Guest Author - Christine Sharbrough
Online art classes have exploded in 2014. The power of the internet has made it possible for anyone to take a class or a series of classes using streaming videos and uploading photos of finished products to personal and class galleries. Like their physical counterparts, online classes have both free and paid options. If you have never taken an online class before, you may want to consider taking the free option so you can see how the basic set-up works before committing any amount of cash.
The benefit of online classes versus live classes is that they can usually be watched over and over again. The first time you watch, you can pay attention to the entire presentation including materials. The second time, you come prepared with supplies needed and prior knowledge of the techniques so you can follow along creating with the instructor. Oftentimes, art teachers will go over their favorite products. The list can be very long and overwhelming, but do not worry, there is a solution.
To keep track of art supplies that you might like to use someday, start a wishlist on Amazon.com or other online shopping site. You can even open up a separate window and find the items as they are being discussed. You can arrange the lists by project, media type, or any other permutation that makes sense.
Another advantage of online classes is that you are able to explore different types of classes from fiber crafts to mixed media to painting to beading and much more. If you have favorite supplies like Sakura pens, product websites are often loaded with information and projects using them.
The important thing to remember is that creating art is supposed to be fun, not stressful. Choose wisely and research your choices. Add your supplies to an online wish list or other method that allows you can track what you would like to have. It may be helpful, if you already are a crafter, to take inventory of what you already own before you shop.
Of course, online classes are not the only way to take classes. Art lessons are easily found by searching online. Community Education Programs, art studios, and public libraries are only some of the places where you can find instruction. In addition, public libraries often have a great craft book section to peruse. You can pick up many tips and tricks from books and crafting magazines.