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Welcome to, your online source for high-quality art lessons. This site is constructed for you. Whether you are an artist, an aspiring artist, a student, a teacher, want art instruction at home, or if you are just curious - we have a tutorial for you. Some of these tutorials require membership, but many of the tutorials are free.


Art Video Courses

A collection of art instruction courses designed with the learner in mind. Courses include "The Secrets to Drawing", "Pastel Landscape Mastery", "The Colored Pencil Course", "Oil Painting Master Series", "The Watercolor Workshop", "The Pen and Ink Experience", "The Acrylic Painting Academy", "Portrait Drawing The Smart Way", "Creative Mixed Media" and "Basic Photoshop for Artists".  Courses are broken down into "easy to follow" modules.  Each course module includes a HD video and an accompanying ebook.  ALL courses are included with membership.

Online Art Courses
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Drawing Lessons
Drawing tutorials in video format on a wide variety of media and concepts.  Learn how to draw faces, use colored pencils, draw with perspective, compositional techniques, draw people and more. Draw with graphite, charcoal, pastels, ink, and more. (515 Lessons)


Painting Lessons
Painting lessons and tutorials in video format on a variety of painting media. Learn how to paint portraits, use oil paint, watercolor paint, acrylic paint and more.  Work at your own pace and learn the painting concepts and media that you wish. (258 Lessons)


Art Fundamentals
Learn the fundamentals of art including the Elements of Art, color theory, and the Principles of Art. Line, shape, form, value, texture, space, and color are all explored. Also find quick tips on drawing and "The Interactive Color Wheel" for learning color theory.


Digital Lessons
Free tutorials on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Flash in easy to understand videos.  Learn basic and intermediate techniques with these lessons.  Learn how to use the computer as an art medium. (54 Lessons)


Our Membership Program

Start learning at your own pace - on your own schedule - with our comprehensive program for learning and teaching art.

  Comprehensive drawing and painting courses

  Ebooks included with each course module

  Weekly live instruction

  Weekly critiques and answered questions

  A complete year-long curriculum for art teachers with resources

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Recent Mixed Media Lesson
Combine watercolor and pen and ink to create an expressive mixed media portrait.
  How to Use This Site... features lessons on many different topics including graphite drawing, colored pencil drawing, pastel drawing, drawing faces, figure drawing, charcoal, water-based paint, oil paint, and many, many more. We even have free digital art lessons on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Flash. The list is growing everyday!  New tutorials, lessons, course material and videos are added weekly. To receive updates when new content is added, be sure to join the newsletter list.

You can find the individual lesson that fits your needs, learn in detail through the member's courses and Live Lessons, or ask questions to other like-minded artists in the free forum.  Of course, there's also the blog, which features art-related links to free stuff and hundreds of articles on art-related content and resources.

  Art is For Everyone

It isn't talent that makes a good artist. It is knowledge! (and practice) This site will feed you will knowledge, but the practice is up to you. Read my teaching philosophy on how I feel about talent. It may surprise you. You CAN learn to draw and paint. Drawing and painting is a learned skill that takes practice in order to develop.

I believe that art is not just something for the rich and snooty. It is for everyone and you can learn how to create it.  Whether it's drawing or painting or even digital art, we've got you covered.  Students - practice and enhance your skills.  Learn how to draw or paint at your own pace.  Teachers - refer your students to this site, or take a look at the art lesson plans and links. This site is designed for students of ALL ages and abilities.  Best of all, you can get all of this art instruction at home online.

Hi, I'm Matt. I am the founder and main instructor here at The Virtual Instructor. One of my passions in life is to share what I've learned about drawing and painting with folks like you and I'm fortunate to reach so many through my teaching. Learn more about me here. 

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