Popular Courses for Kids

Basic Cartooning art course for children

Basic Cartooning

6 week course on cartoon drawing fundamentals.

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Realistic Drawing and Shading course for children

Realistic Drawing and Shading

6 week course on realistic drawing and shading fundamentals.

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How to draw Movement Basics course for children

Movement Basics

6 week course on the fundamentals of action and movement.

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How to draw Retro Robots Course for children

Retro Robots

Learn how to draw and assemble your own retro-style robots.

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How to draw Super Cute Animals course for children

Super Cute (Kawaii) Animals

Learn a simple way to draw all sorts of super cute animals.

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How to draw Fairy Garden course for children

Fairy Garden

Draw mushrooms, a fairy house and a cute fairy.

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How to draw Kawaii (Cute) Food course for children

Kawaii (Cute) Food

Learn how to draw a range of kawaii (cute) foods.

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How to draw Retro Rockets art course for children

Retro Rockets

Learn how to draw the parts of rockets to create your own.

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Art tips and articles

We are always answering questions, finding and making helpful resources, throwing down challenges and publishing tips to help you on your art journey, which you can also find on our Blueberry Beetle Facebook page and our Blueberry Beetle Art blog.

An article introducing to the colour wheel for young artists


Free art videos

These are available on our Blueberry Beetle Youtube channel. Don’t forget to like us and subscribe for more FREE videos!

How to draw delicious doughnuts video for young artists



Quick How to Draw Exercises

How to Draw a Cupcake course for children

How to Draw a Cupcake

Learn How to draw a cute cupcake step-by-step.

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How to Zombify Pretty Much Anything drawing course for children

How to Zombify Pretty Much Anything

Learn the steps to turn all sorts of things into a zombie.

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How to Draw a Dolphin Course for children

How to Draw a Dolphin

Learn the steps to draw a dolphin coming out of the water.

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How to Draw a Baby Dragon Course for children

How to Draw a Baby Dragon

Learn the Steps of drawing a dragon hatching from an egg.

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Art Videos

How to draw a Fairy Mushroom House Video for children

Fairy Mushroom House

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How to draw Basic Face Proportions Video for children

Basic Face Proportions Video

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How to draw Doughnuts Video for children

Doughnuts Video

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How to draw a Floating Island Video for children

Floating Island Video

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Children's Art Courses.

We have a number of courses, exercises, challenges and videos for kids. These include:

  • Full Art Courses: 6 Week classes that train you to be an amazing artist. These will teach you the fundamentals, get you practicing and are full of the same tips and tricks that real artists use;
  • Short courses: These are shorter courses in all sorts of topics. They will either show you Step-by-Step and help you assemble your own pictures;
  • Free Art Videos: These are available on our Blueberry Beetle Youtube account and you can find them here;
  • Art tips and Challenges: which you can also find on our Facebook page: Blueberry Beetle.

All courses contain a lot of written information. Please be aware you may need to read and demonstrate the written content for pre-readers and non-readers.

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Basic Cartooning Course

6 week course on cartoon drawing fundamentals.

Ages 6+. Ideal age 8+.

$100.00 AUD

Eligible for Creative Kids Voucher

Creative Kids Voucher

Our Basic Cartooning course is designed to teach you how to draw anything in a simple style.

This course teaches fundamentals of drawing objects, characters and backgrounds, to copy or from imagination.

This course is a great introduction for drawing animation, character design and game design as well.

Basic Cartooning is a Creative Kids approved course for kids in NSW, Australia, and so is free if you have the voucher. However, anyone, anywhere can join this course (:

This course can be done completely online, and includes:

  • Topics, which include online written information, examples, videos and tips that you can access anytime, anywhere. These teach you skills then build on them;
  • Exercises within and/or at the end of each topic to practice what you have learnt. These are usually in the form of pdf sheets that you can print and work from, though you can usually just copy from the sheet template;
  • If you follow the set start date, we have weekly video conferencing for an hour a week, to review that week’s lesson, exercises and to answer questions (but we can answer questions or give feedback throughout the week too).

Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • Printer (possible without, but includes pdf worksheets)
  • Drawing paper (printer paper is fine)
  • A 2B pencil (or similar), as you would use for school.
  • Preferably an eraser and sharpener.
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How to draw Basic Cartooning Course for children

Realistic Drawing and Shading Course

6 week course on realistic drawing and shading fundamentals.

Ages 8+. Ideal age 10+.

$100 AUD

Eligible for Creative Kids Voucher

Creative Kids Voucher

Our Realistic Drawing and Shading course is designed to teach you how to draw and shade accurately, to make your objects look more real.

This course teaches art school fundamentals of drawing outlines using measurement, simplification and self-correction. We will also show you how to see and shade tonal values accurately.

This course is a great introduction for portrait drawing, life-drawing and realistic painting.

Realistic Drawing and Shading is a Creative Kids approved course for kids in NSW, Australia, and so is free if you have the voucher. However, anyone, anywhere can join this course (:

This course can be done completely online, and includes:

  • Topics, which include online written information, examples, videos and tips that you can access anytime, anywhere. These teach you skills then build on them;
  • - Exercises within and/or at the end of each topic to practice what you have learnt. These are usually in the form of pdf sheets that you can print and work from, though you can usually just copy from the sheet template;
  • - If you follow the set start date, we have weekly video conferencing for an hour a week, to review that week’s lesson, exercises and to answer questions (but we can answer questions or give feedback throughout the week too).

Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • Printer (possible without, but course includes pdf worksheets)
  • Drawing paper (printer paper is fine) but a drawing book will show progress.
  • A 2B pencil (or similar), as you would use for school. Preferably a set of 5 pencils, like a tin of drawing pencils, including (for example), an H or 2H pencil, an HB, a 2B, a 5B or 6B and an 8B. (The point is to have a range, rather than these exact pencils (: )
  • An eraser and sharpener. A putty eraser is an advantage.
  • Other drawing materials like willow charcoal are great for experimenting in your own time, but not essential for the course.
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How to draw Realistic Drawing and Shading Course for children

Movement Basics Course

6 week course on the fundamentals of action and movement.

Ages 9+.

$100 AUD

Eligible for Creative Kids Voucher

Creative Kids Voucher

The Movement basics course extends from the Basic Cartooning Course.

We will look at drawing your objects and characters with more life to make them look like they are moving or reacting to their environment. This will also help with expression and story-telling.

We will also go into the basics of drawing to animate.

Movement basics is a Creative Kids approved course for kids in NSW, Australia, and so is free if you have the voucher. However, anyone, anywhere can join this course (:

This course can be done completely online, and includes:

  • Topics, which include online written information, examples, videos and tips that you can access anytime, anywhere. These teach you skills then build on them;
  • Exercises within and/or at the end of each topic to practice what you have learnt. These are usually in the form of pdf sheets that you can print and work from, though you can usually just copy from the sheet template;
  • If you follow the set start date, we have weekly video conferencing for an hour a week, to review that week’s lesson, exercises and to answer questions (but we can answer questions or give feedback throughout the week too).

Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • Printer (possible without, but includes pdf worksheets)
  • Drawing paper (printer paper is fine)
  • A 2B pencil (or similar), as you would use for school
  • Preferably an eraser and sharpener
  • A small notepad or post-it pad about 6 – 8 cm square, OR paper, scissors and staples to make your own.
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How to draw Movement Basics Course for children

Quick Courses

All you need is some paper and a 2B (or similar) pencil! (Colour pencils are great too!)

Retro Robots Course

Learn how to draw and assemble your own retro-style robots.

Ages 5+ (Ideal age 7+)

$10 AUD

Learn how to assemble robots in the 1950 style!

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How to draw Retro Robots Course for children

Super Cute (Kawaii) Animals Course

Learn a simple way to draw all sorts of super cute animals.

Ages 7+

$10 AUD

Learn a basic trick to draw lots of super-cute animals!

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How to draw Cute (Kawaii) Animals Course for children

Fairy Garden Course

Draw mushrooms, a fairy house and a cute fairy.

Ages 6+ (Ideal age 7+)

$10 AUD

Learn how to draw a simple fairy, cute fairy mushrooms and a fairy mushroom house!

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How to draw Fairy Garden Course for children

Kawaii (Cute) Food Course

Learn how to draw a range of kawaii (cute) foods.

Ages 6+

$10 AUD

Draw all sorts of cute (kawaii) food and learn how to draw super-cute faces!

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How to draw Kawaii (Cute) Food Course for children

Retro Rockets Course

Learn how to draw the parts of rockets to create your own.

Ages 6+ (Ideal age 8+)

$8 AUD

Mix and match some cool 50s and 60s looking rockets!

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How to draw Retro Rockets Course for children

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Creative Kids Vouchers.

BlueberryBeetle is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Creative Kids.

A number of our courses are eligible for Creative Kids Vouchers – these have the icons in the corner of the picture. We will keep adding to these courses over time.

Creative Kids Vouchers are vouchers worth $100 per child in NSW, Australia, that can be spent on Creative courses with eligible providers. You can apply for your Creative Kids Voucher at Service NSW.

If you want to enrol using your Creative Kids Voucher, please fill in the form below. We will do our best to get you enrolled within 2 working days. You can also message us to talk about class options or to enrol - email us.

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About Us.

Blueberry Beetle is an online art school which teaches the fundamental art principles, no matter what your age. And you can learn in your own space and time, wherever you are.

These are the art classes designed to learn at home with the sorts of art supplies most people already have available! So, not only are our courses well-priced, but they need minimum investment to get started.

We have a range of courses, from fun and quick courses on a certain theme to more in-depth courses that will train you the way real artists are trained. It is becoming harder to find courses which teach the old school principles, practices, skills and traditions from a classical training. It is even harder to find them available at a time and place which suits you. That’s why we’re here.

Each course shows examples and gets you to practice as you go so you can build up your skills. We want to teach you HOW to draw and paint but also WHY we do it a certain way so you can analyse and check your work for yourself to become an independent artist.

In addition, our teachers are working artists and illustrators who can give you real-world tips including overcoming common problems, answering questions about art or sharing/ creating useful resources.

So, if you want a class that is:

  • available when it suits you,
  • is completely online,
  • requires the minimum outlay of art supplies to start learning,
  • is soooo much cheaper than inner-city art schools,
  • has contactable teachers, and
  • will teach you all the tricks, principles and tips you have always wanted to know, then

Welcome to Blueberry Beetle!

We're excited to have you here.

‘Welcome to Blueberry Beetle! We look forward to training you.’

Meg English is the principal teacher of Blueberry Beetle. She is an accomplished artist and illustrator with many years of practical and teaching experience, from Cartooning to Realism and everything in between. You can check out some samples of her works here.

We are a new art school that is adding new contributors. Feel free to contact us if you would like to Work for Us.


Hire Us.

Private Classes and Parties

We are available for in online classes and in-person classes in the North Coast of NSW. Please email us for more information and discuss your needs.

Commissions

Looking for an artist or illustrator? Please contact us here with an outline and any examples of what you are looking for to organize a commission.

Click here to see samples of work.


Work for Us.

If you would like to teach with us, please email us a CV including evidence of your active (Paid) Working With Children Check.

If you would like to submit courses online, please submit some samples of your writing and art work when you email us. We would love to hear from you.


How to Enrol

To enrol now, Go to our Log-In Page and set up an account. This will be your account while you are studying your course(s), so that you can come and go as you would like and you can save your progress.

Create a username and password. The password needs to have at least 8 characters, using at least one digit (a number between 0 and 9), and at least one lowercase letter.

Make sure you write or save this somewhere so you can log in again easily.

Find the course you want to do and enrol in that subject using paypal for paid courses or enrol for free.

If you have any questions, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, contact us via Facebook. This may take up to 2 working days.

Enrol Using your Creative Kids Voucher

To get a Creative Kids Voucher, (for kids in NSW, Australia), click here. Children are eligible for one voucher per child in a calendar year. New year? Apply again!

To use your Creative Kids Voucher, simply fill out the form below. Follow the information on your Creative Kids Voucher exactly. We will do our best to get you enrolled within 2 working days.

Alternatively, contact us directly and we’ll get you sorted out in person.


Troubleshooting, Help and Support

For any issues with the courses, including course material, enrolling, payments, technical problems or anything else, please contact us and we will endeavor to contact you back as soon as possible.


Common Questions.

Are classes 100% online?

Yes, classes are 100% online. Most classes are a mix of illustrations, diagrams and written content. Many have video content and video conference sessions as well. In addition, teachers are available to answer questions, give feedback and help with courses through our Facebook page or email (within reason – we have many students!)

How long do classes go for? What is involved in classes?

These varies from course to course.

Our How to draw courses will take you step-by-step how to draw a particular thing. These usually take less than an hour, depending on how complex the subject and your drawing experience.

Our short courses usually have a theme where you will draw more than one thing in a theme, such as cute food, robots, rockets, fairy gardens etc. This may take a few hours and you may want to come and go from these courses.

We also have more involved classes which teach art fundamentals and principles. These are more detailed and involved, and are focused on training you to be a real artist (though all practice is useful). These tend to run over a few weeks. These involve you reading the written content, watching the videos and doing the practice exercises. Many have one hour a week included where you can video-conference the teacher to ask questions, see examples, solve problems or get feedback on your work.

What art supplies or equipment do I need?

For most of our drawing courses, you will need:

  • Internet access, preferably on a device that has access to a printer to print off worksheets (however, these can often be copied onto your paper);
  • Clean paper to draw on. Printer paper or an art book is fine;
  • Sharpened pencils (and a sharpener). We recommend 2B pencils but HB are fine;
  • Erasers are recommended;
  • You may want colour pencils to finish your artworks.

In other words, we try and limit the art supplies you need to what most students have in school supplies or in their home office.

You can also fill in worksheets directly onto a drawing tablet if you have the equipment and applications.

Other courses will have different art supply requirements, and these will be listed in the information before you enrol.

Our courses are specially designed so that you do not need to outlay lots of money on art supplies and equipment. We always endeavor to minimise your art supply investment, and will recommend cheaper alternatives and tricks where we can. We want to focus on the training, not swamp you with expensive art supplies.

Do you accept Paypal?

Yes, we accept payment by Paypal, for your security. This is a secure online payment method with acts as an intermediary between customers and businesses, for more online protection than using your debit or credit card details directly. If you don’t have a Paypal account, you can set one up here.

Can I use my Creative Kids vouchers?

Yes, you can use Creative Kids Vouchers if you are eligible and live in NSW Australia.

We have specific courses which meet the requirements of the Creative Kids Vouchers. These teach drawing, painting and animation fundamentals, and go over a series of lessons. These will be marked in the Course Information section.

These are usually priced at $100, which makes them free with creative Kids vouchers.

More courses are being added all the time.

How do I enrol?

There are two ways to enrol - setting up a user account and accessing free courses/ paying with paypal, and enrolling using your Creative Kids vouchers. For more information, click here.

Why do I need to create an account to enrol in courses?

Courses are offered on the Moodle platform. This requires an account before accessing. Having an account means that it will save your progress as you go and that you can come and go as you have the time. As such, our courses will fit into your busy life.

You may wish to set up a guest account to familiarize yourself with the setup, though these have limited functions.

What skill level do I need?

The age limit shown for classes is a suggestion of the sort of skill level needed to gain from and enjoy the course. This is based on the level most children are at at this age.

Where classes are more challenging or involved, the age limit goes up, or it will be indicated in the individual course information.

Can children younger than the recommended age enrol?

All courses involve written content and this has been adjusted to the reading age of the recommended age limit. While we recognise that many children have a higher level of skill, talent or interest for their age, the reading level may present a problem. Parents/ guardians and caregivers can overcome this by reading aloud or explaining the written content to younger students. However, please keep in mind that they may not enjoy the material, have the ability or have the focus to do courses for older age groups. You take responsibility for enrolling them in courses that are recommended for older children.

Does my child need to be able to read to enrol?

All courses have written content. If your child cannot read, they will need someone to read for them and explain the material.

Children may also enjoy watching our free drawing videos, where they can copy the artist.