Art from Home: Five Online Classes

Graphic for the Small Craft class at www.abeautifulmess.typepad.com.
Graphic for the Small Craft class at www.abeautifulmess.typepad.com.
A Beautiful Mess
​Suffering from creativity constipation?

The blogosphere is full of creative-types who are now using video, blogs and message boards to help you unplug your artistic blockage (sorry for the imagery) and start producing. From sewing, crafting, photography, drawing or just "discovering the artist within"  -- there are online class options for all sorts of interests and budgets.

Unlike a city or community college class, most online ventures are bite-sized and because of their online nature, can be taken at your convenience. Most have fees and require you have your own materials: sewing machines, cameras, computers (duh).

If the variety and ease isn't  enough to get you creating, seeing how much these prolific artists accomplish might shame you into creation.

Create cute things for the little ones in your life with online craft celebs Elsie (A Beautiful Mess) and Rachel (Smile and Wave). The course includes 30 project tutorials in 6 video sessions and 2 Q&As with the gals.
Price:  $60  ($2 per project)
Starts: September 13   
Duration: 6 week class

Four more after the jump

Learn to make your own sandals, a bridal bouquet or a wooden wall-hanging with members of the Etsy community. Each week the site offers steps (via blog or video) for a new DIY project.
Price: Free  
Starts: New craft every Tuesday
Duration: Indefinitely
Take prettier photos in less than a month. Learn about different camera and film, shooting basics, and special tricks with five weekly posts from a shooting enthusiast.
Price: $40 
Starts: Class will be available through July 16th, 2011
Duration: 3 weeks

Learn how to sew with a new video tutorial each month, printable and video chats. As the class progresses, so do your projects, which include sewing with structure, reversibles, and other fancy things.
Price: $160 
Starts: September 8
Duration: 16 weeks

A veritable Home Ec. of fall knowledge that includes home decorating, cooking and journaling. Proceeds go toward the fees for the crafter's upcoming adoption.
Price: $25
Start: September 13
Duration: 9 weeks


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