In these trying times of the Corona virus pandemic online painting workshops are the perfect pass time for people in lock down. Painting is enjoyable, it helps your mind concentrate on something pleasant and above all it is satisfying to create something. You will find that there is life beyond the smartphone and the television.
Painting is also therapeutic and there are a number of websites listing the benefits of painting therapies. Here is one of them. Today we do not want to go into too much detail about that side of the wonderful influence being creative can have on your well being.
This article will concentrate on how you can learn to paint or improve your skills as some artists offer online art classes. Although I do not offer online workshops myself I have worked with artists who do. There are a number of great teachers out there and I will give you links to some of them. I will be concentrating on realist art as that is my passion.
You will be surprised what you can achieve even if at first you say to yourself “I´ll never be able to do that”.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions about what you will need to attend online classes.
What is an online workshop ?
An online workshop is an often interactive online course, session, or an online conference in which you can participate via the web irrespective of your location. Communication takes place via a webcam and a headphone. Furthermore you can communicate with your host and other participants via a live chat by exchanging text messages. So there will be sessions you can attend even if you do not have a webcam or a headphone.
Are Online Workshops Affordable?
You will find that there are courses starting from 25€ to courses stretching over several sessions which of course will lead to more value for more money.
Which technical requirements are essential?
In order to participate in an online workshop you need internet access via a PC, Mac, laptop or Tablet.
You will achieve the best audio experience using headphones, speakers or a headset.
What if I am not a computer buff?
Artists often give you a step by step explanation of how to set up you pc, laptop, or tablet both in a printable version to download and as a short video.
How do I register?
Your host will invite you to the online workshop via e-mail after you have applied to participate in a session of your choice. The e-mail will give you a link and a pass code. At the appointed hour click on the link in your course invitation e-mail and enter your e-mail address and the passcode.
For your first ever session the software will ask you to quickly install an application on your device. This will be used automatically in all your future sessions. You can install ZOOM beforehand free of charge so that you do not miss the beginning of a session. Other artists may use SKYPE.
Can I remain anonymous during a session?
You can remain anonymous by registering with your correct e-mail address and a pseudonym. The name you enter when entering a session will be displayed to other participants. It will also appear when you enter the chat.
Can I participate via my tablet, iPad or smartphone?
Yes, iOS- or Android users can follow a session via a tablet, iPad or smartphone. You can also use the live chat function. Simply click on the link in your online workshop invitation e-mail.
If you are using the Safari Browser for your Mac, iPad or iPhone you can only follow the online workshop livestream video and sound. You will need a different browser (Chrome, Firefox) for Apple devices to be able to enter a live chat.
Do I need a camera and a microphone?
Not necessarily. There are top down sessions where you just watch. You can communicate with your host and other participants via a live chat using text messages. So you do not need a camera or microphone.
Can I pass my online workshop access link on to a friend?
Sorry, but the link to the online workshop is personalized. It only works for the person who has registered for the session and for that session only. You may want to notify friends and other interested parties by sharing the link to the artist´s website and telling them about online courses. Please copy the URL and send them an e-mail or whatsapp.
Here is a list of artists who offer online workshops.
Apart from teaching online and on location some artists also offer training DVDs in the form of downloads or on disks.
Eric Armusik covers old master techniques
Robyn Collier covers landscapes and seascapes – using the Alla Prima method in oils
Paul Coney covers seascapes and florals in watercolour and oils
Murray Ince covers landscapes and seascapes in water mixable oils, acrylics, and pastels
David Johnson covers trees, mountains, people, and water in oils and acrylics
Alan Kingwell covers landscapes and seascapes in oils
Erwin Lewandowski covers water, trees, and rocks in coloured pencils
Jill Poyerd covers landscapes and portraits in watercolour and oils
Herdin Radtke cover landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and florals in oils and acrylics teaching a special technique which he has developed to achieve satisfying results fast
Pavel Sokov covers old master techniques as a portrait artist offering training DVDs
Graeme Stevenson produces tv shows in which he presents artists from around the world
Ian Walton covers landscapes and seascapes in oils
Lorraine Watry covers landscapes and still lifes in watercolour
Joseph Zbukvic covers landscapes and cityscapes in watercolour
Doug Zider covers landscapes and seascapes in oils