I love taking classes and learning, but as a busy mom, entrepreneur, artist, and all the other hats I wear on any given day, getting to an in person art class can be difficult. Not to mention quite costly sometimes. I’ve found that there are so many excellent, online alternatives to in person classes. I still enjoy in person when I can, but on line offers me the perfect blend of affordability, convenience, and flexibility.
The following 6 links are to teachers that I have found that I love taking classes from. They all have very different styles and class offerings. What they all have in common is that their instruction is EXCELLENT and their classes are affordable, many under $50.
(I have no affiliations with any of them other than I’ve personally taken and paid for classes by them. I receive nothing if you choose to take a class with any of them.)
- Tamara Laporte– Oh my gosh, I can’t even say enough about this amazing woman!!! She has revolutionized how I do art and my confidence in my ability to create! Her classes are FULL of information, her instructions are very easy to follow, and she is FUN! I *heart* her in a super big way! She is the organizer of the Life Book year long course, which I’m taking right now and will sign up for the 2015 one as well- super affordable at around $120 for the WHOLE YEAR! Crazy good price! (I say ‘around’ with the price because it’s in pounds so the US price fluctuates a bit.) I have also begun her Magical Mythical Makings, and have paid for but not started Fabulous Faces and Rainbow Mermaid. So much goodness! I’m a crazy Tam Groupie!!!
- Life Book 2014– Where to even start with Life Book year long course??? WOW…wow…and more wow!!! 52 weeks full of awesome teachers, videos, PDFs, support, information, juicy and succulent art!!! This is what I spent 3 long years looking for…heck, let’s go all the way back and make that 34 years of searching without knowing this was it!!! Seriously, I don’t have the words to tell how fracking awesome this course is! And for only around $120-ish dollars? It’s practically a steal!!! LOVE this!!! The only thing that’s going to be better is when Life Book 2015 starts!!! (I’m jumping up and down while singing a happy song about this!!! Makes typing a bit challenging! LOL)
- Alisa Burke– I’m not even sure where I first heard about Alisa Burke, but I’m so thrilled that I did! She has a rich, vibrant, and playful style both in her art and her teachings. Her blog is a fun lifestyle blog that also has inspirational ideas for art. I’m currently doing her Sketchbook Delight class. The class is in-depth. Many videos, pictures, and descriptions on how to keep a sketchbook. For me this was much needed as I wasn’t really sure what to do with a sketchbook. I feel kind of dumb for admitting that, but it’s true. What do I put in it? What’s the purpose of it versus just doodling on notepads, etc. Not only did I learn how to keep a sketchbook, but also some great techniques for drawing, painting, and finding inspiration. Although it’s not a techniques class, there still plenty to learn from watching her create in her sketchbook. I can’t wait to take some of her other courses!
- Carla Sonheim– Carla is such an easy going, fun, encouraging teacher. I first saw her on Life Book 2014. I was so captivated that I asked my husband for her Cereal Box Paper Dolls course for Mother’s Day. I am loving it. I haven’t finished yet, which is in no reflection of the class that’s all my bright shiny object jumping around-ness. I’ve done the majority of it and find it fun, easy, and super cute. Once I’m done with mine I’m going to do it again with my girls. The videos, PDFs, and general instructions are wonderful and easy to follow. Carla’s style is easy going and friendly, it feels like she’s sitting across from you chatting at your kitchen table. I will definitely be doing more of her classes!!!
- Marieke Blokland– Marieke is so absolutely charming and the art she creates reflects that in a ginormous way! I first saw her in Life Book 2014 when she taught that Cotton Candy Divas! I was captivated! Her style is full of whimsy, fun, and playfulness. Forget about realistic faces and enter into a world where anything goes! So much joy to be had in her classes. She teaches in a way that is easy to understand and follow. I’ve taken 2 of her classes in Life Book 2014 and recently bought her Blue- a Happy Sad Mixed Media Workshop. I haven’t done that one yet, but am looking forward to giving it a whirl soon. I have no doubt it will be as fabulous as the ones I’ve already done with her. She also has a lovely blog that is fun and inspiring to read. Her recent article, How to Draw Eyes, spoke to me in a big way about how I view art.
- Jennibellie– Where to even start? I absolutely, positively, ADORE Jennibellie! She is an amazingly generous artist and teacher! She is by far the tutorial queen, in my option! She offers oodles of free video and pictorial tutorials on her website and youtube for mixed media art and art journaling. And they are EXCELLENT and well done! She also has a FREE art journal community that offers monthly challenges, ideas, inspiration, and community with other amazing artists! Fantastic! So much artsy goodness here!!!
Do you have any favorite on line teachers? Please share below!