15+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

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With Labor Day now past, the new school year has officially began. While many kids and young adults head back into the classroom, they aren’t the only ones that can get an education. Through creative online classes, you too can learn new skills in art and photography—no matter what age you are or where you’re located. Websites like Craftsy and CreativeLive continually offer the latest in exciting approaches to drawing, painting, taking pictures, and more.

On any given e-learning site, there can be thousands of classes to enroll in, and the task of finding a course can be daunting. To help you on your search, we’ve found a selection of art and photography classes to try this week. One we’re particularly excited about is 28 to Make from CreativeLive. It offers the perfect excuse to get back into making things again; each day for 28 days, a creative project idea is sent to your inbox. All the endeavors can be completed in 20 minutes, so there’s no excuse not to try something new over the course of four weeks.

Check out this week's selections below. If you're looking for more, check out the creative online classes we’ve highlighted in weeks past.

Scroll down to see our picks for this week's creative online classes!


Dog Photography, Craftsy: With a tagline of “Sit, Stay, Click,” this course will show you how to capture a dog’s vibrant personality.

Basics of Digital Photography, Craftsy: Just bought a DSLR camera and no idea how to use it? Get started with this beginner’s class.

Black & White Portraits, Craftsy: Instructor Nate Dappen shares his equipment recommendations, settings, and techniques to create images that have a timeless look and feel.

A Sports Photography Primer, Craftsy: With the football and hockey seasons upon us, the right camera settings can capture the excitement of these games.

Using Your Apple® iPhone® 7/7 Plus for Great Photos, CreativeLive: Your iPhone can take great photos—see how with this class.

Photographing Children: Portraits at Play, Craftsy: When the kids aren’t in school, learn how to photograph them at play and capture memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Mastering Exposure, Craftsy: Understanding exposure is vital to crafting a great photograph. Get an in-depth look at it with this class.

Understanding File Formats, CreativeLive: When should you use JPG, PSD, TIF, PNG, etc? Understand your options with Khara Plicanic’s guidance.

Breaking Into the Business of Photography, Craftsy: If you want to turn your hobby into a professional business, instructor Catherine Asanov will teach you the best business practices to do so.

Art & Craft

28 to Make, CreativeLive: Get 28 daily creative products delivered to your inbox by some of the industry’s top creatives.

Simple & Stunning Watercolor Techniques, Craftsy: Once you’ve learned the basics of watercolor, take your techniques further with this intermediate-level class.

10 Marvelous Mixed Media Techniques, Craftsy: Mixed media can bring new energy to your work. Using materials like acrylic grounds, stencils, and watercolor pencils, you can create “dynamic landscapes and collages.”

The Art of the Picture Book, Craftsy: What story do you want to tell? Learn how to expand your ideas into rich stories and put them into a proposal to send to publishers.

Simple Techniques for Better Portraits, Craftsy: Drawing portraits can be daunting, but they’re made easier when you learn instructor Alisha Dall'Osto’s approach.

Pen & Ink Essentials, Craftsy: Starting with contour lines, ease into ink washes and shadows when you take this essentials class.

Beginning Stamping—Playing with Ink, CreativeLive: Try block printing to add a creative flair to totes, fabric, 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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