Start learning today with our complete video courses. Each course below is designed with the learner in mind. Courses are broken down into “easy to follow” modules that consist of a HD video and an accompanying ebook. Learn and follow along at your own pace. These courses will be available as long as you’re a member and we’ll simply keep adding to the list! (No time periods for viewing.) You can also download the videos to watch without an internet connection or put on DVD for your private use.
All courses are included with membership.
THE SECRETS TO DRAWING
"The Secrets to Drawing" is for beginner and intermediate artists and features over 300 minutes (5 Hours) of HD video instruction and 178 pages of eBooks covering the true essence of drawing including the elements and principles of art, and a variety of drawing media and techniques.
PORTRAIT DRAWING THE SMART WAY
"Portrait Drawing The Smart Way" is a series of lessons and exercises designed to provide beginner and intermediate artists with a complete learning experience through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.
THE COLORED PENCIL COURSE
“The Colored Pencil Course” is designed to guide absolute beginners and intermediate artists to a level of producing professional quality colored pencil drawings through concise and “easy to digest” modules that include HD videos and Ebooks.
PASTEL LANDSCAPE MASTERY
“Pastel Landscape Mastery” is designed to provide intermediate students with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels through easy to understand modules that include videos and ebooks.
THE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP
“The Watercolor Workshop” is a video course on watercolor painting designed for beginner and intermediate artists. The goal of this course is to provide the learner with a rich learning experience through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.
OIL PAINTING MASTER SERIES
“Oil Painting Master Series” is a video course taught by oil painter and teacher, Ashley Bane Hurst. This course is designed for beginner and intermediate artists looking to get started with oil painting. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the medium of oil painting.
THE PEN AND INK EXPERIENCE
"The Pen and Ink Experience" is designed to provide beginner and intermediate artists with a complete learning experience on drawing with pen and ink through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.
THE ACRYLIC PAINTING ACADEMY
"The Acrylic Painting Academy" is designed to provide beginner and intermediate artists with a complete learning experience on painting with acrylics through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.
CREATIVE MIXED MEDIA
"Creative Mixed Media" is a video course focused on combining various art media for beginner and intermediate artists. The goal of this course is to provide the learner with a rich learning experience through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks. This course centers on project-based examples, featuring strategies for combining various mediums which can be applied to any work the student is wishing to create.
THE ELEMENTS MINI COURSE
The elements of art are the basic building blocks for creating art. They are the foundation in which all great works are built. Great artists masterfully use the elements in their work consistently and deliberately. This mini course looks at each element.
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About These Courses...
I created TheVirtualInstructor.com back in 2010 as a collection of art tutorials on a variety of media, concepts, and techniques. Many of the visitors to the site commented on how they wanted to learn more and go further in-depth with media. Hearing these needs, I began to create in-depth courses that progressed from concept to concept, just like a live class. I wanted to give students a learning experience that was authentic and complete - an experience that the student would see real results from quickly. I wanted to address as many different learning styles as possible, so I included videos and ebooks. I also wanted students to learn at their own pace, so there's no pressure to finish modules in a defined amount of time. I wanted to produce the absolute highest quality art instruction that you can get online. But most importantly, I wanted to make it all affordable.
There are courses that already exist online, but many of these simply "skim the surface". Many of these courses assume that the student has prior knowledge and experience. And many, if not all of them, are only affordable to a handful people.
I believe that everyone should be able to experience the joy and gratification that comes from creating art. This is has always been my focus in creating the content for this site - and it continues to be my focus as I develop courses and teach the weekly Live Lessons.
My Teaching Philosophy in a Nutshell...
Passion is what drives success. I believe that we ALL have the ability to draw and paint, no matter what your background - or what you've been told. If you have the passion and the desire to learn and grow, then the skill WILL follow.
Drawing and painting are skills that anyone can master. Art is simply a discipline that takes knowledge and practice. My goal is to give you the knowledge and help fire your passion, so that your goals will be realized.
I am an artist, but teaching is my passion and purpose in life.