What exactly is Create Academy?
The online destination to know when it comes virtual masterclasses, Create Academy hosts a range of courses from those at the top of their field. Founded on the belief that creativity plays a crucial role in our lives – from how we eat to how we play and live – these masterclasses allow you to learn from leading figures across multiple industries – including home, food and garden. Unlike other online courses, Create Academy’s classes can be taken at a time and place to suit you; there are no exams and each course comes with plenty of resources for you to take-away, allowing you to build confidence and carry on learning once the course has finished.
What courses are on offer?
Create Academy’s lifestyle offerings will appeal to those with an eye for design. Take, for example, the course with acclaimed interior designer Rita Konig, a 36-part masterclass that delves into topics such as sourcing furniture, mixing fabrics and colour, and how to pull together your dream colour palette. Keen horticulturalists, meanwhile, should seek out Willow Crossley’s Guide To Floristry, a 24-part series that offers unique insights into bringing nature into your home, as well as the techniques, tools and suppliers to know. Forget uninspiring webinars – these digestible videos are packed with nutritional nuggets, and once purchased, members have lifetime access, enabling you to dip in and out as you please.
Is the platform tricky to use?
Create Academy’s online platform is straightforward and easy to use. Plus, it’s available across your devices, making it simple to pick up where you left off.
Interested? Here’s a bit more information on each course…
Amelia Freer: Nutritionist
If you’re interested in prioritising what’s on your plate, nutritional therapist Amelia Freer’s brand-new course is one to bookmark. Over a year in the making, Amelia’s first-ever online course includes more than 30 bite-sized videos – each around ten minutes in length – alongside a collection of downloadable handouts with endless resources and recipes. From the importance of eating the rainbow to knife skills and the role of nutritional supplements, no topic is left unturned. Whether you’re just starting out on your health journey or consider yourself a pro, there’s plenty to learn here. Expect episodes dedicated to the three much-maligned macronutrients – carbs, protein and fats – as well as the basics of building a healthy plate, the importance of digestion, why it’s okay to eat fruit, and how to optimise kitchen efficiency. Users will go virtual food shopping with Amelia, learn how to navigate the shelves and read labels, and visit her vegetable garden to learn how she lives, thinks and cooks on a daily basis.
Who’s it for? With an emphasis on nourishment and fad-free eating, Amelia’s offering is ideal for those looking to demystify healthy eating and optimise their health. Whether you’re confused by constantly changing advice about what you should and shouldn’t be eating; always find yourself falling back into old habits when it comes to food; or want to eat well and cook from scratch but struggle to find the time, this is the course for you.
Rita Konig: Interior Designer
A fascinating insight into an interior designer’s process, Rita’s masterclass is broken down into short episodes (each lasting no more than 15 minutes) and is filmed across two of her recent personal projects and four of her favourite suppliers, giving you unprecedented access to one of the UK’s top interior designers. Learn how she puts her schemes together as she walks through projects, room-by-room, and learn how to develop confidence with your own interiors skills and how to build your own taste. No stone is left unturned – you’ll also find lessons dedicated to working with a budget, how to lay out your rooms, nail your lighting, source tiles and stones, hang paintings, and much more. There are even episodes dedicated to making the most of different rooms – from the laundry room to family bathroom.
Who’s it for? If you recently made the decision to move to the country and have landed yourself with a home renovation project, Rita’s knowledge will simplify the process and make decorating a little less daunting (and a lot more fun).
Willow Crossley: Florist & Stylist
If you’ve always considered yourself a dab hand when it comes to flower arranging, Willow’s offering won’t disappoint. Even if you don’t have a garden, there’s plenty to learn here – members will start by learning why working with flowers isn’t just about the aesthetic (Willow believes they can have a profound impact on how you feel), and go on to cover topics including developing your floral style; the kit to have at home; when and where to source flowers near you (and seasonal alternatives); sourcing vases and containers; and how to make a hand-tied bouquet. If you do have a garden, there are also episodes focused on making the most of your green space, and if you’ve ever been inspired to do your own wedding flowers, Willow will teach you how to create everything from buttonholes to table decorations. Those looking to take their floristry to the next level will also benefit from a bonus session dedicated to being a professional florist, delving into topics such as sourcing, budgeting and managing events.
Who’s it for? If you follow Willow on Instagram, you’ll know her enthusiasm for all things floral and foliage is infectious. Throughout the course, you’ll spend over five hours with Willow, learning to master the basics, from a simple table arrangement to a show-stopping wedding centrepiece.
Where & how to sign up...
Visit the Create Academy website for more information and to sign up – all three courses are ongoing so you can sign up at a time to suit you. The courses also make the perfect gift for those who are tricky to buy for.
Courses with Create Academy start from £127 and are available via CreateAcademy.com.