Portrait Curriculum

The complete Portrait Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 3 videos. We have a Portrait Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Portraiture Premium Track provides guidance and support through weekly voice sessions and critiques from the Art Prof staff. Portraits 1: Types of Portraits […]

Portrait Curriculum 1

This video is an overview of a portraiture in contemporary art and art history. There are many categories of portraits: portraits for editorial illustration, portrait commissions, allegorical portraits, self-portraits, surreal portraits, anonymous portraits and more. Several examples of each type of portrait are shown and discussed in depth. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu […]

Drawing Curriculum 3: Prompts

This video is part 3 in a Drawing Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (Watch Part 1 & Part 2) This video is an overview of a diverse range of drawing exercises and prompts that you can use to foster your drawing skills. Quick warm up exercises, drawing prompts to get you started, and more challenging […]

Drawing Curriculum 2: Techniques

This video is part 2 in a Drawing Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (Watch Part 1 & Part 3) This video is an overview of the broad range of stylistic ways you can draw: line drawings, tonal drawings, cross-hatched drawings, and more, using examples from art history and contemporary art. Discussion led by Art Prof […]

Drawing Curriculum

The complete Drawing Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 3 videos. We have a Drawing Basics Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Drawing Basics Premium Track provides guidance and support through weekly voice sessions and critiques from the Art Prof staff. Drawing 1: Supplies […]

Drawing Curriculum 1: Supplies

This video is part 1 in a Drawing Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (Watch Part 2 & Part 3) This discussion provides an insight into the immense range and types of drawing media: charcoal, colored pencils, graphite, erasers, pastels, pens, markers, scratchboard, inks, drawing surfaces, drawing accessories, smudging tools, surfaces, and sketchbooks. Discussion led by […]

Painting Curriculum 3: Tools

This video is a comprehensive look at the broad range of tools, both traditional and unconventional that can be used in oil, acrylic, ink, watercolor, and gouache. Brush shapes & types, palette knives, cleaning tools, and more are explained. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe. Video Walkthrough How much […]

Business Curriculum

The complete Business Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. We have a Business Basics Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Business Basics Premium Track provides guidance and support through […]

Business Curriculum 2

Part 2 of a complete guide to running an art business as a self-taught artist. This video addresses fundamental concerns such as networking, non-art skills like public speaking, interviews, writing, self-promotion, how to find support within a creative community, establishing a professional reputation in the field, dealing with copyright and legal concerns, and more. Discussion […]

Business Curriculum 1

Part 1 of a complete guide to running an art business as a self-taught artist. This video addresses the reality of how consuming running an art business can be, the importance of determining your audience, figuring out exactly what you do (and don’t!) want to sell, how to research the market, how to price your […]

Painting Curriculum

The complete Painting Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. We have a Painting Basics Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Painting Basics Premium Track provides guidance and support through […]

Painting Curriculum 2: Prompts

Part 2 of this painting curriculum provides painting prompts that will stimulate all areas of painting, and that can be done in any paint media: color, brushwork, thumbnails, composition, and more in order to gain a well rounded skill set in painting. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe. Video […]

Painting Curriculum 1: Types of Paint

This video explains the various types of paint: oil, acrylic, flashe acrylic, encaustic, casein, mixed media, fresco, outdoor paints, egg tempera, air brush, ink, enamel, oil bars, gouache, acryl gouache, and watercolor. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch, who outline part 1 of our painting curriculum for self-taught artists.  […]

Animation Curriculum

The complete Animation Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. Animation Part 1 Movement Timing Weight Personality Walk Cycle Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation 3 Animation Principles Animation History Foundation Skills Animals Gesture Drawing Human Figure Lighting Backgrounds Animation Part 2 Animation Skills Storyboarding […]

Animation Curriculum 2

This video explains in depth the many types of animation that exist, including 3D, hand drawn, stop motion, gifs, zoetropes, flip books, and more. The landscape of animation today as well as the professional development skills necessary to work as an animator today are explored as well. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and […]

Animation Curriculum 1

This video outlines the basic principles of animation including movement, timing, weight, and personality, as well as strategies for storytelling like exaggeration and anticipation. Historical animators and their role in developing the field of animation are discussed, as are essential skills like line, color, and gesture that are necessary to be an animator. Discussion led […]

Comics Curriculum

The complete Comics Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. We have a Comics Basics Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Comics Basics Premium Track provides guidance and support through […]

Comics Curriculum 2

This video is part 2 of our comics curriculum for self-taught artists which reviews prompts and exercise for practicing your comics skills, comics history, what comics are like today, and more resources for learning comics on your own. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough Comics history Where […]

Comics Curriculum 1

This video is part 1 of a comics curriculum for self-taught artists. Topics explained include the international comics industry, types of comics including webtoons, non-fiction biographies, superhero, Sunday Funnies. Also discussed is the visual language of comics including panels, speech bubbles, spreads, and pages, as well as techniques like the “180 degree rule,” point of […]

Illustration Curriculum

The complete Illustration Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. Illustration Part 1 What is Illustration Political Cartoons Children’s Books Adult Books Editorial Illustration Comics Text + Image Wordless Books Formats & Measurements Skills Brainstorming Background & Composition Human Figure Animals Illustration Part 2 […]

Illustration Curriculum 2

This video outlines part 2 of an illustration curriculum for self-taught artists. Topics covered include art media that is conducive to the turnover rate for illustration jobs, prompts you can assign yourself to practice your illustration skills, how the contemporary illustration industry works, as well as books, blogs, websites, and Instagram accounts that are great […]

Illustration Curriculum 1

This video provides a comprehensive illustration curriculum for self-taught artists. In part 1, topics explained include the various areas of the illustration industry: children’s books, editorial, comics, political cartoons, adult books, and more. Illustration prompts you can give yourself are covered as are illustration websites and conferences. Essential skills illustrators need such as linear perspective, […]

Basics Curriculum

The complete Basics Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 3 videos. If you’re a beginner, this curriculum is a great way to get a comprehensive overview of the skills and topics you’ll want to learn, regardless of what you want to ultimately focus on. The Curriculum’s document is a complete resource for all […]

Basics Curriculum 3

This video is part 3 of a basic curriculum for self-taught artists that cover the basics for a foundation in art. Topics covered include specific skills are important when you are just getting started, as well as advice for what sequence is most effective for gaining these skills. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu […]

Basics Curriculum 2

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe provide Part 2 of a basic curriculum for self-taught artists that cover the basics for a foundation in art. Alex and Prof Lieu explain why specific skills are important when you are just getting started, and give advice for what sequence is most effective for gaining […]

Basics Curriculum 1

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon provide Part 1 of a basic curriculum for self-taught artists that cover the essential skills. Deepti and Prof Lieu explain why specific skills are important when you are just getting started, and give advice for what sequence is most effective for gaining these skills. Video Walkthrough […]