Monday, July 16, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions is launching Monday 23rd July.  One week from now you'll be able to sign up to one of the largest online art tuition libraries on the Internet!

Before we get into our FAQs, here's another little video to whet your appetite:

When is ArtTutor launching?
Barring any last minute glitches, we'll be launching a week today - Monday 23rd July.  We'll send an e-mail as soon as we go live.

How much does ArtTutor cost?
ArtTutor costs USD $14.95 per month, $74 for 6 months (a month free) or $129 for the year (a saving of $50).  
  • In Euros, the cost is approximately: EUR 12 per month, 60 for 6 months or 105 for the year.
  • In British Pounds, the cost is approximately: GBP £9.60 per month, £47 for 6 months or £83 for the year.
  • In Australian Dollars, the cost is approximately: AUD $15 per month, $75 for 6 months or $130 for the year.  

With the monthly option, is there a minimum amount of time I have to sign up for?
You can cancel the monthly option at any time and you'll be able to access ArtTutor until the date your billing cycle was set to renew.  In effect, the minimum time you can subscribe for is 30 days. 

How can you watch videos?
We like to make things as simple as possible so all our videos are click and play - just like YouTube. You can't download them, but you can watch them anywhere on any device (that includes iPhones and iPads as well as Android phones).

Every video is available in low, standard, or high definition to cater for differing Internet connection speeds.  If you are able to watch YouTube videos without them stuttering, our videos shouldn't be an issue for you either.

What should I expect from your videos?
All the videos will be categorised on the website according to medium, subject matter, and difficulty. All the videos either have a materials list or mention the materials in the video, and we try and provide downloadable reference material where possible.

We provide demonstrations across all ability levels as well as our foundation courses.

We try to make every video between 20 and 30 minutes long. For demonstrations that are longer than half an hour, we split the video into parts so you can follow along in bite-size chunks.

What about the monthly challenges?
We will be running 12 challenges per month (one per medium, and six for our most popular subject matter). The prize will be $50 (or equivalent in your currency) to spend at your favourite online art store and there will be one winner per challenge.

The difference between our monthly challenges on and the challenge we ran on the blog is that we're going to ask you to write a little self-critique on your image. We think this is a great way to help you improve.

When we judge the winners, we won't just choose the best, but we'll look at your critique and see what you learnt from the whole process, so even if you're not a budding Turner or Monet, there's no excuse!

Is just foundation courses?
No. We think it's really important that you have a good knowledge of the basics so our foundation courses are designed to do just that. They should be your first port of call before you progress to some of our more advanced demonstrations.

So together with our foundation courses, we will be launching with over 40 individual demonstrations and updating the site with another 40 demonstrations by the end of August alone.

How can I get my painting critiqued?
We will run a page on the forum asking for critiques each month. Critiques are free, but we can only select a limited number of images.  Even so, we'll choose images from different members each month so you have the best chance to be selected.

Will you be offering a money back guarantee?
For the 6 month and 12 month membership options, there is a 30-day money back guarantee.  We can't offer a guarantee on the monthly option but you can cancel at any time so that the most you risk is the cost of one month's subscription.

Early Bird Incentives
We're really excited about and we can't wait to share all our videos with you. We also know that there are some people who are as excited as we are and to show our appreciation, we're going to have some early bird incentives for people who sign up in the first three days.

On day one we'll pick 10 people out of everyone who signs up and then uploads some of their own artwork into the online gallery. Those 10 will get a personal critique of their artwork from one of our professional tutors.

One day two we'll pick 5 people, and on day three we'll pick 3 people.

What next? will be launching Monday 23rd July.

When the site launches you'll be able to create a user account and sign up.  If you're reading this it probably means you're on our Priority Notification List because we've only emailed people on that list.  If you were sent this link by a friend you can add yourself to the list below...

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As part of the build up, we'll be posting lots of free goodies on this blog. Make sure miss nothing by adding yourself to the Priority Notification List below:
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  1. Anonymous

    How many times can you view a video?
    How long is it available for during the year, that is can you go back to it some months later?
    I don't understand: comment as:

    1. Hi,

      Art Tutor will always be available - as long as you have a subscription package you can watch the videos as many times as you like.

  2. Anonymous

    My question is: I will be out of town for the week of July 23-29th and will not have a computer during this time. Will it be too late to sign up for the Art Tutor?
    Thank you

    1. Hi,

      You will be able to sign for Art Tutor at any time!

  3. Helen in Australia

    I would like a yearly subscription to this site. I have both Watercolour secrets and Acrylic secrets and have found them invaluable. I'm sure I'll learn many things throughout the year.

  4. Anonymous

    I just watched the Daisy lesson and have not yet perfected my drawing ability. Will you have "Templates" that we can download for some of the lessons?

    1. Hi,

      Some of our videos will have the initial sketch and reference material available to download.

  5. Rosemary in France

    I'm writing from France, and am rather confused... what is the difference between the CD videos (foundation outline ??) you present in the point : "July 2012 (11)" and the online Art Tutor which you can subscribe to as from tomorow 23/7/2012 ? Are the 33% off tutorials the same as those which will be on the online tutorial with monthly, 3-monthly or yearly subscriptions ? Sorry if my question seems daft, probably I'm the only one who doesn't understand ?
    Thanks for your help and compassion !!
    PS what are "templates" please, (my modern English is not perfect) and I too would like to know the answer to the question above... how many times can you view a video

    1. Hi Rosemary,

      Art Tutor will be purely online, so no DVDs. We will be launching with all the foundation courses (outlines in an earlier blog post) and over 40 different demonstrations (like some we've put on the blog already).

      When Art Tutor launches on Wednesday you can sign up to a 1 month, 3 month, or yearly subscription (with discounts if you sign up for more than 1 month). When you do this you get access to all our content.

      I hope this answers your questions!

      P.S. Templates are the initial sketch of a painting that you can download and trace onto your own work!

  6. Please explain again for the dummies!! how long will the videos be on the website? How often will new videos be put up? Or is the extra 40 videos in August the final lot? I am still confused.


    Gillian from Australia

    1. Hi Gillian,

      As long as you are a member of Art Tutor (with a subscription package), you can access all the content anytime you want.

      We will be updating the website all the time, so by the end of August we will have another 40 videos and we've got plenty more coming after that too!

    2. Hi Hannah, Surely if you keep all the videos indefinitely the site will be ome stale. So how often could one expect to find new videos in your particular medium? 'Plenty more coming' is too vague if a yearly subscription is purchased.


    3. Hi Gillian,

      We will be adding at least a DVD's-worth of content to the site each week and we will have an equal spread of lessons and tutorials across the 6 mediums we cover.