Do you get a rush from learning something new? With back-to-school time quickly approaching, you might remember the excitement you had when starting classes. But just because you're out of school, it doesn't mean your course load has to be over. Thanks to e-learning sites like Creativebug, Bluprint, and CreativeLive, you can hone your skills with one subject or explore an entirely new field.
Now is the perfect time to try creative online learning—especially with Bluprint. They are having a Maker’s Black Friday sale and are offering deep discounts on their educational content. Until August 31, 2019, you can get 30 days of making for just $1. It’s a great opportunity to try a class (or two or three). They also have a deal for new customers; save 40% on your first order of project kits, supplies, and tools, so you’ll have everything you need when you start one of their video courses.
Get “back to school” early when you scroll down to check out our selection of online creative classes.
Create your own curriculum when you try online creative classes! Scroll down to see our course picks.
Photography & Video
Fundamentals of Photography, CreativeLive — It never hurts to familiarize yourself with the basics. Award-winning photographer John Greengo reviews how to alter settings on your camera, develop an efficient workflow, and take advantage of natural light.
Capturing Story in Portrait Photography, CreativeLive — If you’re tired of traditional portraits, learn how to transform an otherwise ordinary session into an opportunity for storytelling.
The Art of Wildlife Photography, CreativeLive — Photographer and instructor Tom Mangelsen shares lessons he’s learned from his 40 years of observing wild places and the animals that inhabit them. He’ll cover topics like the basics of gear as well as ethics of the field.
Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling, CreativeLive — Make your photographs as appetizing as the meals themselves with the help of Todd Porter and Diane Cu-Porter. They offer simple techniques for food styling that will keep your meals fresh and looking gorgeous on the plate (and off).
Create Art Through Photography, CreativeLive — Blur the lines of art and photography when you take this class taught by Art Wolfe. In addition to photographic instruction, he has a special segment of art history that will show you how to apply these principles to enhance your work.
iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit, CreativeLive — You don’t need fancy gear to create a great video—especially if you have an iPhone! This course features instructor Cielo de la Paz demonstrating how to capture high-quality films and use the phone’s accessories and apps to help.
Arts & Crafts
Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work, CreativeLive — Photo transfers are one way to add interest to your collages, and they’re easier than you think to produce. In this class, Stephenie Hamen teaches you about these type of transfers as well as how to add colors and alter the image.
People Watching: A Daily Portrait Challenge, Creativebug — Ready for a fun challenge? Illustrator George McCalman will guide you through a month of observing and drawing people as you focus on their gestures and personality.
Foundational Figure Drawing: Hands and Feet, Creativebug — Hands and feet can be tricky to draw, so many people choose to avoid them. But once you learn how to sketch them, you’re opening yourself up to another form of expression that'll bring your figure drawing to life.
Oil Painting Daily Challenge, Creativebug — Here’s another daily art challenge that will help you perfect your artistic skills. Join painter Erika Lee Sears as she shares tips and tricks that she’s learned after more than five years of painting every single day. They will help you as you embark on a similar (albeit not as long) quest.
Quilled & Sculpted Cards, Bluprint — Create your own cards that stand out from the rest. With the help of Cecelia Louie, you’ll be able to add quilling and die-cutting techniques to your work.
Pinterest Marketing for Makers & Designers, CreativeLive – Pinterest is a powerful way for small business owners to market and share their goods. Learn how to make the most of this platform without spending a ton of time on it.
Beyond Etsy, CreativeLive — Etsy is a great place to start. But once you’ve got consistent sales and product lines, it could be time to grow your business elsewhere. Megan Auman helps you make the transition between Etsy and your own branded store platform.
Build Your Holiday Marketing Plan, CreativeLive — The holidays will be here before you know it! Be prepared by taking this class. When you do, you'll understand how to create a step-by-step plan for holiday promotions and to divvy up your time to ensure a successful season.