Online Course vs. Academy

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If you want to learn how to paint and draw, you need to use the existing learning resources.

Online course or art academy? Those, who are looking for an answer on the internet, will sooner or later find an offer for an online course. But what distinguishes an online course from an art academy? What should you pay attention to and how do you decide?

There are many differences between an online course and an art academy. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, which should be taken into account when deciding.

The most important difference is the presence of a teacher. For a beginner, it can be difficult to learn only by using a series of videos and texts. In particular, at the beginning, you often need individual support in order to avoid frustration. A teacher can pay attention to and support each individual student and can solve possible problems. Furthermore, if you learn with a teacher it will be easier for you to avoid bad habits, which are difficult to later get rid of.

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Adolphe Valette – male nude with a cane


The online course has the advantage that it is flexible in terms of time.

Whether it is late in the night, or early in the morning,  videos and texts are always ready, and they are quickly put into the calendar, whereas, of course, if you study at an academy, you have to attend classes at fixed times. The advantage of the academy is again the fact that you are forced to learn. It is not possible to postpone the next lesson. The academy is, therefore, the best option especially for people who find it difficult to discipline themselves.

A further advantage of the online course is the possibility to repeat lessons freely. It is always possible to re-watch videos or to read a text again. And this is difficult to have at an academy.

To sum it up, the academy is the best choice for those who want to learn how to paint and draw.

In comparison with an online course, at an academy, you are going to have an individual and reliable training. An online course is a good option, especially if you are an experienced artist who would like to improve himself/herself in a particular field. However, for a beginner is very difficult to learn with the help of an online course and may be very frustrating or even counterproductive.

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Michelangelo – Male Nude, turning to the Right

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