About the art course

 Barbara Potter, Autumn trees

This online art course is for anyone with a desire to learn about and make art. Offering flexible learning, it is designed for beginners and for those who want to improve and extend their existing skill base; all you need to get started is access to the internet.  



Autumn Trees by Barbara Potter, a student on The Art Course.com


How this home study art course works


This online art course has been devised in a way that makes learning at home easy. All materials used are carefully explained and easily available and many of the subjects used can be found around the home.


  • Purchase the art course and you can start learning immediately at any time of the year
  • The course is designed to take 4 months but there is no limit on how long you take to complete the course
  • The course is divided into 4 chapters with over 300 inspiring images and each chapter is based on a popular artistic subject – See below for more information and details on the content of the course
  • Simply work through the easy-to-follow weekly timed drawing and painting tasks. The course is packed with information to help you understand exactly what you are learning and why. 
  • If you find working from printouts easier, every task has a printable file (PDF) with all the instructions in easy to read format just one click awayshell15
  • At the end of each section, there are extension tasks for those who can dedicate more time to the course
  • Hints and tips at the end of every task offer extra help for common mistakes and pitfalls
  • If you have a question, just ask at the Help Desk
  • So why not get involved? It’s that simple!

 Study of a shell by Hazel Storey, a student on the Art Course.com

Art Course Content

The course builds a foundation of skills based on 2 dimensional art practices; starting with simple techniques that are gradually combined, improved and used in more sophisticated ways. Alongside this is reference to the vast history of art with hundreds of examples of others work to learn from.

Introduction to the course

  • A detailed materials and equipment list is provided with an extensive explanation of each and a printable shopping list. The list is broken down into chapters, so you can spread the cost
  • Advice on ‘creating an artists’ habitat’ is given, helping you to find the best space to work
  • Get  inspired! Tips on how to find interesting and engaging subject matters which may involve looking at the world differently

Chapter 1 – Still life

Still life is an enduring subject matter for artists as by its very nature the subject remains unaltered for asStill life, ink 1 long as it is needed, allowing the artist to practise drawing without interruption, making it a popular subject for beginner and experienced artists alike. This chapter explores the way you see the world around you.

  • Develop basic drawing skills and techniques with a range of drawing materials
  • Line drawing using observational techniques
  • One and two point perspective with geometric shapes
  • Create tone and the illusion of 3D through sensitive use of materials

Chapter 2 – Natural form

Natural form is one of the most popular subjects for artists, and whether it is a large tree that is part of a landscape painting or an observational drawing of a single leaf, it is necessary to recognise natural form as an ordered and structured subject matter. This chapter studies colour; introducing pastels and paint and observing natural form.

  • Practical guide to colour theory, colour relationships and its uses
  • Studying the structure of natural forms through accurate observational drawing
  • Drawing with colour
  • Preparing painting surfaces, including how to stretch paper
  • Introduction to paint techniques

Chapter 3 – Interior and exterior landscape

The start of this chapter marks the half way point in the course and with it comes a slight shift in direction. Whilst your knowledge and skills will continue to expand, the next two chapters offer you more freedom and ownership in the outcome of your work and the opportunity to explore materials, subject and your own creativity within a structured framework based on either interior or exterior landscape. Please note that the interior landscape route will enable you toc3 w1 t1 - image 13 experience landscape drawing and painting if you are unable to get outside due to weather or health reasons.

  • Investigate subject and develop recording skills 
  • Composition and how to plan a good image
  • Experiment with materials, techniques, creativity, imagination and abstraction
  • Planning and producing a ‘final’ piece

Chapter 4 – Human form

After exploring materials, techniques and your own creativity in the previous chapter, the start of this chapter is firmly rooted back in basic observation, studying arguably the most difficult subject of all, the human form.  The subject of the human form will be broken down into sections, looking at proportion and structure before coming together with life drawing.

  • Back to the drawing board, refine and practise drawing skills 
  • Study human proportion and bone structure, history of portraiture, self portrait and figure drawing
  • Find your own subject matter in order to progress as an artist in your own right beyond the course 
  • How to put together a portfolio of your work 


This distance learning online art course covers the fundamental elements of art; line, tone, texture, colour, shape, space and form and is loaded with practical information on materials, techniques and ways of working, looking at a broad range of artists; taking you from an amateur to thinking and working more like a practicing artist in just four months.

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