Welcome to Sophie’s Art School Tour
See you on the inside!
Online courses, tutorials and a private online community to help you become a more confident painter
You keep on making the same mistakes, painting the same things and getting really frustrated with the same results? You know something is not quite right with your painting, but you are not sure what it is? You would really like to get your art to the next level but never went to art school and think there’s little hope?
Despite various courses, books and endless practice you might still feel stuck in the same old problems and your painting does not really evolve further. You are not keen on joining a proper atelier program or art college, but you’ve had enough of the friendly painting clubs where no real teaching happens?
Ateliers, academies and colleges are too much. Clubs and societies too little. Stuck on repeat, and painting the same thing, making the same mistakes?
Sophie’s Art School offers painting courses, workshops and a supportive community completely online.
Start learning the core principles of painting in a fun and practical way.
Make yourself at home in the Art School community (The Art Cafe) and make new friends, ask questions, get valuable feedback, or just ‘hang out’.
Enjoy a down-to-earth, flexible but serious approach to painting and be part of our warm and supportive family of artists!
As a registered student you will get immediate access to the whole curriculum.
You will be able to study from your own home, at your own pace. All study material is available in video or text format. You can start courses whenever you want, and take as long as you like. Workshops are done at certain times as a group, but you can also take them in your own time via the Workshop Library. You will get access to a friendly and supportive private community where you an ask for feedback, post your questions and so much more.
Online video courses teaching the fundamentals of painting and drawing. Take a course in your own time and at your own pace (see the course library here). The focus is on oils and pastel but topics vary.
An ever-growing resource library filled with useful, inspirational, educational and practical articles, tips, interviews and lists.
The Art Cafe is our very own virtual art community with 'tables' for all sorts of art. This is the best place to ask your questions, post your work and assignments, get feedback or make new friends. More info here.
Regular 5-day workshops where students all tackle a painting as a group. Daily video lessons and a fantastic group who all go through the same stages (including the ‘ugly stage’!) with you. An efficient and fun way of learning lots in just 5 days.
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.
“Sophie is there every step of the way"
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.
“I feel so much much more confident"
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 its challenges !!
Fix those wonky proportions and that likeness that is just not quite right. Learn the useful ‘straight-line’ technique to help you get any drawing or painting right.
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A safe and friendly place to share your art, ask for feedback, get ideas, admire art, hang out and make new friends. The Art Cafe is our very own community (or forums).
No Art School is complete without its Cafe! Connect with fellow artists from all over the world and make new friends.
You can take courses as slow or fast as you like. Binge watch or follow the course over the space of days or months. Totally up to you.
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.
Watch the course lessons as often as you like, pause, rewind or fast forward as you please.
Post your course assignments to the private course forum and get feedback and suggestions from your fellow students.
Our regular online painting workshops are a vital part of Sophie's Art School. Together with your fellow students you follow the School's 5-step method in a 5 day painting workshop. Daily video lessons, daily support in our very own workshop community, and an active class to get that group- vibe going. Together we support each other, get through the ‘ugly stage’ together, and come up with new skills in your very own 5-day painting retreat. More info about workshops on the workshops page:
We have an ever growing resource library with short tutorials, articles, interviews and guest content. Recent guest artists who wrote articles for us included:
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, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 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. She has over 30 years of experience in painting with pastel and over 15 years of oil painting under her belt. 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.
“Absolutely Loved it"
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.
“Loved feeling part of the group"
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’m getting superb teaching"
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.
Courses are not available to purchase individually. Instead, you can enrol in the school and have access to the whole curriculum for an incredibly affordable monthly price. You can enrol for as long or as little as you like (cancelling takes just a couple of clicks): you are not tied in to a minimum period of time. While you are a student of the school you can take a course, enjoy support from your fellow students, take a workshop or dive into the resource library.
Enrol for a monthly fee
25 per month
Check the Frequently Asked Questions below or simply Ask Sophie!
A workshop is a course that starts and ends on fixed dates and is semi-live. Workshops usually last 5 days in which everyone works through the same 5 day course. Every day everyone posts their progress in the private community studio for feedback and support. The class dynamic is strong in the community where everyone goes through the same stages.
Well, it’s your call of course. But as a member you get your own art family: In The Art Cafe community you can ask questions and share your work for feedback and support. You will have access to all courses and tutorials and be part of a great community.
It does not matter whether you want to grow into a professional artist, or are happy to paint as a hobby, or whether you are complete beginner; whether you are a student, retired, or busy working. Everyone is welcome. We all want to improve our art, yet never forget the enjoyment we get from it.
Courses cannot be purchased individually. I can offer you a much better deal than purchasing a single expensive course: Join the art school as a member and for a relatively small amount you will get access to ALL courses, workshops, articles, the community and more. Even if you just stay for a month, it will be worth it! Take the course you want to do and see where that will take you.
You can pay via credit card or Paypal. If you choose for Paypal you will need to set up a Paypal account, if you don’t have one yet. You will sign up for a monthly recurring subscription. The fee will be automatically deducted from your card or Paypal account once a month. Your bank will automatically convert the fee into your own currency.
Yes and no. I teach a tried and tested method of painting that is broken down into 5 steps: underpainting, block in, refinement shape and form, detail and finish. This method is often used in classical methods of painting. I do not teach courses on glazing. I welcome anyone who wants to use mediums and solvents, although I don't use them myself.
I do not prescribe a specific set of materials in my courses. I believe that you should use what suits you best. There is no point in literally copying someone else's favourite colours and brushes. Most courses and workshops will have some notes on the materials required though. If you have any questions about the materials needed for a course, or you are just not sure what to get, just let me know and I’ll give you some suggestions.
When you sign up you subscribe to the Art School as a member. For as long as you are a subscribing member you have access to all the learning materials in the school and the private community. You can unsubscribe at any time. Cancelling your subscription is easy; you can simply cancel with just a couple of clicks in your account. You will then lose access to the school when the payment period is up. You can stay for just a single month or, and I hope you will, you can stay for a long time to come. I aim to make the art school better all the time and I would love for you to join me on this journey.
Enrol for a monthly fee and get immediate access to all courses, workshops, tutorials and the private community
25 per month
See you on the inside!