Online Art Classes
You’ve probably heard that everything online is moving towards video. You can read articles with statistics on trends, and look at popular social media live-video add-ons like Instagram Stories, Facebook Live video and YouTube Livestreaming video.
Online art & craft classes are sprouting up like dandelions on a golf course, and that’s good news for the visually inclined. You can buy any flavor of boosted artistic intelligence you’d like, and then watch and study the footage at your leisure, in your jammies, with a cup of tea & a cat in your lap.
Pick Your Smart
Video course subjects vary from salsa dancing to urban sketching to building a wood, french cleat, power tool storage system, but there are also tons of online art classes available now. How long has it been since you took a class, or committed to a project to make something that required your creative side? #brainaerobics Have you ever taken a video art course?
Tips for First Time Online Art Classes
If you’ve never tried a video class, here are some tips:
Schedule Your Time
- Schedule your time; If you miss art-making, book a reservation with yourself. Block it out on the calendar, and guard that time-slot like a mama bear over her cubs. It’s too easy to shove that creative appointment with yourself into the trunk while getting sucked into the vortex of less fun, chore-related obligations. I promise that reserving 30 minutes twice a week will not cause global calamity. Have courage & commit.
Gather Your Goods
- Be ready; gather your supplies in advance, print worksheets or instructions, and be sure to include a notebook and pen to jot down ideas and questions to follow up on while you’re watching the video segments. If the room you’re working in is noisey, have a headset or earbuds ready, and if you can’t leave the area set up between video chapters, put everything in a canvas bag so you can easily access your supplies during your next calendar-date with your class-time.
Power in Numbers
- Ask a friend to join you; a partner helps keep us accountable. Sometimes we’re better at committing to another person’s expectations than we are to ourselves, so ask a fellow artist to either meet & watch & create together, or if they’re far away, ask if they’re willing to Skype with you at a pre-set time after each session for 20 minutes to go over what you liked, what you learned and what you struggled with. Confirm what you’ll both accomplish before your next Skype session. Keep each other accountable, but be encouraging.
Dive In Deep
- If at first you don’t succeed, try & try again; every teacher has a different style. Some instructors are better at showing, while others are better at articulating process with words. You’ll find super fast and messy in their style instructors, while others are slow, neat and deliberate. You might find that one teacher has a great teaching style, but you don’t care for the finished project. You can still apply those methods, or the sequence, materials and ideas to your own work. If you don’t gel with the instruction in your first video class, give the process a chance and take another class with a different company or a new instructor. There are literally thousands of options. It’s your time, so don’t give it up too easily. You’ve got this.
List of Online Art Class Web Sites
Here’s a clickable list of eleven websites that feature online video classes for the creative hearts in your tribe. And some of them offer gift cards too. 🙂 Share this post with your friends & family if they appreciate hints for gift-giving ideas. 😉
I’m certain there are more options for online video art classes, so please add the sites you know about in the comments.
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The writer [artist] should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.