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Online Art Education Options

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Art Schools have been under frequent attack for their steep tuition costs in recent years which naturally lead many students to question whether attending art school is really worth it. There are a variety of opinions on this subject and personally I think it’s up to the individual to determine whether art school is for them or not.

My experience with attending Pratt Institute for a year was without question one of the best year’s of my life, but if experiences teaches us one thing it is that it differs from person to person.

Some people have the time of their lives in situations where others are miserable. Therefore I don’t want to tell you to do one thing or another but I do want to tell you there are alternatives to obtaining a well rounded art education.

I would recommend college for any aspiring children who want to grow into adults, but not necessarily for artists, if finances are an issue.`` - Rebecca Yanovskaya, Fine Artist
The benefits of online art schools and Mentorships

The internet is ripe with many intriguing alternatives for boosting your artistic abilities. There are a wide selection of Mentorships with professional artists as well as online art schools, academies and ateliers where you pick and choose your classes and programs dependent on which area you need the most help in.

Studying under professional artists can really boost your skill level, so if you feel stuck or confused about your art career it’s a wonderful opportunity to move forward.

Maybe the best advice I got was to sign up for SmART School?!`` - Elisabeth Alba, Freelance Illustrator.
Cost

Cost is naturally the most immediate concern for most of us when it comes to picking an education. Although online art education are without a doubt more affordable than enrolling in a college, there are still careful consideration to be had before deciding. I found that the online options that are offered vary from just $18/mo up to as much as $2500 – which is closer to a college level class tuition. The large variety will hopefully offer you at least one option that is a financial match.

One critique I have of the schooling sites is that I didn’t find them to be very upfront with the cost. It’s frequently well tugged away under enrollment. For your convenience though, I’ve compiled a list of estimates along with the links below.

Research your professors/mentors

When making your choice next to finances you need to carefully consider your teachers. Finding a mentor whose work you can connect to and who possesses the values you find missing in your own work will definitely make the experiences more rewarding.

Having a good teacher is just incredibly important, so before making your choice do some research on the teachers that are available through the different programs and find one that’s just perfect for you.

I have never been critiqued by anyone who has been able to see into my artistic soul like Rebecca Guay. `` - Elisabeth Alba, Freelance Illustrator
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Here are some Options

  1. Watts Atelier
    Price range: $99/mo – $699/mo
  2. SmARTSchool
    Price range: Est. $595 – $2500
  3. Lamp Post Guild
    Price range: Est. $99 – $140
  4. New Master’s Academy
    Price range: $19/mo – $39/mo
  5. School of Visual Storytelling
    Price range: Est. $20 – $150
  6. Motivarti Mentorships
    Price range: Est. $595
  7. Noah Bradley’s Art Camp
    Price range: Est. $250
  8. Chris Oatley Academy
    Price range: Est. $18/mo
  9. Schoolism
    Price range: Est. $470.00 – $998.00
  10. CGMA CG Master Academy
    Price range: Est. $699

Thank you for reading, if there are some online art educations I have missed, please drop a comment with a link to them. I hope you found this blog post to be helpful, if so please share it with your friends!

As always I’d love to hear from you. Have you had experience with online art education? If so, what was it like? Do you recommend it?

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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