FREE Online Community Art Class

In March of 2020 I began hosting free live online Community Art Classes for an hour each week as a way of coming together and supporting one another during a stressful time. Artists from all over the world participated and we made so many beautiful sketches together! That same year, I found a way to take our community a step further and provide a mentorship space for aspiring illustrators that has bloomed into a wonderfully supportive, illustration membership The Bountiful Artist

In celebration of our membership reopening each spring, these Community Art Classes have become a lovely annual tradition that I’ve had the honor of hosting for the past four years. If you’re new to brush markers, they are a great way to dip your toes into this amazing medium and if you’re new to art all together, they’re a great way to tap into your creativity! These classes will also give you a taste of the types of lessons you’ll find inside The Bountiful Artist which will be welcoming new members April 16th-21st.

This time around, all of the Community Art Class lessons will be pre-recorded so you can watch them at your own pace as soon as they launch! There will be a total of 3 FREE lessons and each lesson will be published on Tuesdays at 12:00pm ET. In the end you’ll have three beautiful sketches that you can be proud of and some new skills that you can practice!

Class #1

  • 2H Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Strathmore Bristol Paper 300 Series, 9×12 Pad
  • Micron Pen in Black Size .005
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen Size 10
  • Copic Sketch Markers TBD (Will be updated soon!)

Class #2

  • 2H Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Strathmore Bristol Paper 300 Series, 9×12 Pad
  • Micron Pen in Black Size .005
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen Size 10
  • Copic Sketch Markers TBD (Will be updated soon!)

Class #3

  • 2H Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Strathmore Bristol Paper 300 Series, 9×12 Pad
  • Micron Pen in Black Size .005
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen Size 10
  • Copic Sketch Markers TBD (Will be updated soon!)

If you would like to find similar colors in a different brand of brush marker, Copic makes an amazing color chart for you to compare colors and it can be found here.

How it Will Work:

I’m looking forward to sharing the joy of making art with you when our FREE art classes return in April! Check out the info below (we have a new format this year) and feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have: [email protected]

  • Once you sign up for the waiting list, you’ll get an e-mail confirmation. Closer to when the first class starts, you’ll receive an invitation to join our FREE Community Art Classes with Joanna Baker hosted on Teachable. Follow the link provided to create your account, login, and gather your supplies.
  • Starting April 2nd for three weeks in a row, each Tuesday at noon ET a new pre-recorded class will be published inside the Teachable platform for you to watch at your own pace.
  • Each lesson will be under 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 brush tip markers but feel free to utilize whatever art supplies you have on hand. A full materials list will be provided prior to the kick off of our classes in April so you have time to gather all the materials if you’d like to follow along with exactly what I’ll be using.
  • 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!
  • Each lesson will be available for one week after it’s published. After that, all the Community Art Classes will have a permanent home inside my illustration membership, The Bountiful Artist

I signed up last year, do I need to sign up again?

If you signed up last year, you’re good to go for now! Unless you unsubscribed from my mailing list (no hard feelings) you will automatically receive the invite to join Community Art Class on Teachable at the end of March. If you aren’t sure whether you’re still on the waiting list, sign yourself up again and make sure you receive a confirmation email. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any issues.

Will the classes be live or pre-recorded?

This year, I’m pre-recording all of the classes so you can watch them at your own pace!

How do I access the classes and when will they start?

This year Community Art Class will be hosted on Teachable (where I host all my other online classes). You’ll receive an invite to join Community Art Class on Teachable the last week in March. Once you’ve created an account and signed up for class, the lessons will be published each Tuesday at 12:00pm ET for three weeks in a row starting April 2nd.

What types of things will we be drawing?

Happy and colorful things! My area of expertise is in fashion and lifestyle illustrations so we’ll be sketching things like flowers, plants, shoes, bags, animals and sweet treats – just to name a few. The images you see on this page are all examples of what we’ve sketched in previous classes. 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. And if you’d like to try brush markers but don’t want to invest in Copics just yet, here are some alternatives. But if you don’t have brush 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. A full materials list for each lesson will also be provided ahead of the first class.

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!

Can kids join the class?

If you have a child who would like to participate with you, they are absolutely welcome to join! While I originally designed the lessons for adults, kids ages 6 and up have participated before and created beautiful artwork from the lessons too!

How long will each class be?

All the classes will be under one hour long, the perfect length to fit in some creative time over the weekend or after work!

Can I ask questions about the lessons?

While the classes are pre-recorded, you can absolutely ask questions in the comments box beneath each lesson and I will do my best to answer them. =)

How long will I have access to the free lessons once they’ve been published?

Each lesson will be available for one week after it is published.

Can I view the lessons after the week is up?

Yes! All of our Community Art Classes have a permanent home inside my illustration membership, The Bountiful Artist! Once you become a member, you’ll gain instant access to four years worth of CAC lessons along with all the other amazing weekly content.

I want to join! When can I sign up for The Bountiful Artist illustration membership?

Yay! I’m so glad you’d like to join us. You can click the button below to join the membership waiting list. We’ll be welcoming new members April 16th-21st. In the meantime, you can read more about the membership here.