Learn in lockdown with Ballarat's online workshops and DIY kits

Pick up a new skill or simply make the most of your time at home with our guide to Ballarat's online masterclasses and DIY kits.

Online workshops
  • Enjoy happy hour at home with The 18th Amendment Bar's virtual masterclasses and tastings, which are now available Australia-wide. Each session includes six 20ml spirits plus access to a private Zoom chat. Details: bit.ly/3lO5j4X
  • Ballarat art studio ClayMotion offers online pottery, mosaic and drawing classes for adults and children. The classes are taught by Dawn Whitehand, who has been teaching and making art for over 20 years. Details: bit.ly/3lDNUM1
  • Master chunky crochet with Homelea Lass' online classes and make your own beanies, snoods and blankets. Founder Lynda Rennick discovered the healing and relaxation powers of crochet after she was knocked down by chronic fatigue in 2012. Details: bit.ly/2EY0Nj0
  • As part of its new Cellar Door at Home Experiences, Blue Pyrenees Estate will host an online sparkling tasting on 18 September. Details: bit.ly/2GloYc5 
  • Fettucine marinara and gourmet parmigiana-style chicken are among the hearty Italian recipes featured on Carboni's head chef Dona Pietrantuono's YouTube channel. Details: bit.ly/3jGxYqn
  • Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat has recently launched a monthly online social chat for people to discuss everything bees and beekeeping. Details: bit.ly/2QITCOB
  • Ballarat photographer Aldona Kmieć founded Saturday Photography School to empower people to take better photos. Her one-on-one digital photography lessons provide personalised tuition for beginners through to serious enthusiasts, allowing you to learn from home at your own speed. Details: bit.ly/3gs6Bi4
  • Artist Emily Van Der Molen's Boxful of Art – Art Lessons in a Box is designed to bring a sense of play back to art making. Sign up for 10 online lessons plus all your materials delivered to your door. Details: bit.ly/32QFWqr
Blue Pyrenees
Blue Pyrenees Estate's Cellar Door at Home Experience
DIY kits
  • Jump on the iso bread-making bandwagon with a sourdough starter – affectionately known as Agnes – from Bridgette's Bread. Details: bit.ly/2YYt7ch
  • If you just can't get enough of dried flowers right now, The Refined Bloom Co has launched DIY kits in a mix of colours. Details: bit.ly/31S6ZSL
  • ClayMotion has created a range of Arty Crafty Care Packages that can be delivered nationwide.Take your pick from painting, polymer clay, drawing and sketching, clay, mosaic and jewellery packages. Details: bit.ly/2Edhln4
  • Start a new lockdown hobby with a Rusty Gate Home Brew Kit from Ballarat Home Brew. Each kit makes approximately 23 litres of ale. Details: bit.ly/3hUekae
  • Get creative at home with Sovereign Hill's online library of craft projects and fun activity sheets. Activities include cross-stitch cards, 1850s recipes, paper dolls, colouring sheets plus a range of print-outs. Details: bit.ly/2E8xx90 
Bridgette's Bread
Bridgette's Bread
For Ballarat locals
  • Join Mitchell Harris on 10 September for Taste le Tour @ Home – a virtual ride exploring food and wine through the south of France. Three courses and three wines will be delivered to your door ahead of the Zoom chat. Details: bit.ly/3gNJkHh 
  • Learn how to prepare a red curry from scratch during an online cooking class with Mr Jones owner and head chef Damien Jones. Collect your ingredients from the Main Road restaurant the day before the class and away you go! Details: bit.ly/34Ud7fl