Course Library

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 (Studio) for students to post their assignments, ask questions and make friends.  Learn more about how courses work here.

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





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The Pastel Place

Take a Deep Dive into Pastel

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Currently 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. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as more advanced pastel painters. Learn everything there is to know about soft pastel: from papers to pastel types, mark making and art history. 


From a happy student: "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.”

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Painting Drapery

An 8 Hour Oil Painting Demonstration in 10 Lessons

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. Watch the painting demonstration in your own time, at your own pace and as often as you like! There are additional articles about materials and technique. Be a fly on the wall in my studio!


From a happy student: “It really is fascinating, and so instructive, to watch a painting grow from the first few searching brushstrokes through to the final refining touches. I can't recommend it highly enough.”

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Classical Portrait Drawing

Get Those Proportions Right Every Time!

Take this course to learn a useful painting and drawing technique based on classical drawing techniques. All levels welcome.


From a happy student:"The lessons are very clear and easily applied, so you can practice over and over. The way the technique builds is very useful. And I loved that we can draw "with you."

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Colour Mixing in Pastel


A Mini Course

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? No, you don’t. You can mix your colours on your paper by layering and blending. Find out how in this short course. For beginners.