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Online Educational Resources for Up-and-coming Artists

Lala Mouradian March 30 2022


Do you want access to online art educational resources? Here are four online platforms for up-and-coming artists to learn more about art and art practices.

1. LiveAbout

LiveAbout is an online platform that has a dedicated section for Fine Arts & Crafts. In this section, you can "find everything you need to know about drawing and painting, from choosing pencils and brushes, to step-by-step tutorials that will help you create your own masterpieces.”

The Fine Art & Crafts section includes three subtopics: Painting, Drawing & Sketching, and Arts & Crafts.

The “Painting” subsection gives tips on “how to use, take care of, and mix colors according to paint type.” It also includes articles that discuss different types of paint and explore famous painters and their works of art. Moreover, this section offers tutorials to develop painting skills such as brush techniques, color mixing, and much more.

The “Drawing and Sketching” section is mainly focused on providing resources to start creating your own artworks, including sketch tutorials and information about buying and using different art supplies.

Finally, the “Arts and Crafts” section provides tips on how to make a profit from your art and how to start selling your art.

Note: This website is not publishing new articles/resources. However, it provides emerging artists and student artists with accessible and free archival resources and helps them gain technical and practical information about the art industry and art practices.

2. Color Matters

Color Matters is dedicated to all things color –– color symbolism, color and art marketing, and color and design. On this website, you can find articles that discuss a variety of topics such as color symbolism theories, the relationship between color and branding, scientific discussions of color, and much more. If you are interested in selling art online, learning technical information about color can be helpful in understanding the relationship between color techniques and marketing/selling, as well as the power that colors can have on art purchasers’ buying habits. Spending some time on this website and discovering the many wonders and interesting facts about color can give you a new perspective on how to choose the colors of your next artwork. This will help teach you how to use color to sell your art more effectively online.

3. The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), located in New York City, offers a variety of art education resources for artists on its website. First, the museum offers many online art courses, but accessing them is a bit tricky. They are available on the online education platform coursera.org, which requires a paid subscription. However, the good news is that it offers a 7-day free trial. This means that you can finish some of the courses offered by the museum during the free trial period (but don’t forget to cancel your free subscription to avoid getting charged).

The museum’s website also offers other useful self-guided learning resources for artists such as slideshows, worksheets, and hands-on activities. You can access them here.

Finally, the website offers a Glossary of Art Terms that includes an extensive list of art-related vocabulary, accompanied by a definition and examples that reflect the meaning of the concepts/terms.

Overall, the three different online resources offered by the museum can be useful to gain educational and historical background on different art genres, techniques, and movements/historical periods.

4. Art Factory

Art Factory is an online resource that offers free art and design lessons for anyone who wants to learn more about the visual arts. However, it is mainly dedicated to providing resources to student artists and emerging artists. The website consists of three main sections: art lessons, art appreciation content, and design lessons.

The section that includes art lessons offers a variety of tutorials that provide historical/educational information about specific art topics, as well as step-by-step guidelines to practice different art techniques.

The art appreciation section aims to help artists appreciate and learn more about artists and their works of art, different movements and historical eras, styles, and techniques. This helps them to better develop, evaluate, and improve their own artworks.

Finally, the design lessons explain “the basic elements of graphic design such as imagery, color, pattern, composition, layout and typography and explain how to evaluate their effectiveness in the creative process.”

All three sections of the Art Factory website offer informational and educational resources to learn more about art techniques, gain historical knowledge, and improve artistic skills.

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