Having fun painting but not seeing much progress?
Learn painting skills, find new painting pals, and become a more confident painter.

How Does it Work?



Join a course to learn a painting process that will keep you moving forward in your creative journey.



Join the private community to meet arty folk like you and get regular support from them and Sophie.

Improve Your Painting Skills In Your Own Time And Space

All courses in Sophie’s Art School are video courses with supporting text material and a community forum. You can watch all lessons as often as you like and take the course of your choice in your own time, in your own space. 

If you would rather work in a group then Sophie hosts monthly workshops online.


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 painting courses exploring oils or pastel with regular  support from your tutor and a private community of fellow students for assignments and questions. 


A 5-day painting class, hosted in our private online studios. Daily video tuition, personal tutor support and a encouraging class dynamic. 

A Supportive Community

The Art Cafe is our very own virtual art community. It is free and open to all.  Private areas (Studios) are for members, workshops and course communities. 

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

Paint Whatever You Want To Paint

At Sophie’s Art School I will encourage and support you in whatever you want to paint, by teaching the fundamentals of painting: seeing shape, form, colour and value will help you paint any subject matter and is at the heart of my teaching style.

Busting The Myths of Painting

There are  too many myths surrounding painting and many of us are kept back because of it. I take a practical approach to creating art; taking learning seriously while having lots of fun. 

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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 had work selected for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition.  She 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.

Copyright Sophie Ploeg