Choosing Your Class Topic

You can teach any topic you're passionate about and our students are always eager to learn from new teachers who bring a unique style and perspective. 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, all topics are welcome and as Skillshare grows, so does our audience. We see new topic areas growing in popularity all the time. 

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: Tom Froese focuses his class specifically on illustrating odd bodies.

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  • 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?

Reach out for advice: Email your ideas to teach@skillshare.com and we’d be happy to provide feedback!