Become the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be

You’re Not Too Old...It’s Not Too Late

You’ve spent your life taking care of other people, helping them achieve their dreams and goals.  Now, it’s time to take care of you.  Do something special for yourself.  You’ve always dreamed of becoming the artist you’ve always wanted to be and you’ve never had the time.

Until now.

No art school? No previous art classes? No problem.

Instruction + Community + Inspiration = Empowered Artists

Intro to Art Life

Over 2 years ago, I created a community and video tutorials for artists called VITAL Art Sessions…

I’ve always wanted to give more
Now I’m offering part of that experience to you – FREE!

Master Your Still Life Painting Skills

Join Kelli and this worldwide community of artists for ongoing support.

You’ll get three NEW 30-minute video lessons each month, in addition to LIVE Q & A’s, critiques, and additional bonuses. You’ll be amazed at how fast you progress.

Art Life Conversations with Kelli Folsom

I am SUPER excited to announce the official release of my brand new podcast where we talk about all things art life!

I’ll share with you the struggles and wins to making art, as well as art history, and we’ll even talk about business and selling. 

The purpose of this podcast is to inspire, motivate, encourage, and share the real life of a working artist no matter where you are on your art journey.

Play the latest episode

Peonies Masterclass

Are you ready to have fun and master painting peonies?

At the same time? Yes that’s possible!

If you want to paint beautiful peonies in a variety of styles then this series is for you!

Spring Flowers Masterclass Series

Do you want to paint flowers that sing this Spring?

If so, you’re gonna want this Masterclass on Spring Flowers

Get over your fear of flowers and start painting lilies, tulips, cherry blossoms, ranunculus, daffodils, and lilacs.

The Complete Rose Series Masterclass

Does painting roses make you want to pull your hair out? Are you too scared to even try them? Do you love painting them, but want to get to the next level of mastery in composing them?

If you answered, yes then this is the series for you! Never again do I want you to be afraid of painting roses.

This masterclass series walks you through it one step at a time.

Oil Painting for Beginners

Kelli once was a beginner too and knows exactly how confusing it can be!  Whether you’re an absolute beginner or have been painting for a while this series will benefit you.

Sift through the mysteries of supplies and find out exactly what Kelli uses.  You’ll understand colors, values, form, glow, atmosphere, mixing color the practical easy way, and lighting a still life. 

Become a Plein Air Painter

Do you like to paint outside?
Get outside with Kelli and learn what it takes to be a plein air painter.

In this series of downloadable video lessons, learn how to mix color and compose a scene outside of the studio.

Find Your Artistic Voice

Discover who you are as an artist, what you’re here to create, and learn how to overcome the blocks that keep you stuck. This special course is limited to twenty students.

With Kelli’s expertise and guidance you’ll find out what you want to create as an artist through guided exercises, discussion calls and accountability. Students in this course get priority on monthly private video critiques.

Let’s help each other thrive!

Why Art Matters to Me

It all started for me in the 2nd grade when I won a coloring contest.

One early morning in the school cafeteria before class began. I was soothing myself by coloring. I was coloring my happy place, my Nannie and Papa’s farm. Brooke the class bully sat next to me and now I really needed to soothe myself! I was scared, but Brooke loved my drawing and encouraged me to enter it in the school contest. From that point on Brooke and I were good friends.

Art became a way for me to connect with others in a different way. It helped turn a bully into a friend. It helped me see myself differently, as someone who had something special to share with the world.

I too, was a “late” bloomer.  Although I had this powerful early moment it took me years to find my way back to it since I didn’t have any nurturing of this gift. I started the path again when I was 30 years old and searching for more purpose and fulfillment.

In a sense Art gave me life. Art has introduced me to a whole different world beyond the community in which I was raised. It’s taken me to art college in Connecticut, to Paris, Florence, Amsterdam and oddly to Bulgaria.

Art helps me express myself, find yourself and be my best self. It’s showed me what I’m capable of. Even though the challenge is a big one, the reward is even bigger.

Perhaps most exciting to me is that it’s led me to being here with you, helping you become the artist you’ve always wanted to be.

So no, art is not frivolous. It’s important, to us as individuals and to us collectively.

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You have a true gift when it comes to teaching; your calm, gentle demeanor really help the student to focus on the lesson at hand and retain the skills demonstrated.

Lori B.

I love the way you've shared, not only your extensive knowledge of painting techniques and skills but yourself also.

Tresa D.