Our students are always eager to learn from new teachers who bring a unique style and perspective. So we encourage you to teach on a topic you're passionate about, in line with our Class Guidelines. Our most popular topics include illustration, fine art, graphic design, photography, writing, productivity, branding, and creative freelancing. We see a lot of interest in topics related to living a creative life — from learning artistic skills to adjacent topics that make creative living better (like self-care, interior design, productivity, and more). That said, a variety of topics are welcome and as Skillshare grows, so does our audience. We see new topic areas growing in popularity all the time. Just be sure to avoid our restricted topics, which are listed in our Class Guidelines.
Here are some best practices to keep in mind when you’re deciding what to teach:
- Get specific
It's best to keep your class focused on a specific subject that you know well and are confident sharing. Specificity will differentiate your class from others on the platform and will keep it digestible. Along with specificity, keep your class short (we typically recommend between 20-60 minutes), focused, and manageable.
- Ask yourself: “What would I have loved to learn when I was new to this?”
Thinking back to the early days is a great way to put yourself in your students’ shoes. What did you find tricky, or really confusing? Not only will this give you a topic you know a lot about, it will help ensure you find an audience that’s hungry to learn it.
Here is a great example: Top Teacher Tom Froese focuses specifically on illustrating odd bodies in his class "ODD BODIES: Illustrating Expressive, Stylized People".
- Start with the project
As you’re thinking about topics, consider the project you’ll have your students create. Look to your own work for inspiration. Is there something you’ve made that you’re particularly proud of? This approach will also help you focus your class, covering just the skills students will need to make the project at the end. (See the next section for more on your class project!)
Need some help?
- Take a look at the Build an Amazing Channel: Getting Started on Your Next Class section of the handbook for more guidance on finding an engaging topic for your target audience.
- Read about teacher Hayden Aube’s system for choosing successful class topics.
- Try one of these creative brainstorming strategies.
- Reach out for advice! Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to provide feedback.