I’m excited to share that I now have over 1800  students taking my online painting course with Craftsy, a company in Denver that specializes in interactive classes on fine art and crafting. The company is listed among the top 30 start-up companies in America by Forbes, and is watched by 2.5 million viewers. They produced an online tutorial of my “Loosen Up”  class, which you can access anytime, anywhere, and once you’ve purchased the course, you own it forever. This year (2017) Craftsy was acquired by NBC Universal.

Here’s a little story about how it all happened. ????


Here’s a link to my Craftsy class, and make sure you have a look at another class by my friend and awesome oil painter and teacher, Jay Senetchko–– Paint and Palette Essentials.

Some student testimonials on the Craftsy class:

“Val, I loved everything about these lessons. The way you communicated the step by step processes, taking us through from start to finish was easy to follow and clear. The filming was fantastic and the way you talked to us made me feel like I was in the room. You’ve inspired me!
Highly recommend this for any painter wanting to loosen up or just enjoy painting! Thank you.”

“Val Nelson’s experience with painting is a joy to watch and learn. Her approach is encouraging, informative, and she offers a variety of techniques of how to paint more loosely. She shows how painting in a more expressive way is about using the materials in a thoughtful and resourceful manner. I highly recommend this course to any artist who wants to learn how to paint in a more expressive style.”

“This class has revealed so many techniques that I have missing at my level of painting. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I’m self taught so my knowledge of the essential elements of composition, structure, and brush work is weak. This class has been so very valuable to my artistic journey. Thank you, Val Nelson and, once again, Craftsy!”



I paint full-time, so I teach when my schedule permits. In my studio in Vancouver, I can accommodate private sessions for up to 2 people, and sometimes I teach group sessions at 2061 Yukon Street. My group classes are often in six-week blocks (one 3-hour session per week), and sometimes I teach weekend and five-day intensives. I’m also available as a consultant/mentor to aspiring professional artists, as a guest teacher at art-schools and for painting groups, and I occasionally give painting demonstrations.

2017 RATES

Group classes at your choice of location: Full day (6-7 hours) $600 Half day (3 hours) $400
For classes outside of Vancouver, travel expenses extra.

Private Consultation/Mentorship: $75/hr

Private Consultation/Mentorship for Two: $120/hr

Demonstration:  $200

Artist Talk: $350

Testimonials: Click here if you would like to read about how others feel about my classes.

Email list: If you’d like to be notified of future workshops and classes, or would like to discuss other ways in which we could work together that could be potentially awesome,  please email me :