15+ Creative Online Classes to Spark Your Imagination This Week

Creative Online Classes

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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's important to nurture your interests. One of the best ways to do that is by challenging yourself to learn something new. Doing so is easy when you enroll in online creative classes. With thousands to choose from, they will teach you everything you need to know about the topic of your choice. Best of all, you can take thousands of courses from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

You won’t believe the caliber of the instructors that teach online learning classes. Masterclass, for instance, has amazing visionaries offering their expert wisdom and insight into their field. The legendary Annie Leibovitz leads The Art of Photo, and you get a peek into her studio and the decisions that she makes in order to compose compelling stories through photography. It's hard to beat that—especially when you can watch it all in your pajamas!

Check out our selection of online classes below and get started today.

Nurture your creative spirit with online learning classes. Scroll down to see our picks.


Online Learning Classes

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Annie Leibovitz: The Art of Photo, Masterclass — Through 15 lessons, photography legend Annie Leibovitz takes you into her studio and gives you insight into her process. Along the way, she shares all that she knows about photographing and telling stories through pictures.

DIY Photography: Lens Attachments, Filters & Creative Effects, Creativelive — You don’t need to break the bank buying expensive photography gear. This class will show you how to create DIY tilt shifts, lightboxes, star filters, and more.

One-Light Portrait Photography, Creativelive — Award-winning photographer Dan Brouillette shows you how, with a studio strobe light and lighting modifiers, you can create a variety of portrait styles.

Fashion Photography 101, Creativelive — Instructor Lara Jade takes you through every stage of a fashion shoot: from casting your style team and model to what goes on during the day of the shoot. And it doesn’t matter what type of photographer you are—learning the elements of fashion photography can inform other areas of your business.

Lighting for Food Photography: Beyond Natural Light, Creativelive — New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani demonstrates the tools and techniques he uses for creating mouth-water images.

Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling, Creativelive — One day a child is a newborn and the next they’re headed to college. This class will show you how to capture everyday moments you’ll cherish for years to come.

Mobile Photography: Perfect Photos in Your Pocket, Creativelive — You know your smartphone has a powerful camera, now learn how to use it by going beyond the basic settings. You’ll be amazed at the impressive pictures you can snap!


Online Learning Classes

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Art & Crafts

Colored Pencil Essentials, Bluprint — If you’re ready to go from adult coloring books to colored pencil drawing, try this class on Bluprint. It features lessons on color basics, luminous layering, and developing surface textures.

Illustrated Nature Journaling, Bluprint — Capture the beauty of the outdoors when you take this class by Gay Kraeger. She will show you how to quickly record the elements of a landscape, be it on land or water.

Getting Started with Watercolor & Gouache Paints, Creativelive — Are you interested in working with watercolor and gouache paints but don’t know where to begin? Let illustrator Mary Jane Begin introduce the basics of each medium so you’ll be fully equipped to pick up a brush and begin painting.

Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style, Skillshare — Learn the basics of ink drawing from one award-winning illustrator Yuko Shimizu.

Foundational Figure Drawing: Heads, Creativebug — Sketching the head and face can be daunting. Artist David Tenorio simplifies the process by demonstrating the basic rules of proportion and “recording what you see rather than how you believe faces to be.”

Stamped and Sewn Backpack, Creativebug — Create your own chic and modern backpack with the help of Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou. Start with a stamp and then learn the process for creating a finished backpack. All you need is a few printing making tools, a sewing machine, and a few straight stitches.


Online Learning Classes

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Creative Entrepreneurship

Etsy 101: Launch Your Handmade Shop, Creativelive — Marlo Miyashiro will help you establish your own successful Etsy shop by teaching you how to create compelling listings, brand your store, and beyond.

Copywriting for Crafters, Creativelive — Want to make your product descriptions sing? Copywriting for Crafters will help you send the right message.

Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives, Creativelive — There are common myths about creative people—one being they are inherently disorganized. With this class, taught by Lisa Congdon, you will learn strategies for creating a workflow system, managing your to-do, and more.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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