Online Painting Classes

in Pastel & Oils

Easy Access Videos
Practice your Art
Private Community
Hands on, positive 

Online Courses

Pastel, Oils, Drawing

Online video Courses and workshops for anyone wanting to improve their skills and get regular personal support. The focus lies on oils and pastel and general painting skills. Some are courses you can complete within days, while others are full-on courses that will take many months. Buy an individual course, or join as a member to have access to them all.

Free Community

The Art Cafe

The Art Cafe is a free and public community full of arty folk. Grab a virtual coffee and join them in the daily art talk. Why not share your latest work, ask a question about materials.
Private community
There are private ‘tables' for members and course students.


Join as a member!
Enjoy access to all current and future courses and workshops, a private table in The Art Cafe and dive into the members-only library. Regular new material, access to the workshop archive and a community of fellow members to bounce ideas off.  
You get personal feedback and support from Sophie. Try it for free for 7 days. 

Student Art Work of the Month

Helen’s oil portrait, created in the Summer Workshop Portraits in Oils. Submit your front page entry via your dashboard!

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The Pastel Place

Take a Deep Dive into Pastel

an online course for pastel lovers


Welcome to my online Art School! 

Feel free to wander around; there is The Art Cafe community; a friendly and busy place where students and visitors share their art and a virtual coffee. Anyone can join The Art Cafe for free to connect with other arty folk, celebrate wins, get answers for questions, and get feedback on their work. Course students and members can enter private safe spaces. Workshops are held here too.

All courses have a range of modules and lessons, downloadable workbooks or reference photos. You can watch lessons as often as you like, rewind, restart as often as you like. Mark your lessons as complete as you go along and the system will remember where you were and show you your progress. Every course has its own private corner in the community where you can share your assignments and ask questions. 

Why not try a course or workshop? See you at the easel!

Latest Blog Posts


  • Bitesize Blog: The Large Piece of Turf

    Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″); Width: 31.5 cm (12.4 ″)Albertina Museum in ViennaI find this work quite amazing.READ MORE

  • Oil Painting without Solvents

    Oil painting without using solvents or toxic mediums; can it be done? Absolutely. This guide explains how oil painting can be enjoyed without the need for solvents or heavy metal pigments. It will explore how to keep your studio safe for children, pets and your own health.READ MORE

  • Book Review: Chromatopia

    An Illustrated History of Colour, so reads the subtitle of this small but chunky book. The blurb on the back of Chromatopia tells us it will reveal the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.READ MORE

  • 6 Tips for Getting a Portrait Likeness

    Here are some tips and tricks for beginning portrait painters to get a likeness in your portrait work. I hope you will find these 6 tips useful. I’ve added some images from the history art for inspiration. They include some of my favourite portrait artists such as Gunn, and Van Dyck.READ MORE

  • Ampersand Gessobord Review

    Ampersand Gessobord is a premium rigid oil painting support. It is a wonderful support that I regularly use. In this article I'd like to describe its qualities and explore its uses.Gessoboard comes in a cradled and uncradled version.READ MORE


Online 5-day workshops

Daily tuition & support

Private community 

Paint along in a group

Recent Feedback

"Loved this workshop! I liked that it was short and very focused and I could see results quickly. Your daily videos were just the right length to give good guidance and not overly long. Your comments on our posts during the week were helpful and very encouraging. They offered specific suggestions for improvement which I appreciated."

"This is the most unique online art course I have taken. The setup is unique and the contents takes a pastel newbie from pastel and paper types through mark making and beyond. Also Sophie is there every step of the way and I think that she is the most valuable resource in the course.”

About Sophie’s Art School

I have enjoyed some success as an artist and started teaching from my kitchen table a few years ago. My teaching has now moved online where I can reach not just people nearby, but also those on the other side of the world. I hope to teach a down-to-earth and practical approach to painting, busting some myths along the way, and making it fun for anyone who wants to dive in.  I work and teach the techniques I have learned and developed over the years, not following any particular known method. My paintings are traditional and realistic, with an emphasis on mood and detail and I teach a similar style.  More info