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Partially, yes! You can start learning art for FREE on our YouTube channel. We make bite-sized art tutorials for art nerds, and our instructors livestream lessons every week! You can join a stream to draw along with them and interact in the chat! This is our way of giving back to empower those who cannot afford art school.

Paid programs at Winged Canvas include weekly virtual art classes and mentorships, youth camps, video courses, and workshops for schools. Paid classes allow you to submit artwork to get personal feedback, support and guidance from your instructor, which is crucial for creative growth. Projects are guided step by step by professional artists in small groups of 12 (6 for mentorships).

You can buy a monthly membership on Patreon or YouTube to support our content and get perks like class recordings, early video access, instructor critiques, and our private members-only community on Discord!

The Winged Canvas channel is generously supported by our amazing students and fans. Our program fees go directly to funding free education for all on YouTube!  Be the first to know about upcoming events by joining our email list, Facebook, Instagram, or Discord!

Yes, Winged Canvas instructors have a diverse skill set in illustration, concept art, animation, character design, drawing and painting. They have attended prestigious art schools and currently work in their creative fields while guiding students towards achieving their own personal art goals. Winged Canvas also provides extensive and ongoing training on our curriculum. teaching method, and best education practices with technology. Meet your art instructors here.

Winged Canvas classes are taught with our unique N.E.R.D. teaching methodology, which stands for Nurture, Explore, Recreate, and Design – four essential stages of the creative process. Our curriculum is based on teaching drawing, painting, and digital art techniques using the elements of art and principles of design. We guide our students to make meaningful artwork through thoughtful and innovative projects inspired by themes rooted in pop culture, nature, illustration, animation, and art history.

We use a variety of digital art software in our classes and tutorials. Our instructors teach with free programs like Medibang Paint Pro and/or Krita, as well as some paid programs like Clip Studio Paint and Adobe Photoshop. Generally, digital art tools are pretty similar, so it all comes down to the artist’s personal preference.

All of our classes are scheduled in Eastern Daylight/Standard Time (EDT/EST Toronto), observing daylight savings.

If our live class times don’t work for you, you can attend classes asynchronously using the Recorded Learning Option (RLO) and still get instructor feedback on your work. You’ll have 5 days to watch the lesson after it’s posted on Google Classroom, do the assignment, and then upload your work for online feedback from your instructor.

Live virtual classes are attended at the same time each week from home (or anywhere with an internet connection). The class experience includes a project for the class with a live demo, feedback and guidance from your instructor to keep you motivated.

Recorded Learning Option (RLO) is an affordable way for self-motivated individuals to watch weekly class recordings on their own time within a 5-day window, and upload artwork for their instructor’s feedback. Every live art program has an RLO option at 25% off.

Online Video Courses are a one-time purchase that provides the most flexibility to learn art on your own time. Buy it once and own it forever – a great option for educators and homeschoolers. Courses do not offer feedback from our instructors, but there are assessments and other teaching tools included for facilitators. Learn more

Private Lessons can be booked with an artist mentor for one on one mentorship. This option is great for portfolio reviews and those who want custom learning or creative advice.


For instructor critiques and feedback on your artwork, become a Winged Canvas member on Patreon or YouTube for exclusive access to the members-only chat and online critiques from our instructors! You can also join our Discord to share your artwork for community feedback.

To see all your learning options at a glance, see Which Class is Right for Me?

Learning online isn’t for everybody, but it offers incomparable convenience and flexibility. The many benefits of learning online include:

  1. Saving time and money by being able to skip traffic and join a live class from anywhere, in seconds, even from home in your pjs!

  2. No more stressing about missed classes – we’ll send you the recording so you can get caught up before the next class, whenever works best for you.

  3. Didn’t finish your masterpiece during class? Upload your artwork (finished or unfinished) to Google Classroom and get online feedback from your instructor even in between classes. No need to pack up and leave the studio when class ends. If you’re on a creative roll, you can even continue your art for the rest of the day!

  4. Are you shy or introverted? Webcams and mics are optional, so feel free to skip them and just interact via text chat. No matter what you’re comfortable with, you’ll get to create with like-minded artists from all around the world!

Yes, there are lots of ways you can save!

  • Save 5% when you register 1 month in advance - use promo code EARLYNERD

  • Save 10% when you register 2 or more students

  • Get 25% off when you register for the Recorded Learning Option (RLO)


  • Purchase a Prepaid Package for a discount on bulk lessons with the flexibility to drop in! After purchasing a package, you can login to your customer area and book the lessons of your choice. Be sure to select the proper package for the type of class you’d like to attend.

Please note: Prepaid packages cannot be combined with additional discounts including the recorded learning, promotion codes and multi-student discounts.

Did you know? If you join our OG Art Nerd tier on Patreon, you’ll get 10% off everything, plus one free virtual class every month, members-only critiques and early video releases!

If you’re new to Winged Canvas and would like to try out virtual learning, we have a 50% off trial class offer for first-time students in group classes (use promo code NewStudent). If you want to try out different classes, purchase a flexible prepaid package for drop-in options. If you discover that online learning isn’t right for you, we will refund any remaining classes on your account.

Yes. On the registration page, select one of the flex packs under Prepaid to purchase 5 or 10 lessons at a discount. You’ll be able to use these passes to drop in on any lessons of your choice. Note: Please ensure you have selected the correct package for the type of class you’d like.

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Programs & Curriculum


Attend live weekly virtual classes with your instructor and peers once a week, gathering on Google Meet. Your instructor will give you a creative assignment, and guide you through their creative process with a step-by-step demonstration of their techniques and thought process.

You may participate through the chat, camera and/or mic, and get feedback on your artwork throughout the class and online after class is over by uploading your artwork to Google Classroom. Students do not need a camera or mic to attend class, but it does allow for better interaction with your instructor and peers.

No, with the exception of local school workshops in York Region and GTA (Ontario). Winged Canvas specializes in live virtual classes that provide a convenient and interactive experience without the travel time! To browse our live classes, see our virtual art classes page. All programs are online, either attended live on a weekly basis, or on your own time (asynchronously) with the recorded learning option.

Although we don’t offer in-person classes, many school teachers bring us to their classrooms virtually with online workshops. Homeschoolers and other educators use our video art courses to facilitate in-person classes and after-school programs.

A recommended materials list is posted on each class page. In Art Mentorship, your mentor can advise you on which materials to purchase. For video art courses, materials will be listed at the beginning of each module.

Generally, our requirements for art materials are flexible. Start with what you already have, and you may always ask your instructor for advice on additional materials before purchasing them. We don’t recommend buying expensive or brand-name materials if you’re a beginner. Instead, start with student-grade materials until you are ready to invest in professional quality pigments and materials to show off those advanced techniques!

Note: You also have the option of drawing and painting digitally, even in a class that is taught traditionally. See Digital Art Materials & Hardware

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We recommend starting with a level 1 class in Drawing Foundations (taught traditionally) or Cartooning & Anime (taught digitally).

Choose Drawing Foundations if you’re interested in learning how to draw realistic objects, animals and people. or you’d prefer to see demos drawn using traditional mediums like pencil and coloured pencils.

Choose Cartooning & Anime if you’re more interested in drawing characters, comics or illustrations, or seeing demos drawn using digital tools.