An Online community for Learning a solid painting method and create art to be proud of

 
 

Take online courses, get personal support, 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?  

I Am Helping Painters Learn An Easy Strategy To Become More Confident Artists

 

Your Painting Plan

1

Join Sophie’s Art School

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

2

Choose your First Course

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

3

Pop in the Cafe

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

4

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.

Grow Your Art

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Sophie's Art School

 

Workshops & Courses

Online video courses and monthly online 5-day workshops teaching the fundamentals of painting and drawing. Take a course  in your own time and pace (see the course library here) or join our monthly 5-day video-based workshops (more info here). There is personal support on a daily basis. 

Inspirational Articles, Interview, Tutorials and Check Lists

A ever-growing resource library filled with useful, inspirational, educational and practical articles, tips, interviews and lists. 

Active, 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.

Personal Support

As a student of Sophie's Art School you get ongoing support on your work. Sophie is available on a daily basis in the online private community to provide feedback and answer questions. 

 
 

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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 !!

 

Monthly Workshops

Our monthly online painting workshops are a vital part of Sophie's Art School. Together with your fellow students we follow the School's 5-step method in a 5 day painting class. Daily video lessons, personal daily support, and an active class allow you to learn from the comfort of your home.

Next Workshop runs in:

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April

Florals in Pastel

13 - 17 April

 
 

May

Landscape in Pastel

11 - 15 May

 
 

June

Portrait in Oils

Dates to be confirmed

 
 

Courses

 

The Pastel Place

This course will take you on a true pastel journey. The perfect course for all who want to deepen their pastel skills. Learn everything there is to know about soft pastel. 100 Page guide book included.
43 lessons over 8 modules

 

Painting Drapery

Painting Drapery is an oil painting demonstration in real time. Over the course of 8 hours your can watch me make the very first marks, develop the shape, form and colour of the painting and finish off with my signature and a frame.
10 Modules, 8 hours of video

 

Classical Portrait Drawing

Take this course to learn a useful painting and drawing technique based on classical drawing techniques. Get proportions, likeness and foreshortening right from now on! All levels welcome.
3 Modules, 12 video lessons

 
 

Learn at Your Own Pace

You can take courses as quick or fast as you like. Binge watch or follow the  course over the space of days or months. Totally up to you. 

 
 

Paint in Your Own Space

No need to haul your art materials to another place, be early to secure an easel or having to smell your fellow student's medium. Paint in the comfort of your own home or studio.

 
 

Re-Watch as Often As You Like

Watch the course lessons as often as you like, pause, rewind or fast forward as you please. 

 
 

Personal Support

Post your course assignments to the private course forum and get personal feedback and suggestions from your tutor and fellow students.

 
 

The Art Cafe

Our Very Own Online Art Community

A free and public place to share your art, ask for feedback, get ideas, admire art, hang out and make new friends. Join The Art Cafe, it's free and always open!


Members of Sophie's Art School get access to their own private areas where they can post their course assignments and discuss their progress. 


No Art School is complete without it's Cafe! Connect with hundreds of fellow artists from all over the world. Pop in and say hello!

 

A 5-Step Method

Throughout Sophie's Art School we work on a 5-step painting method that will help you paint whatever you want to paint. These fundamental steps form the structure of your painting and provide you with the freedom to put your own creative stamp on your work. Join us in the Art School to practice and perfect this method.

  1. 1
    Step 1. ​Setting Up

    Placement, composition and value underpainting make up our very first steps into creating a painting.
  2. 2
    Step 2. Underpainting and Block-in

    A colour block-in will help you figure out colour relations and provide you with an idea of where your painting is going.
  3. 3
    Step 3. ​Refine Form

    Once you are happy with composition, value and colour, you can move on to refine the shapes and create form. 
  4. 4
    Step 4. ​Details

    Decide where more detail is required and work on refining your painting.
  5. 5
    Step 5. ​Finish

    Step back and figure out what your painting needs to 'work'. Adjust edges, detail, value, chroma and more, until the final signature stroke.
 

See for Yourself


Local Arts Club

College Course

Sophie's Art School

Personal support and feedback

Make new friends

A variety of topics to work on

Support for more advanced students

Working towards a solid foundation in painting principles

Monthly 5 day intensive workshops

Comprehensive pastel painting course

Make new friends from all over the world

Daily access to your tutor

Take a painting lesson whenever you want

Learn from your own home or anywhere you like

Work as fast or slow as you like

Re-watch any lesson

You get Sophie to help you out and hang out with! 😉

 

About 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.

www.sophieploeg.com

 

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

  • Painters who want to get more serious about stuff and learn a solid strategy that works.
  • 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! Have a question for Sophie? Just email and ask!



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.


 

Learn a clear strategy to tackle your next painting challenge

Find joy in the painting process, knowing you're on the right path

 

Questions? 

Check the Frequently Asked Questions below or simply Ask Sophie!

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Is it free to join The Art Cafe?

 
 
 

What do I get for my monthly fee?

I want to share one of my paintings for feedback

How do I make sure I don’t miss a Workshop?

I don’t understand the difference between the Art School website and The Art Cafe

 

How do workshops work?

 

How do I access a course community (Studio)?

Why would I want to become a member of Sophie’s Art School?

How do I cancel my membership?

 
 

Where do I start?

 
 

What payment methods do you accept?

 
 

How do I post my course assignment in the forum?

 
 
 
 

Do you offer courses on painting landscapes / seascapes / multi-media / etc ?

 
 
 
 
 

Do you teach old-master techniques in oils?

 
 
 
 
 
 

What about materials?