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Sessions Online unveils the first fully online school of fine arts.

NEW YORK -- In February, Sessions Online[TM] Schools of Art and Design unveiled its School of Fine Arts, the only fully online program offering formal training on academic fine-art techniques geared toward the professional market.

Sessions Online launched the School of Fine Arts because of the increased demand from students requiring a complete immersion in fine-art instruction, which ranges from art history and drawing to watercolor and painting. With the flexibility of a self-paced program and courses available around the clock, students are taught and mentored by faculty who are accomplished artists with major gallery credentials.

Sessions Online Chief Learning Officer Gordon Drummond says that each course combines lectures with practical projects. Students have the ability to upload these projects to an open drop-box viewable by both the instructor, who will provide a personal critique, and the students.

"Communication between student and instructor is very much one-to-one, but you're also taking part in a class where you can see everyone's work and talk to your classmates," Drummond says. "You'd be surprised just how much personal feedback you get from an online course."

Drummond also says the online environment can allow beginning artists freedom from the fear of harsh critiques of their work. "You're concerned with just learning basic concepts, and that you'll be judged before you even get off the ground," Drummond says. "But [Sessions] is a low-risk, less intimidating creative learning environment."

Sessions is the only online non-degree granting school to achieve full accreditation by the Distance Education and Training Council and Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Sessions is also licensed by the New York State Education Department.

Whether students want to advance their current careers or simply deepen their appreciation of fine art, the Sessions Online program features challenging coursework and an interactive culture that is highly personable and nurturing. Core classes are complemented with open studio courses in which students work under the mentorship of a chosen instructor to refine their skills and deepen their creative voice.

Every class in the School of Fine Arts offers lectures, hands-on projects, video tutorials, illustrations and interactive exercises with ongoing, one-to-one feedback from faculty, who teach using the same techniques that master artists have handed down over centuries.

"The School of FineArts combines our passionate, committed faculty with a full slate of courses designed to challenge students to think creatively and unleash their full potential as artists," says Jordon Schranz, director of Sessions Online School of Fine Arts.

The School of Fine Arts is designed around students' lifestyles, with classes and coursework available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The highly flexible curriculum enables students to only take classes that are right for their needs and to enroll and study around their schedules.

"You can study when you want at your own pace, which is not to be underestimated for a working adult;' Drummond says.

To learn more, visit www.sessions.edu.

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