Six Places to Find Affordable Creative Courses Online

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Online courses can seem like a dime a dozen with courses out there for almost every topic imaginable. All courses are not created equal though! Prices can range from several thousand dollars to just $20, or even free, and the cost of the course doesn't always say much about the quality of the course. So I'm giving you a list of my favorite places to find affordable courses online to grow your knowledge of software programs, painting, photography and more without draining your bank account!

A Beautiful Mess

The details: Ranging from $15 to $125, you can learn about writing and pitching a book proposal, photography, sewing, photoshop and more! Their photography classes are high up on my list of classes I want to take (after I finish the courses I've already bought) because I've loved their style and story telling for so long. 

Highlight: A few of the photography and photoshop classes are bundled up to make them even more affordable if you're wanting to learn how to take your photos up a notch with digital programs!

Made Vibrant

The details: Caroline teaches a wide range of classes from branding to lettering and almost every class is less than $50! Her fun and friendly approach to teaching makes it feel like a friend is sitting down and showing you all her secret tricks and tips to all her creative magic. If you follow along on Instagram, she loves to share new tricks to use in painting, drawing and lettering!

Highlight: In five hours, with the Your First E-Course, Caroline teaches you everything you need to know about how to teach your own online course! 

Alisa Burke

The details: Alisa has over 70 classes that range from $15 to $125 and you can learn to paint, journal, blog and so much more! The amount of content Alisa has shared for free over the years is so valuable and she continues to share what she's learned and knows in more detail in each of her courses. 

Highlight: Alisa is always adding classes so you'll never run out of new art to learn!


The details: Skillshare has a lot of classes that are free to take without signing up for a plan, but for $15 a month, you get access to every class! The classes are taught by people who really know their stuff in every category. You can learn just about every software program out there, including many art interests like photography, drawing and lettering.

Highlight: You can learn to make gelato!

Creative Bug

The details: For just under $5 a month, you get access to so many crafting classes! If you've been wanting to learn how to knit, make jewelry or sew quilts, Creative Bug has you covered! You can cancel your membership at any time, but there's a free trial for you to check out a few classes if you want before committing that $5.

Highlight: Lisa Congdon has some really great drawing and journaling classes!

Brit + Co

The details: Learn to embroider, crochet or screen print with affordable classes under $30 from the always fun Brit + Co team! There are pages and pages of other classes teaching you how to use Adobe software or manage money for your small business and so much more! The classes range from free (!) to around $80 - really affordable and really fun!

Highlight: There's some really great free classes in the mix there too!