Free LIVE Online Community Art Classes


After three months of free live online art classes, we have built such a wonderful community of creatives from all over the world. While our weekly classes have come to a close, I’ll be opening up an offer to join an exciting new space for artistic growth & community in August 2020.

Community Art Classes by Joanna Baker

We can build community in times of social distance.

Let’s connect with one another and make beautiful art together!

Maybe we can all get a little less stressed while protecting others and maintaining our social distance. I hope that by coming together online and making beautiful art together, it will help us feel more connected to one another and create a bright spot in difficult times.

The world feels chaotic and uncertain. Our lives are going to be a lot different than we’re used to and we don’t know when things will start to feel normal again. With community events being cancelled and many more people (hopefully) staying home during the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s up to all of us to build community in other ways. Art has a wonderful way of calming the nerves and soothing the soul.

How it Will Work:

Every Sunday at 12:00pm EST no matter where in the world you are, we’ll come together and draw something beautiful! It’s been such an amazing experience drawing with you each week and I look forward to seeing your friendly faces on Sunday! E-mail me with any questions you may have:

  • Once you sign up, you’ll get an e-mail confirmation that you’re on the list, yay!
  • On the Thursday before each class, I’ll send you an email with a Zoom link to join the class. A last minute reminder email will also go out 10 minutes before class starts each Sunday
  • The class will last for about an hour and we’ll draw a new subject each time keeping the subjects simple so all levels can participate
  • I’ll be working in pencil and artists markers but feel free to utilize whatever art supplies you have on hand
  • Tag me @joannabaker on Instagram & use the hashtag #communityartclass to share your creations so we can all see them, I’ll be sharing my favorites each week!
  • If you can’t make the class, a replay will be sent out to all the list members within 24 hours after class

Ground Rules for Live Classes:

We’re all here to learn and destress. Let’s make this community a safe place to be creative! I think it goes without saying, but please no foul language, inappropriate behavior, or harassment of any kind.

  • Let’s keep things positive!
  • Free free to ask questions
  • Be kind and patient with other students
  • Have fun learning!

How can I watch the live online class?

I’ll be hosting all of our classes on Zoom, an online web conferencing platform. Once you sign up to be on the community class email list, you will receive an email with a meeting link as soon as I schedule the next class. I’ll aim to send the email out a few days in advance. A couple minutes before class is scheduled to start, click the meeting link. If you don’t already have Zoom, you’ll be prompted to download the free software in order to participate. If you’re watching from a country outside the U.S. make sure you have access to Zoom here.

Do I need a web cam or microphone to participate?

Nope! Feel free to watch and follow along without participating. But it would be super fun for us to connect face to face and be able to share our progress as we go along. It will also help if you at least have audio available so you’ll be able to ask questions.

What types of things will we be drawing?

Happy things! Be sure to fill out the survey at the bottom of this page to vote and send in your ideas for things to draw. My area of expertise is in fashion and lifestyle illustrations and so far I’ve come up with: fashion figures, fashion details (hair, faces), shoes & accessories, pets, flowers, and sweet treats just to name a few. I’ll try and keep the lessons simple to start so that all skill levels can participate.

Do I need specific art supplies?

You can find a list of my favorite art supplies that I’ll be using here if you’d like to order some materials online. But if you don’t have artist’s markers, don’t worry. We’ll start each class with a pencil sketch. So as long as you have paper and pencil, you’ll definitely get something out of the class. And feel free to get creative with the materials you have on hand whether it be colored pencils, ink pens, pastels, or watercolor.

I’m a beginner, can I still take the class?

Absolutely! Even if you’re new to illustration, I’ll walk you through each step of the drawing process. You can follow along using the art supplies you have available or observe and take mental notes. Sometimes it’s soothing to just watch art being made but I do hope that you’ll draw along with us!

How long will each class be?

Plan for each class to be about an hour, but who knows! We may get in a groove and keep drawing =)

Can I ask questions during class?

Yes! Because I don’t know exactly how many people will be showing up for each lesson, it may get a bit full in there for me to get to everyone. The easiest way is to type your question in the chat box.

What happens if I can’t get in or I miss the live video, will there be a replay?

If class is at max capacity (which I don’t think will be an issue!) and you don’t get in or you’re in a different time zone and can’t make the live lesson, I’ll make a recording of the lesson available to everyone on the community class email list after the live event is over.