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Introduction to Design and Composition

Selecting and arranging objects for a painting is not an easy task, even for experienced artists. This course will introduce you to all the elements that are at work in a composition and guide you through the process of getting professional results. It is intended for artists who are familiar with basic materials and have an understanding of their preferred medium. You can work in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil or pen and ink. Each assignment will ask for thumbnails or rough pencil studies as well as a finished piece … View

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Color Harmony Explained

Are your paintings dull and lacking life? Do you have trouble understanding what colors to use to make interesting combinations? Are you unsure how to create excitement with color? Are your paintings in need of a color infusion? Here are the tools you need to add color harmony to your work and make your paintings sing. Color, with its infinite combinations, is what makes your art exciting and unique. Start understanding and using colors that work. Start Date: September 23, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Instructor: Sharon Weaver … View

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Getting Started in Plein Air Painting

Have you ever wanted to move out of the studio to paint the great outdoors but were afraid to get started? Learn Michael Chesley Johnson’s best tips, tricks, and techniques for painting in plein air in oil, pastel, or acrylic in this online painting course. Whether you’re new to plein air painting or are seeking additional help, you’ll find the insights and guidance you need in this 4-week course. . Course registration comes with a digital download of The Painterly Approach by Bob Rohm, Prepare for Plein Air by Michael … View

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World Within Worlds: Finding the Art Around You

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Have you ever wondered where other artists get their ideas from? Have you ever had an artistic block? In this class we will explore different techniques and options on how to gather inspiration for art projects. Once the idea is established, we will be creating organic or creature/figure type compositions. The class will start out by exploring your surroundings, whether indoors or out, at home, work, a park, … View

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DIY Valentine’s Day Fine Art Cards

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again.Click here to see a list of currently available courses. There are countless courses on how to make cards using cut paper and various decorative objects but I want to show how you can make a much more personal “Fine Art Card” for Valentine’s Day. We will be using one of your own paintings, created from scratch in this course. You will be given some subject reference photos or you can work with one of your own. You will … View

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Introduction to Photorealistic Painting

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses.   Learn how to complete a photorealistic painting with artist Jesse Benson. Any visual artist can benefit by considering relationships between Painting and Photography. The benefits can include a sharpening of skill and a better understanding of visual phenomena. Students in this class will have the opportunity to select a photograph and work through an instructor-guided step-by-step process toward the completion of a photorealistic painting. The class is … View

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Creating Your Own Image Journal

In this exciting art journaling course you will create and keep your own image diary. Each day or at least 3 days per week you will go out and sketch anything that catches your eye. Look for interesting angles, compositions, textures, stains, patterns, contrast, landscape, close up, shadows, etc. and be sure to make as many sketches as you can. If there is a specific element you want to remember, go ahead and write a note to yourself by the sketch. This journal will be your own personal image diary, … View

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DIY Fine Art Holiday Cards

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. There are countless courses on how to make cards using cut paper and various decorative objects but I want to show how you can make a much more personal “Fine Art Card” for the holiday season. We will be using one of your own paintings, created from scratch in this course. You will be given some subject reference photos or you can work with one of your own. … View

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Art Challenge! 4 Challenges to Improve your Painting Skills

Challenge yourself! This painting course tackles 4 challenges to boost your skills and take you to the next level in your artistic journey. By the end of this 4 week course, you will have deep understanding of the 4 pillars of great painting! You will be on your way to creating great artwork and you’ll see a difference not only your work but how you think when you paint. In this course, you will learn: How to improve your drawing skills How to improve your compositional skills How edges in … View

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Go Figure: An Interpretive Class in Painting the Figure Both Nude and Clothed

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Bring abstract and classic painting techniques together in this 4-part figure painting course with Betsy Dillard Stroud. Each week will feature a different approach to creating compelling figures using different tools, including stamps. If you want to create more visually interesting figure compositions, then this course is for you. This course is also for more advanced painters and covers both the clothed and nude figure. We welcome artists … View

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Developing a Viable, Active, and Successful Art Career

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Paul Dorrell founded Leopold Gallery in 1991, and has been helping to advance the careers of emerging artists ever since.  His clients include Warner Brothers, H&R Block, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Mayo Clinic, and over 1000 private collectors. He is also the author of Living the Artist’s Life, the acclaimed career guidebook for artists.  It has been endorsed by the Associated Press, The Artist’s Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, … View

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Landscape & Plein Air Painting Fundamentals

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Whether you are new to painting, want to explore a new subject matter, or are an experienced landscape artist, one thing holds true: the practice of landscape painting can be a great learning opportunity for artistic growth. Compositional, observational, creative, color, value, drawing, and paint handling skills can all be strengthened by the practice of landscape painting. It’s a lot of fun too! This course will provide an … View

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Bring Atmosphere and Drama to Your Art

Take your understanding of light to the next level and bring atmosphere into your work. Learn how to enhance your composition with value, hue and intensity. See the affect of light on color and how to paint the different times of the day, use value to add movement to your painting and create a focal point with color. This course will help you understand the interaction of color and light on your composition to enhance your art.  Start Date: October 21, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Course Materials: … View

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Learning from the Modern Masters

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. A course for artists who work in oil, acrylics, watercolor, and gouache or pastel! I’m excited to be teaching this course about four of my favorite modern artists: Henri Matisse; Pierre Bonnard; Stuart Davis and Gustav Klimt.  Each artist gives us so much to think about; so many things that we can incorporate in our work; and each artist has such a different approach.  Don’t worry.  I don’t … View

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Quick Studies: Clothed and Nude Figure Oil Painting

This course will provide an overview of the essential skills necessary to create successful quick studies (average 1 hour) of the human figure. Students will primarily work from the clothed figure; however, the nude figure will also be introduced in week four. Specific focus will be placed on starting approaches, brushwork, full value and full color painting skills. View

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Unlock the Door to Your Creativity: Fearless Creating in Watercolor, Acrylic and Mixed Media

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. From her book The Artist’s Muse, Betsy Dillard Stroud offers this course to help you jump start your creativity with four creative challenges. Betsy says, “To be creative you simply open the door of the subconscious mind, allowing thoughts and images to emerge unedited.” Challenges always lead you to the next step, the next brushstroke, the next great painting. In this course, there are four innovative creative challenges … View

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Painting the Portrait, Level 1

Learn K. Hu’s portrait painting method as you follow along in a start to finish portrait in this 4-week painting course. Learn important tips for beginning portrait painters and advanced students alike. Build the confidence you need to create a beautiful portrait with accurate skin tones and drawing in this portrait drawing course.Course registration comes with a digital download of Classic Portrait Painting in Oils by Chris Saper. Start Date: September 9, 2014 Tuition: $159.99 Instructor: K. Hu (bio) Course Length: 4 weeks View Course Schedule Course Materials (included with … View

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Composition: The Foundation of Your Art

How often have you struggled with a painting for hours and hours only to be disappointed with the outcome? Often this problem can be traced back to the most basic mistake, a poorly designed composition.The hours you work on a painting trying to dress up a weak composition are wasted, so why not use that time to learn how to design a strong composition and make a foundation that will take your work to a new level? Learn how to compose a painting from start to finish with this online … View

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Painting Abstraction and Abstract Realism in Acrylics

Learn Betsy Dillard Stroud’s experimental and intriguing way to paint acrylics with four different exercises — a great lesson in painting abstractly with acrylics. You’ll begin with two exercises done in total abstraction and in the last two exercises, you’ll approach subject matter in an abstract way. Expect the unexpected! A joyous adventure awaits you as you join her in stepping out of your proverbial comfort zone, and having a lot of fun in the process. Start Date: October 14, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 Instructor: Betsy Dillard … View

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Discovering the Magic of Acrylics

Nationally known mixed media artist and instructor Jacqueline Sullivan will guide you in this four week class to discover the magic of acrylic paint. Learn Jacqueline’s best tips, tricks, and techniques for learning to paint with acrylics to create beautiful works of art. This course is designed for those new to acrylic paint as well as novice artists, and the focus of this class is to develop a fundamental skill with the medium of acrylic paint. This acrylic art class can also be helpful for the experienced artist who wishes … View

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Beginning Acrylic Painting

Join Laurie Humble for this exciting trip into the world of acrylic painting! Students will have fun completing 4 small paintings over 4 weeks while learning about color, style, value, detail, and overall composition. Learn how to paint in acrylics from the very beginning!Beginners will enjoy trying their hand at a variety of subject matter which will include a landscape, a still life, a floral, and an abstract for an outstanding introduction into the possibilities of the medium.If you’ve always wanted to learn how to paint with acrylics, this is … View

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Online Painting Course: Painting Pet Portraits with Personality in Oils, Acrylics, and Casein

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Have you always wanted to learn how to paint pet or animal portraits? Do you use oils, acrylics, or casein? If you are an animal lover and want to learn how to paint a portrait of your pet – with personality – this is the course for you! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned painter, you’ll find plenty of content to take your work to the next … View

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Art Critique Seminar

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses.   As you know, producing art is primarily a solitary activity. In many cases, any evaluation is limited to self-critique or the feedback of family & friends. Although there’s certainly a place for the encouragement of family and friends, an unbiased art critique is essential to artistic growth. Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What would it be like if a professional artist were to critique my … View