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Paint Along with your fellow students

5-Day online painting courses, with daily video lessons and support in a friendly group environment

Start, paint and finishe together as a group

Included in Membership to Sophie’s Art School

  • Daily Video Lesson

  • Daily Community Support

  • Fast Track Learning!

How Do Workshops Work?

Workshops are small courses that consists of 5 lessons. They are intended to be taken over the course of 5 days. You can take these workshops in your own time of course, but would it not be more fun and more beneficial to do them together with your fellow students?  

Every month there is a different Workshop-of-the-Month. In a private sub-forum all workshoppers can come together and share their progress, questions or just hang out. Take a lesson every day, then post your progress in the workshop community and check out how your fellow students have been getting on.  Support and encourage each other and you will all make it to the finish line on day 5!  

There is a whole month for everyone to get through the workshop, finish off and share progress. After that the workshop-of-the-month will change to the next one.  We rotate workshops throughout the year.  If you work with different reference material repeated workshops can become a whole new experience! We have many students who have taken the ‘still life in oils’ workshop many times and produced something different (and better!) every time. 

The group vibe is hugely contributing to progress and learning. Getting feedback when you are stuck, or support when you’re in the ‘ugly stage’ can make all the difference in your enjoyment of painting. Join in!

Workshop Library

Workshops are done in group format every month, but you are also free to take a workshop in your own time and at your own pace. We rotate the workshops below throughout the year.


Portrait in Pastel


Still Life in Oils


Landscape in Pastel


Pets in Pastel


Self Portrait Pastel


Florals in Pastel


Portrait Drawing


Portrait in Oils


Dressed Figure in Oils


Florals in Oils


Every workshop has the same structure:



Every workshop consists of 5 daily video lessons in which I share the progress of my painting. You can then follow along and get feedback from your fellow students.

(Sunday: welcome, reference photos)
Monday: Setup and underpainting
Tuesday: Colour Block-in
Wednesday: Refining of big shapes
Thursday: Details
Friday: Finish

Is it live?

The videos are pre-recorded and so available whenever you need them.  You can watch and re-watch the lessons at any time. 



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.

Reference Photos

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. If you take the workshop again some time, just paint something different and go through the same lessons; you will see how much you’ve improved!

Join Today

Workshops are included in membership to Sophie's Art School. As a member you get access to all  workshops, courses,  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.


Have fun

Sophie’s Art School is not all about existing skills or how ‘good’ you are, it’s about the joy of learning together! We are all here to share our love of art and to improve our skills.  Don’t worry if you are a total beginner of if you just think you’re not very good. Nobody gets judged on their skills and we’re all here to support and share.  Workshops and courses are suitable for beginners as well as advanced painters as we work around some fundamental painting techniques that suit all levels. 

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 (although you can take a workshop by yourself as well). 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!"