Course Library

Online courses for oil and pastel painters, still life and portrait lovers.  

Courses offer a curriculum of video lessons and assignments, which you can take in your own time and pace. You will have continuous access and can replay the lessons as often as you like. Every course will have a private community for students to post their assignments, ask questions and make friends.

Watch as often as you like, from the comfort of your own home.

All courses are included in membership to Sophie’s Art School.

Portrait Painting in Oils

Learn every step of painting a portrait in oils. From posing your model, clothing and backgrounds, to composition, underpainting, skin colours and detail. 

Oils    long Course

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. 

Drawing    Short Course

The Pastel Place

My flagship course, 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.

Pastel    long Course

Pastel for Beginners

A short course exploring pastel types, papers and mark making, including a demonstration where we apply the techniques discussed.

Pastel    Short Course

Still Life in Oils

An oil painting demo in real time. Watch me make the very first marks, develop the shape, form and colour of the painting.  Additional lessons on materials and techniques. Be a fly on the wall in my studio!

Oils    short  Course

Colour Mixing in Pastel

A quick and short mini-course teaching how to mix colours in soft pastel. Do you really need a gazillion colours to paint in soft pastel? You can mix your colours on your paper.Find out how in this short course. 

Pastel    Mini Course