10 Platforms Offering Online Art Classes (For Free)

Making art is a skill you can master at any age. One of the biggest benefits of the Internet is the huge amount of data we all have available at our fingertips, and the chances of learning are endless whether you are ten or eighty-five.

If you want to dive into the best of your self with some truly interesting art classes, then you can make the most out of your home free time through these online platforms. You can learn the basics of drawing a portrait, learn 2D animation or paint like Renoir in the comfort of your home, till you satisfy completely your hunger for new skills and master new expertise: this list of websites offers helpful instructions for beginning artists, and many of these sites offer classes at intermediate or advanced levels.

  • POP UP PAINTINGPopUp Painting invites you to chill, sip on your wine glass and paint from home with their live online events.  Offering up to two classes each week, their team goes up on Instagram and Youtube, helping you to build an iconic masterpiece in less than an hour. The pop-up experience is usually themed around an inspirative piece of art to work from, and there is no experience needed so everyone can join and enjoy the getting through the creative process. The cherry on the cake, they also came up with a sample playlist on Spotify which you can use to immerse yourself in your painting during the episode. Perfect to join with your friends… and don’t forget to bring a  bottle of wine to virtually share with the rest of the crew.
  • EPIC: ONLINE GRAFFITI WORKSHOP – EPIC (Every Person Is Capable) is a social enterprise that aims to empower, educate and engage people to achieve their true potential through creating mindful spaces for self-expansion. They are currently offering a vast range of online classes, focussing on keeping the Hip Hop Culture alive through mindful workshops, screenings, and concepts. Every Tuesday you can unleash your creativity with an online Graffiti Workshop With Enos – where you will be learning about forms and shapes of letters and the basics on how to use spray on walls. Book online and find your flow!
  • ART ENTHUSIASTS –  Art Enthusiasts organises educational and fun art workshops, with special focus on the techniques of famous iconic modern artists. Each class  begins with an art history lecture, followed by a demonstration and a practical session guided by a professional artist. During the workshop (which is tailored around a specific artist each time) you will get knowledge on how to create a masterpiece following steps and techniques of your favourite artists, learning the creative process behind iconic masterpieces. Every level is welcome, and each class will be built around a team of no more than 9 people. it is a fantastic chance to master new skills and unleash your creativity if you have never used a brush in your life, or if you feel a bit like Picasso or Renoir. Remember to book online.
  • THE LIGHTBOX – The site offers a range of fruitful information, from learning to draw proportion to how to create a living sculpture. As the gallery is closed until further notice, the team keeps up their philosophy on finding ways to boost wellbeing and feel good at home. Although their posts are not interactive classes, they provide super powerful tips to encourage new ideas and learn new skills. Check out their section on How To Stay Creative for some useful info.
  • FREE ART LESSONS BY JERRY ARTARAMA – Jerry Artarama is an amazing platform to improve your skills, whether you are a beginner or an expert artist. Once you are in the course section, you will be able to choose amongst over 4000 completely free online drawing lessons. All classes are produced by professional artists who are graduated in arts from the top universities and providing drawing training and tutorials for a long time. You can browse and choose your classes according to your skill level, the medium you want to improve (drawing, sketching, mixed media, acrylic, egg tempera, charcoal and so on) and the subject (texture, pop art, landscapes, color theory etc.). Enough material to release tons of creative work for lots of months to come.
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  • ELEPHANT PARK: Elephant Park is promoting free online creative activities during Spring. These free workshops for adults are hosted by Art in the Park , an organisation which aims to involve people of all ages and abilities in designing and making artwork at their studios and outdoor sites. The classes encourage to explore your creativity in a friendly online group and offer a platform for discussion and optional sharing of art and reflection on the process of making art. Any drawing material you have is well accepted to enjoy a boost of health and wellbeing through the creation of new art pieces. You can book through the Eventbrite link.
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  • ARTYFACTORY – The ArtyFactory Art Lessons Gallery offers free online art lessons to share the knowledge and to improve your artistic skills, and to increase your enjoyment in creating new works. From Pop Up Portrait Lessons, to Ancient Egyptian Art Lessons, there is plenty of material to free your imagination and creativity with countless online classes. For visitors who want to expand their knowledge of art, the site also offers an Art Appreciation Gallery and a Design Lessons Gallery.
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  • HOW TO DRAW CARTOONS – Want to learn to draw cartoons? If animation is your thing, this online platform offers plenty of free teaching on the subject. The site covers categories like The Simpsons, Star Wars and Pokemon, to follow you with a ton of simple step by step cartoon drawing lessons, made to inspire you and help you improve at drawing with tips.
  • FREE ONLINE LIVE CLASSES – This site covers a wide range of art classes (Oil Pastels, Acrylic Painting, Collage, Printmaking….) plus very inspiring blog posts that will awake the artist in you. Some of the classes can also be downloaded in video form. The site work on donations to keep the classes free.

KLINE CREATIVE: The free online classes at Kline Creative website are designed for beginners of any age, from young children to adults. From painting, charcoals and pastels to printmaking and drawing, the site offers instructional videos to improve any art medium you may pursue, through 14 exhaustive classes and a speed drawing video.