Free Art Lessons
Learn how to draw, sketch and paint
Over the past eight years we've updated the website to include some new high quality art lessons, from some of the world's best artists. From oil painting masters such as William Whitaker, Scott Burdick and Philip Howe to pencil masters like Mike Sibley, alongside a good number of exclusive online art lessons. We have something for every budding artist with well in excess of 100 art tutorials online and growing all the time. To better organise our list of lessons, we have organised the lessons by media, selectable below or via the navigation menu just below.
PENCIL, DRAWING LESSONS
Pencils are usually where it all begins, and for many continues as a love or hate affair. Whether you're a dedicated pencil artist or eager to get stuck into painting, learning to draw and sketch with graphite or coloured pencils is a must to an artist's personal development. In this section we have a fantastic collection of free drawing tutorials to inspire you to a surprisingly neglected, yet cheap and beautiful medium. Click below.
WATERCOLOR PAINTING LESSONS
Watercolour has long been a favoured medium of many an artist, although some seek to delve straight in where angels fear to tread. Watercolours are arguably one of the hardest of media to learn and control, although it's often the accidental nature of watercolours that gives it such popularity. This set of free watercolour painting lessons focuses on realistic techniques.
OIL PAINTING LESSONS
Despite the costs, smell, required expertise and the pain of cleaning up afterwards, oil paints remain one of the most flexible of media, lending itself to many techniques. Probably considered one of the hardest of media, most likely due to the vast amount of technical information a person can digest on the subject, it is certainly one of the most fun and forgiving. ArtGraphica's large set of free, guest written oil painting tutorials, explores many subjects and techniques from some exceptionally talented artists.
Oil Painting Lessons
PASTEL ART LESSONS
Pastels consist of pure pigment powder and binder and are capable of producing beautiful colours and soft edges. If properly protected pastel paintings will last a long time as can be seen by some of the 18th century pastel masters. Pastels were even mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495.
Pastel Art Lessons
ACRYLIC PAINTING LESSONS
Acrylic is a relatively new medium and surprisingly overlooked. It offers an alternative to other painting media and has the benefit of being well priced, and easy to clean up (providing you don't allow paint to dry on your brushes!). These free acrylic art tutorials, show off the versatility of acrylic paints.
Acrylic Painting Tutorials
CHARCOAL DRAWING LESSONS
Although charcoal is sometimes considered a "beginner's" medium, this really is far from the truth. Vine charcoal is usually quite forgiving, allowing free flowing expression, but also capable of rendering careful details. Shading can be achieved in the fraction of the time it might take with a conventional pencil, and drawings/sketches produced on tinted papers with a hint of chalk can add a whole new dimension to your art.
PEN AND INK, DRAWING LESSONS
Pen and ink provides those instant darks that graphite artists' envy, although it does come with its own set of challenges, and can be very unforgiving of mistakes. Shading can be achieved with hatching or stippling as demonstrated in the free tutorials.
Pen and Ink
ART THEORY TUTORIALS
Experience counts for a lot, but can become limited without knowledge of techniques and science. The two art theory lessons included thus far, examine retarders used for drying oil paints and the principles of colour design rules.
Art Theory Tutorials
Free Drawing Course Online
A free course teaching drawing skills - includes beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons, with videos.
If you are an absolute beginner your initial efforts will make you laugh or cry (or both!); what separates the women from the girls, and the men from the boys, is perseverance. You have probably read several books or websites that have all told you – anybody can draw, it doesn’t require any natural skill – then gone away in despair because all the 'helpful' intent achieved was to make you feel pretty lousy. I shan't lie to you, yes some people possess more natural talent then others which will give them the ability to develop at a faster pace, and if your motivations, concentration and perseverance are not up to scratch you might eventually come undone. However, with the right frame of mind, it really is true – anybody can draw and at any age. I will leave you with a profound quote from Michelangelo: "If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all."
Learn to Draw
FREE ART BOOKS
To view the full range of free art books, viewable online, please click on the link below.
Online Art Books
WETCANVAS DRAWING BASICS 101 CLASS
The Wetcanvas website ran a Drawing Basics 101 class a few years ago to help beginner artists. It proved a great success and was emulated by many art related websites since. A few of the original guest lessons were hosted here at ArtGraphica, including lessons on perspective drawing, gesture sketches and portraits. These original Wetcanvas guest tutorials can be viewed here.
Wetcanvas 101 Art Lessons