Comic relief

Amsterdam comedy club easylaughs online improv stand-up comedy workshops Credit: easylaughsAre your jokes failing to land on Zoom? Join like-minded comedy fans and pick up some tips with Easylaughs. The comedy club is hosting online workshops to train you in the art of improvised and stand-up comedy. 

From tablet to table

Chef from Amsterdam cooking studio De Kookfabriek livestreams cooking classes. Credit: De KookfabriekIf you want to master your cooking skills or learn new recipes, De Kookfabriek is running St(r)eaming Chefs – digital cooking workshops led by a chef on a date and time of your choice. Just pick up the groceries and tune in. There is a minimum of eight participants, so get friends, family or colleagues involved for a virtual dinner party.

DIY pottery

Build your own planters, candle holders or beautifully glazed vases at home by joining a Pottery At Home workshop from Ceramics Studio. After picking up wet clay from the studio in Marnixstraat, follow online instruction from tutor Marjan de Voogd, chat with fellow potters, and start creating! 

Strike a pose

For those who know their way around a camera but haven’t put their skills to the test, photographer Megan Alter’s online course on setting up a photoshoot is for you. Learn via Zoom sessions and practical assignments and bounce your ideas off other photography fans. The course will culminate in developing and executing your own (Covid-safe) photoshoot. 

Sew from scratch

Amsterdam sewing cafe De Steek online tutorial and workshops Credit: De Steek Amsterdam

Sewing cafe and textile store De Steek, has everything you need as a ‘maker’ in sustainable fashion and textiles and it’s now offering digital workshops to keep your hands nimble. From a macrame plant hanger to flower embroidery, sign up to a workshop to receive your materials and follow step-by-step guidance online. If you’re serious about sewing, check out the beginners’ course to gain more confidence behind the machine. 

Homemade skincare

Amsterdam DIY Soap workshop online tutorial Credit: DIY Soap

DIY Soap is committed to sustainable skincare and promoting plant-based, high-quality ingredients. You can get a better understanding of the process – as well as make some lush products for yourself – through the DIY natural skin care workshops. Choose from soap or lip balm and body cream kits and follow the online videos to create 100% natural, cruelty-free and zero-waste products.

Learn to code

Wild Code School, which has a campus in Amsterdam, is running free events to ease beginners into the world of tech. Want to take it to the next level? Its five-month remote courses in web development, data analysis or product management could be career-changers. 

Cocktail hour

Amsterdam cocktail bar Flying Dutchmen Cocktails online workshop livestream tutorial Credit: Flying Dutchmen Cocktails

The cocktail masters at Flying Dutchmen Cocktails are on hand to teach you three new tipples to shake up the weekend (or any day you wish). There’s no need for a fully stocked backbar – after you’ve booked a timeslot, you’ll receive a package of ingredients, including fruits, spirits, bitters and syrups. 

Creative writing

Amsterdam creative writing workshop online Credit: International Writers Collective

Do you have a pandemic-inspired dystopian thriller waiting to be written, or maybe you want to flex your poetry skills? Amsterdam-based International Writers Collective is running an eight-week creative writing course for beginners to finally put to paper. And Amsterdam Writing’s instructors are also at hand to teach you tricks of the trade in memoir, non-fiction or food writing. 

Act it out

If you suffer from stage fright, English-speaking theatre group Act Attack aims to boost your confidence and creativity from the comfort of your home. Budding actors can rehearse monologues, storytelling and character building via the medium of Skype. Break a leg! 

If you fancy a dose of arts and culture broadcast from Amsterdam's best venues, don't miss these cultural livestreams and virtual tours.