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Looking for a new hobby while away the time during lockdown 3.0? Are you struggling to find any inspiration? Here are just a few past time activities that you may want to take up.

LEARN HOW TO PAINT

DIMITRA MILAN - PIONEER - STUDIO
DIMITRA MILAN – PIONEER

We’re all about encouraging people to paint and create, here at UP & COMING ART. That’s why learning how to paint is on the top of our list of hobbies to take up while in lockdown. One of the best aspects of learning how to paint is that you don’t need to take lessons when you first begin. All you need is a paintbrush, a selection of paints and a piece of paper

If you’re looking for inspiration or you are unsure what style of painting to try, browse through the UP & COMING gallery and see what style of painting strikes your fancy and try to replicate it. When it comes to art, there is no wrong way to do it.

ENJOY A LEISURELY ROW

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UGNE POUWELL – NUNS OF NEW YORK

Ok, probably not the most COVID-friendly activity but it does get you out of the house and a dose of fresh air doesn’t do anyone any harm. Let’s face it, these nuns look like they are having the time of their life, enjoying the afternoon on a rowboat in the centre of New York. Whatsmore, rowing is not only a great way to stay active, but it’s also relaxing and leisurely (unless you decide to take up competitive rowing, then it’s not so relaxing). Either way, especially now as the weather is warming up, rowing would be an enjoyable new hobby to take up during lockdown.

GET BACK INTO SWIMMING

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JULITA MALINOWSKA – JOY II

Another great watersport to squeeze into your busy lockdown schedule. Whether it’s in a pool or in the sea (however, maybe hold off on swimming in the sea a couple more months until the weather warms up again), swimming could well be the full body workout your are craving. So, pull on a pair of speedos and dive in. 

WATCH DOCUMENTARIES ON ART

Lockdown has given us all a chance to catch up on our favourite series, rewatch classic childhood movies and binge 90’s sitcoms. However, have you considered getting your teeth into art documentaries? There is so much out there, but why not start with the TED talk on ‘The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’’.

LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

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PHILIPPE GRIMAUD – PLAY SERIES – JIMMY

Have you always wanted to take up the guitar? Or maybe you fancy yourself a pianist. How about digging out your old violin you used to play in the school orchestra and give it a whirl. You could even convince your family or housemates to take up an instrument and then you can start your very own band. It doesn’t matter how old you are, learning to play an instrument is really one of the best lockdown hobbies – it keeps your mind active and learning and you have tonnes of time on your hands and no place to go. However, we don’t recommend learning to play the drums if you live with other people or you have neighbours.

DISCOVER ASTRONOMY

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HEATHER BUCHANAN – EAYST

One good thing that has come out of the global pandemic is that air pollution has decreased and the sky is clearer. This is great news for those of you who are passing lockdown in a city. Finally, you can enjoy the night’s sky just as much as your countryside counterparts. Well, maybe not just as much but more than pre-global pandemic and enough so that you could spot a couple of stars on a cloudless night. You don’t need an expensive, high-tech telescope to enjoy astronomy, just look up to the sky.

LEARN HOW TO SEW OR EMBROIDER

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UGNE POUWELL – PERSIAN SILK WEAVING

If you have some needle and thread lying around, maybe you want to stitch a new button on your office shirt. Or you may need to take up the hem on your favourite pair of trousers. How about embroidering a design onto an old pair of jeans and give them a new lease of life.

Why not pull out your grandmother’s old sewing machine from the back of the cupboard and get it up and running? There are plenty of ‘how to’ videos on Youtube, so why not learn how to sew? Once you have the hang of it, you can sew yourself a whole new wardrobe.

TAKE UP HIKING

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MARK AIZENBERG – YOSEMITE AT DUSK

Ok, so this activity may not apply to everyone at this moment – there are still countries that have restrictions and driving to the countryside to go for a hike may still be illegal in some places. But for the fortunate among us, hiking is a wonderful hobby to take up. Especially when everything is closed and international travel is not a thing anymore. Hiking gets you outside and moving, and it’s a great way to stay healthy. And for those of you who are particularly adventurous, you can always combine the hike with a night camping under the stars. 

Whatever hobby you choose to pursue, remember that it doesn’t have to be overly complicated and it doesn’t have to involve paying for lessons and not all of them have to be overly strenuous. Find something that peaks your interest and give it a go.

DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING

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PAUL CROZIER – FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

Just like what Baz Luhrmann advises in his hit song, ‘Sunscreen’: “Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.”

Turn on some music and just dance. It’s so freeing and you don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it.

ROAM THE MUSEUM HALLS…VIRTUALLY

Yes, most European galleries and museums are still closed to the public but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their collection. There are many museums that have created virtual tours of the building and their collection of art so that we can still enjoy art while stuck at home. We have put together a list of 10 museums that offer virtual tours.

AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS… 

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PHILIPPE GRIMAUD – TOPKNOT ON THE BEACH

Grab yourself a drink and some food, get comfortable and just do nothing. 

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