The Courageous

Mixed Media Mentorship

This online workshop is for artists that are looking to create a professional portfolio of work. The instructor will work one-on-one with artists, refining their skills to create professional works for the fine and commercial art marketplace. In addition, discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will help each attendee to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term. Start Date: July 29, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 $149.99 Instructor: Lisa Cyr (bio) View Course Schedule Course … 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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Flower Painting with Oil Paint

Create your dreams with painting flowers that energize the passion within. Paint these lovely works of art with oil. Pick the flowers/arrangements or still life composition that you love and use reference photos in conjunction with a set up using a good light source. In this course you will gain the knowledge and confidence to create a fantastic floral portrait whether a beginner or professional. Start Date: July 1, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 $149.99 Instructor: Laura Way (bio) View Course Schedule Course Materials (Included in Tuition): Video … View

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Creating and Framing Small Pastel Abstracted Winterscapes

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again.Click here to see a list of currently available courses. The winter landscape lends itself very well to abstraction. In this 2-week pastel workshop students will create small abstracted landscapes based on black and white photographs and sketches.Debora Stewart will provide guidance and feedback all along the way. Interpretive color choices and expressive drawing are encouraged. Students will be given tips on framing. Start Date: January 10, 2014 Course Length: 2 weeks Tuition: $74.99 Instructor: Debora L. Stewart (bio) … View

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Watercolor: Four Approaches to Four Subjects

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again.Click here to see a list of currently available courses. My! The things you can do with watercolor. It’s amazing. Watercolor is such a wonderful medium to work in. In this class, I present four different ways to work with watercolor for four different subjects. This is the time to plunge into new territory. Look at a variety of ways to play with this wonderful medium. Although I use four different approaches for four different subjects, you can use … 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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Underpainting the Glow in Watercolor

Take your watercolors to the next level by mastering glazing of your underpaintings to produce lively, rich and glowing paintings that have depth and color interplay. Underpainting is the process of applying numerous glazes of different hues of paint, one on top of another, to achieve a depth of color that is not achievable with any other method of application. Glazing in watercolor requires that the individual layers of paint dry before each successive layer is applied. Because of watercolor’s transparent properties, the paint mixes optically, as opposed to the … View

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Painting on Watercolor Canvas

In this watercolor course JoBeth Gilliam will give you tips and instruction for preparing canvas for watercolor, drawing with watercolor sticks and composing from your reference photographs. This course focuses on working on a canvas rather than paper & the advantages it provides. Preserving needed white shapes on watercolor paper are no longer a problem with canvas. Pigments can be lifted from canvas when color/value/shape needs adjusting as opposed to scrubbing watercolor paper. No more cutting mats or careful handling of glass when framing your painting when you work on … 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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Pastel Painting 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. Get a fresh perspective on your work from an accomplished pastel artist with this art critique seminar. Whether you’re looking to achieve greater success in your competition submissions, want to move your art to the next level or just want professional feedback, this course is for you! My teaching philosophy centers on providing an environment that facilitates the importance of individual creativity in each step of the art … 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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Painting Larger Landscapes in Oil

This is an online workshop for artists wanting to get more experience painting larger landscapes in the studio. Topics will include thumbnail sketches to pick the best composition, working out drawing problems, blocking in to find the best way to capture dramatic light, and to apply these skills towards working on a larger canvas. Each week will consist of one painting that the student will document from start to finish, literally by describing the painting’s path from idea to finished piece. View

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Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!

This online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shed light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting … View

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Watercolor 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. The artist’s studio can be a creative but sometimes solitary place. Many artists work without the benefit of feedback, fellowship and, very often, solace. Unbiased critique is essential to artistic growth and finding a trusted source can be a particular challenge. Professional critique will provide you with evaluation of your work and give feedback and direction to take your art to the next level. The Watercolor Art Critique … 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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Oil Painting 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. How many times have you looked at one of your paintings and thought, “Gee, I wish I had a real pro to critique this for me!” Chances are, you’ve been depending on family and friends for comments. As much as we love them, often their comments are full of praise but not necessarily of very much help. You know deep in your heart what you really need – … View

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil, Level 6: Creating Radiant Flowers in Colored Pencil

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Students taking this online colored pencil drawing course should have experience with the basic colored pencil techniques described in Creating Radiant Flowers in Colored Pencil. It is absolutely imperative that students who are not familiar with the Layering, Burnishing and Underpainting colored pencil techniques, read Creating Radiant Flowers in Colored Pencil, Chapter 2, Techniques & References, pages 22-25. It is highly recommended that students new to colored pencil … 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: July 15, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 Instructor: Betsy Dillard … View

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Discovering New Ways to Paint with Pastel, Level 1

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Learn Stan Sperlak’s very innovative and direct methods for working with pastel to create strong and satisfying works in pastel. There is so much the pastel medium can offer that gets lost in the old ways people have “tried” pastel. With this course you will be introduced to pastel and encouraged to work and paint in a vigorous and color charged way. Through several structured demos and assignments … View

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil, Level 5: Combining Colored Pencil Techniques

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. This colored pencil drawing course is designed for students who are familiar with basic colored pencil techniques and who want to open unexplored doors of creativity. As the title of this course indicates, students will learn how to combine frequently employed colored pencil techniques such as layering, burnishing, underpainting with solvents and various water-soluble colored pencil techniques, in various combinations, to create paintings from the super-real to the … View

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Experimental Watercolor: Watercolor 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. When you combine watercolor with different mediums and surfaces, you will explore an entirely new world. Learn these exciting new techniques as you work with gesso, gouache, matte medium, stamping and various textural mediums. In this class, you will experiment with dramatic exercises that will show you a variety of approaches which will enhance the quality of your painting adventures. Join professional artist Betsy Dillard Stroud for this … View

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Drawing Secrets Revealed, Section 3

With Sarah Parks’ detailed, clearly organized video instruction and accompanying drawing lesson practices, and weekly critiques from Sarah, you’ll learn essential drawing skills that build on her Section 1 course and Section 2 course. In this online drawing class, you’ll learn a tremendously helpful technique, using a grid, to help you continue to train your eye further until you won’t need a grid. You will also tackle linear perspective – a drawing technique that many instructors place at the beginning of their courses but which Sarah has placed toward the … View

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Painting Bright and Clean Watercolors

This online watercolor painting course is for those watercolor painters who are tired of painting muddy colors and want to improve their compositions. Completing this watercolor class will get you to the next level and provide working methods and helpful tips to create bold, bright, and clean watercolor paintings in any subject matter. Join professional artist Lynn Hosegood for this exciting course at Artist’s Network University! Learn how to paint in watercolor like never before. Check out more watercolor painting courses here! Start Date: July 29, 2014 Tuition: $169.99 Instructor: … View

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil, Level 4: Water-Soluble Colored Pencil

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again.Click here to see a list of currently available courses. This colored pencil drawing course is designed for artists who have experience with both colored pencil and watercolor and want to learn an exciting medium that is often overlooked. With water-soluble colored pencils you can achieve every technique that is possible with watercolors including wet on dry, wet on wet, and much more. Familiarity with the colored pencil layering technique and basic watercolors is recommended for this course.Course registration … View

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Secrets to Painting Watercolor Portraits

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 paint a realistic face in watercolor with this easy, step-by-step method. Discover the joy of painting a friend or family member in watercolor through Carrie Stuart Parks’ gentle tips and instructions. One-on-one instruction will be provided through Blackboard and e-mail correspondence with the instructor. Start Date: November 27, 2012 Tuition: $149.99 Course Materials (included with tuition): Secrets to Painting Realistic Faces in Watercolor by Carrie … View

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Painting Flowers in Watercolor: A Contemporary Approach

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Learn the latest watercolor techniques developed by expert artist and workshop instructor Joyce Faulknor. In this easy-to-follow watercolor tutorial, Joyce shares tips and techniques for painting stunning flowers, giving you insider’s advice on how your work will stand out in the next painting exhibit or competition. Joyce is here to guide you with proven techniques for creating beautiful, light-filled florals, finished on a watercolor canvas, with an archival … View

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Introduction to Hyperrealist Watercolor Painting Techniques: Creating Photorealist Works

It is a misconception that watercolor is too elusive or transparent a medium for the bold and detailed surface quality that super realist paintings require. This online watercolor painting class will introduce the participants to techniques specific to creating hyperreal or photo-realist paintings in watercolor. The instruction will incorporate the use of photographs as a subject for paintings, and source materials will be available for you (or you may use your own images). Watercolor materials and color theory for all levels of ability will be reviewed and a variety of … 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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Watercolor Depth and Realism, Level 3 – Unifying and Separating Washes in Depth

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 watercolor like the professionals in this advanced-level watercolor 4-week online course. Add greater depth to your watercolors using the watercolor techniques Laurie Humble has included in her book Watercolor Depth & Realism. This is level three of a 3-part online watercolor-instruction course at Artist’s Network University. Watercolor tips and lessons learned in these courses can be applied to any painting style and any skill level. … View

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Watercolor Depth and Realism, Level 2 - Color, Shadows, Perspective, Edges, and Unifying Washes

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Are you looking for intermediate-level watercolor instruction and new watercolor techniques? Add greater depth to your watercolors using techniques Laurie Humble has included in her book Watercolor Depth & Realism. This is level two of a new 3-part online watercolor tutorial and course. Watercolor tips and lessons learned in these courses can be applied to any painting style and any skill level, and you will be one step … 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