10 Virtual Workshops You Can Attend This Summer

You don't have to leave home to learn something new.

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As the pandemic resurges in the Metro, people are once again advised to stay home as much as possible. This means going back to hobbies we got into during the first time that quarantine measures were put in place, including indoor planting, baking, tie-dyeing, and painting by numbers. If you want to take your mind off the crazy, there are a number of online classes you can check out from the comforts of home. 

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Itching to learn something new? Here are summer virtual workshops you can attend:

Acrylic Painting: Landscapes of Luna with Benedict Reyna

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Art by Benedict Reyna
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If you're a fan of Juan Luna's landscape paintings, Ayala Museum's class on acrylic painting with Benedict Reyna is worth checking out. It features lessons on putting together natural subjects on a canvas. The instructor, who also goes by the name benedir, is an expert in both traditional acrylic painting and digital illustration. 

Ayala Museum's Acrylic Painting: Landscapes of Luna with Benedict Reyna costs P3,500. Classes are on May 15, May 22, and May 29, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit Ayala Museum's website.

Rody Vera Online Playwriting Course

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The Rody Vera Online Playwriting Course was launched by Pelikulove in 2019, just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Virgin Labfest, which the playwright co-founded. It features 13 lessons, from the history of playwriting to the more advanced topics of staging a production and dealing with directors and actors, all available as play-on-demand clips with summarized handouts. For one-year access to all the materials, subscription is at P2,899; but if you think you need more time to absorb everything or even play the videos again and again, two-year access is at P4,999. 

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Pelikulove’s Rody Vera Online Playwriting Course costs P2,899 for a one-year access. For more information, visit Pelikulove’s website.

Basic Drawing: Lozano's Still Life with Abe Orobia

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"Ripe for Picking" by Abe Orobia
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Filipino painter José Honorato Lozano is best known for letras y figuras, where human figures, animals, plants, and objects are contoured to appear as letters that spell out particular words. In Ayala Museum's Basic Drawing workshop for adults, participants can learn the basics of drawing by studying the still life works of Lozano. The class is taught by visual artist and educator Abe Orobia, who comes from a long lineage of Filipino artists including Juan Luna (his great grandfather) and Maestro Orobia (his father).

Ayala Museum's Basic Drawing: Lozano's Still Life with Abe Orobia costs P3,500. Classes are on April 24, May 1, and May 8, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit Ayala Museum's website

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Basic Photography

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If you've been toying with the idea of leveling up your love for photographs, Philippine Center for Creative Imaging is holding live, instructor-led online classes from May 3 to 7 on basic photography. There are four sessions with four hours each, where you can learn about the functions of your mirrorless camera or DSLR as well as technical and creative photography techniques.

Philippine Center for Creative Imaging's (PCCI) Basic Photography course costs P6,000. Classes are from May 3 to 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit PCCI's website

Basic Scented Candle Making

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With the constant need to find our Zen, some of us have gotten into the craze of collecting scented candles. But if you want to take things further (and maybe save some money), then you can just make your own scented container candle through the help of CraftMNL's video-on-demand course. You have the option of purchasing the course video (P1,250) or the one that's bundled with a starter kit (P3,250). The latter has everything you need to make two 150ml candles, including a beeswax-coconut oil wax bland, essential oil, wicks, and other important ingredients.

CraftMNL's Basic Scented Candle Making course with starter kit costs P3,250. For more information, visit CraftMNL's website.

Web Design Fundamentals 

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Go beyond your Instagram page or Tumblr platform by making your own website through PCCI's three-hour Web Design Fundamentals class. The webinar introduces participants to the basic elements of a web page, HTML and Flash, cross-platform and cross-browser designing, the power of navigation and usability, and basic design principles.

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PCCI's Web Design Fundamentals course costs P600. Class is on May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. For more information, visit PCCI's website

Basic Leather Crafting

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Learn how to make your own leather bag or card holder with Soul Flower Co., a local brand that champions the beauty of leather and its versatility. They offer online classes on basic leather crafting, which starts at P3,900, so you don't have to step out. The package includes the delivery of a basic tool kit, so you can follow your instructor during the online class.

Soul Flower Co's Basic Leather Crafting Online class costs P4,000. For more information, visit Soul Flower Co.'s website.

Melt-and-Pour Soap Making Basics

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Handmade soaps, especially those that come in the cutest shapes and colors and hypnotizing scents, can be hard to resist. You can create your own through Craft MNL's two-hour course on melt-and-pour soap making. The module is at P750; but if you opt for the bundle with a starter kit, you need to shell out P1,100. The latter lets you make up to five bars of soap from 500 grams of clear soap base, fragrance oil, and your very own molds.

CraftMNL's Melt-and-Pour Soap Making Basics course with starter kit costs P1,100. For more information, visit CraftMNL's website.

Kickstart Your Freelance Business the Right Way

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Letting go of your comfy 9-to-6 job and going freelance can be scary. But just think of the perks: you can manage your own time, you can do what you love, and you're your own boss. Aside from classes on photography and web design, PCCI also offers two three-hour sessions on starting your freelance business. Kickstart Your Freelance Business the Right Way covers tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, creating a business model, and building your portfolio.

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PCCI's Kickstart Your Freelance Business the Right Way costs P2,400. Classes are on May 19 and 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit PCCI's website.

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Powerful Storytelling Course

Ricky Lee, novelist and screenplay savant, has taught many award-winning filmmakers and scriptwriters in his scriptwriting class. They're usually held in weekly workshops at his home library, through a masterclass at University of the Philippines in Diliman, or in special sessions at ABS-CBN. You can also take a class with the storyteller himself through Pelikulove's Powerful Storytelling Course. It features three lessons on creating a narrative for any medium, Lee's own pro tips, and writing exercises you can try. The self-paced class with video-on-demand materials is P399.

You can also attend the live workshop on April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ang Tao sa Loob ng Kahon is available for P999, but you can take both classes for the discounted price of P1,380.

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Pelikulove's Powerful Storytelling Course costs P399. For more information, visit Pelikulove's website.

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