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, Williams-Sonoma, American Girl, Parents Magazine and more. Examples of her work can be found on her site. Nicole started teaching photography classes in September 2007 and teaches from her own curriculum.

HOLLY HUCKLESBY teaches our beginning Illustrator and Photoshop classes. She has over 10 years experience working as a graphic designer in London. Specializing in Branding, Packaging and Advertising she relishes a design challenge. Holly has also been teaching at an international design college for 5 years to inspire others to join the exciting design industry.

CHELSEA FUSS teaches our Floral Arranging 101 class & Floral Arranging Weddings. 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!

TARA BENCH teaches our Food Styling 101 class. She has spent over 15 years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and food styling for various magazines, books, television and advertising. She has worked with renowned food photographers on photo shoots all over the country. Most recently she has been the Food and Entertaining Director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, where she was responsible for all food content for the brand. Prior to the Journal Tara was a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living, Kids and Weddings magazines. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart television show, the Today Show and as a judge on The Food Network Thanksgiving Challenge.

FLIGHT DESIGN CO is a team of three, Katrina McHugh (art director) Ariana Pritchett (brand strategist), and Matthew Meikle (graphic designer) and comprise your instructors for Branding 101. Flight Design Co is a small strategy and design studio. Created by a coach and designer duo, it supports creative businesses and mission driven organizations to reach new heights through thoughtful business strategy and quality design. The studio is best known for its 4-week branding program, Launch Sessions, during which they create custom identities for entrepreneurs and change makers who are looking to start something new or up-level something they’ve already got going.

KARA KIMBALL is our Customer Service Manager. If you have questions about our classes, your purchase or just want to hear from a real person, Kara will be on it!

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