Tackle The Ugly Stage with a Clear Strategy

Learn painting skills, find new painting pals, and become a more confident painter

Sophie Ploeg


Do you feel like you keep on dabbling in your art, but you're making little progress?  


Your Painting Plan


Join Sophie’s Art School

Become a member of the Art School and get access to all courses and get personal support.


Choose your First Course

Take your pick from a library of courses, monthly workshops and more.


Pop in the Cafe

Make yourself at home in the Art School community and make new friends.


Become a Confident Painter

Learn to apply a structured approach to painting that will give you the freedom to express yourself in your own way.


helping painters learn an easy strategy to become more confident artists



Student Stories

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.

Just wanted to let you know that after 5 months I've finished my course in The Pastel Place and what a fantastic time I've had ! I feel so much more confident to take on new projects now. All thanks to Sophie for being a great teacher and encouraging me each step of the way. Definitely sign up for this course but make sure you take up all It's challenges !!


Included in a Membership to Sophie’s Art School



Online video courses you can take in your own time and space with personal support and a welcoming online community. See what courses are available here.



Monthly 5-day video-based workshops where all students start and finish together in a supportive online community. Check out the next upcoming workshops here.


A Supportive Community

The Art Cafe is our very own virtual art community with public and private 'tables' for all sorts of art. More info here.


Painting in Stages

Learn a painting strategy that works for every subject matter. Get the tools to find your own creative voice

Improve Your Painting Skills and Find a Supportive Community of Arty Folk 

Join Sophie’s Art School

and enjoy a variety of online courses, montly workshops and more

£25 per month


Who is This For

  • Amateur painters who want to get more serious about stuff; total beginners and more advanced very welcome.
  • Painters who work in soft pastel or oils (and acrylics a little).
  • Painters who want to improve their portraiture and still life skills.

Not sure? Why not pop into The Art Cafe and ask some of the students there. Joining The Art Cafe is free!

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Student Stories

Absolutely loved it. I enjoy working with others and this felt like we were doing it together as a group as much as one can "virtually." But most of all I enjoy learning from someone who obviously has a great deal of knowledge and is a gentle, kind soul.

 I could not have been happier with this workshop - Enjoyed the format with all these talented painters. This was such a great workshop. Loved feeling part of the group and also to have such wonderful tutoring for such an amazing price. I haven’t yet finished but have a bit more confidence to go forward. 

I really feel I am learning and improving all the time. I used to worry about never having been to art school but now it doesn't seem so important. I feel that I'm getting superb teaching and also getting support from others who are also keen to improve.


Sophie Ploeg


Sophie Ploeg is an experienced art tutor and a professional artist. Her paintings have featured regularly at prestigious exhibitions such as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the RWA, and the Pastel Society. She has won the BP Travel Award at the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited, published and collected in the UK, Europe  and the US.

Sophie is self-taught and shares her practical approach to painting and drawing through courses and workshops. Sophie’s painting techniques stem from trial and error, picking and choosing; over the years she developed her own techniques, often fed through selected bits and pieces from existing methods and approaches. She does not follow any particular school of thought but prefers to use painting techniques that are fun and ‘work’. 

Sophie’s paintings are realistic and full of atmosphere. They seem to echo traditional methods and style, but are painted in a modern and practical manner. Her work celebrates the beauty of every person and the heritage we all share.


Improve Your Painting Skills and Find a Supportive Community of Arty Folk 

Join Sophie’s Art School

and enjoy a variety of online courses, montly workshops and more

£25 per month

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