Online Art Class Masterpost
This thread is for gathering information and reviews on online classes. There are tons out there, now, but figuring out which ones are worth the cost can be hard.
If you've taken a class and you have something to say about it, please feel free to post. If you have something to say and don't want it attached to your name, so long as its still a productive and reasonable review, please PM me. I will post your review anonymously. Try to list pros and cons, and if you have your work from the class anywhere online, link to it for us.
First, here's a general list of classes.Note
: If critiques are only available by a provided peer community, in a group "Q&A" session, or you only have a small chance to be chosen for critique from the professor, then it will be listed as "No". If they are available by an extra tier of payment I will try to be specific. Otherwise, if listed as "No" you should assume that whats available is a course of videos you can watch at your own pace. Prices are rounded up, from quick browsing. Check the sites for specifics.
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Prokowebsite: -Main Site- -Youtube Channel-Focus:
$80-$150 (videos are sold in sets)Critique Available: No
Proko is a free youtube channel that is a gateway to buying more structured videos available through his mainsite. It should be note that there is a lot of free content and looking through his channel should be a huge benefit to beginners. All considering, I haven't seen any of the pay videos, so its hard to know how much more in depth they are. The youtube makes some things clear though, Proko is articulate, easy to understand, and not bad at editing. The videos tend to have a little fun.
Anatomy of the Human Body
Figure Drawing Fundamentals
Portrait Drawing Fundamentals
Watts Atelier of the Artswebsite: -Main Site- -Youtube Channel-Focus:
Anatomy, Fundamentals, Landscape, IllustrationPrice:
Monthly payments, $100 for fundamental videos, 200 for full access.Critique Available: Yes
Monthly payments increase to $300-700 for feedback.
Watts is well known for its instruction, and a few AC members have benefited from classes at the actual school. The suggested course of action is to take a lower tier membership, and then upgrade for a month of feedback. Generally watts is traditionally focused, and they have their own methods for using materials and constructing the figure.
CG Master Academy (CGMA)website: -Main Site- -Workshops- -Youtube Channel-Focus:
Illustration, Concept Art, 2D/3D digital art techniques.Price: Courses
: $600 - 700 Workshops
$40 per courseCritique Available: Yes
for courses, No
CGMA provides courses that are much more aimed at career/portfolio building than traditional fundamental skills. Because critique is included in courses, you'll need to register for classes, as they have limited seats.
Schoolismwebsite: -Main Site- -Youtube Channel-Focus:
2d Digital painting techniquesPrice:
$144 (yearly)-$1000 (one class)Critique Available: Yes
, courses with crits are all pretty much $1000. You can now Subscribe to a year of schoolism (currently, unless you kickstarted it you must pay for a full year ($144) and it costs an extra dollar to switch classes.
Schoolism has been around for a while and its been highly praised. For a comparable course selection to CGMA, the classes are a bit more expensive. The professors are generally well known professionals, and some classes fill up excessively fast. Again, the focus tends to be more career/portfolio building rather than traditional fundamental skills.
Art Campwebsite: -Main Site- -Youtube Channel-Focus:
Basic learning and Workflow managementPrice:
$250Critique Available: No
Art camp was popularized by Noah Bradely's initial "dont go to artschool" blog, after which he started this course. Artcamp now appears to be a banked collection of videos and a forum that you are granted admission to upon purchasing the course. In my opinion, art camp is more of a kick forward than a structured course, with some good tips on how to set yourself up for better self teaching. I've you've never gone to school and have no idea where to begin, this isn't a terrible option for beginners to start to figure out their way. If you are looking for in depth, pointed technical lessons to build your fundamentals, I would lean more towards watts in terms of cost to information. Buying art camp give you lifetime access to the videos you purchased, though.
School of Visual Storytelling (SVS)website: -Main Site- -Youtube Channel-Focus:
Character, Animation, Childrens BooksPrice:
40-450Critique Available: No
I haven't really heard much about these classes, there is a huge range in price, and the scope seems a bit narrow compared to some of the other online schools. Checking out the youtube channel here is a good idea (as it is with any of the school), as I noted slightly tinny audio. They do offer live sessions, with limited seats.
Individual Lectures (Gumroad, and such)
Accuracy - A Drawing Guide by Dorian Itenwebsite: www.dorian-iten.com/accuracy/Focus:
Pay what you want.
Great for beginners, or people who may not have learned some of the foundations of measuring in school. This teaches the basic methods of comparing angles, lines, and analyzing shapes.