Sometimes I receive emails from people new to our site saying they are complete beginners, and which painting or drawing class would be the best to start with.

This is always a hard question to answer, as we are different from many art websites in that we don’t distinguish classes as “beginner” or “advanced” really… almost all classes are suitable for both beginners and accomplished painters alike!

We like to think of it this way:

Imagine going to a movie about Mozart’s life with a friend who knows a lot about Mozart, whereas you know next to nothing. You both go to and enjoy the same movie but for different reasons… you will enjoy learning about his life and career, while your Mozart-knowledgable friend will know the broad strokes already perhaps, but appreciate some of the inside jokes, smaller details, and overall “reminder” of why they love Mozart in the first place. Both “levels” enjoy the movie :).

So I usually ask a few questions to help narrow down which classes to take:

• What are you interested in drawing painting? Abstract? Animals? People? Nature?
• Do you know what media you would like to try? Watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, collage, pencil? 
• Can you list three classes that look most fun to you, and send them to me? Then perhaps we can narrow down a first class!

If you would like help deciding on a class for you, please do email me and I will try to help!

carla@carlasonheim.com