Hobby horse? Get rocking in 2020 with these 12 classes

<span>Photograph: Lorne Thomson/Redferns</span>
Photograph: Lorne Thomson/Redferns
  1. An evening at Tate Modern with Jonathan Jones

    An unmissable opportunity to spend the evening with Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones, exploring works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.

  2. How to use your digital camera: A course with Guardian photographer David Levene

    A fun and informative day with award-winning Guardian photographer David Levene, which will see your loved one master the DSLR camera they don’t yet know they’ve got…

  3. Get gardening in 2020: A masterclass with Alys Fowler, Charles Dowding & Hollie Newton

    For that person who wants to make use of their garden, balcony or even their windowsill. This full-day of talks with gardening experts will show budding gardeners how to maximise their space, cultivate beautiful flowers and grow delicious vegetables.

  4. A creative approach to data: Hand-drawn data visualisation

    The secrets of beautiful, artful infographics are unlocked in this full-day course with designer Stefanie Posavec, fan of data drawing and co-author of the year-long drawing project Dear Data.

  5. A history of life on Earth: A masterclass on evolution with experts from the Natural History Museum

    A rare chance to spend the day with renowned palaeontologists as they reveal some of the great scientific discoveries and mysteries of the last few decades.

  6. How to write your family history with Nick Barlay

    Is there an interesting family history you or your loved one is itching to chronicle? Nick Barlay, author of Scattered Ghosts, leads this practical course which demonstrates how to plan a story based on family history and create a compelling narrative.

  7. Lyric-writing: A one-day workshop with Chris Difford

    For fans of Squeeze and those wanting to try their hand at writing song lyrics, this is an unmissable opportunity to learn the art and craft from Ivor Novello-winning lyricist Chris Difford.

  8. Storytelling with maps: Master the art of cartography and geo data visualisation

    Experts from Ordnance Survey lead this masterclass in the theories behind cartography and the basics of geographic data visualisation, which will see participants producing their very own map!

  9. How to create a successful podcast with the BBC’s Craig Templeton Smith and Jack Soper

    For would-be presenters, this is a chance to learn the key ingredients of successful podcasting, including the technical know-how for producing slick audio, the editorial dos and don’ts, and how to make it stand a head above the rest.

  10. The beginner’s guide to creating a successful blog

    Award-winning blogger Charly Lester shows would-be bloggers how to develop their ideas, make their website stand out, and even generate a profit from a passion…

  11. Poetry: A practical guide to the craft with Cambridge University’s creative writing tutor

    If your loved one is always jotting things down, or has expressed a desire to master the craft of poetry, this class with Professor Jem Poster, co-founder of the master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Cambridge, will demonstrate how to enhance writing practice.

  12. Start a business: A masterclass for entrepreneurs

    And finally, because work can – and should! – be a source of joy, this class lays out the essential steps for transforming an idea into a thriving business.