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Free Online Resources for Artistic Teens

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Hello, artsy teens!  Are you looking to change things up with your art?  Maybe you just want to see what else is out there.  Or perhaps you just need some new inspiration.  No matter what you need or want to do with your art, you’ll be able to accomplish your goal with these free online resources!
One of the Library’s very own resources can help you with your art!  With your library card, you can access videos to up your game in art software, interior design, photography and more.  You can also focus on specific aspects of graphic design, such as typography and page layout.  And everything can be done at your own pace.  You even have the option of building a playlist to keep track of what you want to accomplish. 


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
That’s right.  MoMA offers free online classes that you can complete at your own pace.  With courses in modern art, abstract art, photography, fashion design, and more, you’re sure to find something that will help you on your artistic journey.  If you want credit for the course, there is a fee for receiving a certificate of completion.  Either way, you can still say you successfully finished a course from MoMA! 


Smithsonian Institute
While this isn’t an online course, the Smithsonian Institute offers some pretty fun looks at their various collections.  Their Explore Art and Design section of the website has something for artists of all kinds, from a look at art in rock ‘n’ roll to artists’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to a feature of Muslim women designers rocking the fashion world with their modest designs.  Go explore and get inspired! 


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Not only is a music a form of art, it can inspire the creation of art.  And Ohio’s own Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has free online courses developed by their own education staff.  You will need a grown-up to help you access the content since an account needs to be created.  Once you do, you’ll have access to lessons that tie musical history to current events, math…yep, and art. 

I hope these resources start you on a journey to take your art to the next level.  Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone.  You just might surprise yourself! 

Happy creating! 


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”