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Want to learn to draw? There are more online resources than ever before
As people around the world stay at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many are finding that it’s an excellent opportunity to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. The art community is rising to the occasion, offering virtual classes for art in many forms, including helping aspiring artists learn to draw.
Formal training or experience isn’t necessary to explore new art skills. Artists like Brandon Schaefer understand that fear of failure is a barrier to people who want to try their hand at something new. He encourages beginners to simply jump in, exploring techniques, materials, and subjects. He says, “Get rid of the perfectionist mentality and get into ‘training mode.’ Play around and have fun.”
Drawing is one of the easiest artistic skills to learn from home, as it doesn’t require any special equipment — just a pencil and paper.
Below are a few online art classes and resources to help artists of any skill level learn to draw or refine their techniques.
Drawing classes for all ages
Author and illustrator Carson Ellis formed Quarantine Art Club to help adults and kids explore new drawing techniques and become more comfortable with sketching. Each day, Ellis offers a new writing prompt, along with a quick step-by-step video. She encourages viewers to watch the video and then put pen to paper to see what emerges. Each prompt has its own hashtag so students can post and share their work.
Children’s book illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka recently launched a new YouTube series called “Draw Every Day with JJK.” In it, he presents tools that artists of all ages can use to tell stories through drawings and illustrations. Episodes range from how to draw characters and scenery, to specialized themes like Star Wars.
Drawing classes for kids
Comic book illustrator Jarrett Lerner has good news for quarantined parents who need a creative outlet for their kids. His new series of illustration lessons and activities take kids through the process of creating their own comic book–from blank page to scripted frames. All activities are archived on his site so kids can review lessons as they need to.
Even toddlers can get in on the drawing action with author and illustrator E.B. Goodale’s virtual class “Drawing with Toddlers.” In it, she takes requests for what to draw and creates a short lesson to help parents of toddlers guide their children as they draw. Lessons are short and simple to keep the attention of young artists.
Drawing classes by skill level
The online education platform Udemy offers nearly 5,000 virtual drawing courses for artists of all backgrounds and skill levels. Most are provided at a small charge to support the instructors.
Beginner courses range from “Secrets of Drawing” to basic skills and techniques. One of the most highly rated courses, “The Art and Science of Drawing,” proclaims, “Drawing is not a talent. It’s a skill anyone can learn.”
Students of the course overwhelmingly agree, with one saying, “I always thought it drawing comes by heredity. Now getting confidence even I can also draw even though I don’t have any artists in my family.”
Advanced courses include portraits and figures, shading, and a variety of in-depth lessons on specific skill refinements. Each class — whether beginner or advanced — is rooted in the belief that artists should shed their insecurities about perfection and simply start drawing. The art will follow.