5 Video Lessons
Paint Along, Get Daily Feedback and A Private Community
5-Day online painting courses with daily video lessons and support in a supportive class environment
Included in Membership to Sophie’s Art School
How Do Workshops Work?
We get together in our private online community for a workshop regularly: 5 Days of daily video tuition, painting, and support.
Every morning there will be a 10-20 minute video demonstration in which Sophie will explain what she is doing and why. Every day is another step in our 5-day painting method that is taught throughout the school. You can then get to work on your own painting and post your work in the private community and see what the others are up to as well. Every day we take another step in the process of our painting, until on Friday we finish off.
We work together as a group on a painting and take the same steps at the same time. Through our online community we share and help, encourage and support each other. Together we will make it through the whole process of painting, right until the finishing touches on day 5!
All workshops are included in membership to the Art School. Members have access to the Workshop Library where they can re-watch and re-take the workshop lessons as often as they like. We regularly repeat workshops, as when working with a new reference photo or setup, it will be a new experience every time.
Go through a workshop together as a group, one step at a time
Self Portrait in Pastel
18 - 22 January
Florals in Oils
Pets in Pastel
Workshop Library (Archive)
Watch the workshop lessons in your own time
Portrait in Pastel
Still Life in Oils
Landscape in Pastel
Florals in Pastel
Florals in Oils
Dressed Figure in Oils
Portrait in Oils
Pets in Pastel
Every workshop has the same structure:
Every morning I will share a short video (around 15 mins) showing the progress of my painting. You can then follow along and receive daily constructive feedback on your work in a friendly and supportive class.
(Sunday: welcome, reference photos)
Monday: Setup and underpainting
Tuesday: Colour Block-in
Wednesday: Refining of big shapes
Is it live?
The videos are pre-recorded so you don’t have to be online every morning to watch them. They are usually published around 8am (GMT). You can watch and re-watch the lessons at any time during the workshop.
For oil painting workshops, you can use any oils (or acrylics) that you have or like and any colours that you want. Use whichever canvas is your favourite. Don’t go too big as we only have 5 days; don’t go too small unless you like tiny details. Feel free to ask any questions.
For pastel painting workshops, use any hard or soft pastels you have and a good quality sanded paper (Colourfix, Mi-Teintes Touch, Pastelmat, Uart, etc) that can take many layers over 5 days.
I will provide some reference photos for you to work from, including the one I am working from (so you can paint along if you like). Feel free to use your own reference material, or if applicable, set up your own model or still life.
The special workshop community (a separate area inside our private community) wil be active from Monday to Friday. After that the group will stay open for one week and will then be closed. The workshop lesson videos will then move to the Workshop Library, from where you can (re-)take any of the workshops in your own time and at your own pace. Of course you can still get feedback in our main private community.
After the workshop ends you can watch the video lessons at any time in the Workshop Library.
Workshops are included in membership to Sophie's Art School. As a member you get access to all workshops, courses, support and more. Cancelling takes just 2 clicks, so you could even join for just one workshop (but I bet you'll want to stay!). More info on membership can be found here.
It’s not about existing skills, it’s about the joy of learning together! So ‘how good’ you are is totally not important.
How does a Workshop differ from a course?
A course has modules, lessons and you can take it at any time, and work at you own pace. A workshop is mostly about doing something together, at the same time, under the (hopefully) helpful guidance of me and your fellow students. It is great to see everyone’s progress pictures without feeling embarrassed about yours. Together we’ll get there!
Watch Some Videos
The (slightly shortened) first lesson of the Landscape in Pastel workshop
Trailer for the Portrait Drawing workshop
Trailer for the Florals in Pastel workshop
Comments Received On Past Workshops
"I enjoyed it very much. My first experience with pastels in a "real" project and the workshop provided a lot of great information (use of, variations of, purpose of different varieties, mediums, etc) that was invaluable."
"Yes, I enjoyed the workshop immensely. Your instruction is very clear, your feedback is helpful and you answer all our questions patiently. It was nice to go through all the different stages together."
"The workshop was great. The videos were nice and short but helpful and gave a useful amount of work. It was easy to tell when to stop and wait for the next stage. Lots of people shared their work and commented which made it seem like a group project."
"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."
"Yes it was great. Liked the daily build up approach with clear instructions and the video was cool ! Good demo and could go back and watch again if need be. So good to get feedback from you at each stage. Nice to see others' progress and exchange comments."
"I felt really part of something that was helping someone (you) and mutually supportive with others, and at the same time develop new skills and confidence. I did not need to leave the house, park the car, get over group angst, I could do things like shopping/mow the lawn/as useful breaks. A week long residential art treat in my own home. Feeling enthused to keep up painting at home now."
"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."
"I thought it was fabulous ! The relaxed feel to the videos and the community exchange. It was very valuable to get daily feedback and encouragement as the week progressed. Knowing that I would post my work at the end of each day made me try that bit harder. Great to watch Sophie do her painting, develop my skills and pick up some tips. The anticipation of awaiting the next day's video post was fun!"