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The Art of Education University is nationally accredited through the DEAC to provide students with the option to earn full 500-level degree credits with transcripts.

If you need graduate credit that is regionally accredited, you may elect to receive official transcripts through our educational partner Morningside University (HLC) instead. If you’re unsure of your state’s requirements, click here to research your state’s requirements .

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Q. Will these classes be accepted through my graduate program? A. The Art of Education University cannot guarantee credits will be accepted as transfer credit at other institutions. It is strongly advised to check with the degree-granting school, your state, and your district to verify the credits will be accepted for license renewal, salary advancement, or for use in a degree program.

Q. What kind of time commitment does an AOEU course take? A. Depending on your own pace, the commitment can vary. We tell students they expect 45 hours of contact time per credit. That includes interacting with your peers, research, reading and completing assignments. So for a two-credit course, that’s 90 hours over 8 weeks, or 11 hours a week. This includes online learning, interactions with peers, and reading/assignments outside of class.

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What is art ‎.

Art is any product or activity that demonstrates an aesthetic purpose or creatively communicates a worldview. It encompasses a wide range of the expression of human imagination. Art takes various forms from visual media like painting, sculpture, and photography to literature to performance elements such as music, drama, and dance. When you create art, you’re harnessing your skills and creative power to create something that demonstrates beauty, expresses emotion, tells a story, or presents a statement about the world around you. Human beings have created art for thousands of years, and works of art explain what people have thought about their place in the world. ‎

Why is learning art important? ‎

Learning to appreciate and create art is crucial to helping people harness their imaginations and skills, and art has plenty of other benefits as well. Expressing yourself through art is an excellent way to relieve stress and have fun, and it allows you to articulate your beliefs and feelings in interesting and innovative ways. Art education in schools helps children learn math and improve their reading skills, and they learn new skills they might not otherwise have discovered. Making art also helps adults improve their critical thinking and cognitive abilities and encourages creativity in ways that adults don’t often get to express. ‎

How can learning art help my career? ‎

Naturally, learning art can help you if you’re seeking a role in the arts, such as actor, writer, filmmaker, or photographer. However, you can benefit from learning art even if you’re not an artist because art gives you creative and problem-solving skills. The creativity you express when you make art helps you exercise imaginative thinking, potentially leading to innovative ideas at work. Art also challenges and improves your ability to solve problems by opening you up to new perspectives. Making art is also a great way to relieve stress, helping you unwind when the workday is through. ‎

How can online courses on Coursera help me learn art? ‎

When you study art with online courses on Coursera, you have access to a full range of learning opportunities that can help you learn how to appreciate and create art. Study a particular medium of art and perfect your craft with courses that help you learn drawing, writing, or music composition. Discover the rich history of art from the works of the ancients to modern and postmodern innovators. You can even learn techniques to incorporate creativity into your everyday life and uncover methods for appreciating art in fresh ways. ‎


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Careers in Art Education

Art teachers help introduce students to important concepts related to design and spatial relations, while also encouraging artistic self-expression. Find out how you can become qualified to teach art in your state.

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Becoming an Art Teacher

What is an Art Teacher? – An art teacher is a college-trained educator with state certification to teach an appreciation for the forms, creation, and importance of art in history and culture.

The steps to become an art teacher in any state are relatively similar. Usually the first step requires an approved education with a teacher preparation program, after which you must take state exams and apply for your license.

Art teachers typically work on earning their teaching certification while they are in the latter stages of their teacher prep program. The state will issue the actual license once all the necessary requirements have been met. Although each state’s process will vary, the educational requisites for every state is a minimum of a bachelor’s degree — either in an art related degree program, or in education (depending on the level of school you teach).

The teacher preparation component is often interwoven into the degree program. There are, however, separate teaching programs that may be taken apart from a degree. These can be part of a master’s degree or PhD for students who are returning to school. There may also be instances where some schools have a fifth year bachelor’s program adding an additional year to a typical bachelor’s degree to allow for the necessary teacher’s preparation coursework.

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Going to School

Earning a bachelor’s degree in art along with a teacher preparation program is usually where most students begin. Sometimes students will choose to continue their education earning a master’s degree rather than a bachelor’s degree. They will usually do this for a variety of reasons including the fact that some states now expect teachers to be highly qualified. Many students realize that when the time comes to renew their license, they may need a master’s degree so they complete that requirement in the beginning. Another reason is earnings. Teachers will often start out higher on the pay scale if they start out with a master’s degree. Also it is often much easier for most students to complete their education prior to starting a full-time career.

Choosing Your Art Teacher Preparation Program

These programs are designed so that you are fully prepared to take over a classroom as the teacher once you are offered a fulltime position. The programs have several sections, each designed to teach you the various skills you will need to be an effective teacher. When you have completed your program you will graduate with your degree along with an initial certification.

If you are going to school for the first time, your goal is likely to take the most direct route to obtaining your teaching certification. When you look at the programs offered, most often you will find many schools offer a bachelor’s degree/teacher preparation program package. These are typically the most efficient. They will allow you to complete all the necessary coursework needed to earn a degree as well as learn all the things you will need to know about being a teacher.

If you have already earned a degree and are trying to decide how to earn a teaching certification, there may be other options for you. You may be able to incorporate a full-time teaching position with a teacher preparation program. Many states recognize the value of older students wanting to enter the teaching profession after having another career. You will be able to complete a master’s or PhD degree program as well.

Art and Core Competency Exams

After you graduate, you will typically have to take state exams. These exams are a way to show that you are competent in all the areas that will make you an effective teacher according to the state that will license you. Every state has its own requirements, but more often than not, they all will expect similar tests to be taken.

There are several testing series used: The National Evaluation Series (NES), Praxis, and others. Each one covers basic skills in reading, writing, and math. A second section most states require teachers take is a content knowledge test in art. This test will cover the following:

All of these tests are available on various schedules and at specific testing centers. You are advised to check well in advance so that you will be prepared when the time comes. Some tests are only offered a few times a year. Each test is offered separately, or you may take them all together; taken together will be several hours of testing. Once your exams are complete and you have passed, you will be ready to apply for your state license.

Apply For Your State License

The final step in your certification process is to apply for your state license or certificate. There will be a checklist of paperwork and items that you will need to send in along with your application. The typical items will include:

Each state has an online site that allows you to sign up and process part of your application via the web.

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Professional Development for Art Teachers

A big list of professional development courses for art teachers located in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.  There are a variety of pedagogical and practical courses.   If you would like to see your professional development course for art teachers listed here for free, please contact The Arty Teacher on [email protected] and it can be added.

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Dedalo Printmaking Studio

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Learners Edge

National Gallery of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Visual Art Educator Summer Institute

WESTpectations Educational Consulting (South Carolina)

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Access Art (Cambridge)

Bow Arts Education

Creative Education

Keynote Educational

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Susan Coles (North East)

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University of the Arts London (UAL)

Art Education Victoria

Art Gallery NSW

The Art Gallery of South Australia AGSA

Candu Creative

Dervian Sydney

Dragon Education and Training

Flying Arts Alliance   Queensland

Heidi Museum of Modern Art

Incinerator Gallery Victoria

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

National Art School – Sydney

National Portrait Gallery Canberra

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Street Art PD (Adelaide)

The Aperture Club Sydney

The National Gallery of Victoria

The Visual Arts and Design Educators Association of NSW

Visual Art Consultancy Education Tasmania

Visual Arts Educators South Australia

Visual Communication Victoria

Zart Melbourne

Art Teachers Association Ireland

National Gallery Ireland

NCAD Dublin

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Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Art Educators

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Art Teacher: Job, Education, and Salary Information

Art teachers instruct, inspire and help students express themselves creatively. Through their art, people of all ages can not only explore their emotions, they can share them as well. They can also use art to explore their creativity and give free rein to their imaginations. As an art teacher, you will guide your students through all these processes and also instill in them a lifelong love of art in all its facets.

Art education includes a balance of theoretical and practical knowledge of art theory, color theory, design, art history, and other art-related subjects. The art curriculum in K-8 is broad and gets more concentrated in high school and college.

K-12 art teachers in public schools may work with students from kindergarten through secondary school, based on their certification. Teaching art at the college level or teaching K-12 at a private school doesn’t require certification. Most teachers don’t have to work during the summer months, although some teach summer school.

Our guide offers insights into the required education, salary and job outlook of the art teaching profession. Browse through the content or use the following links to jump to your desired destination:

At-a-glance: Art teachers

Art teacher job description.

Art teachers work in school and community settings providing instruction on the basic principles of art as well as art history. Art teachers instruct their students in the knowledge and usage of skills and techniques of artistic expression. They foster creativity and provide the tools and techniques for students to share and explore their imagination and self-expression. But teaching art is more than just art projects. Students also learn about art history, color theory, composition, and elements of design.

Typical duties:

Who makes a good art teacher?

Additionally, a great art teacher is:

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Art teachers at varying levels.

The work environment of an art teacher depends on the art medium being taught and the age of the students involved. For instance, a class filled with young children will require lots of hands-on aid from their teacher. The environment for a college-level line-drawing class will probably be a quiet studio with good lighting and lots of open space for drawing tables. A pot-throwing class, on the other hand, will require work benches, potter’s wheels, and firing kilns.

A number of other factors come into play in deciding what education level to teach. These include:

Elementary school art teachers

The creative environment of an art class — especially one that involves children — necessitates a certain amount of chaos. If you thrive in a noisy, busy, messy, unstructured environment, you will thrive as an elementary art teacher.

Elementary art teachers generally teach grades K-5 (children aged 5-12). Students in the lower grade levels are typically more excited to be in art class, and the art teacher can even be viewed as a celebrity in some schools. Elementary art teachers instruct classes each day and may teach in a single school or travel from school to school within a district.

The purpose of K-5 art classes is to inspire an interest in art and allow students to creatively express themselves through visual arts. Students learn basic skills in drawing, painting and crafts.

Middle school art teachers

Middle school art teachers generally teach students from grades 6-8 and are trained to understand the psychological, social, and intellectual development of children ages 11-14.

Teaching students of this age combines elements of teaching both high school and elementary school students. The time during middle school is when youth are most transformed. They enter as children and leave as teens. Having a strong understanding of adolescent psychology and being able to relate to this age group is important for middle school teachers.

Middle school art classes continue to refine students’ basic skills in art and begin lessons on various art theories and art history. Various elements of art are covered: shapes, textures, perspective, etc.

At this level, the skills and abilities of each student vary greatly. With this age group, the lessons are more complex, but the students may be less motivated to do the work because they doubt their skills and don’t want to appear foolish in front of their peers.

High school art teachers

Art classes at the lower levels are usually included as a standard course within the overall school curriculum. At the high school level, most classes are attended by students choosing to enroll as part of their elective course load.

High school classes allow a more concentrated and specific focus on one or more artistic mediums. Some of the more specific classes offered include ceramics, photography, video production, and computer animation. Art theory is further explored and students spend more time on creating art.

Many students at this level show an innate talent for artistic expression and seek guidance and support from their art teachers about college and career choices. Art teachers tend to be an inspiration for those wishing to make art a future career. These students often seek assistance in building portfolios and guidance on the next steps in creating a profession with their talents.

Postsecondary school art teachers

College art teachers help students develop their artistic techniques and give insight on how to market and build their creative portfolios.

Art professors prefer to teach their favored media, such as painting, drawing, digital media, or ceramics. Art professors typically show and sell their work, in addition to their teaching duties.

Postsecondary art teachers’ schedules tend to be more flexible than their K-12 counterparts. College teachers need to be on campus to teach classes and keep office hours. However, many postsecondary teachers typically spend some time, outside of their teaching and student advising duties, in carrying out administrative responsibilities such as serving on committees.

Art courses at the college level are more specialized than at the K-12 level. Subjects can include painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, photography, animation, media arts, and art history. Most college art professors must also have at least several years of professional artist experience in the medium they wish to teach.

Teaching art online

Art instruction is not just restricted to the classroom. Many postsecondary art educators teach classes online. They typically give the lecture and demonstrate the techniques through video, then students post their work online for discussion and feedback. Many of these online instructors work as adjunct instructors and teach on a contract basis. Some online adjuncts teach several courses for multiple schools and work enough hours to be considered full time.

To learn more about adjunct professors, see our Adjunct Professor post.

Education and certification requirements for art teachers

The requirements and education level needed to teach art depends upon the level of the class being offered. Teaching art at an after-school program or a community center may require nothing more than a basic understanding of art and art techniques. To teach at an elementary, middle, or high school, most states require teaching candidates to have a bachelor’s degree. Most states also require the completion of a master’s degree within five years of obtaining certification for continued employment.

Postsecondary art teachers may find employment at community colleges with a master’s degree. Most four-year colleges and universities require doctoral degrees for employment.

Today, many teachers come from various backgrounds of study. Most future teachers enroll in a teacher education program in college. These programs offer studies relating to classroom management and curriculum development, with a semester-long student teaching practicum. These students usually graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education and can begin teaching immediately.

Other teachers, after completing a more specialized program of studies and sometimes even after spending years as a professional in a related field, turn to a career in education.

With a bachelor’s degree, education hopefuls find enrollment in education-based master’s and doctoral degree programs imperative in finding a career as a teacher.

For art teachers who are considering a master’s degree, grade level, relevant curriculum, and educational leadership are three primary considerations.

Certification and licensing

A state-issued teaching certificate or license is generally required to teach. Specific certification and licensing requirements vary from state to state. Teachers are often required to complete years of teaching and take professional development courses as a condition of certification.

Teaching license reciprocity by state : Visit our state-by-state teacher licensing and reciprocity page for regulations in your state.

A note on tenure : For teachers, a significant goal in the traditional academic career is to attain tenure. Tenure is often seen as a guarantee for a lifetime position. Unfortunately, though widely believed, that is not the case. Tenure mandates that due process will be followed before the dismissal of any teacher holding tenure.

Teachers enter education on probationary status and can be terminated without just cause and/or proper documentation before tenure is granted. The process for tenure can take three to four years. During this time, teachers are evaluated by administrators, mentors, and often peers on their job performance.

Salary range and employment projections for art teachers

Elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Salary ranges for middle and high school teachers can vary depending upon the state, school district, experience, and degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels can vary.

*Specific salary ranges for teachers overall, not art-specific.

According to, average pay for art teachers by state varies from $30,670 to $43,401.

Here is a snapshot of average art teacher salaries:

The BLS states that the employment of teachers in general is projected to grow 4% from 2018 to 2028. Employment growth for public school teachers may depend on state and local government budgets. Many teachers will be needed to replace those who retire or leave the profession for other reasons.

Postsecondary art teachers

Salary ranges for postsecondary art teachers can vary depending upon the institution of employment, state, experience, and degree level.

According to, average pay for art professors by state varies from $32,286 to $45,688.

Here is a snapshot of average art professors salaries:

Employment of all postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028. Part-time positions will make up a considerable amount of these new jobs.

Advantages and disadvantages

Professional development for art teachers

Continuing education is a great way to keep a career on track, expand knowledge, remain competitive, and increase real value in the job market. Many art teachers continue to take courses throughout their careers to improve their classroom skills and keep their teaching credentials current.

As the K-12 art curriculum includes more digital art, many art educators find they need to update their skills with more training in digital art media. These classes are offered through community colleges, universities, and online. For K-12 teachers especially, continuing education classes are required as a condition of certification renewal.

Other avenues for professional development are conventions and conferences. The National Art Education Association (NAEA) holds a national convention each year where art teachers can learn about new developments in the field, take continuing education classes, and network with other art educators.

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The internet is ideal for art teachers as a tool for research, lesson planning, and presentations. Here is a small list of our favorites:

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Learn How To Draw With 2023‘s Top 17 Best Free Online Drawing Courses

Best Free Online Drawing Courses, Classes & Training

If you are seeking to learn how to draw or further develop your existing skills, then you’re in the right place!

In this guide, I have rounded up some of the best free online drawing courses in 2023 so you can become a better illustrator.

Below, you will find a wide range of courses that touch on how to draw people, pets, characters, perspectives, comics, objects, and many more.

As an added bonus, all of these online drawing classes can be taken by beginners and are absolutely free. Let’s begin!

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1. learn to draw: daily practices to improve your drawing skills (skillshare).

Learn to Draw: Daily Practices to Improve Your Drawing Skills

First on my list is a fantastic beginner drawing course that walks students through step-by-step on where, and how to start drawing.

As for your instructor, you will be taught by artist Gabrielle Brickey , who is a professional portrait artist who has helped over 100,000 students to become better drawers. So you are in good hands!

Course modules include drawing shapes, seeing angles, negative space, drawing upside down, forms, shading, drawing from photos, drawing from real life, and drawing from your imagination.

Another benefit of this course is that all modules are in video format and can be taken at your own pace. There are even class projects, downloadable resources, and a class discussion to get feedback from other students.

Being hosted on Skillshare, this drawing course can be taken for free when taking advantage of their 1-month free trial. Overall, this is a great introductory course that lays a good foundation for upcoming drawers.

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2. Character Illustration: Drawing Faces, Figures & Clothing (Skillshare)

Character Illustration: Drawing Faces, Figures & Clothing

If you want to learn how to draw comics, graphic novels, animation, or even anthropomorphized characters, then this drawing course is just for you! You’ll also be joining 50,000+ other students who have completed this course!

This 60-minute beginner/ intermediate level class is taught by graphic artist  Gabriele Picolo , who has illustrated many of his own graphic novels and has also done work for DC Comics.

In this class, Gabriele teaches the concept of how a stylized character illustration can convey ideas and emotions beyond the printed or spoken word. He also breaks this down into actionable steps which covers posing a character, female vs male faces, core expressions, extreme expressions, clothing and style, and adding color.

While this class does cover more intermediate lessons, it could also be a great fit for beginners who are looking for a challenge. Overall, a great course!

3. Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style (Skillshare)

Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style

Professional illustrator and instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts,  Yuko Shimizu, teaches this 1 ½ hour beginner-level course which focuses on the specifics of drawing with ink as opposed to pencil, paint, or computers.

Course modules include ink and paper, brushes and nibs, illustrating textures, sketching, watercolor, calligraphy , setting up your materials, and many other tips and techniques.

With all Skillshare classes, students can take these modules at their own place on either desktop or mobile phones. There are also downloadable resources, a community of other drawers, a 1-month free trial, and a class project.

Overall, this is a great course for those interested in using ink drawing techniques that has also been taken by 40,000 other students.

4. Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals (LinkedIn Learning)

Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals

Instructor Will Kemp is an award-winning artist who teachers this beginner level 2 ½ hour course that is hosted on the LinkedIn Learning platform.

This class teaches the idea that success in drawing comes down to three basics: shape, light, and structure. It also shows you how to put this into action by covering lines, value and tone, negative space, drawing theory, and perspective.

In total, 65,000 students have taken the course and it comes with downloadable resources, class projects, and a certificate of completion!

For those new to LinkedIn Learning, they also have a 1-month free trial available for new users.

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5. Drawing Foundations: Figure (LinkedIn Learning)

Drawing Foundations: Figure

In order to bring the human form to life on paper, there are several skills artists learn to accomplish this. These include drawing proportionately, adding volume with shadows, common body landmarks, and capturing motion. Which is exactly what is covered in this 2 ½ hour beginner course!

Your instructor for this class is Amy Wynne , a nationally exhibited painter and fine arts professor at Clark University  who will walk you through step-by-step.

Course topics cover drawing a quick sketch, weight and balance, simple structural landmarks, understanding proportion, and 3D modeling.

Over 72,000 students have enrolled in this course which comes with class projects, downloadable resources, and a certificate of completion. Overall, a great course for drawing human figures.

6. 21-Day Drawing Challenge (LinkedIn Learning)

21-Day Drawing Challenge

If you have never drawn beyond doodling, this beginner level video course will help you free your creativity and develop and hone your drawing skills.

Your tutor for this course is professional illustrator Von Glitschka , who has created logos and illustrations for some of the biggest companies in the world and is also the creative director of Pacific NW. So if you are looking to learn from one of the best, this is a great place to start.

Unlike other courses on this list, you are assigned 21 different drawing projects, which you should try and complete every day. Lessons include lines, light sources, cubism, monsters, metaphors, storytelling, drawing a cat, and even a dinosaur.

Overall, a great beginner level class that is taught in a unique way.

7. Cartoon Drawing: For The Absolute Beginner! (Udemy)

Cartoon Drawing: For The Absolute Beginner!

Take your stick figures and turn them into 3D characters is the tagline for this 1 ½ hour beginner-level course on the Udemy online learning platform.

The course curriculum is drawing tools, drawing fundamentals, one-point perspective, and meet Tommy Toon. Within those course modules, you will learn geometrical shapes, adding bend, movement, and center of gravity, and converting geometrical forms into organic forms.

The class is taught by illustrator Kevin Gardin and filmmaker Mitchell Bouchard , both of whom have extensive experience in the field of art and drawing.

There are course materials to download, available instructor Q&A, and a certificate of completion. Over 14,000 have taken this course.


8. Learn how to draw anime with the Rogue Mangaka Method (Udemy)

Learn how to draw anime with the Rogue Mangaka Method

This is centered on anime style drawing. Course modules include how to get started getting paid, Photoshop tools , big eyes, hair, anime body, drawing clothes, and visual intelligence.

It’s taught by a group of instructors at 2D Animation 101 Courses, an online animation school for aspiring or developing anime artists. 40,000 students have enrolled in this class.

Udemy courses have options available such as instructor messaging and Q&A, as well as a certificate of completion. Course materials are available to download.

This is beginner level, 4 ½ hours of on-demand video, and is designed to help absolute beginners to develop and enhance drawing skills specific to anime and manga.

9. KlineStudios – Free Drawing Lessons For Beginners (KlineCreative)

KlineStudios - Free Drawing Lessons For Beginners

John Kline is a professional artist specializing in oil painting and trained in several different art disciplines including drawing. John and his wife Christine have been teaching in-person and online for several years and have a very well received curriculum.

The instruction is applicable to painting, charcoals, pastels, printmaking, and drawing. It is suitable for beginners as well as other established artists.

Some of the video modules include drawing a face, drawing characters, charcoal drawing, and specific themes.


10. You Can Draw Anything! In 3 Simple Steps (Skillshare)

You Can Draw Anything! In 3 Simple Steps

A beginner-level course consisting of about 40 minutes of on-demand video, this class teaches three very simple steps anyone can use to start drawing.

It’s taught by Yasmina Creates , who is an ink and watercolor artist with a large following and many satisfied clients. Her teaching style is easy to follow and enjoyable.

The course modules include practice exercises, live drawing, using shapes and lines, adding detail, stylization, and drawing faces. It’s on-demand video so you can come back to any part of it when you need to repeat anything.

Class projects and downloadable resources are included in this short and very fun course taken by over 33,000 people.

11. Drawing Foundations: Light and Shadow (LinkedIn Learning)

Drawing Foundations: Light and Shadow

An intermediate-level online course with artist and art school professor Will Kemp , this course focuses on the interplay of light and shadow and how you can add that to your drawings.

Professor Kemp highlights how leading artists use light and shadow to make their illustrations more realistic, to draw focus, and to create a mood. He covers the basic concept of chiaroscuro, the classic technique for creating contrasts and using them effectively.

Course modules include principles of chiaroscuro, basics of lighting, value, and form, compositional patterns using light and dark, and using tonal paper.

The 2-hour class is hosted on LinkedIn Learning and includes downloadable resources and a class project for you to work on.

12. Over 4000 Free Video Art Lessons (Jerry’s Artarama)

Over 4000 Free Video Art Lessons

Jerry’s Artarama offers free video instruction from a wide variety of established professionals and art instructors who use Jerry’s as their source for art supplies. The amount of different instruction available and the quality and usefulness of the instruction is very high.

Subjects in drawing available as instruction courses include drawing with shapes, speech bubbles, drawing hair, using 3 point perspective, linear perspective, portraiture, proportions, line weights, blending and cross-hatching, human body ratios, figure drawings, colored pencils, various inking methods, and how pencil hardness affects drawing, plus much more.

The entire experience reminded me of art and craft fairs and seminars hosted at local supplies stores and school fairs. Some of the instruction was over my head, and all of it was just there for the taking. The same type of situation here. Enjoyable, informative, and all-inclusive. Overall, this is one of the best free online drawing courses in 2023.


13. Drawing 2-Point Perspective (LinkedIn Learning)

Drawing 2-Point Perspective

One of the cornerstone teachings of drawing is perspective. It can be 1 point, 2 point, or 3 point, even abstract and arbitrary, but perspective is a core discipline. This online drawing course concentrates on 2 point perspective which can be utilized for 3D style drawings.

Taught by working artist and Clark University fine arts professor Amy Wynne , it’s a beginner level 1 ¼ hour course seen by about 15,000 students.

There are exercise files available to download and course modules cover perspective basics, 3D cubes in 2 point perspective, create a street scene, create an interior scene, and drawing from observation.

14. Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook (Skillshare)

Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook

Six short lessons in about 30 minutes of on demand video will show you the importance of keeping a sketchbook for drawing.

Professional illustrator Leah Goren teaches the beginner class and helps you overcome creative blocks by using drawing exercises. Over 28,000 have benefitted from this course.

The exercises are the course modules. They are drawing patterns, drawing from life, drawing your space. Within the exercises, she covers color, perspective, shape, and patterns. A class project is included.

15. Figure Drawing From Life Using The Reilly Technique (Udemy)

Figure Drawing From Life Using The Reilly Technique

Donelli J. DiMaria teaches this 2 ½ hour beginner level online course covering the Frank Reilly Technique of figure drawing. Mr. DiMaria is a professional artist and instructor who also writes about art for several magazines.

The Reilly Technique is also called the Gesture Method and can be learned by anyone capable of drawing simple stick figures. The method will allow you to convert those stick figures into 2D and 3D drawings that have a real life.

Course modules cover action lines, action shapes, negative space, light and dark, perspective, foreshortening, line and edge weight, details of hands and feet, and faces.

Over 90,000 students have enrolled in this class hosted on the Udemy online learning platform. It includes on demand video content, certificate of completion, and instructor Q&A is available.

16. Drawing Coach (Drawing Coach)

Drawing Coach

Drawing Coach is the brainchild of professional illustrator and video game designer Mitch who offers free instruction on a variety of art subjects.

Included on the website are links to free drawing software and to discounted high quality art supplies.

The well illustrated instruction courses cover cartoon animals, cartoon people, portraits, caricatures, figure drawing, tatoos, perspective, and tips and techniques. Each course is separated into numerous sub topics, each of them packed full of helpful information, theory, practice exercises, and hints.

You could spend a lot of time to take it all in or you can cover one small subtopic at a time. It’s all right there in an easy to access form, all you need is a device to get you on the internet and something to use for drawing, electronic or pen and paper.


17. How To Draw For Beginners (Rapid Fire Art)

How To Draw For Beginners

This website is another all inclusive course for learning how to draw from the very beginning. The illustrations and instructions are superb quality and easily accessible by an absolute beginner or by an experienced and established artist.

Hosted on her own website Rapid Fire Art, this course is put together by artist and illustrator Darlene Nguyen. She has broken the steps down into easy to learn segments and subtopics

Course modules include how to sketch, learn to see, 2D and 3D, accurate proportions, how to fix common errors, 1 point and 2 point perspective, line quality, and shading techniques.

There are also step by step tutorials, links to YouTube videos illustrating the techniques, an ongoing blog, and links to reviews of products usable for various art projects. It’s a very full featured website and the artist is easy to follow as she explains basic and more advanced concepts.

If you want to learn how to draw at your own pace, this is another great place to consider for some of the best free online drawing courses. To learn more, you can also see my other course guides on Procreate , logo design , and watercolor !


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Observation: One of the most important skills in drawing is the ability to observe and analyze the world around you. This means developing a keen eye for detail, and learning how to see things in terms of shape, form, and value.

Hand-eye coordination: Drawing requires precise hand-eye coordination to translate what you see into a drawing on paper. This skill can be developed through practice and repetition.

Understanding of proportions: Knowing how to accurately measure and compare proportions of objects is key to achieving realistic and proportionate drawings.

Knowledge of perspective: Understanding the principles of perspective is essential for creating the illusion of depth and three-dimensionality in a drawing.

Mastery of line quality: The quality of lines and strokes used in drawing can greatly affect the final outcome. Developing a mastery of different line techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and contour lines can help create depth and texture in a drawing.

Value and tone: Knowing how to create different values and tones through shading is an important skill for creating dimensionality and realism in a drawing.

Creativity: While technical skills are important, creativity is equally important in drawing. Being able to think outside the box, experiment with different mediums, and create original and unique works of art can set one's drawings apart from others.

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The term “drawing” is fairly broad, it usually refers to a two-dimensional illustration using either a pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, or any other utensil on paper. A drawing is leaving a mark on a surface with an apparatus. The art of drawing has been around for 30,000, it even predates language. Cane and rock drawings production has been studied as a form of communication and is called the Art of the Upper Paleolithic. Drawings can be created on a variety of surfaces and by a variety of tools. You can learn about drawing from a drawing teacher or tutor.

Why learn to draw?

A lot of artists draw to visualize future art pieces they want to create. They draw to sketch out their ideas and finalize the concept before it takes another art form such as a painting or a sculpture. Drawing on its own is also a form of art. Drawing is one of the building blocks of any artwork. If you are looking to improve your art, either painting, sculptures, or more abstract art forms, you first need to learn to draw. This is why so many aspiring artists turn to tutors to help improve their drawing skills. The hope is that learning to draw helps create a visual understanding of the way lines have to be shaped to create a figure. This makes it easier to mold a sculpture or paint a painting since you have a visual guide on paper. Drawing is also meditative, even if you aren’t going to turn your drawings into paintings or sculpture, it can be a great way to express emotion, relax, and focus your mind. 

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Tutors who teach drawing can be found online and at art schools in your area. Art schools and local colleges offer drawing programs for beginners or specialized classes for kids. Enrolling in group classes for drawing skills allows you to meet and interact with fellow art enthusiasts. If you are looking for a more personalized approach, private tutoring is a great way to learn. Hiring a private drawing teacher will give you the tools and skills necessary to improve your drawing. You can find a private tutor anywhere in the US by using a platform like Superprof. Superprof offers students the opportunity to connect with a variety of experienced private teachers throughout different states. You can view their reviews, credentials, experience, and prices right on their profile. Many of the tutors on Superprof offer a free trial so that students have a chance to test the learning environment before they commit. 

How to practice drawing?

Artists usually practice their drawings by sketching as much as possible. You should keep a sketchbook with you at all times so that you can draw the still life around you whenever you feel inspired. Sketching still life and moving objects regularly will help you gradually improve your drawing techniques. Learning to draw with ink, graphite, pen, and other drawing tools will help you better illustrate a variety of textures and tones. An illustrator can also use watercolor, crayons, and chalk when drawing and sketching. There is also an abundance of drawing tutorials online for you to practice with on your own. These step-by-step instructional videos or articles can help with shading techniques, cross-hatching, and rendering. You can learn to draw everything from still-life to manga art. 

Where to get drawing supplies?

Across the US you can find drawing supplies in stores such as Michael’s, Target, and Walmart. Essential drawing supplies include drawing paper, an eraser, colored pencils, and a charcoal pencil. These drawing tools will help you illustrate a variety of textures. Colored pencils will bring life to your drawings and help you bring a variety of color to each of your sketchers. Using other tools such as charcoal pencil can help sharpen your shading and blending skills. If you are a drawing artist that prefers mixed media and would like to introduce virtual drawings to your portfolio you might also want to look into purchasing a stylus. Additional supplies include a sharpener, a ruler, and an easel. These are easily found in an art set.

What are the basic drawing techniques? 

When you first begin to draw, several techniques are critical that beginners learn. One of the first techniques young artists learn is back-and-forth. The back-and-forth is as basic as it gets. With this drawing technique, an artist will move their drawing tool back-and-forth across their preferred surface with a leveled motion. As the artist applies more pressure the darker the drawing will appear.

Hatching is another technique you will likely learn in drawing lessons. Hatching is creating small ticks on your drawing paper. The further away these ticks are from one another the lighter the drawing will be, if you place the ticks closer to one another the image will look darker. An extension of hatching is the cross-hatching technique, with cross-hatching your marks are going to intercept one another, rather than being kept parallel. One of the more fun techniques to work with is scribbling. Scribbling lets you randomly form marks across your page, there does not have to be for your scribbles. On the other side of the spectrum, there is stifling. Stifling is a more meticulous technique used in a drawing. Stifling is the art of making a vast amount of tiny dots on your paper that come together to create an image. The closer you place the dots next to one another the darker your drawing will be. Lastly, many drawing artists will also need to learn the technique of blending. Blending is the idea of smudging and smoothing out the marks left behind by graphite or charcoal. You can blend using your finger, a cloth or a blending stick. 


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1. top drawing courses (udemy).

The drawing courses include topics like drawing objects, light, and shadows. Understand how to observe and analyze any subject. Learn how to draw landscape and environment drawings and interior scenes. Understand how to infuse your linework with emotions. Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes artists make. Know how to use software like Adobe Photoshop, draw lines, and hold a pencil properly. The paid courses include a 30-Day-Money-Back-Guarantee for students who are unsatisfied with the content of the courses. The programs are divided into levels like intermediate and expert.

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– Quizzes and practice tests help learners test their knowledge of the programs

– Students will receive a certificate after completing the courses

– Learners will have lifetime access to the study material in the programs

– Students can view sample videos before opting for the courses

– The subtitles of the courses are available in multiple languages like Spanish and Italian

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– Learn different types of art like watercolor art and doodling

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2. Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced (Udemy)

This course will show you how to create advanced art that will stand up as professional work. The lessons start with the basics and give you an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of drawing. Next, you will learn how to incorporate your perspective into art before moving towards more advanced topics like drawing human figure and face from different angles. There is a bonus section where the instructor will teach you to draw animated-style characters step by step.

– Great for novices to get started with drawing without any prior experience.

– Learn the different topics step by step starting from basic to advance level with lots of examples.

– A plethora of assignments and exercises to work on and try your hand at based on the concepts covered in the lectures.

– Constant support from the instructor throughout the duration of the program.

– Quizzes at regular intervals which will be beneficial to check how well you have grasped the covered topics.

– Lively and engaging course material makes it a fun learning environment.

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3. Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing (Udemy)

If you are interested in sketching characters for animation , games, comics, or manga then you are exactly where you need to be. This course is sufficient for learning all the core fundamental and advanced techniques for sketching characters well. The focus is on bridging the gap between theory and practice classes and emphasizing both equally. This class can be taken up by anyone with any level of experience and by the end of it you will be elevated to the professional level.


– The concepts are clearly explained and the lessons are easy to understand.

– The assignments are designed to reinforce the theoretical concepts and help make rapid progress.

– Follow the techniques that will be beneficial to draw like a professional.

– 116 Lectures + Full lifetime access + 19 Articles

– Available at an affordable cost on the e-learning platform Udemy.

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4. How to Draw from Beginner to Master (Udemy)

This is a beginner’s course designed to help you learn the fundamentals of drawing. In this prospectus, you’ll  learn the process and structure of creating a drawing from start to finish, recognizing and drawing with panes, and various shading techniques . The course is prepared by Joseph Patric Daniels, who is an artist and professional drawing tutor. He will help you learn time-honored drawing techniques combined with contemporary approaches that will be delivered via high-quality video lectures. Moreover, you’ll also learn some of the advanced methods adapted by art masters like William Adolphe, John Singer Sergeant, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Do have a look at our curation of Best Gesture Drawing Courses . 

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– A perfect curriculum prepared to teach you the basics of drawing and some advanced techniques to create compelling designs.

– Know about different approaches to draw to see what works best for you while learning how to use your faults to your advantage.

– Learn about a system to draw hands, eyes, portraits, and any object imaginable with an easy trick of getting the perfect values and shading.

– Learn about various material that can be used to create effective drawings like the different pencil lead weights.

Duration: 8-9 hours

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5. 100% Free Drawing Courses & Tutorials (Udemy)

Individuals who are not willing to invest any money in learning drawing can take help from this list of free courses offered by Udemy. This list includes more than 20 free courses and tutorials that are designed to help you become a drawing expert , even if you have no prior knowledge of this field. Among this list, some of the best courses are Creative Headz – Concept Art Character Design , The Art & Science of Drawing , The Art & Science of Figure Drawing, Improve Anime Drawings with Leonardo DaVinci method , and many more. These courses are designed by expert instructors who have been providing drawing training for more than 10 years.

– One of the best list of free drawing courses and tutorials designed to help you cover various concepts of drawing with advanced methods

– Learn how to draw 25 cartoons step-by-step, a realistic eye, and how to draw anime with the Rogue Mangaka method

– Gain basic drawing skills for beginners, and then move to learn advanced techniques and tools used in drawing objects and images

– Included with several video demonstrations, hands-on projects, and practice drawings that are available to help you practice your knowledge

– Flexibility to study from the comfort of your home without any charges

Duration: Self-paced

6. Free Drawing Lessons for Beginners (Kline Creative)

Individuals who have no prior knowledge of drawing can take help from this list of lessons offered by Kline Studios. The list includes 15 lessons, each of which is focused on various concepts of drawing . The lessons are designed by John C. Kline, who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and since then, he is working as a professional artist. These lessons are basically video tutorials, in which the instructor has described each concept of drawing verbally as well as with practical examples. After finishing the lessons, you will be able to draw basic things like realistic eyes, human faces, animals , etc.

– A list of 15 extensive video lessons that will help you learn the fundamentals of drawing and some advanced methods related to it

–  Provide a complete understanding of how to begin with oil painting in everyday situations with unusual perspectives

– Learn how drawing is the core of creating two-dimensional artworks with assistance from the instructor himself

– Get a core beginning to enhance any 2-dimensional works and mediums that you want to pursue, from painting, charcoals, and pastels to printmaking

7. How to Draw: Free Beginner Course (Rapid Fire Art)

If you want to learn how to draw but don’t know where to begin, then this course might be the ideal choice for you. This course will guide you through a series of fun and easy tutorials, which will develop your drawing skills quickly. Even if you have intermediate knowledge of drawing, this course can work as an excellent refresher for you, or you might end up learning something new. The instructor of the course, Darlene, is an experienced artist, who has years of experience in providing drawing training to various individuals around the world. He will provide you with all the resources that you need to learn the drawing skills without investing any amount.

– A comprehensive and free course designed to help you get equipped with the basics of drawing 2-dimensional objects or elements

– Learn how to draw on paper or board with you non-dominate hand to understand the art of drawing more clearly

– Learn how to draw the smart way, more realistically, and draw what you see, as well as how to shade realistically

– Includes 5 levels of drawing with 10 comprehensive lessons that can be completed at your own pace with complete flexibility

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

8. The Secrets of Drawing (Udemy)

This is a practical course combined with videos and an e-book designed to learn the core aspects of drawing. You’ll begin with an  introduction to the secrets of drawing and then move on to learn the elements of art, value and its relationship with drawing, and more . The course is developed by Matthew Fussell, who is a professional Illustrator and Educator. He will help you learn basic techniques to create and draw some of the most common designs like the eye, the nose, the ear, etc. The course is equipped with 28 videos that describe each concept of drawing in detail.

– Designed with an easy-to-follow approach to understanding what drawing is and how you can do it effectively.

– Take a look at the elements of art, line and its relationship with drawing while covering concepts like contour, line quality, blind color, and cross contour lines.

– Learn how shapes are used to draw anything while understanding geometric and organic shapes.

– Learn how to create the illusion of space on a 2-Dimensional surface with concepts like overlapping, value/color, placement on the paper, etc.

– Study from any place where you feel comfortable with access to the course content on any system.

Duration: 5-6 hours

9. Ultimate Guide to Digital Sketching: Beginner to Advanced (Udemy)

Ideally designed for professional art makers, this pragmatic course  focuses on teaching you how to sketch and draw skilled images to show your professionalism digitally . You’ll learn many techniques during the classes that can be translated into any program from Photoshop to Procreate and enhance your skills in digital drawing. Taking up this course could be your track to building a solid portfolio of digital art and concept art. The course is planned by Austin Batchelor, a concept artist and Illustrator who will assist you via video lectures to learn the core topics. You may like to check out our list of Best Charcoal Drawing Courses . 

– A comprehensive guide prepared to help you learn the essentials of digital sketch, and how you can become a professional Illustrator.

– Designed with a step-by-step approach to making it easier to understand the concepts of drawing and digital sketching.

– Improve your basic knowledge of how to draw and sketch to create professional drawings in as little as one week.

– Gain instant access to the course content after enrollment and follow along to recreate the drawings available in the syllabus.

– Be able to sketch objects and scenes digitally from your imagination and thoughts.

10. The Art & Science of Drawing / Basic Skills (Udemy)

This certification promises to teach you to draw one day at a time. It covers the essential drawing skills one by one which is followed by practice assignments that give you an opportunity to try out the skills covered in the lectures. The tools and techniques used here are mostly at par with private art academies. The best part is that this tutorial can be taken by anyone of any experience level.

– The classes cover each topic with clear-cut instructions that are quite easy to follow.

– For beginners there are lessons that cover the very basic skills like how to hold the pencil, analyze a subject and bring drawings to life with detail and texture.

– The regular assignments help you to practice on a regular basis and improve your skills.

– 15 Lectures + Full lifetime access

– Available at a nominal price on e-learning platform Udemy.

Duration: 4 hours

11. Character Illustration: Facial Expressions, Figures & Clothing (Skillshare)

From sketching fluid poses to mastering the art of creating the perfect facial expression, this course covers it all. Learn to draw characters that are full of life and movement in a short amount of time. It does not matter whether you are a new artist or a seasoned illustrator, the instructor’s thorough techniques will help you to unveil your ability to create compelling characters on paper or screen. Get hands-on, create your own characters and communicate story, emotion, and emotion with ease.

– Understand the four core expressions.

– Add colour with an eye for contrast and style.

– Exercises are available for practising and implementing the techniques covered in the lessons.

– Explore movement and pose with figure drawing assignments.

– The videos and program content are available for free for a month.

– The study material is designed to be concise and time efficient.

Duration: 59 minutes

12. Free Online Drawing Courses (Skillshare)

Drawing is such a vast subject that it is tough to determine what exact skill you may need to master. While you can choose one class if you are absolutely sure of what you want to learn, you can also opt for an entire bundle of online classes at the cost of one course on Skillshare. Learn everything right from color pencil drawing , figure drawing, digital drawing , architectural drawing among many other intricacies involved in the process of drawing.

– Learn from hundreds of experts through hundreds of courses they have created on the subject of drawing

– You can opt for a crash course or go for a longer more comprehensive program on the same subject

– Assignments and projects help you all along the way

– Bundle of classes allow you to pick any class you want and then skip on to the next one at a fixed cost

– The course content can be accessed for free for the first month

13. Free Art Lessons by Drawing (Jerry’s Artarama)

Jerry Artarama is amongst one of the best platforms that offer multiple drawing lessons online for free . These lessons are created by professional artists who are graduated in arts from the top universities and providing drawing training and tutorials for a long time. Whether you are a beginner or an expert artist, taking these lessons will help you develop your skills. Moreover, the video demonstrations clearly define how you create various two-dimensional images on paper and board . During the course, you will cover the following subjects of drawing like Anatomy , Animals & Wildlife, Art Marketing, Cartooning, Collage, Framing, Impasto, Landscapes, Mediums, etc.

– Choose art or drawing course based on your skills level, which includes Professional, Advanced, beginner, Intermediate, or kids

– Choose a specific medium to start your journey in Drawing, Sketching, Acrylics, Marker, Oil Painting, Pencil, etc.

– Learn a variety of techniques to draw with pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, technical pens with colored inks, and more

– Peruse subjects according to your needs, such as landscape, architecture, figure and portrait drawing, and even cartooning

– Create your own piece of art from the comfort of your home after finishing this course

14. How to Draw and Sketch for Absolute Beginners (Udemy)

Art may seem to be a bit intimidating if you are not accustomed to it. So if you are someone who has been apprehensive about getting started with drawing then this is a good option to consider. Commence with drawing basic lines, shapes and honing your observational skills by practising different techniques. By the end of this course, you will become confident enough in the skills you have acquired throughout the program and ready to try out more advanced level skills.

– The course teaches you the basics skills required at the perfect pace.

– Assignments will help you to build self-confidence and creativity.

– Well designed curriculum and the concepts are divided into appropriate section which makes it easy to follow the course material.

– 80 Lectures + Full lifetime access

Duration: 9 hours

The course was exactly what I was looking for as a beginning artist. Slow paced, detailed and not too difficult assignments. But the assignments did build self confidence and help to encourage the confidence and creativity of the individual student. -Christopher Brandon

15. The Complete Figure Drawing Course HD (Udemy)

This industrial art training course teaches how to draw the human figure from the mind. Primarily aimed at industrial art students, this tutorial can be taken by anyone with some prior drawing experience. The instructor will guide you through a step by step process to construct the structure of the human form in your mind in an easy way. With the huge amount of illustrations and assignments, you will get enough opportunity to try things hands-on and become confident in the skills.

– Great for hands-on learners as there are lots of illustrations and drawing assignments to try out.

– Provides a detailed walk through the process of drawing the human figure and creating a solid foundation.

– Lots of tips and advice to make the most of the tutorial.

– 225 Lectures + Full lifetime access

– First 19 lessons are available for free.

Duration: 78.5 hours

16. Botanical Line Drawing Free Class (Skillshare)

In this class, you will learn to create botanical art by line drawing flowers, leaves and other natural objects. You will also understand how to design in an entirely new way through the easy techniques. There are lectures that will help you to focus on natural objects in real life and translate them into more realistic, intricate and botanical line drawings. The class projects will help you to bring your skills to life.

– The skills covered in this certification are easy to follow and are taught using easy techniques.

– Learn to draw from real life inspiration and illustrate wreaths, succulents, flowers, and leaves as you see them.

– The videos and study materials are available for free for a month.

– The study material is concise and time efficient.

Duration: 1 hours 19 minutes

Rating : 4.4 out of 5

17. Free Drawing Classes (LinkedIn Learning)

This beginner level training in figure drawing teaches you the techniques for bringing the human form to life on paper. The instructor will help to understand the process of this classical approach step by step. Start with capturing gesture and motion, mapping out structure and form. Also learn how to work with live models and different drawing materials. The accompanying worksheets and sample poses are provided for practicing at your own pace.

– The course guides you through the basics and how to follow the content for maximum benefit.

– The lectures include a thorough explanation of how to get started with the exercises.

– Exercises are available for online practise as well as for download as per your convenience.

– The option of ‘view offline’ allows you to attend classes without the internet and on the go.

– The complete course and study materials are available for free for the duration of a month.

– The viewers of this training include students, art professionals, university professor and many more.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Rating : 4.5 out of 5

18. Free Drawing Courses Online (LinkedIn Learning)

This particular training focuses on the 3S: shape, simplicity, and structure . Each lesson in this class works on the following three principles and combines drawing theory with practical examples and drawing assignments. Some of the topics included are line, tone, negative space and perspective. As this is a beginner level certification, therefore, all the concepts are covered from scratch which is beneficial for building a solid foundation.

– The course guides you through the basics requirements for getting started with the lectures.

– The lessons include a detailed explanation of how to get started with the exercises.

– The final project at the end of the course content will give you an opportunity to integrate all the various concepts covered and create something new.

– Exercises are available for online practise as well as for download.

– The complete course and study materials are available for free.

– The viewers of this training include students, creative designers, art professionals, software developers and many more.

Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes

19. Drawing and Painting Online Art Diploma (London Art College)

This lesson will guide you to refine your technique and express your creative vision. This tutorial is designed to build your artistic skills with the help of practical exercises and constructive support. From the fundamentals of sketching and colour to composition, painting and experimenting with style, this class covers it all. This program can be taken by anyone will any level of experience who is looking forward to broadening their horizons. Upon the completion of the content, you will be equipped with a portfolio of work and a foundation of core creative skills that will empower your artistic capabilities.

– Well structured curriculum and thorough content.

– A plethora of varied concepts is covered which will give you an opportunity to try out a lot of different things.

– Learn at your own pace and convenience.

– Get your doubts clarified and discuss your arts with fellow students in the forum.

– The complete course and study materials are available at a nominal rate.

Hello Paul! I received my diploma and I feel really happy! I want to thank you for everything, you are a really good teacher, your feedback was always helpful, friendly and made me grow and you kept me motivated through all the course. You also was very friendly and even it was a distance learning course, I could feel you enjoy your work. I gain more confidence and lost my fear to draw. Thank you. -Diana Villalobos

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A&H 4000 Inquiry in the Museum: Bridging Gallery and Studio

An immersive course focused on inquiry learning across the art museum and the art studio. This course examines how inquiry-driven museum and studio experiences can inform and enrich each other, and how these processes matter in education and across disciplines. The qualities of generative gallery and studio teaching are considered.

A&H 5001 Research Methods in Arts and Humanities

(Research) An examination of research studies and strategies for conducting research in the arts and humanities.

A&HA 4061 Printmaking Processes

A basic course in printmaking for the beginning student. Each semester focuses on one topic of the following: Silkscreen, Japanese Woodblock or Lithography. Group and individual instruction to enhance the skills and aesthetic perception of each student. Limited registration.

A&HA 4062 Printmaking:Etching I

Intaglio is an ancient process in which artists cut, scratch, or etch the design into a matrix such as plastic or copper. Intaglio and etching produces three-dimensional surfaces using various techniques such as engraving, dry point, and etching, all of which will be explored in depth. This course encourages exploration of personal ideas through hands-on experiences with materials. Limited registration.

Development of fundamental painting skills and understandings within the quest for individual expression and style. Acrylics, collage, and drawing employed.

A&HA 4073 Video Art

This class explores video as a medium for artistic expression and social inquiry. Students will learn how to produce video artworks incorporating aesthetic, conceptual and technical issues, designing visually effective and compelling video experiences. Technical components include all aspects of image production: image recording, basic editing and final output.

A&HA 4078 Art for Classroom Teachers: Teaching Art to Children

This course will combine hands-on materials explorations, discussions of curriculum, presentations of students’ artwork, and instructional approaches that support artistic learning and its role in the overall growth and development of infants and young children. Students will explore a variety of art media and techniques and apply what they learn about the unique properties of materials to lesson plans that make meaningful connections between classroom curricula and the arts. Ways in which art experiences can be used to promote and enrich social studies, language arts, math, and science will be discussed throughout the sessions, as well as adaptations for children who come with diverse experiences and special needs. Discussions will include ways to motivate, communicate, and respond to children’s artwork.

A&HA 4079 Exploring Cultural Diversity: Implications for Arts Education

This course explores issues related to cultural diversity and examines their impact on the practices of art and art education. Students reflect about curriculum content, pedagogical approaches, and human relations in the diverse art classroom.

A&HA 4080 Artistic Development of Children

Recommended for all degree candidates in elementary education. An examination of the role of the senses, emotions, and intellect in artistic development and of the layered integrations they form over time. Discussion of ways in which developmental insights are basic to the design and implementation of exemplary visual arts lessons and offer critical starting points for research.

A&HA 4081 Curriculum Design in Art Education

Corequisite A&HA 4202. Introduction to curriculum theory and design in the larger context of education and schooling. The course also explores alternative conceptual models as reflected in different art curricula and engages students in review of curricular issues related to learning outcomes, standards, and assessment in art education.

A&HA 4084 Digital Foundations: Creative Technology

This studio course introduces students to the foundations of physical computing, electronics, and creative coding. In this course, students will learn how to use sensors, micro-controllers, and actuators to create interactive objects and digital experiences that extend beyond the computer screen. Students will develop a critical and creative eye for interactive forms of artistic expression. Weekly hands-on labs, assignments, and readings will help students gain technical proficiency with digital materials and making. Prerequisite: none.

A&HA 4085 Histories of Art Education

An introduction to major historical events and underlying beliefs, values, and practices that have influenced contemporary art and art education programs at all levels of instruction in the U.S. as well as internationally.

A&HA 4086 Current Issues and Practices in Art and Art Education

An analysis of current philosophies, theories, and practices in art and art education at all levels of instruction. Programs in public schools, higher education, museum education, and other non-traditional settings are examined, along with advocacy initiatives and policy issues appropriate to the various issues discussed.

A&HA 4087 Processes and Structures in the Visual Arts

Suggested for all students in all degree programs. Opportunity for in-depth and sustained exploration of the properties, structures, and expressive uses of selected art materials. The course aims to enrich and extend personal studio practice and, in parallel, provoke insights into the role of materials in supporting, integrating, and challenging the artistic growth of students in a variety of educational settings.

A&HA 4088 Artistic Development: Adolescence to Adulthood

Corequisite A&HA 4281. An examination of sensory, biological, affective, cognitive, and socio-cultural issues influencing continuing development in the visual arts. Discussion of ways in which developmental insights are basic to designing challenging lessons which enrich growth and learning as well as offering critical starting points for research. Required of all candidates seeking New York State Art Certification K-12.

A&HA 4089 New Media, New Forms: Technological Trends in Art Education

This studio course invites students to survey the many creative possibilities of new media in art education. By engaging in a hands-on dialogue with digital materials, students will explore the impact of technology in the art room, the changing role of the art educator, and the new importance of making in the curriculum. The outcome is a playful and transformative inquiry into new media and how we can utilize them to create new forms. Prerequisite: none.

A&HA 4090 Teaching in the Art Museum

An examination of how educators can facilitate meaningful encounters between people and works of art. This course explores a series of issues central to the work of gallery teachers including the layered interpretations of art objects, balancing audience’s responses and “official” information, culturally-responsive teaching with works of art, and the inclusion of non-discursive activities in museum teaching.

A&HA 4092 Introduction to Ceramics

Enrollment limited. For beginners only. Introduction to the basic techniques of hand building, the potters wheel, and slab construction with emphasis on personal expression. Surface decoration and three-dimensional design. Stoneware and earthenware clay bodies and firing procedures will be addressed.

A&HA 4093 Sculpture as Making

An exploration into the world of the third dimension through a range of styles and materials. There will be studio experimentation and discussion around working with various sculptural processes such as mold making/casting, woodworking, and metalworking. Contemporary art practices and interdisciplinary practice will be a focus of the course, and one of the classes will meet at a museum or gallery. No prior experience required.

A&HA 4094 Introduction to Digital Photography

This course is designed to introduce students to digital photography and the applications used to produce images. Digital cameras have become both the pastime and the instrument of choice for professional photographers. There have been more pictures taken this decade than in a century since its creation. The class will cover the fundamentals of the digital camera, the Photoshop application for image enhancement, and using the Epson photo printer to produce images on inkjet paper. We will review the multiple functions of digital cameras and how to apply this to creative image making. Technical terms ISO, white balance, file sizes, pixels, resolution, and exposure compensation will be demystified. Through weekly presentations, we will familiarize ourselves with color, composition and thematic approaches. Students will also be introduced to contemporary photographers as we apply ourselves to our own unique vision. Please bring your camera to first class.

A&HA 4096 Photography for Educators

Exploration of basic photographic techniques and their application to learning in a variety of educational environments.

A&HA 4102 Challenging Thinking: Lesson Planning for K-12 Teachers of the Visual Arts

This lesson plan seminar aims to provide structure, format and context to the development of lesson, acknowledging the pedagogical purviews essential to good art teaching. Lecture and discussion topics are linked to extensions of other courses as a way for students to grasp the interrelatedness of their course studies.

A&HA 4173 Video and Art Education

Studio-based course that explores video methods as a creative tool for expression and learning in the studio art classroom. Students will learn aspects of image production, including recording, digitization, basic editing and final output. Tools and technologies addressed in the course include camcorders, I-pads, I-phones, animation cameras and diverse software (I-movie, I-stop motion, video-apps, and basic Final Cut Pro). The course focuses on the creation of art videos; as such, the class will screen video art from diverse artists, discuss these examples from the perspective of contemporary art and aesthetics, and participate in technical workshops to learn video technologies such as digital story telling, video animation, video journaling, and video sharing in the studio art classroom. In addition to other assignments through the course, students will produce a final art video project, including concept development, presentation, and research. Throughout the course, attention will also be given to issues of media literacy in art education as well as applications to teaching in studio art contexts.

A&HA 4202 Fieldwork in Art Education

Permission of instructor required. Professional activities in the field under faculty supervision.

A&HA 4281 Field Observations in Art Education

Required of art teacher certification majors. To be taken concurrently with A&HA 4080, Artistic development of children, and A&HA 4088, Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood. Involves observations in schools of various types; videotaping of contrasting teaching styles and curricular approaches; analysis of perceptual, artistic, and societal assumptions implicit within programs observed.

A&HA 4702 Supervised Teaching in Art Education: Secondary

Prerequisites: A&HA 4080, A&HA 4081, A&HA 4085, A&HA 4087, A&HA 4088, and A&HA 4281. M.A. candidates should plan to take student teaching full-time in their last full year of the program towards completion of their degree. For majors only. A variety of supervised teaching experiences (7-12), supplemented by conferences, evaluation, and seminars. The student teacher completes 200 hours in each placement observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating. Mandatory for those seeking state certification in art in New York State and other states.

A&HA 4722 Supervised Teaching in Art Education: Elementary

Prerequisites: A&HA 4080, A&HA 4081, A&HA 4085, A&HA 4087, A&HA 4088, and A&HA 4281. M.A. candidates should plan to take student teaching full-time in their last full year of the program towards completion of their degrees. For majors only. A variety of supervised teaching experiences (K-6) supplemented by conferences, evaluation, and seminars. The student teacher completes 200 hours in each placement observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating. Required of those seeking state certification in New York State and other states.

A&HA 4860 Cross-Cultural Conversations in the Arts

Work conference or institute.

A&HA 4902 Research and Independent Study in Art Education

A&ha 4985 crafts experience at haystack mountain.

Permission of instructor required.

A&HA 5005 Visual Arts Research Methods

This course explores research methods and methodologies grounded in the practices, theories, and contexts of the visual arts. Content includes examining current research paradigms, with a focus on art-based educational research and engaging with research as a visualizing practice. Students learn the basics of research, learn how to assess and recognize methodologies, and explore ways of creating and representing knowledge visually. The course is delivered through lectures, studio and writing workshops, and group seminars/ presentations.

A&HA 5060 Drawing

Drawing from life, students learn strategies to generate lines, vary their marks, see and draw negative space, light, shadows, shapes, zones and compositions. We reframe our knowledge and habits in order to see the raw sensory details needed to draw. New observation, concentration, creativity, and idea generation skills will be developed. Almost half the semester is figure drawing from a model -- gesture, volume, and portraiture. All levels welcomed. One class at a museum or gallery.

Artists capable of independent endeavor share their ideas and work in critiques and discussions and undertake advanced artistic problems suggested by the instructor or of their own devising. This course requires an average of 30 hours per week of out-of-classroom work.

A&HA 5064 Experiments in Content: The Arts and Community Engagement

An examination of new technologies, materials, concepts, attitudes, both in their current forms as well as future applications. Participants will investigate a personal topic through field experience, hands-on demonstration, observation, readings and lectures. The topic focuses for the course will be drawn from art and design/studio/research/ psychology/teaching.

A&HA 5065 Intermediate Painting

Permission of Instructor Required. This studio-based course is designed to assist students to continue exploring the diverse possibilities and various processes of using paint, painting media, digital media and tools to explore and construct painting languages, conceptual frameworks, and personal expressions.

A&HA 5070 Figure Drawing

This class both addresses the intimidation of figure drawing and lays out a number of different practical strategies for tackling it. The class is open to students who have experience drawing and those who are beginners.

A&HA 5081 Advanced Curriculum Design in Art Education

Prerequisite: A&HA 4081 or consent of instructor. This course will enable students to design, implement, and evaluate curricula in higher art education. It will address how the teaching, learning, and making of art has changed and how this affects curriculum design in theory and practice. Two questions will be assessed. What do students of art need to learn in order to grow and become successful in their profession? What do teachers need to know about their students in order to facilitate versatile and strong educators?

A&HA 5082 Philosophies of Art in Education

The course will provide participants with an introduction to historical and contemporary debates that frame art education and contemporary art practices. It will examine philosophical perspectives on art, the place of philosophical thinking in studio teaching, and models of reflective practices in art pedagogy. The goal is to introduce students of art and art education to seminal discussions in the field, to facilitate learning through critical thinking, and to help students develop their own philosophies of art in education.

A&HA 5085 The Museum Education Department: Function, Scope, Possibility

An introduction to the roles and functions of museum education departments. This course offers an overview of the scope of programs and initiatives that education departments oversee within and beyond the museum’s walls, with consideration of what it takes to launch and sustain them in the real world. Attention is given to the realities of actual institutions and to what might be possible.

A&HA 5086 Art in Visual Culture

An examination of the role of visual culture in contemporary life, employing experiences from art works, museums, galleries and alternative spaces, readings, and discussion.

A&HA 5090 Museum Education: Social and Cultural Issues

An introduction to the art museum as an educational institution: its spaces, history, and mission. With an emphasis on museum education, this course examines social and cultural issues central to the museum’s evolving purpose. Students are sensitized to the necessity of making change in the 21st century museum, and are encouraged to develop a critically reflective and empathetic practice.

A&HA 5092 Advanced Ceramics

Further studies of ceramics with an emphasis on individual projects on an advanced level. Educational aspects and personal expression in the medium along with marketing opportunities for the professional craftsperson will be discussed.

A&HA 5093 Advanced Sculpture: Mixed Media

Permission of instructor required. Further studies of sculptural elements with an emphasis on content, craft, and individual development. Advanced sculpture is designed to help those who have taken Introduction to Sculpture to develop a more independent practice.

A&HA 5094 Advanced Photography

This class is designed for students who already have a basic knowledge of the digital camera. The class will focus on a photographic project developed by the student. The project or theme could be documentary, portrait, landscape, or total conceptual image making.

A&HA 5120 Creative Technologies Research Seminar

What are some of the powerful new ideas surrounding technology-infused art and design education? This seminar-style course will look at the impact of emerging technologies (such as e-textiles, data visualization, AI, VR, gaming, blockchain, bioart, and interactivity), their ethical implications, and their place in art and design studios and classrooms. Through short lectures and workshops, students will gain both a general overview of the field and a unique opportunity to develop their own research into civic-minded, cutting edge art, design, and maker education. A colloquium series will accompany the seminar and provide interactions with leaders in the field.

A&HA 5125 Inquiry-Based Art and Design

Teachers who search for their own questions inspire students to do the same. They transform their curiosity into knowledge, empowering others to learn and grow with them. This course provides educators with ways to integrate technology into various learning environments. Students will utilize project-based learning, design-thinking and maker-centered learning to develop maker-projects and curricula for a diverse set of communities. The course will enable students to look at contemporary and historic examples of art, design, and technology &mdash as well as the social context in which these works were produced. Prerequisite: none.

This studio course enables students to work on technology-infused art and design projects. Students will learn multiple aspects of digital fabrication, 2D and 3D design. Facilitated by an instructor with an extensive background in maker-education, this course provides a rich support structure and the opportunity for peer learning. Workshops will give students the expertise needed to pursue their projects with knowledge and skill. Weekly meetings will allow students to share their processes and to receive feedback. Interested students will have the opportunity to participate in a gallery exhibition. Prerequisite: none.

A&HA 5181 The Arts in Education

An examination of ideas about the interdisciplinary role of the arts in traditional and nontraditional educational and administrative settings through analysis of programs, projects, policy issues, and political processes that involve the visual arts, dance, music, and theater.

A&HA 5601 Creative Technologies Colloquium

The Creative Technologies Colloquium is a critical supplement to A&HA 5120 Creative Technologies Research Seminar. Students in the Seminar are required to enroll in the Creative Technologies Colloquium, which meets six times over the course of the semester. At each Colloquium, students will have an opportunity to present their research in an academic setting to receive feedback from their peers. Furthermore, the colloquium will incorporate outside presenters to serve as a model for students developing their own practice-based research as well as act as a networking event to meet others in the Creative Technologies field.

A&HA 5804 Museum Exper Across Disciplns

Focus on interdisciplinary learning in the museum. This course prepares museum educators and classroom teachers to engage learners of various ages across a spectrum of disciplines and learning modalities within museum settings. Emphasis on how traditional curricular boundaries might be upended to create cross and interdisciplinary learning centered on art objects and museum spaces.

A&HA 5902 Research and Independent Study in Art Education

A&ha 5922 master's seminar in art education.

Permission of instructor required. Required for all M.A. and Ed.M. students. Guided independent work in research, culminating in the development of a masters thesis proposal. This course includes an additional 36 weekly hours to develop Special Project research proposal.

A&HA 6002 Teaching and Administration of Art Education in College

A practical and theoretical ground for the discussion, development, and implementation of pedagogical philosophies, strategies, and practices by which art and design specialists come to teaching in art and design programs in higher education. The course attends to pedagogical discourses and practices; the administration and leadership of art as a discipline; and studio practice and art teaching as professional development.

A&HA 6003 Critical Perspectives and Practices in the Arts

Students investigate their creative practice from several critical perspectives and produce personal profiles and arts projects within educational and cultural contexts.

A&HA 6010 Writing for Journal Publication in the Arts

In this course students learn how to transform completed research papers into publishable articles. Through drafting, editing, and revising their work, and through instructor feedback and peer review, students will, over the course of the semester, produce an article manuscript ready for submission to a scholarly journal.

A&HA 6021 Supervision and Administration: Arts in Education

Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: Substantial teaching and/or arts administration experience. The function of supervision and administration: Effective programs in city, county, and state school systems; inservice education and workshop techniques; school and community relationships; nontraditional settings such as museums, arts councils, etc.

A&HA 6202 Advanced Fieldwork in Art Education

A&ha 6422 internship in the supervision and administration of art education.

Permission of instructor required. Qualified students work as interns with supervisors or administrators in selected sites. Provision is made for assessment of field-based competencies in fulfillment of program requirements.

A&HA 6482 Internship in the Teaching of College and Museum Programs

Permission of instructor required. Guided experiences in the teaching of the arts in departments of metropolitan area colleges and museums. Sections: (1) Teaching in art programs: college, (2) Teaching in art programs: museum.

A&HA 6502 Doctoral Seminar: Arts in Education

Required seminar for doctoral students who are completing qualifying papers, developing literature reviews, or exploring and applying research methods. The seminar includes faculty/student presentations, group discussions, and critiques. Requires an additional 36-40 hours per week of work outside the classroom.

A&HA 6510 Advanced Seminar in Arts Education Research

Research Seminar for master's students who are completing their theses or doctoral students who are completing qualifying papers, developing literature reviews, or exploring and applying research methods. This course includes an additional 36 weekly hours to conduct research for and write the Special Project. May be repeated.

A&HA 6520 Seminar in Clinical Supervision in the Arts: K-12

Permission of instructor required. Seminar in classroom supervision and its application to student teaching and inservice training. On-site field experience, analysis of observation and assessment, readings and discussion. Participants must have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience.

A&HA 6580 Problems in Art and Education

Specific problems of art and art education are examined. Different topics each semester. Permission of instructor required.

A&HA 6902 Independent Studio Work: Sculpture

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.

A&HA 6903 Independent Studio Work: Drawing

Permission of instructor required -- email your proposal for a concrete independent project with timelines before the semester begins. Meet as a group every other week with instructor and peers, also working on your own projects related to drawing (widely defined). Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.

A&HA 6904 Studio Work in Art and Education: Painting

A&ha 6905 studio work in art and education: printmaking, a&ha 6906 independent studio work: ceramics.

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study emphasizing exploring personal expression in the medium. Noncredit for majors only.

A&HA 6907 Independent Studio Work: Digital Media

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. Prerequisites: extensive experience in digital media and/or related technologies. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only.

A&HA 6972 Research and Independent Study in Art Education

Permission of instructor required. Research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

A&HA 6999 Exhibition/Presentation Rating

Rating of certification Ed.M. and Ed.D. exhibitions offered in fulfillment of degree requirements. To be taken during the semester in which work is presented in the Macy Art Gallery.

A&HA 7502 Dissertation Seminar in Art Education

Two required seminar sessions for doctoral students to help develop or refine topics of inquiry for research. The teaching format is flexible and includes faculty/student presentations, group discussions, and critiques. Section 2 is required of all doctoral students in the program in the semester following successful completion of written qualifying papers and involves preparation and presentations of dissertation proposal for approval. Sections: (1) Qualifying papers preparation (fall), (2) Dissertation proposal preparation (spring).

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.

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Teacher Certification Degrees » Teaching Career Center » Art Teacher Career Guide

Art Teacher Career Guide

Art teachers help students learn about the history of art and provide opportunities for students to create their own art by exploring their own artistic creativity. An art teacher should have a strong enthusiasm for art and enjoy teaching young people. In this guide, you will find information about what art teachers do, how to become one, and the salary and job outlook for art teachers.

Art Teacher Job Description

Art teachers work primarily to bring knowledge of artistic and creative concepts, including color, shape, and texture, to students in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary learning environments. They help students understand artistic concepts in various types of visual communication, including drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and design. Additionally, they must work to cultivate these skills while meeting the academic and emotional needs of each student as well as meet the grading and curriculum requirements at their school.

Art Teacher Requirements and Common Tasks

A bachelor’s degree in education with coursework in art, art education (a Bachelor of Fine Arts–BFA–in Art Education), or art history with a state-approved teacher preparation program is the basic requirement for becoming an art teacher at a public school. Prospective art teachers at the primary level typically pursue a bachelor’s in education while secondary art teachers typically obtain a bachelor’s in art or art history. Additionally, each state requires K-12 teachers to obtain a license or certification from the state by fulfilling the requirements overseen by the board of education. Licenses are usually not required for art teachers working in private institutions, but some private schools may prefer teachers with a state license or certification. For prospective teachers who did not complete a bachelor’s in art education, most states now offer alternative paths to obtaining state teaching certification, including pursuing a master’s degree in art education or a related subject. Professional artists without a formal degree may qualify for art teacher positions based on experience, but may still need to obtain a state license.

Once licensed, art teachers instruct on the basic principles of art and its history through hands-on interaction with their students. They must supervise student progress, assist students in cultivating their creativity, manage classroom discipline, grade papers, and prepare lessons. Furthermore, art teachers interact with management, other instructors, parents, and the community. The basic attributes of a successful art teacher include high levels of organization and time management, patience, reliability, and artistic talent.

How to Become an Art Teacher

People who wish to become art teachers must first choose which path they are interested in taking. There are numerous programs available at the bachelor’s degree level that are designed to lead to initial teacher licensure with a major in art. One of the important factors to consider is whether the teacher preparation program is approved by your state’s department of education and whether it will satisfy requirements for state teacher certification or licensure. The typical path to becoming an art teacher is as follows:

Many states offer a K-12 certification in art that can lead to a career in teaching art from the elementary level through high school. Prospective art teachers may also decide to focus on art education at a specific grade level, such as middle school or high school. On any of these pathways, students in bachelor’s degree programs can expect to take two years of liberal arts and science courses, as well as art courses. After being admitted to the teacher preparation program at their university, which typically happens in the junior year, students will begin taking courses on methods of teaching specific to the grades they wish to teach. After passing the state tests for teacher certification and completing observations and student teaching, a graduate will be eligible to obtain state teacher certification .

For those who already have a bachelor’s degree in art but did not complete an approved teacher preparation program, there are also alternative paths to teacher certification in most states. Earning a master’s degree that includes a teacher preparation component is another common path to initial teacher licensure.

Art Teacher Salary and Job Outlook

Though the US Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t provide art teacher statistics, we use similar teaching categories as a proxy for data on the median salary and employment outlook. Job growth for elementary, middle, and high school teachers over the decade from 2018 to 2028 is projected at 3-4%, slower than the average for all occupations. 1-3 The median annual salary for elementary school teachers in 2018 was $58,230, while middle school teachers earned a median of $58,600, and high school teachers earned a median of $60,320 per year. 1-3

Teachers who acquire further training or a national certification may benefit from opportunities for higher pay. Positions in urban or rural environments may offer higher salaries due to the increased demand for quality teachers in those areas.

Helpful Skills and Experience

Skills and experience in both teaching and art will help individuals be effective in this career. Strong communication skills and in-depth knowledge of art history and art concepts will help a candidate stand out from other applicants.

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Frequently Asked Questionsr

Question: Do you need special training to become an art teacher?

Answer: In some states you can apply for an art endorsement to add to your teacher certification. The requirements vary but may require additional coursework in art and a portfolio.

Question: How much do art teachers make?

Answer: The BLS doesn’t report them median or average salary for art teachers, but the amount depends on many factors, including the grade level taught. The BLS does report that elementary teachers earn a median of $58,230, middle school teachers earn a median of $58,600, and high school teachers earn a median of $60,320 per year. 1-3 Other factors that may impact the salary of art teachers include years of experience, type of school, and geographic location.

Question: Can you become an art teacher without a degree in teaching?While there are exceptions, most schools require state teacher certification. Some private schools may accept demonstrated competency as a substitute for teacher certification.

Question: Besides public and private schools, what are other employers of art teachers?

Answer: There are many organizations that offer art classes and may provide a source of full or part-time employment. These include churches, community centers, daycare centers, senior centers, and non-profit organizations like the YMCA.

Question: What degree do you need to be an art teacher?

Answer: Typically, a bachelor’s degree is required to become an art teacher, usually in art or art history or a related subject. If you aim to teach at a public school, teacher certification is also typically a requirement, which requires the completion of a teacher preparation program in addition to (or along with) your degree.

References: 1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: 2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers: 3. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers:

Sampratishta School of Fine Arts And Design

Diploma In Art Teaching / Art Teacher Diploma

Diploma in art teaching elaborated is a 6 months program of sketching & painting., module 1 (3months) dedicated to sketching and module 2 (3months) for painting., art teacher diploma.

Courses Details

Art teacher diploma or Diploma in art teaching is a course program that gives tremendous training for how to teach.

Through it is 6 months program we have split to 3-3 modules

The first 3 months will focus on various sketching methods and another for painting & craft making.

Dates don’t suit? Enrol yourself on our waiting list, and we will inform you as soon as the next batch opens for enrolments.

Who can apply?

Diploma in Art Teaching is open for those who have 17+ age above. Best for those who want to take art teaching as a profession.

The Syllabus

The medium used here for the artwork is monochromatic, which encapsulates

Module -1 – 3 months 

Module -2 – 3 months 

Teaching & Faculty

Course Outcomes

There are several innumerable outcomes that a student gains under this course. Few of them are listed below as follows:

Certification & Exams

Class Schedule

The schedule of diploma in art teaching.

Course Fees & Payment Options

Course fee for ssfd certification , the 24 weeks/ 48 days / 6 months program will cost you 49500/-.

Course fee for Jux (Jain) Certification 

The 24 weeks/ 48 days / 6 months program will cost you 65000/-, completing the enrolments, the admissions are allowed only on invitation. .

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Frequently asked

What is fine arts foundation.

Fine Arts foundation essentially means giving a base or foundation for your visual arts learning. If you can sketch well, you can do the better painting.

This is structured 3 months programs that cover all the techniques of how to sketch and gives you a better perspective of fine arts.

If you practice well with our curriculum then, you will start to see the dimensions in fine arts.

What all it covered?

Kindly check the curriculum session under the course description.

What if I miss a class/ classes?

Compensating classes 

What is the difference between Diploma in Fine Arts & Fine Arts Foundation?

Diploma in Fine arts is a 6 months schedule;

1st 3 months – Fine Arts Foundation

2nd 3months – Painting Foundation ( We teach the watercolor & acrylic painting )

It is your choice to take up painting foundation after sketching foundation (fine arts foundation).

But to take up painting module – you should have finished fine arts foundation, we don’t allow the direct admissions to do so.

If you complete 2 modules then it is considered as Diploma in Fine Arts

It is may not be a single 6 months stretch, you will be having exams after completing the module 1.

What is the difference between Sampratishta & Jain certification?

No major difference, we provide the same lecturing for both courses.

If you are opting certification by Jain University then,

If you are opting certification by Sampratistha then,

Batches Completed

Diploma courses.

“I just loved it and if I have to describe in 1 word I would say "Awesome". The class environment is very good and faculty members are very friendly and they understand the students passion and support him. People who are passionate towards fine arts I would suggest to join Sampratishta. Although I have to travel19 kms one side I never felt its far. Thank you very much Sampratishta.” Sachin S For Sampratishta School of Fine Arts & Design
“am really happy that I learned fine arts from here. It was a wonderful experience. I really learned a lot. The teaching was really great. And you can get a lot of inspiration from others” Sunanth Sunil For Sampratishta School of Fine Arts & Design
“My experience in sampratishta has been a great learning experience.I got to learn a lot during the 3 month duration.The course was well structured and the assignments given were relevant to what was taught in the class.Since the class strength was minimum, I was lucky to have individual attention.I got very honest feedback’s for my artwork and I’m really grateful for having an amazing art professor.Having my assignments graded had me realise my mistakes and work on it.” Shweta P For Sampratishta School of Fine Arts & Design

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The best online art classes in 2023

Learn to paint and draw with the best online art classes and art schools around.

Best online art classes

Do you want to take one of the best online art classes? We've curated this list, which covers classes for all mediums, levels and budgets (including free) so you can dive into learning immediately. Here, you'll find high-quality lessons on pencil, paint and pixels, delivered by leading professionals and designed to take your art to the next level. 

Our top pick of classes right now is Drawing Essentials with Glenn Vilppu. We think it's great because it dives into the fundamentals to master before you can develop your skills, and it does so in a way that is clear to a beginner as well as an experienced artist. But keep reading down the list for more brilliant options, for both traditional and digital artists.

If you can't find what you're looking for here, be sure to check out our other quality how to draw tutorials, covering a variety of subjects or our specific oil painting techniques guide. Not sure what art classes to go for? Head to the end of the list for helpful tips and advice.

Best online art classes available now

01. drawing essentials with glenn vilppu.

One of the world’s most famous art teachers, Glenn Vilppu instructs professionals at animation, game and film studios worldwide, as well as universities, art schools and private art academies. And the one problem he constantly comes up against is that many students walk into the class without knowing the fundamentals, such as how to hold a pencil correctly. 

So this six-week course attempts to fill those knowledge gaps, and is aimed not just beginners but any artists, even professionals, who have never studied formally. 

At $800, it’s not cheap, but bear in mind you won’t just be passively watching video lectures. The aim is to replicate the experience of attending a real-life art class; so you get your work critiqued weekly, alongside group discussion and the opportunity to get answers directly from Vilppu. You’ll also be able to see critiques of the other students as well, as would happen in a regular live class.

Once you're done, Vilppu also offers some world-class figure drawing classes on his site. He strongly recommends you don't jump ahead, and take this class first, however knowledgeable you think you are.

02. Drawing and Sketching for Beginners by Robin Slee

Right at the start of your journey, and want to know what all this art stuff is really about? This introductory-level class on Udemy is a great place to begin, and at $29.99, it's far from a huge financial commitment.

Tutor Robin Slee, a self-taught freelance digital artist and illustrator, is keen to get you started on the right track, and covers fundamentals like how to hold a pencil correctly and how to make marks. That might sound basic, but these are not actually intuitive things (as we mentioned in the previous entry, even experienced artists get them wrong), so it's pretty useful to nail them at this early stage. And Slee's instruction is clear, simple, jargon-free and easy to follow.

The course consists of over three hours of video content, segmented into 25 modules, accompanied by practical exercises for you to download. There's also a dedicated Q&A section where you can post your questions, ask for feedback, or share your results from the course.

03. Joseph Patric Daniels

Udemy is packed full of brilliant classes from art professionals, and Joseph Patric Daniels has some of the best courses on the site. How to Draw from Beginner to Master, How to Paint from Beginner to Master – Acrylic Painting, How to Paint from Beginner to Master and Oil Painting from Beginner to Master are all brilliant places to start.

Featuring comprehensive step-by-step instruction, the courses range from two to 21 hours and are suitable for all levels. The course fees range from $84.99 to $119.99 but are currently on sale for as little as $16.99. Bargain.

04. SmART School

Founded by Rebecca Guay, SmART School offers live classes in figure drawing for small groups. These interactive online lessons are given by industry pro artists such as Donato Giancola and Scott Fischer, as well as editors, directors, agents and gallery owners, who use GoToMeeting to provide assignment critiques, mentorships, hands-on drawovers in Photoshop, and Q&As with every student.

SmART School's prices range rom $495 to $2765.

05. Ctrl+Paint

Many free online courses are of dubious quality. Not so these pre-recorded digital painting videos from founder Matt Kohr, which are organised like a school curriculum. Ctrl+Paint also offers premium video lessons from $10 that take you through basic foundation art skills.

06. Tucson Art Academy Online

Tucson Art Academy Online offers pre-recorded video lessons on pastel, oils, acrylic and watercolour from the likes of established traditional artists Laura Robb, Ken Auster and Sandy Scott, which you can access for 365 days. 

With Self-Study (which costs $395), that’s all you get; if you choose the Online Mentoring option (for $595), you can ask the tutor questions.

07. New Masters Academy

The New Masters Academy offers online courses for fine artists. Tutors include Steve Huston, Charles Hu and Kamille Corry. 

The Standard $36 per month subscription gives you over 5,500 hours of pre-recorded video lectures; the Premium $59 per month level allows you access to an online 3D reference library, live class DVRs and 50,000+ reference images. Then there's the upper tier, which adds in interactive live classes and two group coaching sessions per week for $149. These prices are billed annually, pay monthly at $49/$79/$149.

08. Ink Drawing Techniques by Yuko Shimizue

Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and a veteran instructor at the School of Visual Arts. In this online class, hosted on the Skillshare platform, she offers a detailed guide to essential inking and drawing techniques. 

Subjects covered include the differences between types of papers and inks; basic brush, nib, and ink techniques; Asian vs. watercolour brushes; and sketching and scanning essentials. In short, there’s a huge amount of ground covered in this 90 minute class, made up of 15 separate lessons, and everyone from the novice to the experienced inker will benefit.

You can’t actually buy the course separately; you’ll need a Skillshare subscription to unlock it. That will cost $32 a month (or $13.99 billed annually).

09. Draw and Paint Online: Beginner's Art by Peter Stanyer 

Internationally renowned artist, author and tutor Peter Stanyer has taught art for over 20 years at many different levels in further and higher education. Aimed both at complete beginners and more experienced artists who enjoy recreational drawing, his online art classes will teach you the techniques you need to draw with confidence.

All the fundamentals are covered here, including mark making, tone, colour, shape, composition, perspective and more. Requiring around 30 hours of study, this class involves a number of assignments made up of carefully structured, practical, drawing or painting projects. With personal tuition and feedback from Stanyer thrown in as well, this course offers excellent value at just £148 for parts A and B – or $75 for the individual parts.

10. How to Paint: Absolute Beginners Acrylics Course with Will Kemp

Are you someone who “dreams of becoming an artist but keeps putting it off until you have more time?” If that’s you, then this relatively short and snappy art class could be the kick up the backside you need. 

Over three-and-a-half hours, Will Kemp – an award-winning artist who’s studied in Italy, run his own art gallery and taught in museums and schools – explains the foundations of working with acrylics and why they're the simplest and most effective way for a beginner to learn to paint.

You learn about setup and materials, colour mixing, pigment choice, brush-handling and palette-knife techniques, as well as gels and mediums. Once that's out of the way, you're then encouraged to complete three paintings (a still-life, a landscape, and a seascape) using three different colour palettes. 

This class is split over seven video lessons, which can be either streamed or downloaded. Kemp suggest you take time off for a “painting week”', in which you take a different lesson every day; alternatively, you might prefer to study one every weekend. He also includes downloadable reference material and although you won't get feedback on your work, at just £53, it's still a bit of bargain.

11. Mastering colour with Richard Robinson  

Fine artist and teacher Richard Robinson asked his students to name the biggest stumbling block when it came to painting, and an astonishing 72 per cent said it was getting their colours right. So in this two-part art course, which can be both streamed and downloaded, he explains everything you need to know, from how the brain sees and analyse colours, to the key to colour relationships. It may have a narrow focus, but it's still a strong entry in our list of the best online art classes.

The Mastering Color course is split into two parts, Mastering Colour one and Mastering Color two. Currently you can buy them both for $100 (at time of writing), or the second part for $55. If you're still not convinced, you can ‘try before you buy’ by viewing the first chapter free on the website. 

12. Activate the canvas with Nancy Hillis

Fed up of making representational art, and want to walk on the wild side? This five-module, self-paced art class will guide you through your first steps in abstract painting. You'll discover how to experiment, loosen up as artist and unleash a brand new perspective on your art. 

In each module, Nancy Hillis, abstract artist and psychiatrist, walks you through a systematic process for reflecting on your inner landscape and mindset. Included are a written lesson and between three and seven video demonstrations that walk you through ways of 'activating the canvas'. 

The course costs $247 and there is a payment plan option. The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced artists; because it's not really about technique but unlocking your creativity. In return, “You'll learn exciting ways to create bold, raw, immediate and alive paintings by activating the canvas intuitively," says Hillis. This is a well deserved entry in the list of the best online art classes. 

13. Figure Drawing Fundamentals with Stan Proko 

Historically, art schools have always taught a systematic process for drawing people that can be applied to figures of any body type, set in any position. Running across 15 and a half hours of downloadable video, this class delivers exactly that. 

One of our favourite best online art classes, it's taught by Stan Prokopenko, an accomplished fine art painter who works for the Watts Atelier school in California and shares his knowledge with millions online through both free YouTube videos and more weighty, paid-for courses like this one. 

Aimed at both beginners and experienced artists looking for a refresher, this figure drawing class will teach you how to draw human figures by breaking down shapes into simple forms. You’ll learn about structure, gesture, balance, exaggeration, proportions, shading and more. And for just $109, you can't say fairer than that. 

14. Painting portraits with Mark Carder

Mark Carder is a highly regarded artist who has painted commissioned portraits of two US Presidents and a US Secretary of State, among others. His best online art class demonstrates and explains the process of painting portraits using a photo as your source material. 

Carder’s style is direct and to the point, with zero waffle and targeted advice throughout, covering how to photograph your subject, draw the face, blend fleshtones, work with a limited colour palette, match colours, and maintain a likeness throughout the process. 

Some of the specific techniques Carder outlines are a little unusual, and the class doesn't cover how to draw a portrait from life. But if that doesn't put you off, these eight hours of downloadable videos, aimed at intermediate and advanced artists, are top quality, well structured, and offer fascinating insights from an artist at the top of his profession; all of which isn't bad for $100.

15. Charcoal Drawing with Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise spent 21 years of his life as an animator on such films as Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Brother Bear, which he co-directed. He’s now left the movie business, but Disney’s loss is the art world’s gain, as he’s turned his hand to teaching digital painting. And it turns out he’s very good at it.

In this art class, Blaise creates a charcoal drawing of a lioness, in real time, across five hours and 30 minutes. He draws from a photograph, and you can download a high resolution version of this image, print it out, and follow along at home.

Blaise’s commentary is insightful, informative and really helps you follow what he’s doing. He always strikes the right tone: always helpful, never patronising, making this a strong entry in the list of the best online art classes. 

You'll need some basic drawing skills to follow this class, so it’s not suitable for total beginners. But overall, this is a high-quality class for anyone wanting to get to grips with charcoal, wildlife drawing, or both. At time of writing there is a huge sale on this course, reduced from $45/£40 to just $5. 

16. Computer Graphics Master Academy

Another tried and true brand in this list of the best online art classes, Computer Graphics Master Academy is focused on getting its students work in the animation, games and VFX industries, and to this end offers over 100 courses, from drawing basics to environment design. There are oodles of new courses for this year including Animation Foundation 101, Intro to Blender for Concept Art and many more.

These are taught by over 90 pros, including Mélanie Delon, Patrick J Jones, Armand Serrano and Aaron Limonick, who provide live feedback and one-to-one mentoring in a virtual classroom.

With over 900 students worldwide, CGMA provides a vibrant network for discussion and career development through its virtual classroom community.

Classes cost from $499 to $998 per course.

17. Visual Arts Passage

Visual Arts Passage has gone up our list of the best online art classes as it is a mentorship programme for students pursuing a career in the art industry that boasts live, interactive classes. Online classes are taught by award-winning mentors such as Viviane Kosty, Dale Stephanos, Katherine Lam, Lake Hurwitz and more. They also feature some of the biggest names in the industry as guest speakers such as Karla Ortiz, Afua Richardson, Thomas Blackshear, Raymond Bonilla, and more. 

It offers a foundations course, and lessons in entertainment and game art, and illustration and aapplicants qualify for a one-on-one portfolio review.

Visual Arts Passage’s co-founder John English explains: "Students receive in-depth, one-on-one guidance from experienced artists in small classes. All lessons are delivered live and are fully interactive. Every student has a front row seat.

"Visual Arts Passage places art students on a track of challenging courses taught by working artists. This bridges the gap between the art student and the professional. We guide students from building foundational skills, all the way to crafting an industry-ready portfolio. It’s a map to the industry, paired with training by world-class professionals."

Classes cost between $499-$999.

18. CG Spectrum

CG Spectrum offers courses in animation, 3D modelling, concept art, visual effects, compositing and game design – it's one of the best online art classes that help students get the training they need for industry life. 

Live lessons take place as either small group classes or one-on-one mentoring, and the pro mentors – who include Craig Elliott and Jake Collinge – stay connected with students throughout each week of their course.

Classes cost from $2,895 for a group class to $3,795 or more for a one-to-one class.

19. The Oatley Academy

Founded by former Disney artist Chris Oatley (opens in new tab) , The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling is one of our best online art classes because it specialises in real-time mentorships with a host of industry professionals that include Paul Scott Canavan, Brett Bean, Shaun Bryant and Jenn Ely. 

Many graduates have gone on to become animation artists or illustrators, working for the likes of Disney, Marvel Animation and Cartoon Network. 

Prices vary according to the guest mentor. Self-guided courses covering topics such as visual storytelling are also available – these cost $19/month or $209/year.

Gnomon is known as the MIT of visual effects, and its online courses provide the same academic rigour as its campus-based ones – making it a strong entry in our list of the best online art classes. Live classes by industry pros such as Ron Lemen and Dave Pasciuto take place once a week for 10 weeks and are available four terms per year. 

Note that online courses are only open to artists living in California or outside the US, and cost from $993 to $1,323.

21. Learn Squared

Covering topics like matte painting and creature design, Learn Squared offers something a little different: pre-recorded videos in which one top industry artist – Aaron Limonick or Maciej Kuciara, say – instructs another in a discipline they’re unfamiliar with.

Depending on the payment level (between $99 and $500 per course), you also get access to videos, project files and mentorship from tutors.

California-based artist Stan Prokopenko offers both free video lessons on YouTube and paid-for courses in anatomy, figure drawing, portrait drawing and caricature via his website. 

The latter consist of pre-recorded video lessons, assignment demos and examples, eBooks, critique videos and 3D models. He also offers personal critiques to premium members via email. Courses cost from $59 to $225 per course.

23. Watts Atelier of the Arts

Since 2013, the Watts Atelier college has made its art courses available online, at a basic level for $99 a month. This involves pre-recorded video lessons and PDF workbooks. 

For $299 per month you’ll also get a weekly critique by a Watts trained pro artist, and for $499 per month, two 30-minute live video-coaching sessions and a weekly critique by one of the Watts Atelier instructors, which include Erik M Gist and Lucas Graciano. This may be listed lower down on the list, but it's still definitely one of the best online art classes out there! 

The best online art classes: How to choose the right art class

When choosing the right art class for you, take into account your current skill level – beginner, intermediate or advanced – as not all classes will be relevant to your level. Also, check who's teaching the course, and what their credentials are. That said, just because they're university-level tutors may not mean their classes are amazing, or vice versa if they're not; so it's always worth checking out the reviews and testimonials on their site. (If they don't have a section for these, that should set off alarm bells).

And of course, different art classes require different media. So check what materials you'll need, as this could significantly affect the overall cost of taking the course. It's also worth seeing whether videos are downloadable, whether coursework is provided, and whether there's an option to get feedback on your work from the tutors (That's unlikely to be the case with the cheaper classes, but for more expensive ones it's probably something you should expect).

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2023 Districts with the Best Teachers in Lexington County

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Lexington County School District One

Lexington, SC •

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Senior: I love the schools that I have attended! I have lived in Lexington my whole life and I have attended Elementary, Middle, and High school in Lexington, South Carolina. My experience has been phenomenal so far. Lexington has become a really popular place and has become fairly crowded over the years but the schools are top-notch. I am thankful for the opportunities that all of these schools have given me so far. I would change somethings though such as cancelling school for a few snow flurries or "heavy" rain or a tornado. In South Carolina we hardly ever get snow and tornados. They should rethink the days that are cancelled because of "harsh" weather conditions. Another thing I would change is school food. The portion sizes are awful especially for high schoolers. As a kid who eats a lot of food we are not getting enough food that we need for our bodies. I feel bad for athletes specifically boys who need a lot of calories they need to be eating more food than they are getting. ... Read 196 reviews

Student-teacher ratio 14:1

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196 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says I love the schools that I have attended! I have lived in Lexington my whole life and I have attended Elementary, Middle, and High school in Lexington, South Carolina. My experience has been... .

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Lexington County School District No. 3

Batesburg-leesville, SC •

Senior: The administration and leadership at all of the Batesburg- Leesville Schools go out of their way to make sure that no students are ever left behind. You can tell that every teacher and administrator somewhat enjoys their positions and their day-to-day jobs. The only complaint that I have about this district is that a lot of the time, they let things go unnoticed, such as bullying and vaping on campus, which drastically impacts the education and lives of other students on campus. ... Read 6 reviews

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6 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says The administration and leadership at all of the Batesburg- Leesville Schools go out of their way to make sure that no students are ever left behind. You can tell that every teacher and administrator... .

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Overall Niche Grade : B minus ,

Student-Teacher Ratio : 12 to 1 ,

Lexington County School District No. 2

West Columbia, SC •

Senior: Throughout all my years growing up and learning in Lexington County School District 2, it has been a good experience. From the very beginning, I always had good teachers that cared about me and wanted for me to succeed. Just about all my teachers pushed me to where I am today, and without them I would be where I am today. It is a very good feeling to say that your district puts in a lot of hard work to see the children of the future have a brighter day tomorrow. I know for a fact when I graduate, I can say that I have been prepared for a future that will bring me huge success. ... Read 24 reviews

Student-teacher ratio 13:1


24 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says Throughout all my years growing up and learning in Lexington County School District 2, it has been a good experience. From the very beginning, I always had good teachers that cared about me and... .

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Overall Niche Grade : C+ ,

Student-Teacher Ratio : 13 to 1 ,

Scholarship Prep Orange County

Santa Ana, CA •

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Students 504

Student-teacher ratio 19:1

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Lexington County School District No. 4

Swansea, SC •

Senior: Lexington School District 4 has small classes and teachers who are willing to adjust the materials to the needs of individual students. The focus on being college and career ready throughout all the grade levels helps prepare graduates to enter college or the work force with confidence and ease. Lex4 is a district preparing students for success! ... Read 15 reviews


15 Niche users give it an average review of 2.9 stars.

Featured Review: Senior says Lexington School District 4 has small classes and teachers who are willing to adjust the materials to the needs of individual students. The focus on being college and career ready throughout all... .

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Overall Niche Grade : D+ ,

Presidio Hill School

San Francisco, CA •

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Parent: As a parent from K-8 I really value all that this school offered. I appreciated the progressive education, the amazing teachers and admin, and a focus on the whole child. My child thrived with the curriculum and stand out teachers really opened new ways of learning. There were some challenging times over the years, but thats to be expected in any school, and most important to us is how teachers and admin supported and responded to those challenges. Science in the Presidio was a unique and lasting learning experience.The Music/Arts program built confidence in our child, and by 8th grade, thier opportunities to perform, present, and enage with other children and adults in both conversations as well as during large performances was outstanding. The high school placement process was outstanding, not only because of the support of the couselers, but because they knew my child so well that they helped us identify good fits, and secure a spot in our first choice high school. ... Read 11 reviews

Students 223

Student-teacher ratio 6:1

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11 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

Featured Review: Parent says As a parent from K-8 I really value all that this school offered. I appreciated the progressive education, the amazing teachers and admin, and a focus on the whole child. My child thrived with the... Science in the Presidio was a unique and lasting learning experience.The Music/Arts program built confidence in our child, and by 8th grade, thier opportunities to perform, present, and enage with... The high school placement process was outstanding, not only because of the support of the couselers, but because they knew my child so well that they helped us identify good fits, and secure a spot... .

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The Crowden School

Berkeley, CA •

Parent: Crowden offers an experience like no other! My son attended several different grade schools but struggled with boredom, especially in math. He didn't understand the point of school if he wasn't learning anything so we started looking into private schools. He was immediately drawn to Crowden. He loved the challenge of learning a new instrument, we loved the fact that he was involved in group ensembles with other kids. In addition, the smaller class sizes meant that the teachers were more flexible and willing to tailor a math curriculum that was appropriate for him. Whether or not he pursues music seriously in the future, this has been a wonderful experience with unique opportunities that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. (But I do hope he continues with the cello because it's such a beautiful instrument...) ... Read 6 reviews

Students 41

Student-teacher ratio 3:1

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6 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

Featured Review: Parent says Crowden offers an experience like no other! My son attended several different grade schools but struggled with boredom, especially in math. He didn't understand the point of school if he wasn't... He was immediately drawn to Crowden. He loved the challenge of learning a new instrument, we loved the fact that he was involved in group ensembles with other kids. In addition, the smaller class... Whether or not he pursues music seriously in the future, this has been a wonderful experience with unique opportunities that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. (But I do hope he... .

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York County School Districts

The four School Districts are the eventual recipients of the children and families that we serve. Consequently, they assist in our programs and help expand our reach to more children as well as assist in making transitions to school as smooth as possible.

Family Resource Centers

There are four Family Resource Centers that offer a variety of services for parents of preschool children. They are a critical partner for York County First Steps as we collaborate on many programs including Parents as Teachers, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Teenage Parent Scholarships. You can link to the nearest Family Resource Center by choosing York, Clover, Rock Hill or Fort Mill.

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Child Care Providers

Statewide studies indicate that close to 60% of all preschool children will spend some time in a child care setting before they enter school. This figure has continued to rise for some years as more and more families find the need for both parents to be employed. Of the remaining children, the majority of the families have struggled to find suitable child care at an affordable price; consequently, the young children are in the care of family members, parents unable to work since they have no access to child care, and perhaps even neighbors providing minimal care. In some of these situations, the care is challenged or receiving the needed educational stimulation needed to be prepared for success in school. Our efforts focus on helping child care providers offer the highest quality program possible, especially those providers that serve at risk families and to educate parents as to the critical value of having their children in high quality child care programs.

In York County, there are a variety of child care providers that serve our children. They can range from a family home center of 3-5 children to a much larger facility serving hundreds of children each day. Parents have the opportunity to decide which type of child care facility fits most closely with their family needs and child rearing philosophy.

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One of the key ingredients to our continued success is our ability to collaborate with our partners. In most cases, the family is in need of multiple services to provide for the overall wellbeing of their young child. The need for a more comprehensive approach can include meeting the health care needs of the child, helping parents develop the needed parental skills to help guide their child, family assistance with utility, shelter and food, as well as educational interventions to prepare the child for school. York County First Steps does not provide all these services, but we can help connect the at risk child’s family to the right service provider to address their needs.

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York County First Steps seeks to help each center that we work with, either in an intensive program such as our providing specific technical assistance over a 3 year period, or providing situational support such as providing a needed training workshop for their staff. Throughout the year, we seek to maintain contact with each of the 120+ child care providers located in York County to offer our assistance and support with the objective to assist each provider in elevating the quality of their program and the care of their children to prepare each child for success as they enter school.

If you are seeking to find a suitable child care provider to meet your family’s need, you can search the DSS/ABC website for your area at .

If you have general questions regarding what type of questions to ask when you visit a center, please review this “Finding a Child Care Provider for my child”.

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The Early Learning Partnership is a York County nonprofit service provider that is the main sponsor of the Free Medical Clinic Services provided at the Family Resource Centers. They also have several literacy initiatives such as Reach Out and Read, Born to Read and the sponsor for Dolly Parton Imagination Library in York County. You can learn more about ELP at .

Here is a listing of our key partners and links to their websites. It is through their support in partnership with York County First Steps that we can help as many children as we can through our services and interventions.

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United Way of York County

The United Way of York County has been a long time funding source for York County First Steps. The United Way of York County helps provide the needed focus for collaborations to make York County better place to life for all residents.

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BabyNet is a part of the Statewide First Steps family of services to preschool children. BabyNet is South Carolina’s system of services for infants and toddlers birth to three years of age who have developmental delays or have conditions associated with developmental delays. BabyNet will provide parents and caregivers with the supports and information they need to be the best possible teachers and caregivers for their children.

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Family Connection

Family Connection is the information and support connection for families of children with special health care needs and/or disabilities. They provide newsletters, workshops, Medicaid information and parent to parent support.

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