Where to Find Free Art Education Online

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It's possible to educate yourself about art online for free. Certain universities and websites offer courses in drawing, painting, visual and performing arts, and art history.
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Free Art Education Courses

If you're looking to learn about art but don't think you can afford it, then think about these free online courses we've listed for your benefit. Courses are found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Utah State University, among other places.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT offers a studio seminar in color and visual design and a theatre production course. In the visual arts course, students will be responsible for projects on topics that include color history in the arts and color balance. The textbook for the course is The Art of Color by Johannes Itten. Assignments for the theatre course include design and production meetings. Students will use as resources an assortment of texts on technical theatre, lighting design, sound design, and costume design.

About University

About University offers free online instruction in painting and art history. Choose from a daily email of painting trivia or read through various articles on topics such as watercolor painting and abstract art. Some subjects allow you to test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Articles on art history are also available for free, and they include areas of study like the Renaissance or Greek art.

Utah State University

This course centers around Roman and Greek drama. The text for the course is A Guide to Writing in History and Classics. The professor also recommends reading the handout Classical Drama and Society: A Select Bibliography.

Drawspace

This website offers 450 lessons in drawing, at all levels of expertise. Some lessons are interactive, while others can be accessed as an eBook.

Larry's Art

This website offers free online watercolor lessons. Choose from subjects like color mixing and perspective.

Free Online Art Education Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Art of Color course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Theatre Arts course from MIT Undergraduate Workshop/meetings/performance Yes No Yes
Painting courses from About University Beginner Emailed/articles No Yes No
Art History courses from About University Beginner-advanced Articles No No No
Classical Drama and Theatre course from Utah State University Undergraduate Text Yes Yes No
Drawing lessons from Drawspace Beginner-advanced Varies; interactive lessons, eBooks No No Yes
Watercolor lessons from Larry's Art Beginner-advanced Text/video lessons No No No

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