If you are not aware of Skillshare, it is basically an online education website where anyone can put up classes on whatever subject they please.
Currently, there are over 17,000 classes on Skillshare. However, we are not interested in all of those classes, but rather just anything to help us become better artists. The topics covered by Skillshare are diverse, with everything from crafts, design, photography, marketing, business and fine art.
Skillshare is easy to use and navigate. The classes are all relatively short and teach smaller projects, which you are encouraged to try for yourself and share with the community.
An issue I can see straight away though is a general lack of quality in the classes. This is because anyone can create a class and put it on Skillshare. But with that being said, there are some great classes you can take.
Art Classes On Skillshare
The art classes on Skillshare seem to be targeted mostly at beginners, with classes on drawing, acrylic painting, oil painting and many on watercolor painting.
Here are some classes which are worth checking out (in no particular order):
1. Watercolour Boot Camp: Drills and Techniques for Success
An entry-level watercolor class which will teach you some of the basics techniques of watercolor painting.
2. Urban Sketching | Drawing What You See
A great class for those of you struggling with fitting in art time. One of the fastest ways to improve your art is to always be sketching.
3. Watercolor Robin
This class will show you how to paint a robin using watercolors. It is well edited and worth checking out.
4. Watercolor Fox - Adding the Element of Texture to your Watercolor Paintings
This class is by the same artist who created the Watercolor Robin class above. This time you will learn how to paint a fox and how to create the illusion of texture in your watercolor paintings. Again, the videography is very well done.
5. Draw Your World: Sketch with Pen and Brush Expressively
A comprehensive class which takes you through the practice of sketching anything and everything on site.
6. Advanced Acrylic And Mixed Media Painting Tutorials
In this class the teacher will run you through some of the fundamentals of acrylic and mixed media painting.
7. Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style
This is one of the most enrolled in classes on Skillshare, with over 25,000 thousand students. The teacher walks you through the interesting art of ink drawing.
Is It Worth It For Artists?
In all honesty, I do not think it is worth paying for the premium membership for the art classes.
However, what I do recommend (and this is what I did) is that you take them up on the free trial period if not already. In two months you can absorb as much information as you can from the Skillshare classes then, if you want, cancel your subscription at no cost.
One gripe I do have is that you need to enter your credit card details when signing up for the free trial. This is probably to catch out those who forget to cancel the membership before the rollover date. However, I had no issues canceling and there were no hidden charges.
So at the end of the day, I suggest you take them up on the 2-month free trial before they change it (as it seems extremely generous and has the potential for abuse).
If you have any experience with Skillshare please share your thoughts in the comments.
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