If you want to learn a new skill or start a new hobby, you can find plenty of advice online—but it can easily become information overload. How do you hone in on the best instruction?

One of the most effective ways to learn online is to take classes led by experts—painters, videographers, designers, and other creatives who have mastered their crafts and established their careers. With years of experience, they can teach you the exact skills and techniques you need to succeed. 

Want a few noteworthy examples of expert-led online classes? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular Skillshare classes from March. No matter your creative pursuit, you can find a class for you—so let’s dive in!

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Film & Video Classes

YouTube for Beginners – How to Start & Grow Your YouTube Channel

Learn the essentials of starting a YouTube channel, including setting up your channel’s basic visual elements. 

If you want to start a YouTube channel, this is one of the best online classes available. The course first guides you through the technical ins and outs of setting up and customizing a YouTube channel. Then, it explores the basics of scripting, shooting, and editing your first video. But it doesn’t stop there—you’ll also get helpful tips for ongoing success, including ways to grow your audience and build a profitable channel. 

Illustration Classes

Everyone Can Draw! 5 Drawing Exercises for Non-Drawers

drawing in one line
This drawing exercise, called a blind contour, requires that you sketch an object with one continuous line without looking at your paper. 

Can’t draw a straight line? This class is for you! And not because it will teach you how to draw a perfect line—in fact, it’s just the opposite: This course will encourage you to embrace imperfections and use organic movements to capture a moment in time. Through a series of exercises, you’ll learn how to let go and create beautiful drawings—even if you swear you “can’t draw.” 

Portrait Drawing for Beginners: How to Draw Faces Quickly And Accurately

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An essential part of drawing realistic portraits is learning appropriate placement for facial features. 

Human faces are intimidating subjects for many artists, but if you want to learn how to draw portraits, this class makes it easy to learn online. Skillshare instructor Louise Stigell guides you through every step of the process, from selecting the best reference photo to correctly mapping out facial features to ensure realistic proportions. You’ll also learn how to work with light and shadow, shading your drawing to add depth, drama, and realism. 

Learn Blender 3D: Become a 3D Illustrator by Mastering Blender

3d model of room
With Blender, you can create amazingly realistic 3D illustrations, like this modern room. 

Designers often assume that 3D illustration is difficult and complex, but this class makes it easy to learn new skills in 3D modeling—which you can apply to video games, animations, visual effects, and more. The class starts with an overview of the features in Blender and then guides you through two projects—a beach and a modern room—to teach you about realistic and stylized modeling, materials, textures, lighting, and more. 

Watercolor Painting Classes

Watercolor a Seamless Pattern: Surface Design in Adobe Photoshop for Print-On-Demand

After digitizing your watercolor pattern, you can use it to sell print-on-demand products like wallpaper and bedspreads. 

If you’re a watercolor painter and want to learn a new skill, try transforming your work into seamless digital patterns. This class walks you through the entire process, from creating an original watercolor painting to digitizing and arranging your pattern in Adobe Photoshop. By the end of the class, you will have a seamless pattern that you can sell or license. 

watercolor paintings of water
There’s no better way to learn a new hobby than immersing yourself in it for 30 days—like in this watercolor intensive. 

Want to start a new hobby or simply learn new skills in watercolor painting? This class tackles one of the most complex and fascinating subjects: water. Over 30 days, this course provides a deep dive into how to realistically capture waves, ripples, and wide ocean expanses. And, perhaps most importantly, the class will encourage you to build a consistent painting habit and boost your confidence in your skills. 

Entrepreneurship Classes

Build Your Business and Brand: Translating Your Passion Into a Plan

One of the best online classes for entrepreneurs, this class will give you all the tools you need to build a successful business. 

If you have a dream of building a creative business, there’s no one better to learn from than fashion industry icon Rebecca Minkoff. In this course, she walks you through what it takes to manage your time, establish a memorable brand aesthetic, find people to learn from, and stay inspired as you grow. Whether you are just starting out, a founder ready to scale, or a freelancer who needs some extra inspiration, this class will give you all the tools you need to thrive. 

Discover the Best Skillshare Classes for You! 

Whether you want to learn a new hobby or just need some inspiration for your current creative pursuits, this list of the most popular Skillshare classes from the past month should spark your creativity. From watercolor painting to starting a YouTube channel, you can find an expert-led class to fit any need. 

Written by:

Katie Wolf