Founded in 2007, Nicole’s Classes offers a curriculum of online classes in photography, design, and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Our courses are fun and interesting with practical examples that help our students have lots of “ah ha!” moments.
The Nicole’s Classes application is a downloadable program you install on your computer. (The link to download will be provided the day the class starts.) Learning is divided into 2 or 4 weeks depending on the course and within those weeks you can learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. There are no set class times, so you needn’t worry about scheduling babysitters or being tardy for class. Our courses are flexible, fit into most any schedule and we happily welcome international students!
What makes our classes unique is our instructor involvement! We know how difficult it is to learn new material all on your own. You think you’re doing everything right, and for some reason, what you’re trying just isn’t working! And without someone to point out to you that one thing you’re doing wrong, you may never get it (or you’ll waste hours trying to figure it out). At Nicole’s Classes, you’re not left on your own. You watch the instructional videos at your own pace, and you are invited to email your instructor any time you have a question. In addition to email access to your instructor throughout your course, all courses include homework assignments that challenge you to try out what you’re learning. This is where the real learning happens! In the public homework galleries, instructors leave timely feedback, letting you know what you’ve done right, and what else you may want to try out. Your fellow students may also leave you a friendly comment or two!
If you want to get a sense of how our classes work, we invite you to check out our free tutorials. If you’re amazed at what you can learn in three minutes, imagine what you can learn in a month’s worth of instruction!
NICOLE HILL GERULAT teaches our photography classes. She graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in Commercial/Advertising Photography and has been working for over 10 years. Her clients include Real Simple, HGTV, Kiwi Magazine, Parents Magazine and more. Examples of her work can be found on her site as well as her blog, A Little Sussy. Nicole started teaching photography classes in September 2007 and teaches from her own curriculum.
ALMA LOVELAND teaches our Illustrator, InDesign and other design classes. She is a graphic designer who works primarily in Illustrator and InDesign. With her husband, Alma owns an art and design company, Ollibird, and is known for her clean, cheerful style. She designs mobile apps and products and identities for a variety of companies. Get a sense of her teaching style by watching a few of her free tutorials and reading a few Illustrator-related blog posts here at Nicole’s Classes!
MELANIE BURK teaches our Photoshop, Web and other design classes. She is a graphic designer who is obsessed with type. She believes there are three rules to good design: “typography, typography, typography.” Melanie is the founder of Fifth and Hazel, a company that produces websites, branding, catalogues, and surface design. With the belief that art impacts people, Melanie aspires to create good design that invokes change for the better. Get a sense of her teaching style by watching a few of her free tutorials and reading a few design tip blog posts!
CHELSEA FUSS teaches our Floral Arranging 101 class. She is known for her effortless, fresh, modern flower arrangements. Starting out her career with the trendsetting Poppybox Gardens, and picking up classes along the way from Jane Packer and Wild at Heart in London, Chelsea’s style blends technical training with a modern, playful style. Chelsea was the founder of Posies, her flower shop outside of Portland (2002-2007) and has been designing wedding and event flowers for over 15 years. She now writes articles on flower arranging for a variety of websites, and styles flowers and sets for catalogs, books and her own blog, Frolic!
THERESA GONZALEZ teaches our Sewing 101 class. She is the coauthor of the sewing book Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More Than 35 Projects (Chronicle Books, 2009) and is the former editor of the sewing magazine Cutting Edge. She has contributed original designs to Stitch Magazine, Adorn Magazine, and DesignSponge, and is currently the Group Editor in Chief for Craft at Future Publishing in San Francisco. In addition to a BA in English, she has studied interior design at Parsons School of Design and UC Berkeley Ext. and upholstery at FIT in New York. You can follow on Apartment Therapy, Instagram, and Twitter.
MONICA LEE teaches our Watercolor 101 class. She is a professional illustrator (you can see her work here) with a background in small business ownership, art licensing, editorial illustration and textile design. The multiple hats she has worn as a creative entrepreneur bring a fresh and compassionate perspective to her show, Smart Creative Women. Smart Creative Women is a web TV show where Monica interviews women working in the business of creativity. The show is a warm, relaxed and inviting atmosphere that has spoken to the hearts of women everywhere.
MARK WEINBERG teaches our Lightroom 101 class. He is a commercial and advertising photographer based in New York City. He shoots primarily architecture, travel and food. Some of his clients include One Kings Lane, KennethCole, Johnson&Johnson, Whole Foods Market. His work can be found on his website and he is frequently posting images to instagram @markweinbergnyc. Mark started using Lightroom before it was even available to the public and has used it ever since. His practical and workflow focused approach to the Lightroom 101 class that will get you up and running in no time.
MALLORY ULLMAN is our Customer Service Manager. If you have questions about our classes, your purchase or just want to hear from a real person, Mallory will be on it!
JEREMY MAZ is our resident Photography Teaching Assistant. He assists Nicole in critiques and answering student questions in our Photo based classes. He is a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design with a degree in Photography & Imaging.
KARA KIMBALL is our Shipping Manager. She makes sure all our textbooks make it to your mailboxes and helps in many capacities behind the scenes to keep Nicole’s Classes running smoothly!