Art School for

the Rest of Us

You don't have to attend an art school to
become an artist. Learn to make realistic
drawings and paintings, even if you're a beginner!

Totally new to drawing? Click here!

Free Beginner Drawing Course

Work smARTer when studying art at home with
On-Demand Video Classes!

Maintain consistent progress through free and affordable video courses created for your ability level!

No more plateaus or feeling aimless or stuck.

Find the course for your level and goal, with options for feedback and help from a professional artist.

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Painting the Figure from Life
November 18th - 20th, 2022

Immerse yourself in the study of the human form from live models, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. Materials and Friday evening guided tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum included.

Learn more about the Figure Painting Workshop

Upcoming Live Classes

Figure Painting from Life Weekend Workshop

Friday - Sunday 10am - 5pm CT
November 18th - 20th , 2022
Study alongside Lacey & friends for this art filled weekend.
$375 includes all materials

Foundations of Oil Painting Live Class

Wednesdays 6-8:30 CT
January 11th - March 1st, 2023
8 Week Class
$475 In-Studio Includes materials
$425 Via Zoom

Portrait Drawing & Painting

Saturdays 10am - 12:30 pm CT
January 14th - March 4th 2023
8 Week Class
$475 In-Studio Includes materials
$425 Via Zoom

Figure Drawing Academy: Coming Soon!

If you're interested in a virtual figure drawing course, join the waitlist and answer a quick survey to tell us what you need!

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FREE Sketching Video Course

If you can't draw a stick figure, you need a little guidance for how to even get started drawing, and you have paper and a pencil, then you're ready to start the challenge! Get 5 free sketching lessons including reference photos.

Start Drawing!

Learn From a Professional Artist Who Didn't Go to Art School

When I was 15, I knew I wanted to be an artist.

At 16, I became a mother.

I wouldn't say that motherhood prevented me from going to art school, but it did force me to think critically about the decision. I graduated from high school with the rest of my class, and went on to get my Associates in Studio Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

However, I found that the instruction I found in college wasn't teaching me what I really wanted to know: How to paint and draw realistically. And being a mother meant my priorities dictated that I should not go into an incredible amount of debt to 'find myself' in a 4 year art school somewhere.

So instead, I dedicated every evening from 8pm until midnight to painting, seeking out feedback from artists I admired, and researching methods of art instruction from the French Academy to Golden Age Illustration. I created my own art education, and I can guide you through yours!

Check out Lacey Swift's art website.

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