Dust off your cookie recipes and pull out your ugly sweaters—it’s holiday season! Whether you want to wow your friends and family with homemade gifts or learn a new hobby with someone you love, this list of November’s top-rated Skillshare classes will help you find something special to bring to the holiday table.
A character’s face can communicate mood, personality and expression if drawn correctly—but figuring out how to draw them can be a serious challenge.
Illustrator Brooke Glaser is here to help you rise to that challenge, and have a lot of fun along the way. In her simple, easy-to-follow lessons, she’ll show you the ropes of drawing a correctly proportioned, recognizable face.
Looking for the perfect gift for the animal-lover in your life? Take art director and illustrator Sarah Beth Morgan’s advice, and consider a quirky pet portrait. In just twenty minutes, Sarah will walk you through everything you need to know to do this quick, fun, and highly personalized digital project.
Consider for a moment the humble colored pencil. Neither as bold as a marker nor as somber as charcoal, this workhorse of the art supply world is forgotten all too often.
But artist Matheus Macedo knows the worth of a colored pencil, and he’s here to make sure you do, too. Join him in exploring all colored pencils have to offer the budding artist, from layering and blending, to rendering texture, to creating realistic illustrations of the world around you.
Maybe your holiday traditions involve spending time near stained glass windows; maybe they don’t. Either way, there’s no reason you can’t appreciate their beauty right in your own home. Illustration artist Lisa Bardot can capture the magical textures and colors of stained glass in Procreate, and with her help, you can learn to do the same.
Interior Design Classes
You don’t need to win the lottery, or score a big holiday bonus, to decorate your home with stylish, on-trend furniture. All you need is a little know-how and a friend to help you along the way.
Home decor and DIY expert Bronwyn Tarboton wants to be that friend. She’ll show you how to find perfect pieces to upcycle, and what to do with them once you’ve got them. If you find yourself hungry for more home improvement when you’re done, don’t worry—this class is just one part of her DIY Decor Learning Path.
Product creation is a lot of work. You have to invest time, energy, money and creativity into building the best possible version of your idea. After all that, you—or the clients you’re taking photographs for—deserve to see it be presented to the world as compellingly as possible.
Photographer Rose Nene knows how important it is to capture a product’s best side. With her guidance, you’ll learn how to use storytelling, props and styling to make sure whatever you’re shooting catches everyone’s eye.
There’s nothing negative about watercolor painting—it’s a fun, enriching practice that produces gorgeous artwork. The technique of negative painting, on the other hand, can play a significant role in creating watercolor art that stuns and captivates your audience.
Artist and illustrator Anna Bucciarelli uses this technique in her work all the time, and so can you with a few of her tips and tricks. Join her to learn how to add intricacy, definition and dimension to your watercolor paintings.
Not all fantastic things work well together. Peanut butter and mashed potatoes are both delicious, but you’re not likely to see a fusion of the two on your holiday table.
Luckily watercolor and gouache are a match made in heaven, and textile designer and illustrator Kate Cooke knows it well. She’ll teach you how to work with both mediums on one page to create captivating, ethereal artwork.
Artist Jane Davies likes to approach watercolor painting with the spirit of liberation in mind. Her style isn’t about creating visible brushstrokes or intricately rendered detail, but instead using free flowing pigment on wet paper to capture the essence of her subject. Why not join her in a project perfect for a chilly winter afternoon by learning to paint a peacock?
Sculpting 3D characters might sound like the kind of work that’s only done in high-end movie studios, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, animation director John Knowles can teach you to master the basics without even leaving your couch. Step by step, he’ll show you how to sculpt, build and render a 3D underwater scene using Blender, a free 3D computer graphics software tool.
‘Tis the Season to Be Learning!
Give yourself the gift of starting the new year with a new skill under your belt, or a fresh hobby to carry you through the winter months. December might only come around once a year, but knowledge and creative growth will stay with you in 2023 and beyond.