The Alternative Art School Online Art Courses

Join the Alternative Art School's global community & learn from visionary contemporary artists in our online art courses. Apply Now to join us


Accepting Applications for our Online Art Courses Until June 11th 11:59pm PT

Applications are reviewed Daily. Classes may fill before the deadline, apply early to secure your spot.


Summer Session runs - June 16th - August 4th

TAAS runs on a quarter system. Each class meets once a week for seven weeks with an orientation week, except our intensives. The schedule makes for an eight-week commitment (except for intensives) during our seasonal sessions. Classes meet for a period of two and half hours and will include substantial individual and group homework. Outside of your course(s), campus life runs weekly programming through the session period (usually 10 weeks long) that is included with your course and open to all members of the Alternative Art School's global online community

Multi-Course Discounts are back

Sign up for 2 Online Art Courses & get $250 off

At TAAS, we believe in quality education with small class sizes. Here a student does not get lost. You are not a number, you are an artist that the faculty & staff knows. Artists have opportunities for one-to-one feedback, studio crits, and office hours. 
The Alternative Art School is more than classes, it’s a community. As a global school we are interconnecting driven artists around the world with fellow artists, instructors, and organizations. Through TAAS’s visiting lecture series, we will bring in guest artists and organizations to enrich the digital class experience. Through our innovative online platform and campus programming, students are able to intercommunicate, receive feedback, collaborate on projects, and share resources all within one place. We have welcomed over 350 global artists and curators into our community since 2020. Once you take a class at TAAS, you become a member of our community forever. If you have questions about TAAS courses or our community, reach out to us, we are a human place. 



Summer 2023

Embodying Process

with Amber Imrie

June 21st - August 2nd | Wednesdays 6pm - 8:30 pm ET

This course is for artists who want to workshop projects and reinvigorate their creative practice, in a supportive critically engaged environment. Through this non-hierarchical workshop, artists exchange critical supportive feedback to develop new, vulnerable, or ongoing projects. Our feedback sessions are structured on a foundation of compassion - with the common goal to understand each other - in order to offer meaningful insights, relevant knowledge, and useful resources.

Summer 2023

Meaningful Marks: Contemporary Painting Workshop

with Erlin Geffrard

June 22nd - August 3rd | Thursdays 1 - 3:30 pm EST

Meaningful Marks is a contemporary painting workshop, wherein you will learn contemporary painting techniques, theory, and principles while exploring the power of marks to convey meaning and emotion in your artwork. In this course, you will create three paintings that build on the skills and concepts covered in class.

Summer 2023

Art in Public Space – Between Mission & Commission

Intensive with Dmitry Vilensky of Chto Delat

July 11th - Aug 1st | Tuesdays 11am - 1:30 pm ET

In this course we analyze a broad variety of different public art projects. We trace the differences in approaches to the politic of commemoration, gentrification, the difference between agonistic and consensual work.

Summer 2023

Professional Practice Intensive for Artists

with Lexa Walsh

July 17 - August 2nd | Mon & Wed 1 - 3:30pm EST

In this six-part class, we will get cracking on our career goals. We will cover the big picture of Goal Setting, Grants, Residencies, Budgets, CVs, Artist and Project Statements, Elevator Pitches, Documentation, Websites, Networking and Promotion, and the importance of Community. We will share tips and strategies to help define and finesse each of these, by identifying our audiences, contexts, processes, research and challenges.

Summer 2023

Maximum Magic Intensive

with Aaron Gach

July 18th - 27th | Tues / Thurs 6 pm - 8:30 pm ET

In Maximum Magic Online Art Intensive, artists will get feedback on their art through various exchanges and explore their art practice’s connection with magic. From smoke & mirrors to spirits & mysticism, this course will be engaging all kinds of magical arts in relation to diverse creative practices, historical developments, and current cultural expressions.