Getting Started with Oil Painting

Unlock the creative mind within you! Getting Started With Oils simplifies the painting process so you can quickly move to paint the subjects you have always wanted to create. By the end of this 4 week course, you will possess the knowledge and confidence launch your new artistic journey. You will also have a finished painting to proudly display in your home! You will build the foundation you need to create great works of art. In this course, you will learn how to: Simplify objects into shapes anyone can painting Understand how to create … View

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Pastel Drawing with Your Right Mind

In Pastel Drawing with Your Right Mind shows you how to “flip the switch” from common left brain “symbols” to fabulous “right brain” drawing! This pastel painting and drawing course is a very beginning exploration of being in “your right mind” while learning to easily follow pastel techniques.

In this course you’ll to create two fabulous pastel still life pieces from start to finish! View

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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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Beginning the Art of Tangling

Learn the relaxing art of tangling from tangling expert and enthusiast, Tiffany Lovering. In this four-week course, you will learn 30 unique tangle patterns; you will start with beginner techniques and patterns then advance to the intermediate level. In addition to trendy tangles, you will learn the best use of color and shading in the tangles to create beautiful art.     Beginning the Art of Tangling, is the best course for beginner tanglers who want more instruction and interactive feedback than any tangle book can offer. By the end of this tangle tango … View

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Watercolor on 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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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

Colored Pencil Techniques for Metal: Brass and Gold

Recreate the metallic effects of brass and gold with the colored pencil. Shiny metal surfaces with sparkling highlights and swirling reflections are fun and easy to render. Once you become familiar with the basic characteristics and color of the metal, you can apply this technique to any medium. Start Date: September 2, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 Instructor: $149.99 Janie Gildow (bio) View Course Schedule WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: How to recognize and reproduce the characteristics of shiny metal How to develop the range of values necessary for recreating … View

Getting Started with Oil Painting

Getting Started With Oil Painting

Unlock the creative mind within you! Getting Started With Oils simplifies the painting process so you can quickly move to paint the subjects you have always wanted to create. By the end of this 4 week course, you will possess the knowledge and confidence launch you on a new artistic journey. By the end of this course, you will also have a finished painting to proudly display in your home! You will build the foundation you need to create great works of art. In this course, you will learn how to: Simplify objects … View

Capturing the Likeness: Portrait Drawing Method for Accurate Portraits

In this 4-week online drawing class you will learn K. Hu’s portrait drawing method as you follow along in a start to finish portrait. You’ll also learn important tips that are great for beginning portrait artists and advanced students alike.Build the confidence you need to create a beautiful portrait with accurate likeness while getting helpful feedback and guidance from K. Hu along the way. Start Date: October 7, 2014 Tuition: $169.99 Workshop Length: 4 weeks Instructor: K. Hu (bio) View Course Schedule Course Materials (included with tuition): Artist Daily Workshop: Mastering … View

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Painting People in Watercolor – A Simplified Approach

If you are interested in painting people with watercolor,‭ ‬quickly,‭ ‬simply,‭ ‬and in an impressionistic rather than photorealistic way,‭ ‬then this course is for‭ ‬you.‭ ‬Annette demonstrates her simple watercolor‭ ‬approach to painting the figure,‭ ‬using light and shadow to‭ ‬simplify the form.‭ ‬ You will begin this workshop learning how to firstly‭ ‬‘see‭’‬ and draw a figure using just two value shapes.‭ You will then move on to painting the figure in monochrome and then finally,‭ ‬using just five colors,‭ ‬simplifying detail into one connected shadow shape.‭ ‬This online … 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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Introduction to Painting with Soft Pastels

Painting in pastel is a cross between drawing and painting! It is one of the most portable of media and is a natural place to bridge your drawing skills with color. In this class, we’ll explore basic techniques for painting with soft pastels on paper. Starting with the basic color principles, we’ll explore simple tools for effective compositions and three different approaches to creating pastel paintings as well as techniques for creating textures, making corrections and using fixatives. We’ll also explore using toned paper. This class is for the complete … View

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DIY Father’s Day Cards

Make you own fine art card for Father’s Day. I will guide you through the process from start to finish in two simple assignments. You have full copyrights to the end product because it is your original work, just done in the course. You submit your drawing for assistance and review, then you complete the painting and I provide the final graphics if you choose to add them. There is still photos showing the step by step process as well as video clips to show the action. After you register, … View

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4th of July Fireworks: DIY Cards with Grant Fuller

Learn to paint fireworks in watercolor! Create your own original painting which can be used for a 4th of July greeting card or any other “Fireworks” occasion. The process is a surprisingly easy two stage course with complete step by step instruction. I provide still images with written description and video clips showing the painting process in action. I include the addition of graphics on your artwork if you want that option. Start Date: June 13, 2014 Course Length: 2 weeks Tuition: $74.99 $149.99 Instructor: Grant Fuller (bio) View Course … View

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Colored Pencil Techniques for Metal: Silver

Recreate the effects of shiny silver with the colored pencil. Shiny metal looks complicated, but is  actually fun  and easy to render. Once you learn how to recognize and reproduce the basic characteristics of the metal,  you can actually apply the principles to any medium. Start Date: June 17, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 $149.99 Instructor: Janie Gildow (bio) View Course Schedule Course Materials (Included in Tuition): Video Download: Colored Pencil Techniques: Metal Retail: $19.99 Colored Pencil Solution Book by Gildow & Newton Retail $21.99 Digital downloads made … View

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QUADRATONE: Color and Value in Color Pencil

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. In this innovative course in color pencil, Mark Menendez shares his unique QUADRATONE approach to rendering and creating solid form using his simple and effective four value approach to color. Mark will introduce you to his original color wheel, designed exclusively for color pencil, which offers you easy yet dramatic solutions to color theory and color arrangements in your color pencil drawings. Start Date: May 27, 2014 Course … View

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Colored Pencil Made Easy

Get acquainted with colored pencil and experience it from the ground up. Whether you’re trying it for the first time, or already somewhat acquainted with it, this class provides the perfect foundation for success and the methods you need in order to work realistically with vibrant color and complete control. Start Date: August 5, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 $149.99 Instructor: Janie Gildow (bio) View Course Schedule Course Materials (Included in Tuition): Colored Pencil Solution Book by Gildow and Newton Retail: $21.99 Colored Pencil Techniques Made Easy video … View

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1, 2 and 3 Point Perspective

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. The concepts of linear perspective can be applied to any object, natural or manufactured. Therefore it can be a significant tool for representational drawing or painting. This course will provide an overview of the essential skills necessary to utilize linear perspective within a work of art. Concepts include 1, 2 and 3 point perspective. Flexible assignment guidelines allow the student to create drawings that are as simple or … View

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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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Painting the Horse in Watercolor

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Learn the basics of painting the horse in watercolor in this 4 week online course from Bill Rogers! Starting with the basic anatomy and main masses you’ll consider and move through approaches you can use in watercolor to achieve a feeling of life in your work. Discover great tricks for creating exciting horse paintings from Bill Rogers and learn from his loose, but accurate style! Start Date: April … 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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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 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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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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How to Paint 3-Dimensional Watercolors

Learn Joe Cibere’s techniques to make your watercolor art 3-dimensional. He uses gesso to start his paintings by creating shapes and textures that will let the paint granulate and flow much better then mask. These shapes and textures are truly dimensional and after he’s done painting a traditional image over the gesso he then sands back to the white of the gesso for stunning effects. This is great fun and gives the watercolor artist who doesn’t leave enough whites a valuable option. Using this process really lets you be you’re … 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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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 your … View

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Pouring Watercolor

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again.Click here to see a list of currently available courses. If you are tired of overworked, tight paintings that lack emotional response then you will love this exciting new approach to painting in watercolor. You will never quite know what to expect, when pouring watercolor paint but you can expect a highly individual and creative outcome. Annette Raff will help you to choose a suitable photograph of your subject, a person/people/animal in a natural setting, from which you will … 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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Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner, Part 2

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. This course expands upon the lessons taught in Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. Artists will build upon what they’ve already learned in the previous course and add new skills and techniques to their painting repertoire.   You will learn the basics of planning a composition, understanding color temperatures, using non-traditional objects as tools to depict texture, and how to incorporate various different techniques to create successful paintings. Start … 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: July 29, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Course Materials: … View

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Creating Abstracts in Pastel

Debora Stewart will teach workshop participants how to create abstractions in pastel.  Exercises are used to help students “loosen up” and become more expressive.  Students will learn how to create abstract compositions, small thumbnail “source drawings”, color studies and color theory and creating larger works. Bring structure, depth, movement and value  to your abstractions through the use of underpainting. You will learn a variety of ways to develop abstract compositions with pastel. Loosen up and become more spontaneous in this workshop. This workshop is designed for those new to working … 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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Demystifying Color and Composition in Watercolor Painting

This class is for watercolor painters who wish to learn or brush up on color theory and basic composition guidelines as they apply to painting clean, vibrant watercolor. The principles explored in this course apply to all painting mediums, except the examples given and techniques apply only to watercolor. Completing this course will set you on a firm creative path towards painting well composed watercolors in any subject matter. The course is recommended for students who have some watercolor experience and especially those who have taken the instructor’s  ‘Painting Bright … View

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Getting Started With Oil Painting

Unlock the creative mind within you! “Getting Started With Oils” painting course simplifies the painting process so that you can quickly move to painting the subjects you have always wanted to paint. By the end of this 4 week course, you will possess the knowledge and confidence that will start your off on your artistic journey. You will also have a complete painting to proudly display in your home! In this course, you will begin by learning to simplify objects to shapes that anyone can paint. You will begin to … 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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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. This online watercolor painting course will focus on creating realistic watercolor portraits. Esther Melton will share her favorite tips for completing portraits, showing you step-by-step tricks along the way. This course starts with how to photograph your subject correctly, then covers Esther’s favorite color palette and includes great techniques for painting realistic skin tones, hair, and backgrounds for your portraits. This course is great for anyone that loves portraits … View

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Waterfall Watercolor Magic: Using Alternative Watercolor Techniques

Learn Joe Cibere’s unique techniques to paint beautiful watercolor waterfalls without using a brush. Magically the waterfall will paint itself giving you the foundation for creating flowing, falling water in any location you desire. You’ll also learn how to use a combination of proven techniques that together will give you new possibilities and options.
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Pour it On with Watercolor: Basic Techniques for Painting with a Twist

Award-winning watercolor artist, Patricia Coulter provides some innovative techniques for working with watercolor. Whether you are new to watercolor or wish to step up your painting a notch, you will find the insights and guidance you need in this online course. Expect to be amazed! Registration comes with exclusive videos created by Patricia in the form of digital downloads. Start Date: September 9, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Course Materials: Exclusive video downloads created by Patricia Coulter Instructor: Patricia Coulter (bio) View Course Schedule What You’ll Learn: Using … View

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Accurate Figure Drawing

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. This course will provide an overview of the essential skills necessary to draw the human figure successfully.  Students will specifically focus on skills centered on anatomy, proportions, contour line and full value drawings. Each lesson features exciting readings and viewing assignments, and each assignment receives in-depth feedback from Mano each week. Learn how to create more accurate human figures step-by-step. Start Date: April 1, 2014 Course Length: 4 … View

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Flowers: Four Different Ways to Get Wet and Wild

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. It’s spring and what better way to celebrate its beauty and its arrival than to create beautiful flower paintings. In this course, I offer you an opportunity to expand the way you look at how to paint flowers by using four different approaches.  We’ll concentrate on beautiful color, creative designs, but also creative surfaces, which will challenge and excite you. We’ll use transparent watercolor in all the flower … View

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Capturing the Likeness: Portrait Drawing Method for Accurate Portraits

In this 4-week online drawing class you will learn K. Hu’s portrait drawing method as you follow along in a start to finish portrait. You’ll also learn important tips that are great for beginning portrait artists and advanced students alike.

Build the confidence you need to create a beautiful portrait with accurate likeness while getting helpful feedback and guidance from K. Hu along the way. 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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Understanding Oil Paint: Foundations, Pigments, Glazing, and Optical Effects

Learn from artist Daan Hoekstra about the basics of oil paint. This course teaches the basic properties and procedures associated with oil paint that will lead the beginner and more advanced student alike to sound practices and a greater awareness of the gamut of possibilities associated with the medium. This class is especially useful for beginners who may aspire to oil painting but feel intimidated by the medium. The students in this class will have a chance to get accustomed to the medium without having to produce a pictorial work. … View

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Watercolor – Elements of the Landscape

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Watercolor is renowned for being an ideal medium for painting the landscape. The varieties of this subject are plentiful and inspiring. How often though have you attempted to capture a magical scene, only to be disappointed at the end result! The landscape subject is undoubtedly daunting, and too often we try to interpret everything exactly as we see it.This special course will introduce you to painting the individual … View

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Drawing in Pen & Ink with Grant Fuller

Professional artist Grant Fuller has prepared this pen and ink course specifically for North Light’s “Artist’s Network University”. It is designed to give you the best and easiest experience of learning on line. This course will guide you through the first stages of working with pen and ink and then offer some challenging but achievable demonstrations to advance your skills. Materials and techniques are clearly explained so you will readily understand the procedure and start creating right away. Each week for four weeks you will download the assignment which contains … View

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Mastering Color and Underpainting with Colored Pencils

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Values are as important as color when creating realistic colored pencil drawings. The traditional way to achieve a dark shadow is to add black. However, another way to achieve richer shadows is to add the complementary color instead of black. Underpainting with complements was highlighted in Arlene Steinberg’s book Masterful Color. In this class, you will learn how rich, vibrant color and values can be achieved with colored … 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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Watercolor Bootcamp Level 2

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Improve your skills in watercolor painting with professional artist Catherine Hillis. A solid foundation in watercolor painting will help you to grow as an artist. Build on the basic skills, and learn some of the advanced skills in watercolor painting. This is Level 2 of the 4-part Watercolor Bootcamp series with Catherine Hillis. Start Date: February 26, 2013 Tuition: $149.99 Instructor: Catherine Hillis (bio) Course Materials: Exploring Watercolor … View

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Observational Drawing

Observational Drawing is fundamental to learning how to see and how this impacts your drawing skills. Perhaps you are a student that enjoys drawing varied subjects but now desire to explore deeper. Learn techniques from Betti Pettinati-Longinotti for drawing varied subject matter from observation. Are you looking for new possibilities to strengthen and challenge your drawing ability? This online drawing course will provide skills and insights to help you create drawings, which apply working directly from life 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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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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Drawing Portraits with Pencil and Charcoal, 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 Betti Pettinati Longinotti’s best techniques for drawing with pencil and charcoal as the medium in creating outstanding portraits. Are you looking for new ways to revitalize and enhance your portrait drawing skills and techniques? Would you like an introduction to portrait drawing using pencil and charcoal? Then this course is perfect for you! Learn simple techniques for achieving emotive and interesting portraits. This online drawing course will provide … 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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Learning to Draw from the Very Beginning

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Every one of us has the ability to draw within; it is something that can be learned. Whether you wish to learn how to draw for its own sake or to learn drawing as a means to aid some other artistic pursuit, there is no doubt that drawing is a beneficial and satisfying activity. This online drawing class will introduce you to drawing techniques to get you started … View

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Watercolor Bootcamp, Level 1

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. A solid foundation in watercolor painting will help you to grow as a painter. Once you become proficient in basic techniques, you can paint anything in watercolors. Join professional artist Catherine Hillis and learn how to paint in watercolors, or improve your watercolor painting techniques, in Level 1 of a new 4-part watercolor boot camp course series. Start Date: November 20, 2012 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $149.99 … View

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Beginning Pastel Painting

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Join Marla Baggetta for this dynamic introduction to pastel painting! Students will have fun completing 3 small paintings and one large fun and simple piece while learning about color, style, value, texture, and overall composition. Beginners will enjoy trying their hand at a variety of techniques, which will include layering, controlling edges, and adding texture and depth for an outstanding introduction into the possibilities of the medium. Start … 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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Beginning Watercolor

Join Laurie Humble for this exciting trip into the world of watercolor! Students will have fun completing 4 small paintings, and a number of exercises while learning about color, style, value, detail and overall composition in this online watercolor class. Beginners will enjoy trying their hand at a variety of techniques which will include layering, saving whites, controlling edges, and adding depth for an outstanding introduction into the possibilities of the medium. Learn how to paint in watercolor from the very beginning. Start Date: September 23, 2014 Course Length: 4 … View

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Watercolor with Masking: Layering, the Basic Technique

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Learn Guy Magallanes’ best tips, tricks and techniques for creating exceptionally realistic watercolor artwork. Whether you’re new to watercolor or wishing to perfect layering and masking watercolor techniques, you’ll find the insights and guidance you need in this online course. Course registration comes with a digital download of Watercolor Secrets (PDF download) by Rachel Rubin Wolf and Art2Art Season 3: Bees in Rose Project with Guy Magallanes & … 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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Plein Air Essentials – Take Control with a Values-Driven Palette

“Nature loves to throw a lot of lumber at you” … describes the overwhelming sense of choices confronting many outdoor painters who deal with changing, shifting light. In this online plein air painting workshop, Larry Seiler will teach you some simple paint exercises that will put you in command of your moment. Start Date: August 26, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Instructor: Larry Seiler (bio) View Course Schedule Course Materials (included with tuition): Digital downloads of three separate but related video demonstrations painted along the shores of Lake … 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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Drawing Secrets Revealed, Section 2

With Sarah Parks’ detailed, clearly organized video instruction and accompanying lesson practices, and weekly critiques from Sarah, you’ll learn essential drawing skills that build on her Section 1 course. In this course, you’ll learn drawing techniques to infuse anemic drawings with life and movement, achieve accurate proportions across even complex compositions, and learn facial and body proportions. This course is packed with terrific drawing tips, and to get the most out of it you are strongly encouraged to sign up first for Sarah’s Section 1 course, which lays a strong … View

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Drawing for Beginners: Creating Expressive Work Using Proven Drawing Techniques

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. In this drawing for beginners course you will learn to create accurate and expressive drawings with professional artist, Grant Fuller. Each week Grant will share his best drawing tips and ideas for beginners. These drawing exercises for beginners have been created by Grant in order to give you a great start on your own artistic journey. In this 4-week course you’ll learn about the best tools and drawing … View

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil, Level 3: Underpainting 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 artists who have experience with colored pencil techniques and want to learn an entirely new way to work with the medium. The underpainting colored pencil technique was developed by Gary Greene to provide the ability to create startlingly real textures in colored pencil, as featured in his North Light Book, Creating Textures in Colored Pencil. Familiarity with the layering and … View

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Introduction to Hyperrealist Watercolor Painting Techniques: Creating Photorealist Works

This watercolor painting class shatters the misconception that the watercolor medium is too elusive or transparent for the bold and detailed surface quality of super realist painting. Students will learn the techniques to create hyperreal or photo-realist paintings in watercolor. Instructor and expert hyperrealist watercolorist, John Bayalis, will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and provide each student individual critiques of their completed work. Join John Bayalis for this unique online learning experience! Artists should have a solid drawing foundation before taking this intermediate to advanced level course. Start Date: October 7, 2014 Tuition: $169.99 Course Materials … 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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Collage, Painting, and Two-Dimensional Design: A Mixed-Media Approach

Are you looking for new possibilities to revitalize the way you create images? Do you sometimes find materials that you’d like to incorporate into an artwork? Find new possibilities and techniques that turn your visions and sketches into finished mixed media pieces. This online mixed media course will build your skills and give you insight into creating pieces using found materials and other mixed media techniques. Jenifer Stern leads this session, open to artists of all levels, especially beginners. Start Date: June 17, 2014 Tuition: $159.99 Course Materials: New Creative … View

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Drawing Secrets Revealed, Section 1

With Sarah Parks’ detailed, clearly organized video instruction and accompanying lesson practices, you’ll learn essential drawing skills from the ground up. Along with concepts you may already be familiar with, Sarah will share with you some drawing tips, techniques, and “secrets” that will revolutionize your drawing within weeks. This course is also for artists who have ventured into color media but are frustrated with their results because their drawing skills are lacking and therefore their paintings don’t have a solid foundation. View

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Online Course: Inspirational Mixed Media Art Techniques

This online mixed media workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques, and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout this mixed-media workshop, exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating mixed-media art project possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed media techniques will be covered. For artists who are looking to push their mixed-media ideas and work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Comments about this class from the instructor: I structure my online … View

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Online Course: Transformative Techniques for Creating Stunning Crystal & Glass in Watercolor

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. In this online art course devoted to how to paint glass, expert artist Joyce Faulknor will take the mystery out of painting glass, using her proven method of painting dark to light. You’ll paint along with Joyce Faulknor to complete two paintings incorporating the complex relationships between light and glass. Along the way, you’ll learn tips for painting crystal, and painting glass techniques that are both masterful, yet … View

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Pet Portraits with Personality, Level 1- The Basics

The ability to draw pets and animals with personality isn’t in everyone…you’ve got to be an animal lover too! Using the simplest of art materials, you’ll learn how to draw animals step by step to bring out the textures, shapes, and spirit of your portrait subjects from Grant Fuller. Ready to work hard, have some fun and love what you’re drawing? Then you’re ready to learn how to draw pets!   Course registration comes with a digital download of Drawing Realistic Pets from Photographs by Lee Hammond. Start Date: September … View

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil, Level 2: Burnishing, the Painterly Technique

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Learn Gary Greene’s best colored pencil drawing tips, tricks and colored pencil techniques for creating exceptionally realistic colored pencil artwork. Whether you’ve dabbled in using colored pencils or want to take the next step with the burnishing technique, you’ll find the insights and guidance you need in this online course on how to use colored pencils. Prior experience with colored pencil drawing techniques, along with some knowledge about … 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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Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again.Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Do you want to learn principles of good drawing to kick-start (or refresh) your drawing skills? If you’re a beginner or more experienced artist looking to enhance your drawing skills, then our “Drawing for the Absolute Beginner” online drawing course is for you! The course assignments now allow more freedom of creativity and have greater focus on drawing from life. This drawing for beginners course will show you that … View

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Watercolor Depth and Realism, Level 1 – Basics, Composition, Values, and Understanding Color

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 wondered how to watercolor like the pros? Do you wish you could receive professional watercolor instruction from the comfort of your own home? Well, Artist’s Network University has a new online watercolor course series for you! Add greater depth to your watercolors using watercolor techniques Laurie Humble has included in her book Watercolor Depth & Realism. This is level one of a new 3-part online … View

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Getting Started in Colored Pencil, Level 1: Layering, the Basic Technique

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Learn Gary Greene’s best colored pencil drawing tips, tricks and basic colored pencil techniques for creating exceptionally realistic colored pencil artwork. Whether you’re new to colored pencils or wishing to perfect layering techniques, you’ll find the insights and guidance you need to learn how to use colored pencils in this online course. Please note that this course will be part 1 of a new series; this is the … 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

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Drawing for Beginners, Level 2: Creating Expressive Work Using Proven Drawing Techniques

  In Drawing for Beginners, Level 2: Creating Expressive Work Using Proven Drawing Techniques, professional artist, Grant Fuller will teach you to create accurate and expressive drawings.     Grant Fuller will share: Drawing ideas for beginners Drawing exercises for beginners The best tools and drawing techniques to sketch and draw your favorite subjects including people, scenery, objects and more. With the aid of detailed demonstrations, you will learn to: Develop expressive lines Improving your powers of observation Create realistic depth in your drawing Add texture and other stunning effects to your drawing  … View