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Welcome to Free Online Art Classes!

Is This Website Really Free???

Yes, REALLY FREE! Compare other art instruction websites with mine and you will see that I have the only one that offers quality art instruction at no cost to you! No CD's to buy. no links to other websites that demand fees for learning. You don't even have to log in (I'm not collecting names and email addresses, I'm just teaching art.)

Check out FREE ONLINE ART CLASSES and you will see that this website has tons of information-rich art lessons I have written plus hundreds of my art and cooking videos that show you exactly how to master creativity skills in art and cooking. And yes, these are all FREE TO YOU!

I have created this website from over fifty years of experience as an art instructor, cookbook author and artist. This website is an ever-expanding series of my step-by-step art lessons and videos. Here is good instruction, rich information and links relating to creativity in many areas including gardening, lighting, homeschooling, travel, aging and cooking. And ALL of these are FREE to you!

Click here to read the recent New York Times article about me and this website!

You will see ads interspersed with my pages but you don't have to click on them unless you find them informative and interesting. I I have placed ads on my website to monetize it--to augment my very low budget and the ads help to keep this website really free to anyone who wants to learn about art.

And...if you live in or around Wilmington, North Carolina...

my local monthly art workshops are listed here. Just click on the "Wilmington Classes" button on the left to see the schedule of my monthly local art classes or click on this link!

What Do You Want To Learn Today?

Colored pencils?

Here's my colored pencil drawing, "Lilies 2013"

Colored pencils offer vibrant color, easy shading, ability to draw detail and develop of solid areas of color. Colored pencils can be purchased individually or in sets of 12, 24, 36 or more!

A fun way to draw with color, try the colored pencil lessons by clicking on the "Learn Colored Pencils" button on the left. Through easy step by step lessons you will learn how to create beautiful colored pencil drawings. AND if you'd like to learn drawing skills first, just click on the "Learn Basic Drawing" button above it. Not sure? Click on any or all of the art lesson and art resources buttons on the left to find your area of interest!

Oil Painting?

Here is my oil painting, "Charley On Striped Cushions"

Oil paints offer beautiful colors that showcase brushwork and make gradation of light and shadow easy. Acrylic paints are popular also, and each has its own qualities. Oils are less transparent and, for the most part, have a heavier body than acrylics. Oils clean up with turpentine and acrylics clean up with water.

Oils or acrylics? Which do you want to try? You can learn about both and see which medium you like the best! Just click on the "Learn Oil Painting" or "Learn Acrylic Painting" buttons on the left. These painting lessons are offered at three different levels--Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. Find out which level is right for you! Not sure what you want to learn? Click on any or all of the art lesson and art resources buttons on the left to find the your area of interest!

Drawing With Pen And Ink?

Here's my pen and ink drawing, "Vines and Leaves."

There is an awesome assortment of pens on the market these days! Fat, brush-like pens, chisel-point to make thick and thin lines, fine point that produce a delicate, hair-like line. Some a black and some come in a variety of gorgeous colors! All are fun to use. Through easy to follow, step-by-step lessons you can learn how to make beautiful drawings with pen and ink!

Want to try pen and ink drawing? Just click on the "Draw With Pen and Ink" button on the left. Not sure what art lessons you want to take? Click on any or all of the art lesson and art resource buttons on the left to find your area of interest!

At Free Online Art Classes

you will find information-rich art instruction presented in the simple, step-by-step format I have developed as a successful learning method for my students. AND for many of the lessons, I have created videos to show you exactly how to develop the basic techniques you will need to master specific artistic skills.

I am also an avid cook and toaster oven enthusiast! I have written a cookbook entitled, "Pop It In The Toaster Oven" which is available anywhere online or at your favorite bookstore! Check out the "Artful Cooking" button on the left to see my cooking videos and tasty, low fat toaster oven recipes!

View ALL of my art and cooking demonstration videos at my Palate and Palette YouTube Channels!

As Featured On Ezine Articles

I have also written many Ezine articles on art, lighting and creativity. Click here to read my recent Ezine article"The Fragile Quest," and to see all of my other Ezine articles!

FREE quality art instruction, FREE art links, FREE art resources and over 150 FREE learning videos! That's what Free Online Art Classes is all about!

What do you want to learn today? Be creative, live longer, be amazed and amazing!


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Hello Lois,

I wan to thank you for the nice free arts site and the videos you posted for everyone to view and educate for free online. I learned a new technique of creating a collage from your site and more is to be learned when I will have time for it. It is very cool to learn it from a professional like you. I respect you a lot for your experience and I think you are a very awesome world wide respected artist. I have a pastry chef diploma and was creating arts professionaly in some parts of the world. Well, I want you to view the collage I ve created from a calender with help of your free classes. The topic is "spring" :-) What do you think how can I make it nicer or what additional piece can I create to this collage? lots of love, peace, long life and health,



9/11/13 Hi Lois, thought I would send you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your YouTube videos. I found you last December when I purchased a Breville smart oven. I'd never really used a toaster oven for anything other than toast and since finding you I've been cooking like crazy! My husband thinks that's wonderful. Also I introduced my daughter to your art lessons and she is delighted, especially with the stencil one of the fishes! You encourage people of all skill levels to feel less intimidated by the thought of actually 'doing' a painting! Anyway, just saying thank you and to let you know how much we enjoy Charlie as well. Kindest regards, Carol


Hey lois I am a emerging artist here in sc I haven't had the opportunity to go to formal art schools I have been drawing all my life as far back as I can remember. I saw your free art classes online and book marked them and when I have more supplies am going back. I want to be taken seriously, I have started getting my art out there, and have started just recently showing, my art, and sold a total of three works for aprox300.00 a piece I still don't feel like I am a good enough artists and I desire to learn always learning I am sending some samples of a small amount of sketches drawings, and paintings I would love to get feed back from someone in the artworld I have been mistreated by some artist that wouldn't even look at my art when they found out I had not took art classes.......I've always wanted to just havent had the opportunitys . thank you so much.

Elizabeth White


Hello Lois. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn hoy to draw and paint in diferentes styles and techniques. I just started and I've never had taken any classes til now with your tutorial. I really worldwide appreciate your comments about my still life exercise. I specially have problems with shading the table and painting the wood graining (as you can se in the picture) and also the table cloth. The melon sas difficult too, I feel something is missing there too . (Some things in the picture I didn't want them to apear in my painting) I'm starting to work with the landscape. As son as I have ir done I'll send you the picture. Best regards and thank you again.

Andrea Berkefeld (from México)


Lois, Thank you so much for this video.You have really outdone yourself on this one. I am truly inspired to give this a try! This is really stunning! I love it. I wanted you to know that you have been a real blessing to me. After the sudden passing of my husband (of 33 yrs.) I decided to take up art, and your site was one of the first I came across. It was, and still continues to be one of my favorite sites for inspiration and relaxed learning. You're a gem. Keep it up! Thanks Much Kim Tanner


I discovered your website today and I am so impressed by the content. Not only it is free but is far superior to other websites. My name is Dena and I'm from Queensland in Australia. Just recently (few weeks ago I picked up a paint brush and love it!!! I'm a Mother of 4 and 46 this year, work full time real estate sales. I've never had an art lesson and was surfing the Internet for free tutorage on acrylics. That's how I discovered your incredibly helpful site. You are the one that should be charging not the majority of other ones I have found. My question to you is below is a painting that I'm trying to copy, however the running bits of paint at top I'm not sure how to get that effect. I'm only on lesson one of yours as I just discovered it only hours ago. But if you would share with me how to achieve this it would be greatly appreciated. Again, thank you for such rich information on your site. I'm so excited to get to experiment with all you share



I have had the immense pleasure of discovering your web site and found your online studies. I am a retired person and one of my goals now is to learn drawing and eventually, painting, at which time I'll need formal tutoring or teaching. I made the list of materials to start drawing and am now going out to buy them, then I'll start the six lessons you suggest. I am so excited that I wanted to thank you for being so generous to the rest of us by teaching freely on line. Happy New Year!

Jorge del Valle