57KB] to enjoying art at home, including links to: 

  • art contests - submit your art for cash prizes
  • museums - take a virtual field trip to museums around the world
  • art games - compete against yourself and others
  • digital art - create art on your device
  • art education - learn about art
  • art at Home - art tutorials and prompts for you to create where you are.

If you are feeling crafty you will find plenty of tutorials online

  • Blossom 
    Welcome to your cheat sheet for creative and unique DIY projects, mixed with daily life fixes that keep you and your family in mind. Consider your life hacked!
  • Skill Share 
    Discover free classes on DIY crafts and creativity, watch, play, learn, make, and discover! 
  • Learn how to crochet 
    A series of tutorials to learn basic stitches that will get you on your way to making fabulous items

Explore, colour and connect

  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve 
    Have curated a number or resources to help you remain connected to nature while staying safe at home
  • Google Street View Gallery 
    Have curated an extensive range of imagery from around the world for you to explore
  • NASA 
    Have interesting and interactive content for the whole family, feel closer with the secrets of the outer space

Libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free colouring sheets and books based on materials in their collections, print and share your favourites!

Learn some new cooking techniques

  • BBC good food 
    Have a great guide to cookery skills for children by age
  • Food Techniques BBC 
    Selection of cooking videos from beginners to advanced
  • Bon Appétit video channel 
    The magazine’s test kitchen chefs have become cult celebrities with their offbeat-yet-gripping shows
  • New York Times cooking team 
    YouTube channel where Melissa Clark, Alison Roman and guests such as Jamie Oliver and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski do baked ziti (pasta), cookies and more

DIY and home improvement

Now is the perfect time to start that home project you have been meaning to do!

Bunnings has an extensive database of online video DIY Advice for your home project. You can also order your tools and materials online and organise for delivery.  You could also call your local hardware store to see if they deliver.

Leading home improvement YouTube channels include:

Gardening and sustainability

  • Spare Harvest 
    A movement of like-minded people who relish and practice the value of living more sustainable
  • Living Smart 
    Find useful life hacks to save time and money while creating a healthy living environment with your family
  • Our Permaculture Life 
    A selection of films with Morag Gamble where you can browse over 100 permaculture how-to films, garden visits, interviews and masterclasses
  • Good Life Farm 
    A series of helpful videos on lots of topics including no-dig gardens, hot compost, and how to get some fresh food growing fast
  • Permaculture College Australia 
    Robyn Francis has put together a planting guide for an abundant garden, perfectly suited to our sub-tropical climate
  • RetroSuburbia 
    David Holmgren co-originator of the permaculture concepts, the book is currently available for download for whatever people choose to pay
  • Gardening Australia have an awesome array of fact sheets and ideas on how to nurture your garden and grow vegies. So get out there!
  • Milkwood 
    Learn at home education resources for home based living, including, healthy DIY food and medicine making, gardening and growing
  • Kookaburra Organics Facebook Group
    To help all those who are embarking to grow food simply and without spending money
  • Sustainable Gardening Australia 
    Take the opportunity to learn how to grow your own edibles all year round.
  • Marty’s Garden Show 
    Introducing you to four Australian native foods you can grow at home.

Sunsine Coast Libraries

If you aren’t already a member of Sunshine Coast Libraries join online.

  • Access thousands of documentaries and movies including quality international content.
  • Stream unlimited music and download five tracks per week for free.
  • Read a wide range of online magazines including craft, art and home repairs, you have access to all the ideas you need to get creative. 
  • Learn a new language with LingoLite access phrases and vocabulary in 30 languages using images, text and video.
  • Open the world up with encyclopaedias and infomation, search your ancestry, learn about antiques and collectables, discover world culture and explore national and regional cuisines and special occasion foods.

For help using eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMovies and eMusic on your device contact the eLibrary Helpdesk on (07) 5475 8989 or email libraries@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The libraries may be closed but you can still Click & Collect to get your reading fix. Card holders select items online and you'll be notified when the order is available to pick up from your chosen Library.