Hi, my name is Matt and I am the creator of TheVirtualInstructor.com. Let me first thank you for visiting! There is so much on this site (1000's of pages) that I created this page to help you get acquainted with all of the learning resources available. TheVirtualInstructor.com provides some of the best and most comprehensive tutorials and courses around, as well as great resources for teachers, students, and anyone wanting to learn and grow as artists.
Below you'll find links to all of the great content available with a description of each feature. New lessons and resources are added every week so if you want to "stay on top" of what's new, be sure to sign up for the free newsletter.
TheVirtualInstructor.com provides tutorials on drawing, painting, mixed-media, and digital art. Many of the lessons are free, while some require membership. Nearly all of the tutorials feature a video demonstration and a written explanation of the concepts taught and the medium used. (Videos that require membership are designated with a blue border.)
Drawing tutorials are categorized by medium and can be accessed by clicking on the "Drawing" tab in the main menu throughout the site. Here are a few of the categories that can be explored...
Painting Tutorials are also categorized by medium. Painting tutorials can be accessed by clicking on the "Painting" tab in the main menu. Here are a few of the categories that can be explored...
Digital Art Lessons are categorized by program. Lessons are offered on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. Digital tutorials can be accessed by clicking on the "Digital" tab in the main menu throughout the site. Here are links to each set of tutorials by program...
Lessons can also be searched based on subject, rather than medium. Tutorials listed by subject are categorized below...
Beyond individual tutorials, you can also learn through our comprehensive courses. Each video course is segmented into "easy-to-digest" modules that include a HD video and an ebook. Courses follow a logical progression, make no assumptions about prior knowledge or experience, and are designed to maximize learning. All of the courses are included with membership.
You can take a free sneak peek at three of our course modules (video and ebooks) here.
"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. View This 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. (5 hours of video and ebooks) View This Course
"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. (Nearly 5 hours of video and ebooks) View This Course
"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. (2 hours of video and ebooks) View This Course
“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. (3 hours of video and ebooks) View This Course
“The Acrylic Painting Academy" is a complete course on acrylic painting and painting concepts. Designed to provide beginners and intermediate artists a strong foundation, this course covers a variety of painting techniques through multiple demonstrations. (4 hours of video and ebooks) View This Course
“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. (3 hours of video and ebooks) View This Course
“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. (Nearly 5 hours of video and ebooks.) View This Course
Each week a new Live Lesson is streamed for an hour for members. Subjects and media vary from week to week, but members are able to request what they would like see. Members are able to ask questions and make comments during the live demonstration.
Each Live Lesson is recorded and archived for members to watch later, so if you can't make it to the class, it is recorded for you. Members can access all of the past lessons and watch them as many times as they like. Currently, there are over 120 archived lessons. Access to Live Lessons is included with membership.
You can access the Live Lessons by navigating to the "Weekly Live Lessons" tab in the sidebar or you can click here to view them.
The blog features articles on artistic motivation, tips on selling your art, teaching practices, links to great resources, drawing and painting philosophies, and much, much more. You can access the blog by clicking on the "Blog" tab in the main menu throughout the site.
Here are links to a few of the most popular posts from the blog...
The forum consists of a community of like-minded artists interested in helping each other grow artistically. You can ask questions, share your art, or just talk with others who are like you. The forum can be accessed by clicking the "Forum" tab in the main menu throughout the site. The forum is absolutely free to join. You can visit the forum here.
If you are looking for a list of tools, books, guides, and materials that I recommend, I suggest that you check out the "Resources and Tools" page. Here you'll find links to the materials that I either created or have used myself. You can access the resources and tools page here.
Making quality art requires knowledge. A few of the core concepts to making art are explored within the "Art Fundamentals" section of the site. Each element of art is explored in this section making it a great starting point for the absolute beginner. In this section, you'll also find The Interactive Color Wheel, a great tool for learning and teaching color theory.
Videos and resources are organized according to each of the 7 elements of art. You can access the Art Fundamentals section by clicking on the "Art Fundamentals" tab in the main menu through out the site and by clicking here.
Lesson plans are offered for teachers in a variety of media and subjects. Plans are categorized by level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each lesson can be amended for any skill level that you may teach. The lesson plans also make great resources for home school students and students that attend a school that doesn't offer a visual arts program.
Members have access to "The Ultimate Lesson Plan", a complete teaching tool for teachers. The Ultimate Lesson Plan is designed to be the ultimate collection of resources and organization of materials for teachers to use in their classroom. All of the lessons feature a cohesive design/theme and are logically sequenced to ensure student success.
Each lesson features a themed presentation (both PowerPoint and Keynote) and relevant instructional videos. Handouts are also included which are beautifully designed to match the presentation materials. Essential Questions, procedures, art history examples, student examples, and quizzes (where appropriate) are also included. The Ultimate Lesson Plan is included with membership.
All lesson plans can be accessed by clicking on the "Lesson Plans" tab in the main menu throughout the site and by clicking here.
The Member's Minute is a weekly video for members that features answers to your questions, a critique from member submitted art, and a bit of inspiration. Members are able to ask questions using a voice recording app and/or upload their work for critique. The Member's Minute provides a way for me to help individual members along their artistic journey.
The Member's Minute is accessible on the member's dashboard page.
I am a teacher and an artist. I list "teacher" first because this is where I find my greatest joy. My life's purpose is to share what I have learned with others like you. All of these resources and this entire site was built out of a love of teaching and watching others grow. I hope that you'll find it helpful and that it brings you as much happiness as it has to me in the years that I've spent creating it.
Thanks for visiting,
You can learn more about me here.
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*And 3 Free course videos and eBooks from "The Secrets to Drawing", "Oil Painting Master Series", and "Pastel Landscape Mastery".