With January nearly over, how are your new year’s resolutions going? If you have creative goals but are having trouble making them stick, maybe an art jump start is all you need. Getting a boost is easier than you think; art and photography classes online allow you to refresh your skills or learn new things—all from the comfort of your own home. Among the thousands (upon thousands) of e-courses on Creativelive, Skillshare, Bluprint, and Creativebug, you’re sure to find something that inspires you.
With such an impressive selection of classes, it can be challenging to decide what you’ll take first. Luckily, all of these sites offer memberships that give you 24/7 access to any course you want to try. There are other perks, too. We recently shared that Bluprint is having a sale that includes a project box full of art and craft supplies. Creativelive also has a Creator Pass that allows you to tune into their exclusive conferences, while Creativebug has free downloadable patterns featured with their premium membership. Once you’ve decided on which online learning website is for you, take the leap and enjoy the benefits to further feed your creative soul.
Check out some of our creative classes picks below.
Give your new year resolutions a boost with art and photography classes online. Scroll down to see our picks.
Flat Lay Your Life: Pro Photo Tips, Bluprint — Flat lay is an increasingly popular style of photography that looks great on Instagram. Photographer Brooke Lark shares how to create beautiful tabletop scenes that not only showcase objects but tell a story. The only equipment you really need is your smartphone!
Creative Lifestyle Photography, Bluprint — Create compelling narratives when you snap creative lifestyle photography. This beginner-level class will introduce you to the basics, from prepping the shoot to final editing.
Craft Photography Fundamentals, Creativelive — Great product photos make it easier to sell your work online. Instructor Candice Stringham shows you the basics of photo staging, simple lighting tricks, and working with props to give your images a catalog feel.
Baby Photography at Home: Capture the First Year, Bluprint — Children grow up so fast, which is why you should capture the magical moments of their first year. Learn how to create “fuss free” baby portraits using lights, props, and settings.
The Art of Photographing Birds, Creativelive — National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting shares his specific techniques for photographing birds in many stages—portraiture, in flight, and as part of a larger landscape.
How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, Creativelive — Learn how to chronicle your journeys and pair beautiful portraiture with equally breathtaking landscapes.
Fine Art Women's Portraits, Creativelive — Award-winning photographer Jennifer Thoreson shares her method for “turning a natural setting into a fine art studio,” and she’ll introduce you to the essentials of posing, lighting, and more. In addition, this extensive course will also cover working with models and using Photoshop to apply a finishing touch to your images.
Art & Crafts
Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook, Skillshare — Want to keep a sketchbook but don’t know where to start? Illustrator Leah Goren demonstrates her approach to working in one with exercises that’ll jumpstart your creativity.
Meditative Art Journaling, Creativebug — Combine your love of art with the positive aspects of journaling. The founders of Get Messy share their approach for fusing writing, painting, and mark-making to complete meaningful book spreads.
Andy Warhol Inspired Monoprints, Creativebug — Did you know that before Andy Warhol was an iconic contemporary artist, he created illustrations? Learn his method of blotted-line monoprinting when you take this class.
3Doodler: 3D Pen Art, Bluprint — The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen that can create sculptures right before your eyes. Learn how to use it and build a terrarium, decorate lantern lights, and personalize a phone case.
Acrylic Ink Painting: Playing with Light and Shadow, Creativebug — Discover how to turn your photos into impressionistic paintings that are full of energy and life. Artist Missy Dunaway demonstrates her process for using acrylic inks in a Moleskine journal.
Digitizing Sketches: Making Patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator, Creativebug — Translate your sketchbook art into a digital pattern with the help of instructor Cecelia Murphy. She shares her techniques for turning a drawing into a motif that can be used on many types of surfaces.
Colored Pencil Techniques for Wild Animals, Bluprint — Lions, tigers, and bears… are just some of the animals you can recreate after you take this drawing class.
The Power of Habits, Creativelive — Sure, you’ve set goals. Working to achieve them, however, is a totally different story. You need to have good habits! Author and psychologist Art Markman, Ph.D. shares what it takes to build and maintain healthy habits that will last.
Hype Your Brand on Instagram, Creativelive — Instagram is a powerful marketing tool and valuable platform for growing your business. Instructor Sue B. Zimmerman highlights how to use Instagram so that you can build your presence and “rack up sales.”