by Robin Pogrebin, 19 March 2015
CreditMark Courtney for The New York Times
Having worked as an art teacher for 50 years, Lois DeWitt decided to try offering drawing and painting classes online. So in 2008 she established a website — Free Online Art Classes — that now attracts about 15,000 visitors a month from places like Indonesia, Africa and Germany to courses that include instruction in watercolors, oil painting and “artful lighting.” (Ms. DeWitt also happens to work in the lighting department of a Home Depot store on Sundays.)
“I have it all in my brain, and I want to share this,” said Ms. DeWitt, 72, in a telephone interview from her home in Wilmington, N.C. “Brick and mortar is hard — having a gallery and having a building — and the Internet is wonderful that way.”
Ms. DeWitt’s online courses, which attract advertising, are among a growing number of efforts by schools, distance learning companies, entrepreneurs and even museums that are experimenting with how to help people become artists without entering a classroom.