I purchased a Workshop, how do I get access to the community (Studio)?
Here on the Art School website, you can find your workshop on the ‘Courses’ page. Click the ‘enter’ button and you will find a button with access to the community Studio where the workshop will be held. The button is your secret access key. Once you have used the key you will be able to access the Studio from within The Art Cafe.
There is no need to ‘request access’ within The Art Cafe - you can give yourself access by using the access key inside each course or workshop.
How do I access a course community (Studio)?
All course forums/communities live within The Art Cafe, in private sections called Studios. If you have access to the course (because you are a member or have purchased the course separately) you will find the access key button under each lesson inside a course. The lessons usually invite you to post your assignments or questions and give you a link to the community group.
How do I make sure I don’t miss a Workshop?
If you are a member you will have free access to all workshops and you will only need to click ‘enter’ on the workshops.
A provisional workshop schedule is posted in the ‘courses’ tab.
Join the Mailing List and make sure you have set your preferences to ‘Art School’. You will then get the latest news and hot topics straight from school!
Help! I cannot access my course
If you are a member or have purchased a course and you cannot get access to it, please try the following steps: Double check you are logged in. Clear your cache. Allow cookies so the system can remember you. Refresh the page (perhaps a few times). If you still cannot access your content, do contact Sophie.
I want to share one of my paintings for feedback
If you are a member of Sophie’s Art School then please head over to the Members’ Corner where you can post your work and get in-depth feedback from Sophie and your fellow members.
If you purchased a course you can click on any of the links underneath every course lesson to be taken to the course community where you can post your assignments.
Alternatively you can head over to the public Art Cafe and post your work there and ask for feedback from fellow artists.
I don’t understand the difference between the Art School website and The Art Cafe
The Art School is the website where all courses are based. This is where you are now. All course lessons can be found here and accessed via the ‘courses’ tab.
Every course has a forum or community where students can share their work, ask questions, etc. These course communities live inside The Art Cafe and are called Studios.
The Art Cafe is a public community: anyone can join and post, and whatever is posted can be seen by anybody on the internet. The Art Cafe has private areas (Studios) where the course communities are. These Studios are only accessible and visible by paid students and members.
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Why would I want to become a member of Sophie’s Art School?
Well, it’s your call of course. But as a member you get your own art family: In the Members Corner you can ask questions and get in-depth feedback on your work. You can write in your Art Journal while Sophie and your fellow members encourage and support you in your journey. You will enjoy weekly new content such as demos, tutorials and articles. There are live Q&A sessions, monthly 5-day online painting workshops, and you can take any of the courses. The Pastel Place alone is a 5 month deep dive into pastel well worth the investment. You will support Sophie build the Art School into a fantastic place for all arty folk, while she can support you in your creative journey though her positive and down to earth encouragement and experience.
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 a professional artist already; whether you are a student, retired, or busy working. Everyone is welcome and we will support you wherever your journey takes you. We all want to improve our art, yet never forget the enjoyment we get from it.
My Password is expired so I cannot login. What do I do?
Please contact Sophie who will reset your password for you, after which you can change it to anything you want.
Where do I start?
If you have an account, you can start on the Welcome page. You can find it under ‘My Account’ in the top right corner of this website. If you don’t have an account yet, you can start by exploring the courses available and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy.
Is your question not answered? Ask Sophie!