Looking for online art classes? Here is a directory of art instructors with links to their websites and a short introduction to their work. Most of these artists are regular contributors to the Art Bundle for Good, a huge collection of digital art classes offered at more than a 97% discount off the retail price with 25% of the profits donated to charity. The next Art Bundle for Good will be in November 2019.
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Artist: Tamara Laporte
Tamara Laporte (‘willowing’) is a creative catalyst of thousands of beautiful people. She is a celebrated mixed media artist and art teacher who has been running her own creative business since 2008. Her work can be described as ‘mixed media folk art’ with a focus on ‘magical realism’. It ranges from whimsical children’s illustrations to a more stylized fantasy art. Love, mystery, innocence, hope, spirituality, kindness and self-connection inspires her artwork. Symbolism and layering play a big part in her work. Her paintings often contain healing themes, uplifting messages, and inspirational poetry.
She believes that the act of creating art can be a gateway into healing and personal growth – often, her art classes contain an element of self-development as well as learning art techniques. She is deeply devoted to helping people get in touch with their creative fire and would love to help YOU too to get in touch with the artist in you!
Artist: Tracy Verdugo
Tracy is an inspiration instigator, prolific painter, singer/songwriter and lover of the written word, smitten traveller and soaker up of all that is beauty-full. She teaches her Paint Mojo and other creative workshops all over this amazing planet and reminds her students of the wonder that already resides within them.
Her works are vibrant and filled with joy, inspired both by family travels in Mexico and the beauty of everyday life. Since 2000 Tracy has held 16 successful solo exhibitions and her works are held in collections both in Australia and overseas.
Mostly though she is mama bear to two gorgeous, zest-filled daughters, Santana and Sienna, and co-adventurer in life with her amor of 30 years, the talented and brilliant Marco.
Artist: Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. Since then she has spent all her waking hours exploring life as a painter working in mixed media, primarily acrylic, encaustic and collage. She initially put in lots of hours as a road gypsy, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and selling as many as 300 paintings in one very blurry year. She transitioned into being a workshop instructor in 2008 and finds pleasure helping students find their own voice as a painter. Her personal creative process is a dance between spontaneity and intent; she finds great joy in the physical act of painting and looks at her best work as a gift from a higher power. She welcomes mistakes because they so often provide a delightful detour into new territory. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, is a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine, and a Golden Artist Educator. She is the founder of StencilGirl® Products, LLC.
Artist: Flora Bowley
Blending over twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong seeker, Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world — empowering thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush, often for the first time.
Flora lives in Portland, OR. Her own vibrant collection of paintings can be found in galleries, shops, and printed on unique products around the world. Find out more at www.florabowley.com.
Artist: Dina Wakley
Dina is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. She has been scrapbooking since 1995, stamping since 1996, and art journaling since 2004. She believes in writing yourself down, expressing yourself, and making your mark on the world. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Dina’s two books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now.
Dina lives in Arizona with her husband and 3 boys (affectionately termed “the fellas”). With a love of teaching and traveling, Dina travels the world to teach and share her art passion with students on every continent.
Artist: Mitch Bowler
Mitchell Bowler is an author, mentor and coach for up-and-coming artists. After a successful career in film and video games he created a private online community PencilKings.com, where artists from all over the world can develop their skills in a safe, positive environment. He hosts a regular podcast where he interviews and breaks down the processes of experienced artists for the benefit of younger students.
He is passionate about empowering people to live more creative lives by making quality art education accessible to all. His first book titled “Digital Artist Career Blueprint” outlines the process of finding your focus as an artist and turning that into a viable career. These days he is focused on helping everyday people develop realistic art skills via the breakthrough training being offered at EvolveArtist.com.
Artist: Shelley Klammer
Shelley is a counsellor who provides online depth therapy for creative people. She is an educator with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association offering online e-courses that encourage the self-expression of original thought, authentic emotions and intuitive insight. Shelley also supports expressive arts facilitators to start art programs in their own communities.
Artist: Jane Snedden Peever
Jane is an Illustrator, Author and Educator living in Ontario Canada. She is known for her intricate and fun mandala designs which she creates using pen and ink and digitally on the iPad. Her drawing style includes engaging and simple patterns of geometric and organic shapes which she playfully combines with symmetry. Jane enjoys using her mandala drawing practice as a way to reconnect, slow down and as a form of mindfulness. She finds inspiration throughout nature, old architecture and in her interest of sacred geometry. She enjoys sharing her process in a simple and approachable way so that everyone can experience both the relaxing and energizing effects of drawing mandalas. You can find Jane exploring creative drawing ideas weekly on her blog, and you can learn more of her simple techniques through her courses and workbooks available through her website.
Artist: Iris Fritschi-Cussens
My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of Bloomsbury with my beautiful family (husband, 2 kids & 1 cat). I’m a mixed media artist, art journaler and creative coach. My passion is art for self-expression and self-discovery. There is a real sweet spot where art and self-development overlap. I love inspiring people to look further and go deeper through their own art.
Artist: Effy Wild
My name is Effy, and I’m a journal artist and online teacher. My passion is using art as a portal to a deeper relationship with ourselves, the world around us, and the divine as we understand it.
I believe that you can’t deeply love what you don’t deeply know, so we dive deep in my programs so that we might learn to deeply love ourselves. While I feature a lot of technique-driven lessons in my classes, the main focus is on meeting ourselves on the page and being with what is true for us in any given moment.
Jennibellie is an insatiable mixed media artist, avid journaler, fevered journal maker, addicted DIY supply creator and a crazy campaigner of eco-friendly creativity (meaning she says ‘use whatever you have – go recycle something’ constantly, really you’re probably sick of it). She is committed to the opinion that everyone is creative, even when they still have yet to unleash their artistic power, and joyously practices this by creating art daily while inspiring others to do the same. She is the creator of Journal Workshops, an online art community of beautiful beings who creatively play, share and inspire one another.
Artist: Andy Walker
My first memory of drawing was sitting at an aunt’s bureau in Suffolk when I was about five, and being taught how to hold a brush the right way around! Throughout my life I continued to paint and eventually developed a business hand-painting ceramic tile panels for clients who wanted something special.
During this time I also taught painting in a large adult education class, and as the Internet Revolution took hold, I began to write various painting courses and publish them online through my website artclasspro.com, continuing to add more courses when my wife Donna and I moved to Spain in 2008. Over the years I have taught thousands of people worldwide to paint and draw from the comfort of their own homes. I believe that anyone can learn to paint if they are shown the right techniques.
Artist: Colin Bradley
Although I always loved to draw from an early age it was not until I was in my late thirties that I started to paint seriously. My preferred medium was watercolour having tried oil acrylics and soft pastel I felt that watercolour suited my style of painting best.
I started selling my landscapes through a local art gallery resulting in an exhibition that again was successful and confidence building. I was persuaded to open my own art gallery where I not only sold my own paintings but those of other local artists. I discovered pastel pencils a few years later having tried, unsuccessfully to paint a friends dog. The pastel pencils proved to be very suitable for pet portrait work and I soon developed a demand from my clients to paint their pets.
I caught the eye of a pastel pencil distributor who asked me to demonstrate my skills for them in a major art exhibition in London. This lead to many years of demonstrating around the UK and for art groups. Eventually I was asked if I could teach a small group of artists my techniques, this was well received and I went on to running my own private art classes and workshops for over 18 years.
I started teaching online through YouTube in 2007 and very quickly developed a following for my techniques. In 2011 with the help of my son Steve we started our online teaching school which has proved to be very popular and an online store for students to purchase the materials I use. On YouTube we now have well over 25,000 subscribers and nearly 4 million views.
Artist: Annie Hamman
I am an artist and a teacher from South Africa, but I am originally Russian. My most favorite subject in art is a face. I tend to fluctuate in styles and media, as I am constantly curious about new possibilities in art. I can describe my style as symbolic soulful story art. Occasionally I gravitate towards surreal, then to realistic, then to expressive. My favorite color palette is muted or monochrome, but I do venture into full color blast areas of art and find it exciting as well.
Artist: Ashley Picanco
Ashley is a self-taught artist with a passion for bright colours, mixing abstract expressions with detailed linework, and anything nature-related. She shares free art tutorials on her blog in the hope of empowering anyone looking to expand their own artistic abilities.
Artist: Katrina Koltes
I come from a childhood of often travelling, discovering, and seeing new places. Originally of German nationality, but born in South East Asia, we were full-time volunteers, doing natural disaster relief work in South East Asia.
I think that’s one thing that greatly influenced my art later on. I love to cheer people up with my art and create beautiful worlds of magic and mystery, stories of hope and beauty.
I now live in Italy with my Italian husband and 2 little boys. About a year ago, I finally left my day job to become a full-time artist. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!
I do some form of art every day, juggling my time with motherhood and looking after my home, and teaching online art workshops. I especially love to use watercolors, pastels and acrylics and share my techniques and inspiration with others.
Artist: Andrea Gomoll
Andrea Gomoll is a mixed media artist from Berlin, Germany, where she lives with her husband Thomas and 3 crazy cats. She studied Media Design in Berlin and then spend her days working in an advertising agency for many years before she took the leapturned her Passion for art and creativity into a business – and is working fulltime as an artist, art instructor, designer and wedding photographer ever since. “It was one of the best decisions I ever made following my dream!”
“I love artjournaling, mixed media art and painting in a whimsical style. Being creative with paints, inks, pens, markers etc. is essential for me – it helps through the rough days and makes the good days even better. Art can help you in so many ways – it has a positive impact on your life – and I love to inspire and enable others to play, have fun creating and to discover the artist within, just waiting to be nurtured.”
Artist: Nadine J. Larder
Nadine J. Larder is a #1 best-selling author, intuitive artist, art teacher, coach, award-winning entrepreneur, small business owner, creator and speaker.
As an artist, Nadine allows the canvas, her bright color palette, paint, brushes, and most importantly, her intuition, to lead the journey of creating each unique piece. As an art teacher, Nadine’s focus is helping people unlock their creativity through intuitive art. With creativity being imperative to most of what we do in life, Nadine guides her students to find, learn and meet parts of themselves they’d not known before. Her students find her intuitive art courses to be life-changing.
As the founder of International Paint Party, Nadine inspires and motivates people who have never even held a paintbrush before, as well as people who have been creating art for years but have never experienced the intuitive art process.
Artist: Matt Fussell
Matt is an artist and teacher that owns and operates TheVirtualInstructor.com, an online platform for learning how to draw and paint. The platform is used by countless artists, teachers, and students worldwide. Over 19,000 students and teachers have participated in the membership program and his courses have been viewed by over 45,000 students. Matt lives in North Carolina with his wife, four kids, and two dogs.
Artist: Micki Wilde
Website: thesecrethermit on Etsy
My painting process is a fusion of pre-planned and intuitive work with the main aim being to create a thought provoking visual tale. My work is approached in a light-hearted manner with the hope to charm and endear it’s characters to the onlooker and draw them in to my wondrous and whimsical world.
I work with a range of different mediums but typically I use; Paint, watercolour crayons, inks and pencils to create layers and help these stories unfold on to the canvas.
Artist: Jenny Grant
Jenny is a Mixed Media Artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. She creates her work in an interesting and fun process where she builds up her paintings in many layers which give them depth and texture. Her art is very peaceful even though it is rich, full of energy and colour. Jenny runs in-person workshops around the world, as well as, online.
Artist: Cindy Wider
Cindy Wider is a professional award-winning artist, author and art instructor with over 20 years of experience sharing her passion for art with her students.
As one of the internet’s most experienced instructors teaching on-line since 2008 she also trains others to teach her course. She is the course author and co-founder of DrawPj.com along with her husband and fellow artist Stuart Wider.
Cindy’s unique method of teaching complete beginners how to draw is known as the ‘Cindy Wider Method’. This course which is based upon Cindy’s method is the The Complete Drawing Certificate Course.
Cindy presents her course worldwide through both internet and live art classrooms supported by her team of international instructors.
Artist: Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson (b.1975) has been painting his whole life and back in 2001 he threw in his graphic design career for the humble life of a full time artist. He loves painting, and as it turns out, he loves teaching too. Nowadays he balances his life between parenting, painting, surfing, travelling and teaching. His work is regularly featured in international art magazines, in galleries in New Zealand and America, on TV and in his Mum’s house. He gives outdoor painting workshops in interesting spots around this beautiful planet of ours and loves encouraging people to paint. Two of his favourite artists are John Singer Sargent and Joaquín Sorolla.
Artist: Ira Kadir
Ira is an art & design enthusiast, left-handed crafter, and small business owner. She is super passionate about creating art and teaching others how to make art. Her passion enables her to earn passive income from home. When she’s not creating art, you can find her binge-watching Netflix 99% of the time.
Artist: Nancy Reyner
Painter, author and instructor, Nancy Reyner has been painting for over 30 years, using a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and gold leaf. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Nancy received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA from Columbia University, and now lives in Santa Fe, NM. She is the author of several books on painting, including the best-seller “Acrylic Revolution”, has appeared on television for HGTV’s “That’s Clever”, and worked as technical consultant for Golden Paints.
Artist: Sheldene Visagie
Sheldene is an Australian colored pencil artist who captures the tiny details of the art of realism. Drawing animals, people, places and objects Teaching and providing weekly tutorials and resources. Her custom commissions and private works are in private collections world-wide Sheldene now endeavours to teach others her creative processes.
Artist: Stéphanie Kilgast
Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature and its current biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals encounter a vibrant swirl of colors under her brush or sculpting tools.
Since 2017, in her series “Discarded Objects”, she grows colorful organic sculptures on human-made objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature. Her work has a cheerful post- apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow back, if we only let it.
She built her reputation and her sculpting skills around hyperrealistic miniature food sculptures. Her miniature work and more recent sculptures have been exhibited in America, Asia and Europe. Stéphanie is French, but was born in 1985 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She currently resides in Vannes, France.
Artist: Cat Whipple
I am an artist, photographer and graphic designer. I have used Photoshop for over 20 years in my personal artwork and professional career as a graphic designer and photographer.
Being a Photoshop expert has helped me land a job at a big daily newspaper (The St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota); helped me become a graphic designer; given me the skills to work as a freelance photo re-toucher; and given me the confidence to sell my artwork online (you can see my work on FineArtAmerica).
I have taught numerous real-life classes in Photoshop, photography, and art journaling and mixed media collage. I now teach Photoshop courses online at Udemy and soon I will also be offering art journaling and mixed media courses on Udemy as well.
Artist: Michelle Tabares
My name is Michelle Tabares, and I’m a cartoonist, illustrator, and traveler residing in sunny Florida. I’ve graduated from the Ringling College of Art + Design in 2013 with a degree in Graphic + Interactive Communications.
I’ve also attended The Sequential Artist’s Workshop and hold three design certificates from CalArts. I’m deeply passionate about storytelling, making art and self-improvement, which is what motivated me to create a series of classes to help like-minded creatives.
Artist: Chasity Hampton
Greetings! I am Chasity, but you can call me CJ! Creative Executive Owner of Whimsical Designs by CJ, LLC: A Children’s Book Illustration Company.
I have been illustrating for nearly six years, and have successfully illustrated and published 3 children’s books within the last 6 months! All of my art is guaranteed to whimsical, colorful, and fun!
In my off time, I teach on Skillshare teaching how to create and design cartoon characters.
Artist: Tiare Smith
Tiare Smith is a self-taught mixed media artist and instructor.
Born with art in her heart she lost her way from her art for 18 years. It came back to her life in a burst of emotion and anxiety. By practicing techniques of love, positive self talk, and action which have helped her to overcome other areas of struggle, she now enjoys her art in a free and inspiring way.
She inspires creatives to embrace their inner artist while also nurturing their hearts and memories.
She has not only been featured on HGTV but has had numerous works published in a variety of crafting magazines and blogs.
She aims to help women embrace the artist within through lessons infused with love, happiness, confidence and creativity, empowering them to experience and express their art more freely.
Artist: Amarilys Henderson
Amarilys Henderson enjoys bringing the dynamic vibrancy of watercolor strokes to everyday products–from paper to porcelain. Her experience in print design influences much of her work, which found its renaissance in new motherhood and refreshed faith. You’ll find her curled up in her warm studio in snowy Minnesota.
Artist: Vladimir London
Vladimir London – fine artist and art teacher
I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember and was very fortunate to have professional fine artists as my art teachers from a very young age. The art skills I have today came from intensively studying easel drawing and painting. This experience and knowledge did not come overnight. It was accumulated, learned, and practiced during many years of education and a creative career.
I work in various mediums such as oil, graphite pencil, and silverpoint, yet watercolor is the most interesting for me because it brings unpredictability. Mastering it gives a sense of achievement. My artworks have found their homes in private collections in many countries in North America, the UK, Europe and Asia.
Presently, I am teaching fine art students over the Internet as it helps to provide value to so many people around the world who would not be able to benefit from me otherwise. No more do limitations of my personal time or country borders constrain the way students can learn the skills and techniques of drawing, painting, and art marketing from me.
Artist: Lucy Chen
As a woman who has struggled to find her identity, her life purpose, who has to juggle many balls as a modern woman does, who has been through depression and self-loathing and come through to the other side, I know what it is like to feel lost, trapped, and disconnected. The mass media has not been set up to make us feel good about ourselves or the world. As Abraham Hicks says, the media has taken upon itself to point out the things that go wrong and amplify it out of proportion.
My art is created with the intention to connect with the beauty and well being in this world, and in ourselves. I believe we need this kind of art to put the contrast and duality in a more balanced perspective. So we can journey more consciously as human beings.
My art courses are designed to help you reconnect with the beauty and love of your soul, and to help you develop and improve your technical skills so you can express that beauty and love. As you may already know, the creative process is as empowering as it is healing.
I love that you are here because we both value art and creativity. We know that art truly makes the world a better place because it makes each and every individual who owns and makes art a better person.
Artist: Lindsey Slutz
Hi! My name is Lindsey Slutz and I’m a graphic and surface pattern designer, blogger and the founder of East Coast Charm. I’m known for my preppy style that comes organically from growing up near the coast of North Carolina. I also gather inspiration from my travels and hikes with my husband, Eric, and our dog, Willow. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, which lends to helping create beautiful color palettes.
Artist: Alena Hennessy
Alena is the author of Cultivating Your Creative Life, The Painting Workbook, Intuitive Painting Workshop, and beloved teacher of the art-making process, both online and at select retreats. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post, Somerset Life, Spirituality & Health, ReadyMade, Redbook, Stitch, Victoria, and Natural Health magazine, as well as being featured on Good Morning America and pilot shows for ABC Studios. Her paintings have been exhibited across major cities in the U.S., along with several museum shows. Alena is also a flower essence practitioner, along with being a Reiki master and energy healer. Through grace and intuitive guideposts, she calls the beautiful town of Asheville, NC her home. As a facilitator, her intention is that each participant leave a little more transformed, content, and open to wild possibility.
Artist: Carla Sonheim
Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students rediscover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of three instructional art books: Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. In 2013 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim. Steve and Carla offer online classes in drawing, painting and mixed-media with a variety of talented teachers. They also produce “365,” a daily video-based class designed to encourage creative thinking and action. They live in Seattle, WA.
Artist: Patricia Caldeira
She’s passionate to teach everyone about this amazing art world and even if you have never picked up a pencil in your life, she’ll help you accomplish your goals!
Artist: Malcolm Dewey
Living the life of a full-time artist is not simple, but Malcolm Dewey has been able to achieve this through many years of commitment to his art. Having started in graphic design Malcolm was attracted to fine art through his love of landscape and nature. Impressionism in its contemporary form is the driving force behind Malcolm’s painting ideas.
Malcolm has devoted much time to studying form and color to create his paintings. Together with a loose brushwork style Malcolm’s paintings are filled with light, color, and movement.
Through teaching his method to thousands of artists worldwide over the years Malcolm has strengthened his painting skills. His aim is to describe his painting with an economy of shape, but without compromising on paint and generous brushwork. He teaches this approach with equal generosity to his art students both online and in coaching workshops.
Take a free painting lesson from Malcolm.
Artist: Stan Prokopenko
I was born in Odessa, Ukraine and came to America at the age of six. At the age of 13, I pronounced myself as a lifelong student of art. Since then I have devoted my life to the arts. During high school, I got an internship at Sony Online Entertainment to animate for the upcoming video game, Everquest II. I wrote an article on animation for Imagine Magazine at Johns Hopkins University and created a five minute animated short film, “A Game of Pool”, which featured on all American Airlines flights in September through December of 2004.
In 2003, I began studying at the Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, California, where I got most of my arts training. After attending the Watts Atelier for many years, my focus shifted from animation to fine art painting. In 2007 I became a teacher at the Watts Atelier of the Arts and have taught drawing and painting classes on numerous topics such as portrait, figure, quick sketch, and plein air landscape.
Chris Kirkland – artweb.com
Since 2006 Chris has been a hobo entrepreneur having lived in Tokyo, Berlin, London and a few spots in South East Asia. In that time his achievements of note:
• Founder of ArtWeb.com webhosting platform and gallery for over 30,000 artists
• Co-founder of the media company Fast Train Limited, whose flagship site is TokyoCheapo.com, a popular Tokyo blog with over a million monthly page views
• Podcast co-host and writer on HoboCEO.com
• Occassional speaker and occassional headstands (published on hbm.jp)
• Advisor to the fintech start up KYC-chain
Creativity and Marketing
Alex Mathers – redlemonclub.com
Alex Mathers is an illustrator and writer from the UK, currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. He’s worked with clients like Dots Games, Saatchi & Saatchi, Google and the BBC.
He enjoys drawing and writing on topics that help people live more confidently and creatively.
Bonnie Glendinning – theartistsmentor.com
Bonnie Glendinning is the founder of The Artists’ Mentor, The Thriving Artist and Artmuse®, providing education, programs, platforms and brand mentorship for professional artists. As an artist, designer and entrepreneur herself, her mission is to empower artists to create their artistic legacy.
Cory Huff – theabundantartist.com
Cory Huff teaches artists how to make money from their art. He is the founder of The Abundant Artist and author of the book How to Sell Your Art Online (Harper Collins). Over 6,000 artists have taken courses through The Abundant Artist. Cory lives in Portland, Oregon.
John Paul Fischbach – auspiciousartsincubator.org
John Paul divides his time between personal creative projects and helping independent artists through the Auspicious Arts Incubator. He has a long history of producing and directing theatre, film, festivals and site-specific events. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Denmark, England, Bali, Canada, and Australia. His advice for artists has been featured in monthly columns for Creative Foyer and Arts Hub. John Paul has been coaching Artists for over 20 years, and his book, No More Starving Artists: How to Master Your Art, Your Life & Build Your Business, will be out in early 2018.
Andrea Schroeder – creativedreamincubator.com
I’m Andrea Schroeder, creator of The Creative Dream Incubator. I help bright + soulful creative types make their dreams real – with deep and transformative spiritual practices that feel more like a cross between a tea party and a creative playdate.
Crista Cloutier – theworkingartist.com
Actively involved in the contemporary art world throughout her career, Crista Cloutier is the founder of The Working Artist, an online business school for visual artists of all media. Honored as an “Influencer in the Contemporary Art World” by LinkedIn, Crista’s work has reached artists in over 50 different countries. Visit theworkingartist.com to learn more.
Hayden Aube – hkaube.com
Living in Toronto, Hayden helps artists improve their skills and create careers that they love. This spans technical courses, motivational videos, 1-on-1 mentoring and an online community of hundreds of creatives. Hayden is one of the top-performing teachers on Skillshare.com.
Eric Maisel – ericmaisel.com
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than fifty books, among them Overcoming Your Difficult Family, The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, Life Purpose Boot Camp, The Van Gogh Blues,Mastering Creative Anxiety, Why Smart People Hurt and Coaching the Artist Within.
A retired family therapist, active life coach and creativity coach, and mental health advocate in the areas of critical psychology and critical psychiatry, Dr. Maisel writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” blog for Psychology Today, the “Coaching the Artist Within” print column for Professional Artist Magazine, and serves as editor for parent resources at Mad in America.
Dr. Maisel lectures nationally and internationally, facilitates deep writing workshops in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, and Rome and at workshop centers like the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Yoga Center, and presents keynote addresses for organizations like the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry and the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Calligraphy and Lettering
Shelley Hitz – yourcreativeadventure.com
Shelley Hitz is the lettering and watercolor artist behind YourCreativeAdventure.com. She is also the author of over 40 books and in 2016, while writing her book, Broken Crayons Still Color, she was looking for an artist to create coloring pages for the book. However, she sensed God saying to her, “you do it.” This led her to design and illustrate seven hand-drawn coloring pages. In the process, she stumbled upon the art of brush lettering. She has been hooked ever since and now creates art on a daily basis in the art studio in her home.
She is the best-selling author of two art books, “Calligraphy for Beginners,” and the “Brush Strokes Workbook.” She lives Colorado Springs, Colorado and enjoys exploring the mountains where she gets much of the inspiration for her artwork.
Shelley has taught art classes to over 16,000 students and would love to help you explore your creative gift. You can learn more and sign up for her free classes at www.yourcreativeadventure.com free.
Nicolas Fredrickson – thelettersmith.co
When I started going to school for Graphic Design, I, like most students, didn’t know what I would be doing once I graduated. Early on, I developed a strong liking for typography and layout design. I would search through the hundreds of typefaces that were available on the school computers, and find the best solutions. This led to a problem though, because often times the typefaces weren’t quite right. I started to very poorly create my own letters, and liked that I had more freedom. This continued for months and the more I practiced, the more confident I became.
About 4 years ago, I decided to leave my small agency job and go out on my own. I now specialize in hand-drawn lettering and custom typeface design and have been given amazing opportunities along the way.
Laura Hooper Calligraphy – lhcalligraphy.com
Laura teaches the art of pointed-pen calligraphy at in-person workshops around the US & Canada with her sister, Alyssa. Their online shop also offers Laura’s recommended tools for learning the art of calligraphy, including her personally curated starter kit + video tutorial for at home learning. As of August 2017, over 5,200 kits have shipped worldwide and more than 4,000 students have attended Laura & Alyssa’s in-person workshops. Additionally, over 3,000 individuals have learned remotely through the Modern Calligraphy Summit. In 2014, Laura and Alyssa were thrilled to announce the release of their first book, Wedding Calligraphy: A Guide to Beautiful Hand-Lettering.
Laura has been practicing the art of calligraphy for over 20 years, with her graceful scripts highly sought after in the wedding industry. She has worked with countless couples, offering comprehensive services from envelope addressing to invitation & stationery design as well as reception signage & details. Laura has worked with high profile celebrities and corporate clients, and her work has been published in numerous magazines, including The Knot, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings, among others.
Laura Hooper Calligraphy operates out of our studio in Old Town Alexandria in the DMV area. Laura resides in Virginia with her husband, Jeremy, and their two dogs, Kepler & Tycho, and Alyssa resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Jesse.