Online Resources for Beginner Artists

Want to learn to draw or discover new techniques? Find ebooks as well as streaming video tutorials and classes in the Online Library 24/7. Check out these great resources, available for free when you log in with your library card or ecard:


Developed by Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, Creativebug is an online resource for arts, crafts, and DIY. Log in with your library card to find video tips and tutorials, online classes, and more for a multitude of arts and crafts subjects. Discover drawing and painting resources, as well as mixed media projects, papercrafts, sewing basics, quilting, knitting and crochet, jewelry making, and more!

Browse the ever-growing archive of classes for basic techniques or specific projects. With over a hundred classes in drawing and illustration alone, there's always something new to learn.

The Great Courses

How Colors Affect You. William Lidwell. 6 Lectures.Class is in session for creative minds! Discover multi-lesson drawing classes in The Great Courses. For newcomers to drawing, the 36 lessons on "How to Draw" is an excellent start. David Brody teaches fundamentals, including materials, perspective drawing, shading, and more. For the fundamentals of drawing and painting with color, watch the "How Colors Affect You" course, only 6 sessions long and taught by William Lidwell.

eBooks for Beginner Artists

Discover drawing techniques for pencil, ink, and mixed media art.

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