"Court's ability to nurture the artistic experience as opposed to simply focusing on a finished product allows her students to deepen more fully into their own creative process. Painting with her each week brings me a sense of serenity that lasts all week." -Copland Rudolph
"Court is a genuine, talented, committed, & flexible teacher... After the [painting] workshop I felt very creative, inspired, like I have a better idea of how color mixing actually works & the freedom to play, learn, & make creative mistakes" -Whitney O'Friel
Why take this course?
I'm interested in you learning time honored techniques, understanding visual art on a deeper level, developing your own personal style & visual narrative, and growing in creative confidence.
The most rewarding thing for me as a visual art teacher, is seeing those interested in visual art getting a solid foundation of technique that they could take and apply to any visual art experience for the rest of their lives. I want you to learn to make art like you. I want you to develop your creative voice. I want you to feel confident when talking about visual art. I want you to become an informed viewer of all things visual.
This stuff doesn't have to be boring, stressful, or cost a fortune to learn. No need to dread critique sessions, flunking out, or disappointing your family for spending money on Art School.
This is a completely affordable, high value, and comfortable way for you to experience those conversations, techniques, and projects that happen in Art School.
This experience is all about paying it forward to all of your personal art experiences & future workshops, opportunities, conversations, museum visits, and more!
How does this work?
This course is completely online, in your e-mail, and via phone.
Each month you will receive an Art School project & a visual journaling prompt.
You will receive access to our online tool box where all lessons will be saved for you to refer back to at any time.
You will also receive access to our private Facebook group where you will be able to post your projects, ask questions, get support from other Art Schoolers, and be a part of the community.
You will also have the opportunity to call in for our monthly Studio Hours, which I will host via conference call, where you can ask questions about your projects. The recordings from these calls will also be available in our online toolbox.
The needed materials list will be included with each lesson. Materials are not included in the cost of Art School, but should be purchased by each student.
What are the lessons about?
The lessons will include:
Painting with acrylic paints
Understanding what makes great design
The Elements and Principles of Design
Talking about Art
Visual Journaling Techniques & Prompts
Developing Creative Confidence
The lessons will be delivered via high quality video and written instruction to your e-mail each month and stored in our online toolbox.
All videos are shot in my working artist studio.
"I now feel more capable of handling a project that requires painting and knowing where to start. I liked best the size of the class and having Court, as a supportive, encouraging teacher right at my elbow to help and answer any questions. I would definitely recommend working with Court. I think Court is a warm teacher with the ability to make newbies comfortable." -Joan McLean
"One of the most important things I've achieved since starting to work with Court is the ability to engage in thoughtful and honest conversations with other artists and people. These conversations stimulate confidence and enables motivation in each other to take the next step, no matter how big or how small, to fulfill our creative dreams." -Miranda Wildman
"The process is both concrete and a bit magical, all at once. Get ready for the adventure!" -Amanda Orders
Art School is officially in session! You can join us at any point throughout the year! The investment for this year long adventure in Art School is $397 OR 12 even payments of $33 and the course is yours forever! This includes all updates & continuous access to the site & our fb group where live studio sessions will be held.
Court McCracken received her degree in Art from Mars Hill University. During her time at Mars Hill, she also studied at University of North Carolina-Asheville, Parsons School of Design, NYC, & abroad in Perugia, Italy.
Court has worked at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in exhibitions, as well as a research assistant and teaching artist at the Asheville Art Museum.
Court has taught visual arts classes to students locally where she resides in Asheville, NC as well as regionally and as far away as Bangkok, Thailand.
She enjoys teaching private lessons in her studio, workshops, retreats, and online classes. Court teaches students of all ages and believes in teaching art in a way as to empower students to create on their own.
Court is an artist dedicated to constantly learning and practicing her craft, as well as honing and clarifying her artistic vision. She hopes to encourage her students to be lifelong learners of visual art and of the creative process.