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BobDavies88's Channel : Video tutorials in painting with watercolours.

Cartoon Block : Character drawing tutorials.

Manchester Art Gallery : Virtual tours, what's on, digitised artworks from the gallery's collections and more.

Sycra : A range of drawing tutorials covering a wide range of techniques.

Tate Online : Find out more about Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, take online courses, virtual tours, performance art, interviews and more.

Wilson Bickford's Channel : Video tutorials on oil painting

Creative Writing

The British Library : The British Library offers an exciting programme of workshops, activities and resources for teachers and learners of all ages. Explore a wealth of source material online or plan a visit.

Writing With Confidence : Writing tips for all styles.

The Crafty Writer's Creative Writing Course : A free creative writing course.

Creative Writing Links : A great store of online resources for creative writing from British Council Arts.

Writing What You Know : An Open Learn course to help improve descriptive writing.

Start Writing Fiction : An Open Learn Course covering different genres of fiction and how authors create characters and the settings.


Betty Crocker : Lots of recipes and how-tos and videos from a quick snack to planning a dinner party or decorating a cake.

Everyday Dish TV : Vegan cooking channel. Free online content. Additional members only content for 12 month subscription.

Good Food Channel : A huge archive of video tutorials, recipes from famous chefs and lots more.

Heavy Metal Vegan Cooking : Yes, that's right! Heavy Metal Vegan Cooking! If you're into either - or just fancy a bit of a laugh - check their video section.

Show Me The Curry : Easy to follow, step-by-step Indian cooking videos showcasing cuisine from all regions of India.

Vital Recipe : Recipes, food and cooking tips.

Knitting & Crochet

The Knit Witch : Free video tutorials on knitting and crochet on a commercial site selling patterns and yarn etc.

Ravelry A free site for knitters and crocheters.

Tipnut Free Craft Projects, Patterns & Tutorials


Andrew Furmanczyk Academy of Music: Online piano lessons. All content free of charge.

Get Piano : A fun and easy way to begin learning the piano

Guitar Tricks : Online guitar lessons. Free basic membership. Monthly subscription for full membership.

Next Level Guitar : Over 785 online guitar lessons available free. Free e-book. Instruction DVD and membership available for a charge.

Sold On Song : BBC guide to songwriting and the music business.


Alison, Adobe Photoshop CS6 : This free online Photoshop CS6 video tutorial course is the ideal introduction to the skills and techniques needed to master image manipulation and photographic re-touching.

Alison, Introduction to Digital Photography : This free online course in digital photography gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor work, how camera lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software.

Digicam Help: Digital camera help for beginners and beyond; taking photographs, tips and techniques.

Digital Photography School : An enthusiasts website aimed at new to semi-experienced digital camera users.

GCF LearnFree, Digital Photography : With the popularity of smartphones and compact digital cameras, it has become easier than ever to capture the moments in your life. Learn the basics of how to take great pictures along with excellent tips for those trickier shots. : detailed how-to articles blogs and forums.

What Digital : Camera skills, digital darkroom, technical guides and resources.

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