The weekend is the perfect time to break out of your normal routine and try something new. And what better way to do that than by taking photography or art classes online? Over the course of a day or two, you can learn a new skill related to drawing, painting, picture taking, and much more. Best of all, you can attend class from the comfort of your home.
We've picked some of the best classes to boost your creativity this week via online learning sites Craftsy and CreativeLive. For artists, this includes some science-related topics. In The Art & Science of Perspective, learn how to give your drawings depth so that it'll feel like you're about to walk inside of them. This is something that many of us can use more practice of, because even the most talented artists find it tricky.
But if landscapes aren’t your style, check out Figure Anatomy for the Artist. In this course, you’ll become familiar with complex bone structures and the joints of the human body. By knowing what’s beneath our skin, you’ll be able to draw figures in a more realistic way.
Don’t wait too long to sign up for one of these creative classes—especially on Craftsy. They’re now running a special that has over 50 classes reduced to under $15.
Scroll down to see our picks for this week's online creative classes!
25 Innovative Photoshop Techniques for Photo & Video, Craftsy: Photoshop is a powerful industry-standard tool. Learn more about its creative possibilities through this class.
From Capture to Print, CreativeLive: Snapping a picture and getting it printed are two different things. Understand how to bridge the gap between them and ensure that what you shot accurately translates into a physical print.
The Art of Wildlife Photography, CreativeLive: Instructor Tom Mangelsen shares his 40 years of wildlife photography experience and how you can approach your work in a similar way.
Soft & Dreamy Portraits, Craftsy: You needn’t “break the bank” shooting ethereal portraits. See how to create bokeh-style images and learn how light can dramatically alter your subject.
Light Painting, CreativeLive: Make your nighttime photography come alive with long exposure light painting.
Posing 101, CreativeLive: A pose can make or break a photo. Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler shares her tips and tricks that you can use to flatter your subject's best angles.
The Essential Guide to Lightroom, Craftsy: Lightroom is one of the best tools available for photographers. From editing to workflow, learn how to harness its power with this course.
The Art of Seeing, CreativeLive: Lead by National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting—with over 30 years experience—he’ll offer inspiration that’ll change the way you look at photography.
Art & Design
The Art & Science of Perspective, Craftsy: Learn to draw depths that are so convincing that viewers will feel like they’re stepping into an artwork.
Figure Anatomy for the Artist, Craftsy: The human figure is complex, but this class breaks it down into a system of lines, shapes, and forms that were used by the likes of da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Chalk Lettering, CreativeLive: Artists create amazing works from chalk—see how to do the same!
The Classic Self-Portrait, Craftsy: How do you view yourself? Artist Kerry Dunn provides exercises and instructs you in ways to produce your self portrait with oil paint.
Paint Better Portraits From Photographs, Craftsy: Reference photos are a powerful tool in creating realistic artwork. See how to combine photography with elements of drawing to add another dimension to painted portraits.
Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work, CreativeLive: Incorporating photos into collage is easier than you think. Learn some of the most popular techniques and how to integrate them into your mixed media piece.
Customize Your Embroidery, CreativeLive: Tired of using someone else’s embroidery patterns? Learn how to begin your own custom projects that incorporate your favorite needlework.
Recycle Your Art, CreativeLive: You don’t have to throw your old artwork away. Use it as material for your next project.
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