Welcome to Free Online Art Classes!

I have created this website from over fifty years of experience as an artist, art instructor and cookbook author. My  step-by-step videos show you how to master skills in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and more. 

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


And...if you live in or around Wilmington, North Carolina, my local Sunroom Studio monthly art classes are listed here. Just  click on this link!

My videos on painting with oils, acrylics and water colors introduce you to basic skills and techniques through easy to follow lessons that guide you every step of the way.

My drawing with pencil, pen and ink and colored pencil videos offer easy to follow lessons that show you how to master line, shading, working from photos, drawing what you see and more.

Are you ready for collage? Collect a good quantity of papers from magazines, books, photos, print outs, etc. Take a selfie and print it out then paste papers over it to create a collage self portrait. This is one of six  fascinating collage video projects.

In addition, my art resources,  including art therapy, homeschoolingart tours and travel and finding the artist within,  offer valuable information about how being creative can enrich your life.  And all of my classes and resources are FREE to you! 

As an avid cook and toaster oven enthusiast,  I am the author  "Pop It In The Toaster Oven" which is available anywhere online or at your favorite bookstore.  It has over 250 easy to make, healthy recipes for entrees, soups, desserts and much more.  Go to my Artful Cooking page to view my toaster oven recipe videos and find out how I wrote the cook book and tested the recipes. 

Contact me with your questions and comments.  Just fill out the form below....and thanks for visiting my website!

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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