Coming soon…

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 all city art centers and schools are currently closed. That’s why I am moving ONLINE! I teach drawing, painting, illustration, digital art, portfolio, and private lessons throughout the Ottawa area. 
Feel free to email any expressions of interest.
Do you have questions? Maybe I’ve answered them below!

What am I offering?

Online art classes and private lessons.

Art classes will be similar to what I’ve been offering in the past, with the addition of some new topics! While private lessons can be tailor made to meet your needs (it can be for one student or for your family or group of friends).

Why are you using the Live online format?

I have decided to use a Live Online Format for a few reasons. The main one is to stay physically distanced and safe during these times. But also, because they are synchronous events. That is, we will meet virtually at scheduled times to watch my live demonstrations, participate, receive feedback and basically learn together in real-time. As always, my students can communicate with each other and with me during the class time. I believe this is the best way to simulate the regular in-person classroom environment! (Not to mention you can take the class in your comfy clothes, have snacks near by, and there’s no commute to class!)

How will this work?

I will be using Zoom, an online video conferencing tool. It is a free application. Detailed instructions will be sent to you once you have registered. Or you can just go ahead and try it yourself ahead of time with your friends and family. (There is a free plan). Visit and click ‘Sign Up’ OR search Zoom and download the app on your smart phone or tablet device.

How do I sign up for a class(s)?
Each course description will include the price and a registration link. Follow that link to register and then make an e-transfer to
Once your payment has been processed, you will be sent the link and password to join your class.

How do I sign up for a private lesson(s)?
To schedule a private lesson, email me directly.
What payment method will you be using?

INTERAC e-transfer

What do you need to participate in your online classes?

    • Decent internet connection
    • PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android phone/tablet device
    • Some basic art supplies (which will be listed in my course descriptions)
    • A nice spot at your place to sit down and make some art!

What kind of at home set up will provide the best learning experience?

  • Because these are art lessons, the bigger the screen the better. If possible, I would shy away from using your phones to join the lessons.
  • For traditional art lessons, have some decent table space and a comfortable chair to watch your lesson from.
  • For digital art lessons, you will need to have access to a desktop computer or laptop, mouse, and keyboard. In these cases, students sometimes sign in with their phones or tablets and follow along on their computers (if they do not have a duo monitor set up).

Do I have to show my face or speak during the class?

You do not need to, but it is recommended. Most laptops, smartphones, tablets, and some desktops have a built-in camera and microphone already. Or you can use an external webcam connected to your computer. Having the ability to hear and see each other adds to the learning experience in a positive way. Students can easily share how their art is doing and ask questions. It is especially helpful for certain classes where I divide the class up into short discussion groups.

However, you can always simply watch the lesson and follow along at home. There is a chat function for those who are not able to, or don’t want to use the audio/video options. And if the internet connection is slow, I may temporarily turn off student video to aid in the delivery of information.


Send me good vibes so that I get this up and running soon! Thank you and take care everyone!

Maya Hum is an independent fine artist and illustrator based in Ottawa, Canada. She teaches for the City of Ottawa, Ottawa School of Art and the Bluesfest School of Music and Art. To find out more, you can visit her about page here.