The Painting Course

This is the definitive painting course. It is quite intense, but you’ll definitely get your chops up. It is meant for a beginner to novice painter.  I go through all the fundamentals of how to draw like a painter, and also color theory, composition, and paint application. There are also 15 bonus supplemental lessons about practical painting tips such as how to properly clean a palette and keep your brushes in good shape. You’ll begin with drawing, and learning to see, and progress to creating your own masterpiece in oils by the end!

The course is “dripped” which means that you will have access to a new lesson every three days. This gives you time to practice in between lessons for maximum benefit. An email will alert you every time a new lesson becomes available. This will also help keep you on track!

If you have always dreamed of becoming a painter and realizing your vision then this is the course for you. It is not merely a technical course, but one which tries to nurture you as an artist. Find your voice, and learn to communicate through painting!



This course includes:

22 lessons total!!!

Video tutorials

Supplemental lessons about materials, techniques, and art history.

Time commitment: 66 days

I have nearly a decade of experience teaching painting and drawing at the university level. This is a course which would cost thousands to take a college and represents two semesters worth of study!


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Introduction: Learning to See and Draw

Length: 120 minutesAuthor: JerComplexity: Standard

Learning To See And Draw Welcome to Wonderland “`Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); `now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be [...]

Finding Inspiration and Documenting it in Your Blog or Your Sketchbook.

Author: Jer

Lesson 2 This is an optional fist assignment just because I don't want someone's access to the Internet to effect their ability to use this book . Those who can't make a blog will instead keep a sketchbook that also includes writing, and inspiration. Now for those of you who have regular access to the [...]

Lesson 3: Start Drawing

Author: Jer

Start Drawing Lesson 3 Finding Your Baseline Before we push forward into the lessons, we need to make a record of exactly where you are at now. This is your baseline. It can be a very daunting task but you are just going to have to jump in and start drawing! Open your sketchbook and [...]

Lesson 4: Drawing Lines

Author: Jer

Drawing Lines Lesson 4 Line Lines don't exist in reality. Everywhere you look you can see various forms bouncing into other forms, but no lines. This is the first thing to understand about a line. It is completely a creation of the human mind. We understand lines and pictures because we know how to read [...]

Lesson 5: Symbols of drawing.

Author: Jer

Symbols of Drawing Lesson 5 Negating and Identifying Powerful Symbols Drawing #8 Find an image of anyone. Could be a famous person, could be a relative. Doesn't matter who. But try to find an image that is at least is decently lit. You are going to stare at this image for three minutes. Trying [...]

Lesson 6: Observational Drawings

Author: Jer

Observational Drawings Lesson 6 Gesture Drawings and Observation In the following drawings we are going to work at getting loosened up. One problem many students encounter is that the more they concentrate, the harder the hold the pencil, the stiffer their arm becomes, and the tighter the drawings look. We are going to loosen up [...]

Lesson 7: Line Variation

Author: Jer

Line Variation Lesson 7 Line Variation. Drawing #13 "Line Variation Shoe" In these drawings you are going to be exploring line variation. It is important that the lines in your drawings have varying thicknesses. Because of its versatility and ability to make highly varied lines we will be using a brush and ink. This will [...]

Lesson 8: Drawing form

Author: Jer

Drawing Form Lesson 8 Now that we have got a good grasp of line, and the importance of varying our lines in our drawing we are going to continue on to another huge element of drawing/painting. That important element is form. Correctly understanding form will give your paintings/drawings more depth. Traditionally schools have taught students [...]

Lesson 9: Measuring

Author: Jer

Drawing Skills: Measuring Lesson 9 This lesson will deal with learning how to improve your drawing skills by creating a unit of measurement for drawing. You will use your pencil to measure and draw a still life which will be set up in front of you. In the first drawing by Honore Daumier you can [...]

Lesson 10: Shadows and Lights

Author: Jer

How To Shade Continuing our exploration of the elements of drawing/painting now leads us to Value and how to shade. Value is the term we use when referring to how dark or light a shadow is. This is extremely important as we progress towards painting because every color also has a darkness. We will be [...]

Lesson 11: Composition in Painting

Author: Jer

Composition in Painting Lesson 11: Up to this point we've been focusing on some very basic skills. And many of the techniques and elements will be learned through practice. However, there is another part of becoming a painter that also requires practice. And that is teaching yourself how to look at, and create compositions within [...]

Lesson 12: Intro to color theory

Author: Jer

Color Theory Basics In this Lesson you will learn: 1) What type of paint to buy (Materials) 2) How to control color intensity (Intensity) 3) How to see the value (shade) of color. (Color Value) Materials First things first! It is important that you know how to buy the right paint for what you want [...]

Artist Profile: Marc Chagall

Author: Jer

So, one important thing to remember when studying art history is that sometimes you have to appreciate works you don’t personally find aesthetically appealing. This is the my relationship with chagall. Amongst all the painters who lived in Paris during the 1920s he seems the most tame to me. His fluffy characters and bright palette [...]

Lesson 13: Warm and Cool Colors

Author: Jer

Warm and Cool Colors Lesson 14 Warm and cool colors are important in painting for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that warm colors tend to move forward in space, while cooler colors tend to retreat. This is mainly because of how we experience the world and is pure science. Within the atmosphere [...]

Lesson 14: Explorations with Acrylics

Author: Jer

How To Paint With Acrylics Lesson 14 When learning how to paint with acrylics the most important thing is to first understand the properties of the colors (pigments) you have chosen to use. As you learned in Lesson 12 Color Theory Basics the most important factor as to how your paint will perform is dependent [...]

Lesson 15: Assessing your progress

Author: Jer

You’ve now come to the end of a long journey, but it’s one that is just beginning. At this point I would like for your to go back to the drawings you made in Lesson 3 “Creating your baseline” and redraw them again. I am confident that if you have dedicated time and passion in [...]

Lesson 16: Painting Landscapes

Author: Jer

How To Paint Landscapes   During this lesson you will be learning how to construct and paint a landscape painting. I've chosen to begin with painting landscapes because they allow us to utilize all the different skills we've been working on so far. Instead of using "Plein Air" techniques which are very popular today [...]

Artist Profile: Salvador Dali

Author: Jer

Love him or hate him Salvador Dali is one of the most recognizable artists on the planet. For some reason this man’s art continues to fascinate millions. Whether images of his paintings are gracing the walls of a dorm room or used as desktop backgrounds there’s no debate that in terms of mass reproduction of [...]

Lesson 17: Color matching values

Author: Jer

In this painting tutorial I go through how to set up a very basic palette, and how to use a palette knife to create value scales with various colors. By setting up these simple piles of color before you start a painting you can be assured that all of your colors stay within the desired [...]

Lesson 18: Local Color

Author: Jer

Local Color Painters often refer to something known as Local Color. So what is it exactly? Well, there is a very simple explanation. Local Color refers to the color of an object if it is unhindered by shadows and highlights. Still don't get it? Basically it is what the actual color of an object is. [...]

Lesson 19: Your first resolved painting from start to finish!

Author: Jer

Oil Painting Step by Step In this painting tutorial I go through a common step by step procedure on how to paint with oils. From the drawing, to the underpainting, glazing, and final details. Step 1: Find your source imagery and prepare it for painting. This could include photoshopping various elements in photoshop, collaging images [...]

Lesson 20: Gestalt principles of art and design

Author: Jer

Gestalt Principles of Art and Design These theories of painting come from a German form of psychology called Gestalt which simply states that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is often used in both art as well as design to achieve the desired effect. The main points of Gestalt are [...]

Art History: Painting flowers

Author: Jer

Being interested in painting means that you can’t just be interested in technique, you have to know where you fit into the world, or if you don’t know where you fit into the world then you should know about who came before you. Now, you may be thinking that you don’t have some sort of [...]

Lesson 21: Color Harmonies

Author: Jer

Introduction to Color Theory Before we get into exactly what color theory is, and how it works, we need to first look at a broader concern as it pertains to how people experience works of art. This is the correct place to begin an Introduction to Color Theory as we will have plenty of time [...]

Lesson 22: Color Emotions

Author: Jer

Color Emotions. Before we get into what different emotions can be transmitted to a viewer/participant who is experiencing different colors, it is first important to understand that there is an entire field devoted to studying how color effects our emotions. By studying color psychology we can begin to understand the complex and mysterious world of [...]

Lesson 23: Advanced color mixing with a limited palette

Author: Jer

What is the correct color wheel for painting? It has been hotly debated for over a century, and everyone seems to have an opinion about what the "real" primary colors are. In the following post I hope to educate you about some of the theories about just which primary colors are the best to be [...]

Lesson 24: The importance of contrast in painting

Author: Jer

There are many different ways we can depict Contrast in Painting, and because of this, this lesson will need to be split into different parts so we can go into each different type of contrast in depth. But first let's get into exactly what contrast means. The dictionary definition is as follows: Contrast: The state [...]

Lesson 25: Writing an Artist Statement of Intent

Author: Jer

As I have stressed multiple times throughout this course we are not only building upon technical strengths but also your ability to synthesize and create concepts. We've gone into history a bit, and examined some of the more formal aspects of painting and drawing. Now's the time where we will delve into an area which [...]