From time to time on this blog, I would often share online classes that are on my wishlist or ask for advice on which art class to do first.
Being stuck in bed with chronic medical conditions over the past 8 years has meant that I’ve definitely had the time to take some amazing art classes and learn some new skills.
So, I’ve rounded up my favourite online art tutorials (in the form of online classes) because I thought it was high time to share the best with you!
It’s a superb idea to keep an eye open for classes to take; I have a folder full of links to classes I want to take.
There’s a chance it will take me a few years to get through them all but I’ve made a point of taking at least one class each week to play catch up!
This class is one of THE best classes I’ve ever taken. I enjoy it so much. Luckily, I already knew the basics of hand lettering, so I was excited about learning how to add a more artistic touch to each letter or how to colour and shade, etc.
You will find the videos and tutorials on a great looking; password protected classroom site, and the posts are super long.
It’s just a long scrolling situation, which is fine and dandy.
I did have some trouble playing videos on my tablet/iPad and had to watch them all on the laptop.
The videos themselves were great.
I was able to see the process as it was happening and understood it much better than following written instructions.
Alisa Burke was one of the first artists I really loved and Sketchbook Delight was one of the first online workshops I ever took. Then, I caught the bug, big time.
Alisa taught me how to draw so I have a very soft spot for her online workshops.
They’re self-paced, and all the info is there whenever you need it.
I’ve always loved the way Alisa Burke lays out her workshops.
Super simple to navigate, if you can’t figure out the navigation system, there’s always a video/post about how to navigate the classes.
Classes are split up into your weeks/sections of work and are easy to find in the sidebar.
The videos themselves, again are very informative, and Alisa is a wonderful tutor.
SBD(1) was so marvellous, ‘Part 2’ was purchased as soon as it was released.
SBD2 was a real joy, and it was only just a step up from the first course.
This course involved more intricate work, different shapes and making your pages pop.
I learnt so much and loved every minute.
I haven’t taken any photos to share from this class, but I have completed it and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Learning how to draw flowers and brushing up on my skills was a great way to spend a summer!
Again the class is self-paced, and everything you need is there on the blog.
Alisa’s videos and instructions are easy to follow and if I can draw and learn all this stuff, you definitely can.
The one bouquet four ways video was the video that turned me into a customer, and I don’t know if it’s possible to say enough great things about this class without sounding like a douche.
It is a great course, though.
In this class, Irina explains how to draw a paint a beautiful, realistic looking butterfly.
I’ve always wanted to create stunning watercolours like this and I am absolutely positive that I’m not the only one out there!
Something else that seems to be a struggle for me, is choosing a beautiful colour palette for art projects.
Luckily, Irina teaches you to choose colours and achieve an ethereal look in watercolour art!
Not only do you get to learn how to draw and paint a stunning butterfly, but Irina shares different ideas of craft projects that you could create with your painted butterflies!
The class is suitable for both beginners and more advanced watercolourists, which is what has convinced me to sign up!
I’m at the beginner stages of learning how to paint with watercolours and do it well.
I thought butterflies would be a beautiful idea for this time of year.
Not to mention, there’s also a special discount applied when you follow this link and sign up to Skillshare.
This is another class that is suitable for those of us who are beginners when it comes to watercolour painting!
The sweet treats pictured look adorable and they would make some fabulous planner stickers (after you scanned in and printed on adhesive paper).
“Paint some super cute and easy watercolour sweets and treats.
- Increase your watercolour skills.
- Learn new techniques.
- How to only use one brush and no pencil!
- Practice painting loosely and intuitively.
- Have fun!!!
This class will be a blast, so grab your brush and paints and get ready to please your sweet tooth without putting on any weight!”
These really are some of the best online art tutorials I’ve ever found!
Get Messy my most recent class purchase and unfortunately, life got in the way, and there has been next to zero time to create as many journal layouts as I would like.
So far it has been 2. two!
That’s how busy I’ve been.
Luckily, I had purchased Get Messy before it became time limited.
If you were thinking of buying Get Messy now but have zero time to yourself, think about putting it off until I have the time to get involved.
There’s an amazing community where you can get to know all the beautiful ladies who are taking part!
It’s a glorious creative movement, and I applaud Lauren and Caylee for all their hard work!
The class website looks awesome.
Caylee and Lauren launched a new look site, and subscription type service and it all looks amazing.
It’s obvious to see how much hard work went into to building this community.
There’s an incredibly supportive facebook group to go alongside the workshops and it’s full of everyone’s work and any questions people might have.
Caylee and Lauren have also expanded and taken on some guest teachers, providing lots of new content each month.
I’ve saved every prompt in my email folder and when there’s have time I’m going to be referring to my folder full of incredible inspiration and motivation!
Mary Kate McDevitt is a professional illustrator, and this class is perfect if you want to go down the route of designing products from your hand lettering.
Even if you don’t want to do anything with your skills, it’s a great place to start your education!
This class was a lot more precise than any of the other lettering workshops I’ve taken.
I had so much fun learning how to create a piece of artwork with the lettering.
In the sense that you will learn how to arrange letters, choose fonts, letter in different shapes, etc.
There’s a lot packed into those videos!
Guess what, since I took this course I’ve had my lettering projects featured in this book: Creative Lettering For Kids with Jenny Doh.
There’s a special discount applied when you follow this link and sign up to Skillshare.
The Hand-Lettering Ledger will be a good purchase if you want to learn how to recreate Mary Kate McDevitt’s style and a little version of the class without the benefit of the video tutelage (I always need the extra help 😉 )
My next purchase is going to be this beautiful journal, created by Mary Kate. The Carpe Diem Journal.
Learning to sketch was one of the best creative things that I ever did. I absolutely love spending my evenings drawing and I end up mostly drawing flowers. The pictures from this class have made me want to go and buy tonnes of Copic markers!
This is a 60-minute workshop where you will learn:
“What you’ll learn in this class:
- How to hold the pencil and other basic techniques
- Sketch different types of florals and leaves
- How to create shadows and colour in your sketch to create a 3D effect
You’ll get started with basic sketching techniques, then learn how to take your work from 2D to 3D. By the end, you’ll be able to use the techniques you’ve learned to create a geometric floral custom art piece to hang on your wall as a conversation piece or give to a friend.”
This acrylic painting class looks like so much fun!
In this class, which you have lifetime access to, by the way, you will learn how to set up a palette, blend colours, texture techniques and how to apply base colours to a canvas.
You also get a crash course in colour theory and create your own colour wheel, so that you can create dreamy colour combo’s in the future.
The bright colours have made me get rather excited!
There are so many incredible art tutorials on the internet these days, but workshops are where you will really learn tried and true techniques from pro’s!
Of course you can always go and find a bunch of free tutorials but honestly, you can find multiple links to save or pin and you never end up doing them.
Trust me, I’ve done it plenty.
If you invest in an online class you are far more likely to follow through with the classes and actually complete your own masterpiece!
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