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We believe there’s a creator in all of us. From the moment we struck fire, we met our challenges with creative tools. We make dreams come true, problem-solve, and express ourselves through creativity. It shapes our identity and ties us together. Creativity gives us hope - helps us innovate and imagine. It’s how we change the world.

Our Mission

Behind the scenes at Photo Week 2016 with Emily Soto, a CreativeLive photography instructor.

CreativeLive students, instructors, and staff.

(we are) one community

We’re a community of innovators, doers, and hustlers made stronger by our diversity. We welcome you to be who you are, share, create, and belong. When it comes down to it, we’re more alike than we are different. We’re all in this together and together we can be a force for good.

On set at Steve Hansen’s studio for this class on professional food photography.

(we believe in) access for everyone

We believe in access to quality education for everyone. Education opens up doors, breaks down barriers, fosters growth and collaboration. It’s the building block for change. Equality, creativity, humanity have no boundaries.

CreativeLive student Sierra Jewel swaps stories with in-studio classmates on drawing and color theory.

we don’t shine if you don’t

We’ll be the first to admit we’ve cried over missed opportunities and epic fails. But we’ve always learned more from our failures than successes.

The thing is, whether we’re up or down, connecting with community throughout the creative journey keeps us grounded and keeps us going.

We’re here to champion you, to support what you do, celebrate your voice, and lift up your spirits.

Behind the scenes with the legendary Joe McNally, CreativeLive photography instructor.

(we believe) success is within reach

Dreams won’t work if you don’t. They never happen overnight and they rarely follow a straight line. Excellence is the result of the hustle - consistently pushing to do better. And success looks different for everyone.

We chart paths and tailor content for students, but we also encourage independent thinking and exploration. Go outside of your comfort zone. Who knows? You might like it.

Our Story

Chase Jarvis, CreativeLive CEO at Photo Week 2016

In 2009, Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson started kicking around the idea of making workshops to inspire and support people with the tools to develop their creative skills.

The goal was to take a fresh approach to education - to give anyone interested access to visionaries, leaders, and professionals who are doing the work.

So they experimented. In December of that year, the team rolled out a Jason Hoppe Photoshop class and the class actually drove “bacon” to one of the top trending terms for the day on Twitter. The amount of traffic driven to our pages validated for the team that we had an audience - that we were onto something.


Together, we’re 7 years wiser
with 1500+ curated classes,
650+ world-class instructors, and
10+ million students strong.


There’s a creator
in all of us.*