About Us


Do you want to learn art?

Whatever your skill level, we want to help you surpass your own expectations of what you think you’re capable of  — and even learn how to make a sustainable income with it.

Learn from Industry Professionals

Our instructors are professional artists themselves who are well-versed in the most up-to-date information, software, hardware, and techniques used today.

Flexible Learning Options

Have a busy life? Whatever schedule you might have right now, you can still start the path to become a professional artist. We have many options available to take our classes in a way that works best for you.

Dramatically Improve your Skills

Our courses specifically designed to develop a solid artistic foundation and refined artistic skills. We'll help you move past old habits, and in the process, see clearly.

Use your New Artistic Skills for Income

There has never been a time in human history for it to be so easy to support yourself by being an artist, and especially by working remotely. Keep an eye out for our business courses, launching very soon, so that you can use your art as your income source.

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What we offer Students

In addition to the above-mentioned features, whether you’re straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading your skills – our specialized art programs help you build practical job skills that will benefit you throughout your career.

We teach skills in:

  • Traditional Fine Art Mediums
  • Procreate App
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Business and Professionalism
  • Instructional Skills

Available and Upcoming Courses:

  • Colored Pencils
  • Gouache
  • Charcoal
  • Art Fundamentals: Light
  • Drawing Exercises
  • Digital Illustration using Procreate – Intro Course
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign
  • Social Media for Professional Artists – Master Course
  • Instagram Reels Bootcamp for Artists
  • Audio Setup and Editing for Content Creation
  • Pinterest 1-Day Bootcamp for Artists
  • NFT Master Course

… more courses will be launching soon!

Learning and growing with us

Sarah Lindsay, founder of Golden Ratio Academy, has been studying fine art and digital as far back as she can remember, selling her first professional piece in 2001. She started teaching in-person sessions and workshops, on a wide variety of topics, in 2006. To read more about how this academy came to be, scroll down to check out our history!

If you’re interested in taking art classes, check out what’s currently available in our Student Center, and subscribe to be notified (at the bottom of this page) of our upcoming courses by both Sarah and other qualified instructors, who also work in the art industry. Do you have a group who want to take customized classes? Let us know what you’re looking for and we may be able to help!

If you would like to apply to teach in our academy, we thank you very much for your interest and would love to hear from you. Please be aware, though, that not all who apply to be an instructor will be accepted. Additionally, we only accept one or two new instructors at a time, and work with them individually to help them get settled in. Sarah has a background with university-level instruction and is committed to supporting each instructor in each of their courses. We value quality over quantity.

Sarah Lindsay, Founder of Golden Ratio
You might recognize Sarah Lindsay as one of the instructors from the Ode 2 Art Academy, formerly called the New world School of Art.

Sarah has been teaching multiple courses for them since their digital courses were launched in 2021, using a combination of zoom and her own unique online teaching platform, which powers Golden Ratio Academy, and was developed by her in 2018!
It's been quite the journey to get to where we are now.
Scroll down to see more...
  • 2002
    July 1, 2002
    While selling her art locally, Sarah began working at Vancouver Island University. In time, she worked in the Teaching and Learning Centre, located on-campus. There, she was able to gain valuable experience in class planning, teaching, hosting educational events, and some other projects funded by BCcampus.
  • September 12, 2006
    It was during this time Sarah became a certified as an 'Instructional Skills Workshop' Facilitator and 'Facilitator Development Workshop' Trainer, meaning she could teach others how to teach more effectively, and also began teaching others, on-campus, how to use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and features within the Microsoft Office suite.
    2006

    Sarah's classes ranged in size from 5 - 60 students in attendance. Sarah was also the organizer behind VIU Open Door Week, which invited local schools and the public to sit in on various classes across VIU's 3 campuses, for free.

  • 2015
    June 8, 2015
    Sarah suffered a severe spine injury, losing function on the left side of her body, and was diagnosed with a degenerative genetic disorder. The pain and damage was so severe she was unable to even hold a pencil for 2 years.

    Thinking her drawing days were over, she still worked hard to regain general mobility after spine surgery. 

  • May 1, 2018
    Through much work she relearnt how to draw all over again, and ease out a frustrating tremor caused by nerve damage. Though her condition is still a daily struggle (even to this day), she wanted to share what she learnt about both physically creating art and intellectually creating it. Sarah can never return to working in the way she did previously, so instead she decided to teach art online, using what she learnt. This was how the Golden Ratio Academy came to be.
    2018

    In 2021, she also joined the Ode 2 Art Academy's list of instructors, teaching some of their unique courses, which she's still teaching today! 

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    10:00am–4:00pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (Pacific Time)

    Academy Location

    Our school is entirely online. You can enjoy our classes and instruction anywhere you are!

    Welcome to Golden Ratio Academy

    Do you want to become a professional artist? We’re a group of artists, with decades of experience in digital art, traditional art, and university-level instructing – and now we’re sharing what we know through online courses and events!