Online Drawing and Painting Workshops

Join us for an interactive and hands-on livestreaming workshop in a creative and supportive environment. Complete beginners welcome anytime. In-depth technical expertise for the more experienced.

Our Livestreaming Online Workshop Format

To my delight, taking a drawing class online is FAR MORE FUN than I imagined it was going to be! The hours flew by and the class is giving me motivation to rejoin the world outside my kitchen.

Everything about this class is enjoyable! From a practical standpoint there are advantages to being able to sit at my desk and have anything I need easily within reach, but the sense of genuine human connection is what intrigued me the most..

Monthly Free Online Classes

Sign up for our Newsletter (scroll down to bottom of page) to receive invitations to our series of monthly free classes. Each class has a different topic taught by current instructors. Often the free classes relate to the theme of an upcoming workshop so that you can give it a test run before committing to a full workshop. 

Check out our YouTube channel to watch videos from some of our previous livestreaming free classes. 

Workshop Series: themes that progress 

Go deep into a specific topic with an experienced artist as your guide. Workshop series progress over the course of an entire year. Join at the start of any module and continue to gain new techniques with the same instructor. To learn more about the individual modules within each series, visit the workshop series page.

Continuing Student Reward

Join a workshop series at the start of any module. When you continue on with the next consecutive module, join at a reduced price. Receive a 10% discount if you are a continuing student, within one series. We want to encourage deep exploration within our series themes and we want you to have the experience of watching your skills accumulate and layer in meaningful ways. 

Sketchbook Practice

Developing sketchbook practice techniques


Botanical Watercolor

A series that follows the seasons

Berlin Drawing Room G Caruso Watercolor Figure life drawing nude redhead Thumb

Figure Drawing and Painting

Focused on understanding the human figure

Science of color

The Art and Science of...

Art making and the science behind it

Ali Fitzgerald Comic Character

Visual Storytelling

Focused on developing a comics practice

Online Drawing Workshops

Learning to draw is learning a new way to see. The process starts with sharpening your perception and acquiring new tools for observation. As you begin to observe more thoroughly, noticing things like negative space and tonality, your drawings take on life. As your perceptual skills are trained, not only will your drawings improve but you might start to notice new shapes and lines within your everyday environment. 

The field of drawing encompasses a wide range of materials and techniques and the subject matter is infinite. Anything you can observe, or imagine, can be drawn. Some of our workshops are highly specific, such as Anatomy Drawing, focusing on a particular subject or medium with an expert artist. Other workshops are more general, providing a perfect introduction for a beginner, such as Drawing from Observation. 

Whether you are interested in learning cross-hatching with ink, shading with charcoal, or just breaking loose with pastels, we have the right online drawing class for you. It is possible to join most courses from whatever level you are starting you at. If you need help selecting the perfect workshop, just get in touch.

Online Painting Workshops

“I learned so much about the world of colors during these online painting classes!  I actually learned to paint things that I never would have dreamt of being able to master. I enjoyed the class so much that I already signed up for the next online painting course.”

Essential Series Video Courses

This series of online pre-recorded videos will help you gain a solid foundation in Figure Drawing and Botanical Watercolor. This is a perfect format to hone in on these foundation techniques and work at your own pace. 

These courses include: 

  • step by step video tutorials.
  • Original reference images from artist. 
  • Practice excerises for techniques learned
  • Lifetime access to the entire course.

G Caruso’s watercolor workshop was excellent and my first online art workshop. I hadn’t worked with watercolor for many years and I was able to refresh my memory and learn new techniques each week. Each session was recorded on dropbox so I was able to reinforce my learning. Each participant was able to upload their projects and get positive feedback and suggestions. G is an organized, very experienced water-colorist and teacher who shares her passion for the medium. She cares about each student and their progress. The sense of community that developed was such a treat. I live in the USA and worked from my studio. There were students from four other countries. I signed up for another class immediately and hope online classes will continue to be offered.

Norma Bradley (Sketchbook Practice Workshop, 2020)

The course about anatomy with G was great! It’s amazing how much you can learn in such a short time and G is a very precise and nice instructor. Thank you for that!

Nathalie Frank (Anatomy Drawing Workshop, 2017)

I took the Spring 2013 Drawing Workshop and can highly recommend it. This is a great class for learning to observe and draw in a structured, yet playful and creative way. I was familiar with some of the ideas from Betty Edwards ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’, and I also met many new exercises and ways of approaching drawing. Mira is a gentle and supportive teacher, at the same time she is always stretching her students to try different methods and get beyond their self-imposed limits. By the end of the class, I noticed that my drawing had improved in ways that I hadn’t even realised!

Catherine Lupton (Drawing Workshop, 2013)

I really recommend these classes to open minded people. Here you will learn basics or enhance your already established skills in a non academic way. You can always grab a book and learn about how you “should” draw lights and shadows, but this is different. This is about approaching reality, breaking through your “standards” and creating something that, sometimes surprisingly, is always definitely interesting. If you are not afraid of what can get out of your pencil when you let it go, just come to this workshop: it is the right place for you!

Simone Brizzi (Drawing Workshop, 2013)

I wanted to learn how to draw comics or create a graphic novel. Books and classes I found and did so far, had quite a conventional approach. When I found Ali’s course, I had the feeling this is a bit different from the others. I wasn’t sure at the beginning, if it would be worth to book all 5 classes at once, but I absolutely didn’t regret that I did. Over 5 months I participated nearly every week in the online class. Ali offered a nice mix of warm up exercised, theoretical input, feedback, answering questions, sharing own experiences and several drawing exercises. She encouraged the participants to create and stick with a character. Since the course happened over a long period and I got feedback and input every week, it was possible to get into a process and develop something. I didn’t had any specific in mind, but over the time I created a wolf character, who is now part of several comics I’ve made and still make. I also liked Ali’s political awareness and openness. I didn’t have a favourite exercise, but I liked a lot, that we started with a short warm up, did another longer exercise and did a long exercise in the end of each class.

Maria Preußmann (Visual Storytelling Workshop Series with Ali Fitzgerald, 2021)

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